If you haven’t heard of Chromecast yet then you are missing on a very useful gadget. Chromecast basically is a Google’s smart-TV dongle that allows you to stream video content on a big screen from a variety of devices. It also lets you mirror your smartphone on TV or a computer as well. Of course, it works better within the Google ecosystem (interconnectivity between the Google devices), but it can mirror both the Android and Apple devices too.
Since Chromecast was introduced as Android-based Standard, mirroring iOS devices is a tad difficult. It doesn’t mean that it won’t support iOS, but it will need some tweaking and a couple of workarounds to accomplish all the iOS-based streaming. In order to understand how this platform works with the iPhones or iPads, have a close look at the guide mentioned below.
Many iOS apps support Chromecast which makes it quite simple to stream content from them. The first thing you will need to do is to set up the Chromecast device. In order to do that, you will need to download an app called Google Home from the App Store. Once the app is downloaded, all you will need to do is to launch it and then follow the on-screen instructions. The process is quite simple and hassle-free.
Once the app sets up the Chromecast, you will be able to stream content for the Cast-supported apps. Incredibly, the number of IOS apps that support cast is quite high. It provides an inkling on how popular Chromecast has become that an Android-Standard thing is accommodating so many iOS apps. The list of popular iOS apps includes Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, HBO, and NOW TV. It is not a complete list and there are many other iOS Cast-supported apps too.
Unfortunately, the two giants content makers as in Apple and Amazon aren’t Cast-supported. The primitive reason why they aren’t is the fact that they have their own streaming substitutes Airplay and Allcast, respectively. Additionally, both these giants are very clear that their streaming applications won’t entertain Chromecast anytime soon. So, apart from these two, Chromecast supports every other major streaming application.
How to Use Chromecast on iOS Apps:
1. Make sure that the Chromecast device is awake and your TV is switched on.
2. Open the app you would like to stream on a big screen. For example, launch Netflix on your iPhone/iPad.
3. You would be able to see Cast icon appear in the top-right corner of your device. Remember, Chromecast should be set up and awake for this icon to appear.
4. Upon tapping the Chromecast icon, you will be required to select a Cast device on which you want your content to be played. If there’s only one Cast device then you wouldn’t have to choose.
5. Now Cast will display the video on the Cast device you have selected. You will be able to use your iPhone or iPad as normal because the Cast allows the video playback option.
While the main purpose of the Chromecast was to help people watch their video content on big screens, many people now want to mirror their smartphones on the TV or PC. For Android/Google phone users, the process is quite straightforward. They can directly mirror their smartphone without any assistance from a third-party app. All they require is a phone running on Android 4.4 or later, a stable internet connection and the Google Home app.
Coming back to Apple, their nag for restrictions has always been tough when it comes to working with competitors’ products. It has been their approach from the start, and it seems to stay forever. Thanks to Google’ Chromecast for its own willingness to allow Cast to work within iOS apps, but mirroring the iPhone still remains an issue. However, there is always a way to crack the code. You can mirror your iPhone through Chromecast by following an alternative route.
There are many apps (free/paid) that allow you to establish a connection between your Chromecast device and the Airplay protocol that’s built into iOS. What these apps can do is that they will make your laptop/desktop a server that will help to mirror the iDevices on it. and on other devices as well.
As said earlier, you will be able to find many apps for this purpose but this article will explain the procedure via an app called ApowerMirror. The best thing regarding this app is that it’s free. A kind of bad thing about this app is that it has its own watermark that appears on the screen whenever you mirror your iPhone/iPad. Since it is still a great option, here are the steps on how to utilize it.
1. Install this app on your computer.
2. Launch the Control Center on your iPad/iPhone. You can do it by swiping up from the bottom of your home screen.
3. Now tap on the AirPlay icon. To locate the AirPlay icon, you need to tap-hold the music control area and then tap the AirPlay button on the upper right-hand corner of the new menu.
4. Now, since ApowerMirror is active on your computer, you would be able to see the option to monitor your iPhone on this device.
5. Click on it and it will allow you to access your iPhone on the screen. Visit whatever you like.
6. Once you are certain about the settings such as sound, quality, and resolution, you will now move to the next step which is Mirroring your PC to Chromecast.
How to Mirror your PC to Chromecast:
Since you have successfully used the ApowerMirror to your advantage, now it is time to move on to next and the final step. Yes, mirroring phone on PC was just the first step and there is still a lot of work to do. It could be tedious understandably, but that’s how Apple wants you to play this game. Coming back to the point, your PC would work as a bridge between the iDevice and the Chromecast so you can get the display on your TV.
1. Launch Google Chrome on your device (TV). It is required as it will help with Google’ own Cast system which will help in mirroring.
2. Now sign into Google Chrome. Make sure you use the same Google ID as you are using on your laptop/PC’ Chrome.
3. Make sure that iPhone/iPad is active via the ApowerMirror app in the background.
4. Now, you need to tap on the option Cast from Chrome’ menu. You can do it by tapping the three dots (top right corner of Chrome). It will open a drop-down menu and there you will find the option Cast.
5. Upon tapping this option, you will see a new menu with Google Cast-enabled platform in the area, including Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Google Home, or any other Cast-supported platform.
6. Find the Chromecast device that is plugged into the device on which you want to mirror the iPhone. Tap on it.
7. Next, Cast will now ask you that if you would like to mirror the entire desktop or just a single tab open at that time. You need to tap the option Cast Desktop so you can mirror entire desktop.
8. Now you will be able to see your iPhone displayed on the TV. You would be able to access whatever you like.
It was quite simple, wasn’t it? Well, it could be a very long procedure, but at least, it delivers what you need. However, this process has a few drawbacks which you need to know. First, you will experience some latency in certain apps or actions. Although this wouldn’t happen all the time, but still, this problem exists.
Another demerit regarding this procedure is dysconnectivity for no particular reason. Your TV would disconnect from the PC and then you will need to establish the connection again via the Cast. Again, this happens very rarely, and this isn’t a big issue to be worried about.
Conclusively, you can say that this method isn’t only tedious, but it is also far from perfect. Android users may feel a bit lucky in this case, but Apple users are also getting the work done just by a different method. Moreover, Apple is very clear in its stance that they wouldn’t accommodate the Cast feature in the near future so that technically leaves you with this option only.
There are other ways to project the iPhone on the TV. You can do it directly on Apple TV, or you can use HDMI to connect the device to the TV. As far as Cast is concerned, you will have to be content with the procedure mentioned above.