The latest Chromecast app (1.9.6) update brought Android screen casting (screen mirroring), one of the most anticipated features of Chromecast, to all Android devices with Android KitKat 4.4.2 or later.
If you are new to this feature, you may refer to this post.
Android screen casting makes the TV your second screen!
Essentially, Android screen casting (screen mirroring) through Chromecast will make your TV the second screen of your Android devices.
You can enjoy videos, games, music, and everything on the TV with Android screen casting through Chromecast.
Anything displayed on your Android screen and the audio can be mirrored on your TV through Chromecast.
This makes your $35 Chromecast more valuable.
Previously, the screen casting feature was only supported on a few selected (high-end) devices.
How to start and stop Android screen casting?
After you update the Chromecast app to 1.9.6 or later, you can find the cast screen option as shown below.
If your device is not among the supported device list (see this post for the updated officially supported devices), you will see the following warning message.
“Screen casting is not optimized for this device, your experience may vary.”
Tap OK to continue, as shown below.
Now tap “Cast screen,” as shown below.
Your Android device will try to search for Chromecast on the same network.
Tap the Chromecast device name as shown below. Your Android screen is now synced to the TV, and audio is transferred to the TV.
To stop Android screen casting, you can use one of the two following methods.
- In the Chromecast app, you can tap “Tap to disconnect,” as shown below..
- In the notification, tap “Disconnect” as shown below.
Why I cannot find the screen casting option in Chromecast app?
Android screen casting through Chromecast requires:
- Android KitKat 4.4.2 or later versions on your Android devices
- Use the chromecast app for Android 1.9.6 or later on your Android device.
If your Android device has not been updated to KitKat 4.4.2, this feature will not work. You have to wait for the KitKat update for your device.
Or, if you are using an old version of the Chromecast app, you may try to update it so that the cast screen option appears.
Android screen casting does not work for me, why?
Android screen casting is still a beta feature. You may encounter some problems.
There are no special settings for this screen casting.
If you encounter some problems, you may wait for the next update or report the bug to Google.
Known problems for Android screen casting
Keep audio on both TV and Android devices
Once Android screen casting is enabled, the audio will be automatically transferred to the TV. You cannot keep audio on an Android device.
This is not a defect. Chromecast is designed to work in this way.
I got a black screen on the TV when I use screen casting on Moto E and Moto G 1st gen?
Moto E and Moto G 1st Gen may give a black TV screen when screen casting is activated. This is due to some firmware issues in Android KitKat for Moto E and Moto G 1st generation.
You have to wait for the Android Lollipop update for Moto E and Moto G 1st gen.
When will screen casting work with iPhone or iPad?
Screen casting will not work on any iOS devices until Apple acquires Google or when Google acquires Apple.
Anyway, we usually refer to this feature as Android screen casting or Android screen mirroring. It is time to switch to Android!
This post is totally wrong because I had screen mirroring in my Samsung devices before Chromecast was announced.
The screen mirroring in Samsung devices is implemented with Miracast (Samsung named it AllShareCast before Miracast was officially supported in Android). It has nothing to do with Chromecast.
Android officially supported Miracast from Jelly Bean. Some high-end Android devices have this feature enabled as wireless display or screen mirroring.
So, for such devices, now you have two ways to mirror the screen: Chromecast or Miracast.
Please read this post if you want to know more about the differences between Chromecast and Miracast.
Do you have any questions or encounter any problems with screen casting through Chromecast?
Please let us know your questions or problems in the comment box below.
Any comments on screen casting are also welcome.