AirPlay is a great screen-mirroring tool but there are more options to choose from. If you invest in a Google Chromecast—which is quite budget-friendly—you can extend this feature to other devices aside from Apple, such as a Windows PC or an Android. So if you’re wondering how to use Chromecast with your iPhone or Mac, keep reading! It’s super easy to connect to your devices and when you’re done with the process, that’s when the real fun begins!
How to use Chromecast on an iPhone
Chromecast works a bit differently on an iPhone than it would on your computer. It’s based on the app-based, so yes, it only works for those that support Chromecast. Some favorites include Netflix, BBC iPlayer, YouTube, Spotify, and more. For the sake of instructions, we’ll use YouTube as an example. But don’t worry, the method is almost identical across all the apps.
- First of all, make sure you have the YouTube app. Looking something up on a web browser will not be enough. If you don’t have it, head over to the app store to download it first and wait for it to completely install.
- Next, sign in to the app with your email and password. Before you start this next step, make sure that your Chromecast is up and working and that it’s on the same W-Fi network as the iPhone. When this is done, you should see the Cast icon (a screen with wavelengths) at the top right corner of your screen. Click on the icon.
- Select your Chromecast from the devices list. If you only have one device, it should automatically connect. You’ll know you have a successful connection when the Cast icon turns blue.
- Now it’s time to watch something! On YouTube, search for the video or movie you want to watch and click on it. Your iPhone screen should mirror to your TV. You can control the volume, playback, and other features directly from the iPhone.
As mentioned above, this method works for pretty much every app that supports Chromecast. All you have to do is click that Cast icon at the top and browse your favorite shows and movies!
How to use Chromecast on a Mac
Using Chromecast on Mac is a little bit trickier. However, the steps below will make the steps very straightforward so you don’t face any hurdles during the process.
On your Mac, download Google Chrome if you haven’t already. You can’t skip this step as it’s very crucial for all those that come next. It’s preferred that you don’t just look it up but actually install the app for this to work properly.
A lot of sites such as YouTube and Netflix come with a built-in Cast icon. So if your Chromecast is connected and ready, simply click the icon on these websites and you’re good to go. For websites that don’t support Chromecast, the process is a bit muddy. First of all, click the ellipsis (three vertical dots) beside the address field. Select “Cast” from the drop-down menu.
While this method works best for text-based sites (such as a news site), it is not as smooth running for ones that are video-based (such as Quibi). So you might include issues such as the video glitching, the video not working properly, or not being able to view the video at all. This is not exactly Chromecast’s fault; it’s up to the websites to improve how Chromecast functions on their site.