Mirror cast is a wonderful technology that allows you to easily project your smartphone or tablet screen on a TV. This is an amazing way to use your device on a bigger display. Today I’m going to be introducing you to the 4 best mirror cast apps for Android, so that you can use your tv to stream music and video, show off your awesome photos, and play games on the big screen.
One thing to note here is that many TVs do come with mirror cast technology built right into them, but if you have an older TV then you’ll need a mirror cast enabled device. We’ve already written an article about the best Miracast devices for Android, so take a look at them or you can check out Chromecast to achieve essentially the same thing.
Note: the 4 best mirror cast apps for Android were tested on a Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge smartphone, a Chinese pineapple HDMI dongle, – which is fairly cheap, by the way, only costing $30 – and a Samsung full HD TV. I also tested the apps that are Chromecast enabled on Google Chromecast, the first version. All of the apps worked fine and there were no problems during the screen sharing. The apps are not in any particular order. I recommend that you try them all out before settling on one or two.
AllConnect – Play & Stream
The first app on our list, AllConnect, is one of the best mirror casting apps for Android, and it allows you to instantly stream anything from your device to your TV.
One of the best things about this app is that no matter what kind of receiving device you have setup, it works well with almost anything, from Chromecast to an Android Box, DLNA devices to smart TVs, even Apple TV.
It’s the most user friendly and streamlined experience provided by a third party cast app. The advanced playback features give you a lot of room to fully personalize what you want to display on the big screen. You can also stream from any source, including your web browser, media servers, and streaming sites.
So what’s the catch? Well the app does not support screen mirroring, which means it can’t cast the powerpoint presentation you just made, but if you are a little savvy, you can almost stream anything on your TV by opening the file in a browser using a service like Google Drive.Show Downloads
- Free & $4.693
BubbleUPnP for DLNA/Chromecast
Our next app, BubbleUPnP has a hard to pronounce name, but that’s the most inaccessible thing about the app. The rest of the app is well designed and comes packed to the brim with features.
BubbleUPnP is able to connect to Chromecast, Nexus Player, Nvidia Shield, DLNA TVs and even gaming consoles. The app is also compatible with Amazon Fire TV and Fire Stick, which is nice because you can get both of them for very little investment. The app is able to obtain data from a number of sources: media servers, device storage, music services, and browsers.
One thing I enjoyed and used multiple times during my own experience with BubbleUPnP is the ability to access your stored songs and videos on Google Drive, Google Photos and Dropbox. Several other cloud based storage services are also supported.Show Downloads
LocalCast for Chromecast
Next up is LocalCast for Chromecast. Contrary to its name, LocalCast can be used with more than just Chromecast. It also works well with other devices, including Smart TVs, Roku, and Amazon Stick, among others. However, some features only work with Chromecast or Google cast devices.
For example, you can zoom, pan and rotate, but only using Chromecast. If you are into watching movies using this type of connectivity, this app supports opensubtitle.org integration, but they can only work with Chromecast and Apple TV, which is kind of a bummer.Show Downloads
iMediaShare – Photos & Music
This last app, iMediaShare, has the simplest interface of any of the apps on this list.
The main screen features large, prominent buttons that allow you to access the major options right from the get go. There is a button for videos, one for photos, another for music, and even a dedicated button for Facebook.
So, if you only use mirror cast apps for Android to throw homemade videos or photos on the big screen, that the whole family can enjoy, this is the perfect app for you. It’s also a great option for visually impaired or less tech savvy users.
The simple, fast and easy to use interface makes iMediaShare a great app to share data between your device and your TV.Show Downloads
Final Thoughts On the Best Android Mirror Cast Apps
These are a few great mirror cast apps for Android that will help you enjoy all of your content on the big screen. Of course, there are some great paid options, too, such as AllCast, but why dish out your hard earned money when you can use one of these 7 free apps? Any one of them can easily become your go to app for all your mirror casting needs.
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