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How To Use Google Chromecast with Android

We love how handy our Android phones can be, not only that it’s convenient, it is also a versatile gadget that we can rely on. If you have a Google Chromecast, you’ll be amazed at what you can do with it using your Android smartphone or tablet.

Thanks to Chromecast, Android phone users can now use their devices as a remote control to do various things while using their TV as the screen.

Chromecast is one of the best streaming devices that you can plug in your TV’s HDMI port (or via USB port), so you can access contents from streaming apps like Netflix and YouTube or use your TV screen to search for anything using a Chrome browser with a working internet connection.

Related: Best Android Streaming and Smart TV Boxes and Devices

4 Things You Can Do With Google Chromecast Using Your Android Phone

1. Cast Apps to Your TV

Android devices running on 5.0 or higher are capable of casting or screen mirroring, although some devices have been optimized so your experiences may differ.

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Cast Apps to Your TV

Android phone users will be able to cast certain apps on their TV/monitors using a Google Chromecast. Most users do this if they want to run their app that stream movies like Netflix, HBO Now, and YouTube. Movie marathons are meant to be shared anyway.

  • Make sure that your device and your secondary screen is connected to the same Wi-Fi connection.
  • If you are on a Power Saving Mode, turn it off.
  • Open the app that you want to use.
  • Navigate to Quick Settings by swiping down from the top of your screen.
  • Tap Cast Screen
  • Select Device
  • Cast on!

Check out our top recommended apps that are compatible with your Chromecast. Some apps may offer a free trial but then you will need a subscription to maximize their potential.

2. Mirror Photos and Videos from Most Samsung Phones to TV

Using your Chromecast, Android phone users will also be able to cast downloaded movies or photos straight from their phone.

Cast Photos on Your TV
Cast Photos on Your TV

Sometimes, having to stream movies to another steaming device from your Android instead of directly from the web can drain the battery quickly. There can also be issues with lag or latency. However, Chromecast casting puts the burden on the dongle while your Android rests.

  • From the Connect and Share Menu of your device, select Screen Mirroring
  • Specify Display Device
  • Tap on the TV to which you want to mirror your display. Your TV should now show everything that’s on your Android’s screen.

3. Cast Games and Websites

Chromecast will not only let you see and use compatible apps, but you can also browse the internet using a browser and cast games on your TV.

Browse on your smart TV
Browse On Your Smart TV
  • Make sure that your device and your secondary screen is connected to the same Wi-Fi connection.
  • If you are on a Power Saving Mode, turn it off.
  • Select Quick Settings by swiping down from the top of your screen.
  • Tap Cast Screen
  • Select Device
  • Open your browser / Launch the game that you want to play
  • Cast on!

If you just don’t have the money to purchase a Chromecast and wondering if there is an alternative way to do all these, you can try AllCast.

Keep in mind though that the free version is limited. For total functionality, you will have to upgrade to Allcast Premium for about $5.

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You can use AllCast with Chromecast, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox 360 and more. You can also use it with its companion app, AllCast Receiver, to take a more direct approach.

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  • Open AllCast on Android
  • Tap the device you want to cast to.
  • Tap on Media
  • Select the game/video/photo you have stored on Android

AllCast also supports streaming from the cloud, such as from Google Drive, so it’s also a great way to present work material.

4. Stream from Plex Media Server by Casting from Android

Plex Media Server

You can use the Plex app to play content through Chromecast. Plex makes it easier for Android users to stream local media. You’ll notice that a remote-controlled widget exists on the Plex home screen, but it can’t control Chromecast. Plex Media Server can.

You can unlock the Plex Media Server (or endure the one-minute limit) by either: signing up for a Plex Pass account or making a one-time in-app purchase.

  • Open the Plex App on Android. You can use Google Now to search for Plex content and use your Android device as a remote control if you have an Android TV.
  • Select the Players Icon located to the top right of your screen.
  • Choose Your Chromecast
  • Play Content

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If you want to use your Android as a remote with Chromecast, you can simply select it from the Cast app and turn the volume up or down on the device card. You can also switch to landscape mode when you are mirroring. AllCast provides subtitle support if you are using it with a media server.

If you have a smart home and want to control everything using one app, install Google Home.

Google Home

Setting-up and managing your Google Home and Chromecast devices is easy with the Google Home App. It acts like a universal remote to your smart and Chromecast devices.

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What cool things have you done by using Chromecast on your Android phone? Did you encounter any problems? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  1. Can I chat to family in Australia from South Africa on Whatsapp by connecting a Chromecast devise to my Samsung Smart TV. I have a Samsung A20 phone. Both my phone and TV are connected on the same Wi Fi.

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