Google Pixel 2/2 XL – How to Mirror My Screen to My TV or PC
There’s no need to watch videos, view photos, and play games on the small screen of your smartphone. You can easily mirror the screen and share your media with your friends and family members.
This is very easy to do with your Google Pixel 2/2 XL. What’s more, these Android smartphones allow wireless screencasting without any third-party applications.
Read on to find out how to mirror your screen to a TV or PC. The steps are simple and you can set up screencasting in just a few minutes.
Mirror Your Screen to a TV
If you have a smart TV, sharing your Google Pixel 2/2 XL screen to the TV is very simple. This is how to do it:
1. Check the Wi-Fi Connection
First, make sure that your smartphone and smart TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
2. Enable Mirroring on Your TV
The TV needs to be ready to receive data from your phone. Access the TV’s settings menu and enable the mirroring/casting option.
3. Launch the Pixel Settings
Touch the Home screen, swipe up, and tap on the gear icon to access the Settings menu.
4. Select Connected Devices
Once you enter the Connected Devices menu, access Connection Preferences and tap on Cast.
5. Choose Your TV
After you tap Cast, select your smart TV to initiate mirroring.
Tip: Apps like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube all include a Cast icon to easily mirror them to an external display. Choose the video that you want to mirror, tap on the Cast icon, and select your smart TV.
Mirror Your Screen to a PC
Windows 10 users have the option for a straightforward screen mirroring without the help of a third-party app. Your PC needs to run the Windows Anniversary update and be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Google Pixel 2/2 XL.
Follow the steps below to enable mirroring on your PC.
1. Launch the Notification Center
Expand the Quick Settings after you click on the Notification Center, then click on Connect.
2. Select Projecting to this PC
Choose the Available Everywhere option from the first drop-down menu. Close Projecting to This PC menu and relaunch the Connect option.
3. Cast from Your Google Pixel 2/2 XL
You can now connect the smartphone to your Windows 10 PC. The steps are the same as described above, but it doesn’t hurt to get a quick reminder.
Settings > Connected Devices > Connection Preferences > Cast > Select Your PC
If you don’t have a smart TV, it doesn’t mean that you cannot enjoy smartphone screen mirroring. With some help of a Chromecast dongle, you can turn any big-screen LCD into a smart TV.
Plug the dongle into your TV and connect it to the same Wi-Fi network as your smartphone. Install the Google Home app and follow the instructions to set up Chromecast. Once that’s done, you can start casting media from your Google Pixel 2/2 XL.
To Wrap Up
It’s great that you don’t need any third-party apps to mirror the screen of your Google Pixel 2/2 XL. This doesn’t mean you should refrain from using apps, though. Some of them work great, especially if you wish for some extra functionality like screen recording.
Share your experiences with screen mirroring apps in the comments below.