How to Mirror Your iPhone Using Chromecast

The past few years have seen the war over set-top boxes heat up immensely. Due to a renewed focus on seemingly endless amounts of streaming services and the cord-cutter movement spreading across the country, millions of homes have invested in devices that plug into our televisions in order for us to more-easily watch the content we want when we want it. Instead of relying on paying for thousands of ad-supported channels, we’ve moved to a streaming-online methodology, relying on those ad-free subscription services to keep us entertained instead of the older pre-scheduled methods.

Our favorite streaming device from the world’s most popular search company is the Chromecast, a $35 dongle that plugs into the back of your television and allows you to stream content to your device right from your iPhone or Android device. It’s a great middle-ground between using a wired connection and using a full set-top box that can run you upwards of a hundred dollars to buy, all while offering you nearly every streaming option under the sun. It’s a great way to get into the streaming game with a low-cost option, without having to keep track of a separate remote.

Since Chromecast is first and foremost an Android-based standard, it does have a bit more power on Google’s own operating system than on Apple’s iOS, but that isn’t to say we can’t use a couple of workarounds to accomplish all the iOS-based streaming we want on our favorite $35 dongle. Let’s take a look at how this platform works in this guide to streaming and mirroring content from your iPhone or iPad to your Chromecast device.

Streaming Content from Cast-supported Apps

Overall, the most popular way to stream content from a mobile device to a Chromecast is to use apps that support the Chromecast standard for streaming right within their respective iOS app. Setting up your Chromecast device is as easy as downloading the Google Home app from the iOS app store and using it to set up your streaming device from right within your local home network. Google’s Home app will walk you right through the setup of your new Chromecast device if you’re yet to set it up on your network itself, making it easy to get up and going right away.

Google’s Home app can also suggest content from other Cast-enabled apps, and you’d be shocked just how many apps on iOS support the platform. Despite starting as a Google-standard application, Cast support has rolled out among most of the popular streaming platforms available on iOS, including (but certainly not limited to) the following:

    • Netflix
    • YouTube
    • Pandora
    • Vimeo
    • HBO GO/Now
    • Google Play Music
    • Spotify
    • Hulu
    • NFL Sunday Ticket

That’s by no means a full list of titles available on the platform, but it is a wide selection of the content available on iOS that allows you to stream to your Chromecast device (which, in addition to the Chromecast itself, including newer Vizio televisions, Android TV boxes, and more). There are two notable content makes missing from the above list: Apple and Amazon. Both offer their own set-top boxes or devices, and both feature their own streaming substitutes (Airplay and Allcast, respectively).

Unfortunately, we don’t see either platform adding Chromecast support to their applications anytime soon. Amazon has worked hard to make sure even the Android version of the Prime Video app can’t support Cast-enabled devices, and though Apple’s Android support is largely limited to Apple Music, the tech giant has similarly refused to bring any sort of Chromecast support to Android devices—and we don’t see it coming to Apple’s own phones anytime soon.

Sending content from these apps—or any of the other Cast-supporting iOS apps available in the app store, a full list of which you can find here—is as simple as any other mirroring-type interface built into iOS. Make sure your Chromecast is awake and your television turned on. Open the app you wish to watch content from, like Netflix or Hulu.

So long as your Chromecast is set up and awake, you’ll see a Cast icon appear somewhere in the top-right corner of your display on your iPad or iPhone. Tap this Cast icon, then select the Cast device to which you want to beam your content. Your Chromecast will then load the video or music directly onto your television, and you’ll be free to use your phone or tablet as you otherwise would. All of this makes it incredibly easy to watch your content how you want to watch it, without sacrificing the ability to use your phone as a messaging or social tool.

Mirroring Your iOS Device with Chromecast

Of course, if you want to mirror your phone’s display to your Chromecast, you’ll need a bit more setup than the typical Chromecast application. While most users will get more out of using the standard Chromecast mirroring option—that is to say, using an app with built-in Cast functionality as described above—you might want to mirror your phone for use with an app that doesn’t support Casting, like Apple Photos, in order to display that content on your television.

Unfortunately, there’s no native way to do this, so anyone coming to this article with high hopes regarding what can and can’t be done with mirroring from your iPhone to your Chromecast. This isn’t the easiest process, and if new to the platform or you plan on mirroring your phone consistently, it might be easier to invest in an Apple TV for Airplay rather than using a Chromecast with a workaround for iOS. But for some quick and dirty mirroring, a Chromecast can get the job done in a pinch.

Before we begin, you’ll need a computer running macOS or Windows 10 that is connected to the same network as your iPhone or iPad, and your Chromecast. Make sure you have this before heading into the guide below—we’ll need it immediately.

Setting Up Your Computer

In order to mirror your phone on your computer, we’re going to have to use your laptop or desktop as a server of sorts, establishing a connection between your Chromecast device and the Airplay protocol that’s built into iOS. There are a ton of existing Airplay server applications out there that exist to help you stream your device to your computer, and there are two major ones we recommend here.

The first, Apowersoft’s ApowerMirror, allows us to automatically use Airplay to stream our phone or tablet’s screen directly onto your Windows or Mac laptop or desktop computer. There is a free version of ApowerMirror, but it does include a watermark on your stream. For some, this might not be a problem, and it’s one of the best free mirroring apps we’ve seen out there.

Mirroring Your Phone to Your PC

Once the app is installed on your computer, you’ll want to head into the Control Center on your iPhone or iPad by sliding up from the bottom of your device’s screen and tapping the Airplay icon. So long as either ApowerMirror has been set up on your computer and is currently active, you should see an option on your computer to begin mirroring your phone right to your PC. Your phone’s screen will appear on your computer’s display, allowing you to project photos or videos on your PC’s screen.

Once you’ve made sure the settings of your mirror are to your liking—including adjusting the quality, resolution, sound, and any other settings you might need—you can move onto getting the image projected from your computer to your Chromecast.

Mirroring Your PC to Your Chromecast

Now that we have the image of your phone mirrored correctly with either ApowerMirror or AirServer, we can move onto the final step: moving the mirror of your phone from your PC to your Chromecast. In this case, the Chromecast largely works as an intermediary between your iPhone or iPad and your television. With that said, we still need to work on getting the image from your laptop or desktop to your actual television. With that in mind, here’s how to do it.

Make sure you have Chrome downloaded on your device if you haven’t done so already. You’ll need it to use Google’s own Cast system built into Chrome and mirror your laptop to your television. Once you’ve installed and logged into Chrome, make sure your iPhone or iPad mirror is active in the background on the Airplay server app of your choice.

Now, tap the triple-dotted menu icon in the top-right corner of your device and find the “Cast…” option within the menu. Tapping this will open a menu that will display any Google Cast-enabled platform in the area, including Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, Google Home, or any other Cast-supported platform. You’ll want to find the Chromecast device plugged into your television and select it.

On the next screen, Cast will ask you if you want to mirror your entire desktop or just the tab open at the time. From here, select “Cast Desktop,” and you’ll see your entire desktop, iPhone mirror and all, appear on your television, all without wires. From here, you can use your iPhone as intended. Since this is a bit of a hacky-workaround, you may notice some latency in certain apps or actions. This certainly isn’t a perfect strategy, and if you’re looking for something a bit more stable, you might want to plug your Mac or PC directly into the HDMI port on your television instead of using a wireless connection and relying on Chrome to mirror your entire desktop.

 

16 thoughts on “How to Mirror Your iPhone Using Chromecast”

Avatar Marylou says:
I have an Android tv and an iPhone X. My home internet is limited so I would like to use my phones unlimited internet capabilities for streaming to the tv. Is this possible with chrome cast? Netflix and amazon prime is what I’m looking to stream.
Avatar Eric says:
Buy an Android phone. Problem solved.
Avatar Roger says:
You mean you can watch Amazon Prime movies on a Chromecast with an Android phone?
Avatar Apple Hater says:
Apple has always been tough when it comes to working with competitors products they want you to pay for there devices 90% of the cost is for the Apple Logo! It has been this way since Bill Gates and the late founder of Apple had it out in the early 80’s! I doubt it will change as long as people pay the prices Apple charges.
Avatar Gilda Cardozo says:
My MacBook Pro isn’t stream Comcast channels, so I should be able to mirror straight from my iPhone or iPad. Bottom line I should have bought another Apple TV instead if chrome cast.
Avatar Oysvesa says:
From Applestore an app: TV Cast. A blue icon. It works with my iPhone.
Avatar Oysvesa says:
Oh, I am sorry. I did NOT get it working. I was wrong about it.
I`ll buy an apple tv, too :)
Avatar Manav says:
if you have an iPhone or iPad and you want to mirror it to your tv, get an apple tv! problem solved!
Avatar Neil says:
Don’t you just install the “Google Home” app from the app store which adds the chromecast button to all compatible apps on your phone (netflix, Hulu, Plex etc?). I don’t have an i-phone but isn’t this what the google instructions are? I imagine you would have to restart the apps so they get the cast option but ti should be fairly seamless.
Avatar Dawn says:
iPhone’s do not work well with the new google home update for chromecast. It’s hit or miss to stream anything. Other phones like androids go hand in hand with google. If you are a iPhone owner it’s very frustrating to try to use chromecast because your device is hard to communicate with your iPhone or iPad
Avatar christopher w steiner says:
I truly hate my iphone. I even miss my Windows phone. At least you could do a lot of stuff with it. I can’t even use my chromecast with this piece of crap iphone. Hardly any apps compared to what I’m used to with Windows and Android.
Avatar Animesh Sonkar says:
7 day trial only, $15 buy. Sigh!!
Avatar EJ says:
As others have reported, I can cast Chrome on my computer to my tv using Chromecast and my iPhone to me computer using Mirroring360, but the missing step is connecting the mirrored IPhone on the computer to the Chromecast. How is this done?
Avatar GS says:
Can someone help me with directions to have my iphone and ipad screen mirror on my TV using chromecast?

Thanks

Avatar Asa says:
I am able to cast my PC to my TV and Cast my iPhone to my PC but I’m not able to Cast my iPhone onto my TV.
Avatar Matthew says:
I’m trying to think of how exactly I got mine going (and feel dumb answering without a plain solution), but I often pull up Netflix, HBO on demand, YouTube and more. It might be a seperate “plug-in” to download, but I can open Netflix, etc on my iPhone, control it with iPhone, and watch HD from the mentioned and more providers, free from my couch.

You can also click the Cast icon (top-right as the other guy said) and it will mirror your desktop computer to your HDTV (if they’re in different rooms you still have to go back to your PC to change streams/pages). It’s “one-way” apparently. I wish you the best in untangling all of this world-fi.

Avatar Cracked Phone says:
Hey Tech Junkie,

So cool that you can mirror your iPhone to Chromecast. It just stinks for someone like me, who has a cracked phone screen.

Dennis

Avatar h8ios says:
u didnt mention its $15 sigh…not worth trouble..i’ll just use my android phone to chromecast and ipad for toilet reading
Avatar Gogu says:
Best remark ever dude!
Avatar Kaylene says:
The problem I seem to have is getting the sound to carry across? I can see the image but the sound still broadcasts from my laptop?
Avatar shane says:
This is caused by wrong audio output selected. Windows, right click on the speaker icon/volume bar and go into playback devices and select the correct device.

Mac, option click on the speaker icon and select the playback device from the dropdown menu

Avatar Alan says:
Your directions were great as far as they went. I was able to install the cast app into my chrome browser and mirror the browser on to my television. I then installed mirror 360 on my computer. I then went to the control center to get air play clicked and put on mirroring. I then saw my iphone on my computer but it did not project to the television.

I was able to project my iphone on to my television using my widi connection but I thought I would be able to directly see my iphone on my television.

Is there something I did not do correctly?

Avatar James says:
Click the little chrome cast button on the PC browser. Upper right I believe
Avatar Roger says:
Yep. Skip the iPhone all together. Run Chrome on your PC or Mac. Load up Prime in Chrome and cast it to the TV. If there’s an iPhone app you want to see on the TV, join the free Apple Developers group and download the iOS emulator on your Mac.

Of course, if you are going to use your Mac/PC, you might as well simply connect it via HDMI cable to your TV.

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