Can You Screen Mirror the Pixel 3A?
All smartphones should have a screen mirroring feature and the Google Pixel lineup is no exception. Although it doesn’t carry the same name as Android devices, the function is there.
It’s just a bit more demanding in terms of hardware compatibility. It’s not as easy or as cheap to cast from a Pixel 3A to your TV as it would an average Android smartphone. Here’s why.
Pixel 3A Mirroring/Casting Capabilities
Google Pixel smartphones are no strangers to casting to a foreign screen. Yet there are some specific requirements that most iPhones and Android devices don’t have. To mirror your Pixel 3A screen on your TV, you need to connect to that TV through a Google Chromecast.
Without it, your smartphone may recognize the TV if it’s on the same Wi-Fi network but it won’t be able to cast to it. The error is shown as an endless searching loop for compatible devices after you turn on the cast function.
Here’s a note on terminology. Pixel phones use the term Cast instead of Mirroring. Yet for all it’s worth, the feature functions the same as mirroring on Android smartphones.
How to Prepare Your TV for Screen Mirroring from a Pixel 3A Smartphone
There are a few quick steps involved in getting your TV ready. The first is getting your hands on a Google Chromecast and connecting it to your TV.
Here’s what you have to do from your phone:
- Go to Settings.
- Select Network & Internet.
- Go to WiFi and then WiFi Preferences.
- Select Advanced and go to WiFi Direct.
- Check the list of devices.
- Connect your phone to the same Wi-Fi network as your TV.
Here’s what you need to do to start casting:
- Go to your Home Screen.
- Go to Settings.
- Select Connected Devices.
- Go to Connection Preferences.
- Tap the Cast button.
- Select your desired smart TV or another device.
How to Configure Your Chromecast
Before casting anything from your Pixel 3A, your Chromecast needs to be properly configured. Here’s what you need to do after plugging the Chromecast into your TV.
- Install or upgrade to the latest version of the Google Home app.
- Connect all your devices on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Alternatively, plug in a spare Ethernet cable into your Chromecast Ultra.
- Launch the Google Home app.
- Follow the instructions on the screen.
If the instructions don’t appear automatically, there is a sequence you can use to bring up the Chromecast setup wizard.
- Go to the upper left corner of the Google Home app’s main screen.
- Tap the Add + option.
- Select Set up a Device.
- Select Set up new devices.
- Select Chromecast in case it doesn’t automatically start the configuration process.
- Follow any remaining on-screen instructions.
Once your Chromecast is set up, it should appear on the list of compatible devices on your Pixel 3A smartphone. When you want to start streaming or mirroring the screen, simply select the Chromecast as your receiving device and you’re good to go.
How to Quick Cast from Your Pixel Smartphone
If you own a Pixel 3A, you can follow a much easier route when you want to mirror your screen on your TV. You can add the Cast function to the quick settings menu.
- From the top of your Home Screen, swipe down two times.
- Tap the Edit button in the bottom left corner.
- Drag the setting up to reveal it in the Quick Settings menu.
After that, you can simply swipe down once from the top of the Home Screen and the Cast feature will be among the first. Note that this should be featured in the Quick Settings menu by default, but that’s not always the case.
What Do You Do If You Want to Stop Casting Your Screen?
This is very easy to do.
- Swipe down on your screen from the top border.
- Tap the Disconnect option featured on the Cast notification.
Google Pixel Screen Casting Has Very Good Quality
Although you do need an additional piece of hardware to make things happen, the casting quality from smartphone to TV is great with Google. Most users seem pleased, despite the fact that it comes with the added cost of buying a Chromecast.
Do you think that this is likely to change in the future or will Google insist on making Pixel phones and Chromecasts necessary pairings for users who want to use their Pixel phones and Android TVs? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and if you’ve had any issues with connecting to a Chromecast so far.