How to Cast Your Screen: Wired and Wireless Solutions to Share Your Screen
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There are many situations where you might want to mirror your smartphone or PC display to the giant TV in your living room. It’s a simple way to share photos, or whatever’s on your screen. It can be a presentation you’re about to give 9 PowerPoint Mistakes to Avoid for Perfect Presentations 9 PowerPoint Mistakes to Avoid for Perfect Presentations It's easy to screw up your PowerPoint presentation. Let's take a look at mistakes you probably make when presenting your slideshow, and how to correct them. Read More or a spreadsheet you need to talk about 7 Tips to Save Time in Microsoft Excel 7 Tips to Save Time in Microsoft Excel If Excel has consumed a lot of your time in the past, let us show you how to get some of it back. These simple tips are easy to remember. Read More . There are multiple ways to do this, both wired and wireless.

1. Wirelessly Mirror Media With Chromecast

Chromecast is a little $35 HDMI dongle you can carry around in your pocket. It’s easy to set up and use. Chromecast is the cheapest and the most seamless way to wirelessly mirror your device onto your TV. While it’s usually used to cast media Hack Your Chromecast Experience With These Tricks Hack Your Chromecast Experience With These Tricks Did you know your Chromecast is capable of much more than simply streaming video? In this article we'll show you eight clever hacks which will make your Chromecast experience even better. Read More , it also works for screen mirroring for supported devices 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With a Chromecast 7 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do With a Chromecast You have finally taken the plunge and bought yourself a shiny new Chromecast, but what happens next? Here are seven things you didn't know you could do with one of Google's dongles... Read More .

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That is, as long as you have an Android device or a Mac and PC running Chrome. The feature is now built into the browser. So from the menu, select Cast to get started. You can mirror a single tab to Chromecast, or your entire screen from your Mac or PC. Because of iOS’s closed nature, there’s no official way of mirroring your entire display to Chromecast.

If you have an Android phone, you can just swipe down on the notification panel and select the Cast button from the quick toggles to get started.

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Other than being able to mirror your display, Chromecast can cast media to your TV quite easily. Apps like YouTube, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Play Music, Pandora, and HBO Go all support Chromecast feature Awesome New Chromecast Apps, Tips and Tricks You'll Love Messing With Awesome New Chromecast Apps, Tips and Tricks You'll Love Messing With Apps are adding support for the Chromecast constantly, so keep checking your apps. Until then, read on to learn how to get the most out of your Chromecast with what is available today. Read More . Just look for the Cast button in the playback screen, select your Chromecast and presto — the media will play on your TV. You can use your mobile device to control the playback.

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2. Mirror Laptop Display Using HDMI

HDMI is still the staple Video Cables Explained: Difference Between VGA, DVI, and HDMI Ports Video Cables Explained: Difference Between VGA, DVI, and HDMI Ports There are so many video cables out there and it can get confusing. VGA, DVI, HDMI, DisplayPort -- what's the difference and why do they even matter? Read More for mirroring the screen when it comes to laptops (although with the latest MacBook Pros, that might just be set to change). HDMI is a single cable that carries both high definition video and audio. It’s a plug and play protocol, which makes it extremely versatile. It’s simple and it works every time.

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To make HDMI work with a modern laptop, you’ll probably need to buy an adaptor. Apple has its own USB-C to HDMI adapter. Look for third party adapters on Amazon.

3. Wirelessly Mirror iOS and Mac With AirPlay

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If you’re all in on the Apple ecosystem, it makes sense to buy the Apple TV Still Unsure If You Need an Apple TV? Here’s What It Can Do Still Unsure If You Need an Apple TV? Here’s What It Can Do On the fence about what seems like yet another expensive Apple purchase? Check out what you can do with an Apple TV and decide for yourself. Read More , which makes the process of casting the screen from any Apple device to your TV really easy. The same works for media too. The video player has an AirPlay button built-in across iOS and macOS.

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To mirror your display from iOS, open the Control Center and select AirPlay Mirroring. To do this on a Mac, first enable the shortcut for AirPlay Mirroring from System Preferences > Display. Now use the menu bar shortcut to select the Apple TV in the room to stream to.

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The current 4th generation Apple TV runs on tvOS and supports apps and games You Can Now Play Minecraft on Apple TV You Can Now Play Minecraft on Apple TV Mojang has ported Minecraft to tvOS, which means you can now play the insanely popular sandbox game on your Apple TV. Read More . At $149 for the 32 GB model, Apple TV is significantly more expensive than Chromecast.

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4. Wired Mirroring for iPhone and iPad

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If you don’t want to buy the Apple TV for $149, buy a cheaper adaptor instead. iPhone and iPad support mirroring using HDMI via a converter. Apple’s Official Lightning Digital AV Adapter comes in at $49. It has both an HDMI in and a Lightning port so you can charge you device when you’re mirroring it.

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5. Miracast

Miracast is a wireless casting protocol How to Cast Your Android Screen to Windows 10 With Miracast and Connect How to Cast Your Android Screen to Windows 10 With Miracast and Connect In Windows 10 version 1607, you can wirelessly cast your Android screen to your desktop using the Connect app. We show you how to set up this magical screen mirror. Read More that does away with the need for a dongle like Chromecast. As long as the support for Miracast is built into both devices, you can wirelessly cast your screen, even without the internet (it uses Wi-Fi Direct protocol).

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Devices with Windows 8.1 and Android 4.4 and up support it. Now you just need to make sure your TV does too. This part can be a bit confusing because different manufacturers promote the same Miracast technology under different brand names. For instance, Sony calls it Screen Mirroring, while Samsung calls it AllShare Cast. If you’re looking to buy a new TV, look at supported devices here.

If your device doesn’t support Miracast, you can add the functionality using a dongle like the Roku Streaming Stick or the Fire TV Stick. Microsoft and Belkin also make Miracast dongles for under $60.

While Miracast was hailed as the wireless version of HDMI Stop Using HDMI: Miracast Is the Wireless Alternative You'll Love Stop Using HDMI: Miracast Is the Wireless Alternative You'll Love The next time you need to stream media between devices, remember the flaws of HDMI and consider using wireless Miracast instead. It's the technology we all need and deserve. Read More (one with the same simplicity and versatility as the HDMI without the cables), it hasn’t turned out that way. Getting Miracast to work can sometimes be downright confusing. There’s a lack of clarity when it comes to the feature across different categories of devices. Plus, your device needs to be awake when Miracast is streaming, which can drain a smartphone’s battery fairly quickly.

If both your devices have Miracast support, that’s well and good. But if they don’t, I wouldn’t suggest you go out of your way to make it work using dongles. Chromecast is a much better option.

6. Mirroring on Android

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There are a couple of ways for doing this on Android. Modern Android phones that run Lollipop and higher come with multiple mirroring options built in. If your manufacturer has set it up that way, you’ll find a Cast button in the Quick Settings section 8 Best Apps for Customizing Nougat's Quick Settings Panel 8 Best Apps for Customizing Nougat's Quick Settings Panel This is how you can customize the Quick Settings panel in Android 7.0 Nougat, and the eight best apps for it (that's right, you can put apps in your Quick Settings panel). Read More of the notification panel. Tap it and you’ll see devices with mirroring capabilities that are around you. This can either be a Chromecast or a Miracast device, as discussed above.

The simplest and most reliable way is to use the Chromecast. Swipe down from the top of the screen, tap on Cast, select your Chromecast and you’re in business.

If you want to mirror to an Amazon Fire TV, another Android device, a PC or even an Apple TV, check out Koushik Dutta’s stellar Screen Recording and Mirror app.

What’s the Best Method?

HDMI is still the most reliable way to mirror your screen. If it just has to be wireless, look into Chromecast. While you might have some performance issues, depending on what’s on your screen, it’s perfectly fine for presentations and spreadsheets.

You’ll find other, more obscure, maybe proprietary ways for mirroring your screen. But they won’t work as seamlessly or reliably as the options we’ve listed above.

What do you use screen mirroring for? Share with us in the comments below.

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  1. Darshan Dharajia
    December 15, 2017 at 5:07 am

    my android phone and windows 10 pc connect wirelessly to Vu TV?

  2. Darshan Dharajia
    December 15, 2017 at 5:07 am

    i share my android phone and windows 10 pc to connect wirelessly with Vu TV?

  3. Veronica Giordano
    October 24, 2017 at 11:12 am

    Fascinating article and knowledgeable also. The miracast Wireless method is one of the best ways for screen mirroring. Reading your blog, I am learned new methods. Thank you for posting the informatic blog.

  4. Davin Peterson
    March 24, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    Older Google Nexus devices had supported Miracast. But then Google dropped it when they came out with Chromecast.