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Chromecast App Update Brings Android Screen Mirroring to Your TV

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This morning, Google announced that Android screen mirroring is officially now available for Chromecast users. With this feature, owners of a compatible smartphone or tablet, with access to a Chromecast over a WiFi connection, can mirror their device’s display onto the big screen in their living room.

When mirroring, whatever you see on your smartphone will be displayed on your TV, meaning you can watch videos, view pictures, and play inside of apps. No exact mention was made about gaming, but a latency issue could make that a bit difficult. 

Google states that this feature is currently in Beta, so if it seems broken at times, don’t be alarmed.

Here is the list of compatible devices:

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 10
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S4 (Google Play Edition)
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10
  • HTC One M7
  • HTC One M7 (Google Play Edition)
  • LG G3
  • LG G2
  • LG G Pro 2
  • Support for additional devices coming soon

To use it, you will need the updated Chromecast application from Google Play, so be on the lookout for version 1.7.

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Via: Android Blog
  • admin

    Can some one with an iPhone 5 access my phone through this feature -cast screen mirroring

  • Matthew Johnson

    Galaxy s5 active still wont screen mirror, no cast icon under chromecast app, this waiting game sucks

  • Ivan

    Darn my note 2 not supported yet.

  • Ashwin B N

    Hi Guys,
    I have Nexus 7 2012 Tab. It has option called screen cast but when I go to the right top corner I don’t have option to enable wireless display. Is their any solution for this or I have to live with this Tab without miracast option.

  • Lucas Souza

    anyone know if will work in Moto G?

  • Robert

    After reading a lot of these post it’s pretty clear that most of you have no idea what your talking about. Chromecast 1.5 works, and has worked for quite a while on certain devices. But, it will not allow you to cast your device screen. It only works with certain websites,YouTube,ESPN,Netflix etc. You have to have version 1.7 to be able to cast you screen. You also have to be running KitKat 4.4.1 or higher.

    • Tres Waters

      It’s not certain websites, it’s certain formats, unless Google is staying on top of the porn industry’s need to be on the frontline of technology.

  • fatproduce

    Is the One m8 getting the update?

  • xRepinsSporx

    Well no cast icon showing up on the s5 active. Figured since the s5 was on the list the active version would work also but looks like I was wrong

    • Matthew Johnson

      Yes I have the s5 active and its very hard to believe that this phone doesnt currently work with screen cast, no cast icon even, when the s5 does. Come on google, its the same dam s5 with a bumper on it, jeeez :(

  • crazed_z06

    Hmm.. Im not getting any audio when I do the screen casting.. Is this only for mirring video?

    I get audio casting everything else (Play Music, Youtube, etc)

  • Nick

    How is motox not supported? Wth Google.

    • Tres Waters

      I was wondering that, myself. I thought the damn thing was practically a Nexus device (unless you have a VZW variant) but still, stock android. I’m still shocked they didn’t get the L developer preview. It really didn’t take long at all for Google to start ignoring the X.

      • Charles Stewart Jr

        Yeah it’s kinda BS considering the main reason I got the Moto X over the HTC One or S4 was because it was essentially a Google device. If I had known 6 months later Google would sell off Motorola I would not have bought it.

        I was on the iPhone since the first one and just couldn’t stand being stuck on a small screen anymore and after I saw the 5s I was over it. The main reason I had not switched to Android before then was because the stupid OS update process Android has to go through with the manufacturers and carriers. But I felt good about switching knowing Motorola was a Google owned company and that their flagship phone would more then likely get the updates the fastest. Which for the most part they have, but now they are lumped in with everyone else. Which has essentially been solidified with the announcement of this update and the Moto X not being one of the supported phones.

        I think it’s a great phone, but I will not be buying another Motorola once my contract is up. If the iPhone 6 truly has a 4.7 display I may even switch back.

  • Enrique Díaz Alvarado

    It works like a charm in a Nexus 4 with 4.4.4 and chormecast 1.5.5.
    Just go to notification/settings and it will appear cast screen just click it and there you go.
    I suggest downloading chorme beta you can watch all your videos in the TV.

  • Charlotte Mcmullen

    When is there gonna be one for the galaxy s3? cause I use my chromecast a lot.

    • Tres Waters

      No one could possibly know that.

  • Chris Macoy

    This is awesome, can’t wait to be able to mirror everything to my big screen. Add Plex, which just updated its software to the new Android TV, https://blog.plex.tv/2014/06/25/plex-brand-new-android-tv/, there’s so many different ways to watch my favorite shows now!!

    • Tres Waters

      Plex already has Chromecast support.

  • jasonlee1

    apk apk apleasek?

  • jerflash
  • Ayo Victor Ogunfunmi

    I tested this out on my N900 Note 3 and it works pretty well. I was able to stream movie on my device to my TV with little to no delay.

  • mowserx

    Argh … we have a Nexus 7 (2012) and a Galaxy S3. Both are one version too old. *sigh*

  • Elmer B

    I likey! I can’t wait to try this, when I get home tonight.

  • windontree

    and NO Motorolas? Google did you just buy, sell and now ignored Motorola in a span of just how many months?

  • KID ANDROID

    M7 support but no M8 come on….. I guess I’ll have to use my Nexus 7 2013 FHD or Nexus 5 for now… See why it’s good to have multiple devices

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  • Rechie

    Please make it work with my very capable Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 2!

  • Rob Fontelera

    Wonder why no m8?

  • ApplesNAndroids

    No M8 support?

  • MBS

    This is huge for me. It’s one reason I’ve been hanging on to an iPhone – built-in screen mirroring via AirPlay and AppleTV to the big conference room display at work. Up to now, no good Android equivalent (Miracast never worked on any of my devices).

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    Now I don’t have to wait on Popcorn time to update their Android app for Chrome cast support. This is really good news for me

    • Jared Denman

      Just use the show box app with localcast. Works 100x better than popcorn time.

      • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

        I’ve tried that before, video never loads and lately I’ve been getting force closes on Showbox when I try to open it on WiFi and carrier network. Will look into it one day

        • Jared Denman

          Maybe it’s your isp? I’ve never had 1 issue. We watch roughly 3-4 movies a week on it.

  • Charles Stewart Jr

    So can you do this by direct connecting through wifi or do you still need to be on a typical wifi network? I’m hoping that I can finally use my Chromecast in a hotel where I can just plug it into the TV in the room and direct connect to my phone to play media off the device. Anyone tried that yet?

    • JSo

      If I remember right, that feature requires an updated Google Play Services. I may be mistaking though.

      • Tres Waters

        That’s just a software update. That doesn’t have anything to do with not having to be on the same network. They connect directly when you set it up.

        • Charles Stewart Jr

          Yeah I have read the device is completely capable of doing it for the reasons you mentioned. I would think that would be something pretty simple to do especially now if they let you stream from your phone.

          I know the inability to use it in a typical hotel setting has been a complaint amongst users and bloggers. The device’s size and simplicity makes it perfect for traveling. Hell if they would even allow you to authenticate the device with a basic webpage that would at least give you the option to use netflix.

          Lets hope they give us a wifi direct option for streaming off the device soon. At least with this update it looks like they are moving in that direction.

          • Tres Waters

            If you get a travel router, a router that’ll connect to a hotel or any other network, will allow you to get around that obstacle, I believe.

    • Tres Waters

      That’s a really really good question. The setup requires you to connect directly to the Chromecast so it’s obviously possible.

  • richkoos

    Screen casting also works now in android L preview from the quick toggles. And I don’t even think I updated the Chromecast app.

  • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

    Amen

  • BiggiePhat

    You don’t need the APK. Done right through settings. Please stop asking for the APK…

    • JSo

      Did I miss something? What is done right through settings?

    • Aooga

      Only on Nexus devices. Care to tell me where it is on the S5?

    • Tres Waters

      The only thing my phone will mirror to is a Samsung Allshare Hub via settings. We’re Verizon customers, the majority of us don’t have Nexus devices. We need the APK.

  • Guest

    So is this suppose to built into Android L? Or will we still need the Chromecast app?

  • Christopher Moore

    I’ve been waiting for this as soon as they announced it. I just have to buy my third chromecast adapter when it hits below $30. I know, I’m cheap.

  • rfranken

    apk or it didn’t happen

    • Kevin

      You don’t need an apk. Just reboot your Chromecast and If your device is on the supported list you’re good to go.

      • jowaldo

        You do need the latest chromecast app on your phone/tablet though. I haven’t got the updated app on my phone yet.. I’m still at 1.5.5 of the app, and this post says you need 1.7

        • JSo

          I just read in a forum that the updated app is only needed for non Nexus devices. I can’t confirm this since I am not at home. People are saying it is working on the Nexus 5 on the current app.

          • Kiril Vatev

            I can confirm this. I have has a “Cast” button in my notification shade for a while now, which always said “Casting to your Chromecast failed”. Until today. It is working right now, even though my Chromecast app is still on 1.5.5.

          • BK

            On what device?

          • Kiril Vatev

            Sorry, Nexus 5. I was sure I said that. I guess it was in the original comment I was confirming though.

          • https://www.heartbleedbug.com/ Intellectua1

            CM has always had this option (which never worked BTW) but today it’s working and I don’t have the updated app installed. At home on my lunch break testing it now.

        • Kevin

          Really? Because I’m on 1.5!

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        • rfranken

          FYI in the next Droid life article someone links to an APK. and yep its 1.7.4.

      • http://www.jerrymiltonphotography.com/ Jerry Milton

        Kevin OBVIOUSLY you don’t know Google very well…they ROLL out these updates slowly, which is why everyone wants an APK. It wasn’t a stupid request AT ALL. I can reboot my Note 3 till the cows come home and still no dice as of yet.

        • Tres Waters

          Quit freaking out. He wasn’t being a dick to you, so why are you being a dick to him? If you scrolled down you’d see there are quite a few links to the APK.

  • Defenestratus

    FYI its not live for everyone yet. My Note 3 doesn’t have the ability yet

    • IrishSid

      Mine has the option but won’t find the Chromecast

  • Michael

    Now, I can play clash of clans on my 47″ TV!

    • dannyWHITE

      More like Clash of Lags…

      • JSo

        If it performs like it did in the demo at Google I/O, there wont be much lag.

        • Michael

          Thanks, I was wondering how well it works.

      • 213ninja

        why would you say that? have you used it?

        • Komicturtle

          I have and it isn’t as smooth as it should be. At least it is in Beta and not finalized. I expect performance to improve in the coming months.

    • T4rd

      Haha, exactly what I plan on trying as soon as I get the update!

  • I am thrilled.

    It’s happening.

  • T4rd

    Awesome.. no more required overpriced $100 adapters from Apple or Samsung required!

  • Diablo81588

    No Moto X support is just plain retarded.

    • JSo

      They said at Google I/O that it will work with any Android phone. I just watched the Chromecast section of I/O on YouTube. lol

      • James

        I’m not sure what you mean. It was clearly announced at I/O that only certain devices would be supported at launch, with more devices “to come.”

        • JSo

          Maybe it was for some of the other features. But still, more to come probably means Moto X support in the future.

          • James

            Yes, but I think what Diablo was getting at in his poorly phrased original post was that for those people who bought a Moto X while Motorola was Google-owned and expected Nexus-type support, its frustrating to see devices like the GS4 and G Pro 2 already included.

    • James

      While I agree the omission of Moto X is stupid, your use of the word “retarded” is equally stupid.

      • Diablo81588

        Whatever.

        • James

          Yeah, indifference to prejudice is a pretty common response.

      • ButThatsJustEveryone

        Actually it is correct by the definition of the word. But sure, try
        to own words that belong to English and not to a specific sub-group of
        people.

        • James

          It’s truly unbelievable the lengths people will go to justify ignorance. There’s a big difference between trying to “own” a word, and choosing not to use a word which has clearly become offensive in English vernacular. The meaning of words change over time, and it’s clear the OP could have chosen plenty of non-offensive options here.

      • Adam Neighbors

        Retard – to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.

        Seems like he used it pretty accurately…

        • James

          I like how you deliberately omitted the second part of the definition: “informal offensive”, which is clearly the sense in which the OP first used it. Nice try though.

          • Adam Neighbors

            What does that have to do with anything? Just because it’s often “offensive” doesn’t change the definition of the word. Eating meat is often “Offensive” doesn’t mean meat isn’t still widely eaten.

          • James

            The term “eating meat” isn’t offensive to anyone. The action is offensive to some. Everyone here is aware, including you, that the term used by the OP is considered offensive to many. There are plenty of other options he could have chosen to express his sentiment. And yes, the meaning of words does change over time, especially when they are commandeered by dominant groups to express derision or prejudice at the expense of others.

          • Adam Neighbors

            You’re trying so hard to be offended. Why? What does it solve? OP wasn’t being offensive. He was simply saying how absurd it is that the Moto X wasn’t supported, but for some reason you chose to throw a hissy fit over word choice EVEN THOUGH he used the word correctly. What point are you trying to make? That even though he used the word correctly he shouldn’t use that word because your feelings MIGHT get hurt? That’s insane. It makes no sense to get so upset over a completely innocent act simply because you feel like you need to be pandered to.

          • James

            The only point I’m trying to make is that a little more respect and consideration would go a long way. Words have power, and when used carelessly, they can cause pain and suffering. Innocent intentions do not justify harmful outcomes.

            Out of the thousands of words in the English language, there are only a handful that are widely recognized as offensive. What seems more reasonable: to avoid these words out of respect for others, or to carelessly throw them around just because you can?

            And from your tone, I don’t it’s me that’s throwing the hissy fit. You can try as hard as you want to find a justification for your response, but it’s clear even your own conscience is unsettled by the fact you’re on the wrong side of this argument.

          • aaaa

            James you’re retarded

      • T4rd

        I’m a Tard and I think he used it appropriately. =p

      • CheersSD

        And using the word stupid is somehow less sensitive James? Let that soak in for a minute before you respond.

    • Brian Lippman

      https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/6059461

      Limited device support right now, looks like mostly just Nexus and 2014 devices, more coming soon. So calm the hell down.

    • red014
      • Suicide_Note

        Geez, how empty that woman’s life must be to get so upset about a soccer match.

        • JSo

          Yeah, I don’t understand soccer fans.

          • Synacks

            They only have one sport in their country. This is their playoffs and Super Bowl. It only happens every 4 years so the drama is amplified by a lot. Here in America we can root for football, basketball, baseball, etc for both professional and college level.

          • JSo

            But crying over a sport? Lol

          • rawr

            That’s all they have there, now they have to go back to the favela that could have been turned into affordable and decent housing with the money spent on making Brazil capable of hosting the World Cup.

            It was all for nothing.

          • picaso86

            It’s a religion more than a sport.

    • Deez

      Not really. You may not believe this but outside of Droid Life no one in the real world uses that phone or even really cares about it, so I’m not surprised that it’s not supported yet…

  • Jared Denman

    Download link?

    • JSo

      The play store is still showing the last update date as April 17th. So maybe it hasn’t shown up yet.

      • jerflash

        ya still 1.5.5 here for me as well. please keep us up to day i like to try this tonight and compare to the mirror app for nexus 5

        • Nw_adventure

          Yup also stuck on 1.5.5

    • Tres Waters
  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    WOO!…. WE MADE IT GUYS!

  • http://www.droid-life.com/ Steve B

    Finally. Bout f*cking time.

  • coolsilver

    YAY!!!!! Now I can have PYKL3 Radar on my TV.

  • provider

    I’d like to know the full list of phones this will work with…

    • Jared Denman

      Initially supported devices including the Google Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (2013), Nexus 10, Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5, Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10 (2014 Edition), HTC One M7, LG G2, LG G Pro 2, and LG G3.

  • https://twitter.com/paladaxar Paladaxar

    Aaaand, my Chromecast just got 348,629 times more useful :)

    • picaso86

      @Pladaxar Your avatar is hilarious!

  • JSo

    FINALLY. I’ve been looking forward to this. Is this the only feature or are the other features that were shown at Google I/O included also? Maybe that has to be an update to the actual chromecast though.

  • Shawn John

    Thought you could already do this. Make it so you can mirror games without latency issues and it’s golden. I like the progress of Chromecast, one day it will replace all cable settop boxes.

    • JSo

      Yeah, with 3rd party apps. But this is officially supported now.

      • Shawn John

        True. I rarely use my chromecast, sometimes I forget its hiding behind my 60″ TV.

        • 640k

          You say 60″ TV like it’s some sort of accomplishment. I have a CC hiding behind 4 TVs and one projector and I use them every chance I can get.

          • Kevin

            This. Can people just stop saying their size of their TVs?

          • Cory S

            but what size is the projector?

  • litobirdy

    and Allcast just DIED for the most part?

    • Jared Denman

      Not at all. The point of “casting” is so you can do other things on your phone/tablet while watching something on your TV.