Easily Cast Your Android Phone Screen to Your TV. Here's How – CNET

Whether you’re streaming a movie or playing a game on your phone, it just takes a few taps to mirror your phone’s display to your television.
Jason Cipriani
Contributing Writer, ZDNet
Jason Cipriani is based out of beautiful Colorado and has been covering mobile technology news and reviewing the latest gadgets for the last six years. His work can also be found on sister site CNET in the How To section, as well as across several more online publications.
Mirror your Android phone or tablet to your TV’s screen in just a few steps. 
Your Android phone’s small screen wasn’t designed for following along with fitness classes online or joining a Zoom call. So instead of squinting to see what’s going on, you can magically cast or mirror your phone’s screen to a nearby TV with just a few taps. You’ll need the proper hardware to get the job done, but it’ll save you from potential neck strain. 
In addition to a comfortable viewing experience, casting your screen comes in handy if you want to play a few rounds of Among Us or show everyone the latest TikTok trend you just can’t get enough of. 
The best part? You just might already have everything you need. If not, well, it’s not horribly expensive to get set up. Here’s how you can start mirroring or casting your Android phone or tablet’s screen to your TV.
Google’s Chromecast with Google TV, or an older Chromecast device is all you need to mirror your Android device. 
To start, you’ll need an Android phone or tablet running Android 5.0 or later. That version of Android was released in 2014, so odds are your phone or tablet is running a newer version of Android. You can check by opening the Settings app and going to About phone and looking for Android version. 
In addition to an Android phone or tablet, you’ll also need a Google Chromecast streaming device, like the recently released Chromecast with Google TV, a TV with Chromecast built in or a smart display like the Google Nest Hub. If you don’t know whether your TV has Chromecast support, the best way to check is to see if it shows up as an available casting device when you follow either method below.
Screen mirroring is built into the Home app. 
The most reliable and consistent way to mirror your Android phone’s screen is to use the Google Home app. If you’ve already set up any of Google’s smart speakers, Nest Wifi or Chromecast devices, you likely already have it installed. If not, you can download it from the Play store.
Open the Home app and select the Chromecast device you want to use. At the bottom of the screen will be a button labeled Cast my Screen; tap it. You’ll have to accept the prompt reminding you that whatever is on your phone’s screen will be visible on your TV to anyone in the room with you. You may also see a second prompt warning you if your device isn’t optimized for mirroring. I haven’t had any issues casting my screen when I’ve run into the warning. To stop casting your screen, tap on the button labeled Stop mirroring in the Home app.
There’s a shortcut: the quick settings panel.
Using the Home app isn’t a lot of work, but there’s an even easier way: Use the Casting shortcut in the quick settings panel. Access the quick settings panel by swiping down from the top of your Android phone or tablet’s display. There should be an option labeled Screen cast — if you can’t find it, you may have to tap on the pencil icon to edit what is and isn’t available in your quick settings panel. 
Once you find the Screen cast button, select it and then pick the device you want to mirror your display on from the list. It can take a few seconds for your phone to connect to the Chromecast-enabled device, but once it does, your screen will show up on your TV. Stop casting by repeating the same steps we just outlined. 
Want to show off your photos? Mirror your screen. 
But here’s the rub: Not every phone includes a cast button option in the quick settings panel. It’s not clear why, but if your phone doesn’t have the shortcut option, don’t give up. You can still mirror your phone using the Home app. 
Remember, whenever you’re mirroring your screen, anything and everything that shows up on your phone or tablet’s display will also show up on the TV. Meaning, any alerts and notifications, along with their contents, will be broadcast for all to see. I suggest turning on Do Not Disturb to keep the disruptions at a minimum. Also, since there will potentially be a lag between your phone and TV when casting, stick to playing slower games and avoid more intensive titles such as Fortnite.
If you’re looking for ways to get more out of your Chromecast, check out these tips. Google Assistant has a trick you’ll want to keep in mind the next time you have a song stuck in your head.

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