How to Stream Local Video to Chromecast from Windows/Mac/Android/iOS

John Salley

Jan 27, 2015 06:13 pm / Posted by John Salley to Android, Apple, Chromecast, Media Players, Video, Windows

If you’re planning on getting your hands on a new Chromecast, then it’s highly likely that you are a movie buff who loves nothing more than immersing yourself in your movie collection. If your devices don’t support AirPlay or Miracast, Google’s Chromecast is an easy solution to stream a video to a TV. Here we will discuss the methods to stream local video files from PC, Mac or mobile devices respectively.

Stream Local Video to Chromecast

Stream local files to TV from PC or Mac

If the content you want to send to your TV is visible in a Web browser on your computer, such as a YouTube video or Netflix streaming, you can use Chromecast with a Mac or a PC (no AirPlay or Miracast required). Navigate to the site using Google’s free Chrome browser to mirror the contents of the browser tab via Chromecast (you see the contents of only a single tab, not the whole browser).

mirror the contents of the browser tab via Chromecas

Please download Google cast extension here. After installation, there will be a Cast tab on the Chrome browser. To cast a tab, click the Cast icon, which appears to the right of the browser’s address bar, and select your Chromecast device. After a few seconds, the contents of the tab will appear on the TV. You will, however, experience a lag of a few seconds between when you do something on the computer to when it happens on the big screen.


Also you can choose Cast entire screen to share your desktop screen instead of a Chrome tab to TV.

Cast entire screen

What’s more, you can also cast with Plex for Chromecast and Videostream for Google Chromecast.

Chromecast with Android, and Apple devices

The $35 Chromecast dongle plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and stream content directly from newer and Android devices. To cast local videos to TV for iPhone/iPad/Android devices, you can install Chromecast apps for Android and iOS devices first. To mirroring content, open the Chromecast app, select Cast Screen from the app’s navigation drawer, and select your Chromecast device. If you have a Google Nexus phone to tablet, you can also access this feature through the quick settings menu.

Cast Screen

Chromecast functions are also built into select apps, such as YouTube, Netflix and HBO Go. Rather than beaming video from the mobile device to Chromecast, the apps instruct Chromecast to go online and access the same content that the apps are playing, synchronized to the same point in the video. This provides a kind of screen casting for older Android devices that don’t support mirroring, as well as for iOS devices. The list of casting-enabled apps is vast and growing. (MORE: How to Use Google Chromecast)

Based on the DIAL (Discovery and Launch) protocol, a Chromecast-enabled mobile app looks for a Chromecast on your network and establishes a connection. Tap the “Cast” icon to play the video on the big screen.

Cast and Play video on the big screen

After your mobile device helps synchronize the Chromecast and video content, the app turns into a controller so you can pause or rewind playback. Also learn streaming methods via PS3, Xbox 360 and VLC Player.

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