Google doesn't provide an obvious user-facing way to get locally saved media files from your phone to your TV using Chromecast. It's a bit annoying, but whatever, we have options now. There's AllCast for starters, but if you would prefer not to have to deal with yet another app, Solid Explorer has added the ability to stream files directly from the file browser. All you need is the latest version and a separate plugin.

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To shoot a file over to Chromecast, just share to the Solid Explorer Cast plugin the way you would any other app. An attractive controller interface will then appear, letting you do your thing.

The latest version of Solid Explorer supports connecting to multiple Copy accounts and introduces a number of bug fixes. You can see them below.

What's new:

  • Chromecast support (as separate plugin)
  • Fixed folders appearing as files on some WebDav servers
  • Fixed reconnection on FTP and SFTP servers after broken network connection
  • Fixed wrong file modification dates in Copy client
  • Ability to connect multiple Copy accounts

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

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  • kindrudekid

    Awwww... YEAH!

    AllCast Got some competition!

  • steelew

    come on ES

    • Brendan

      Speaking of ES, god damn do I want a holo version of that app. Its hideous!

      Just my 2ยข.

    • YB Pow

      I love ES but seriously how do they earn money? Free apps without ads

      • Aki I.

        if es added chromecast support, i would pay for it..not because of that feature, but 'cuz it really is a good file browser that i frequently use. its always one of the first apps i install on a new installation and the dev. deserves support. unless hes making money off some shady way no one realizes.

    • bL4Ck

      Solid Explorer is well worth the cash

    • spino1970

      Indeed! :)

  • HeCareth

    Now they just need to fix that butt ugly UI

    • trickinit

      I disagree, I love the clean look. It's the main reason I use it over file explorers.

      • WORPspeed

        The look is also why I stuck with it (that and I felt guilty for using the bugged Trial version long after the trial ended and I wasn't supposed to be able to use it anymore, though I did) I paid for the app and it is great, love this addition, but that is not to say that the UI could do with a bit of better iconography and a bit more clean card UI (as long as it doesn't hamper functionality ofc)

        • Mate

          Solid Explorer has been the only replacement for root explorer for me. The best UI, easy bookmarks access, easy transfer between folders, easy access to my NAS, dark mode. Only limitation is text editor has file size limit, otherwise just the best...

  • wjrandon

    Too bad all it does is crash.

    • josuearisty

      Its crashing for me too.

      • Robert Froese

        me three ... I select a file, "open with... cast" and just when it looks like it's about to work, CRASH.

  • primalxconvoy

    I can't speak for this new update, but this is a really great file browser, especially for landscape use for people with two different save destinations (internal memory and external memory, for example).

  • Mister Mnemonic

    It's a great File Manager and my default for some time now but the new plugin doesn't work in either my cellphone or my Nexus 7. Some debugging is clearly needed.

  • xdapao3

    This is my file manager of choice since 2 years (Root Browser is the second best) and the only thing which really lacks is being able to rearrange the order of your bookmarks.

  • therobotking

    BubbleUPnP is perfect for sending videos stored on my phone to my Chromecast. It works flawlessly and it's never mentioned alongside AllCast for some reason that eludes me. I can't recommend it enough.

    • MrChris

      Yes it is bizzarre. BubbleUPnP is far superior to AllCast. It can play all local videos and networked/DLNA/upnp videos on the Chromecast and will transcode any of those videos into the correct format (if you install the free bubbleupnp server).

  • duke69111

    Anyway to broadcast a PowerPoint using chromecast?

  • Neochili

    I love this browser!

  • Tim242

    Video streaming sucks. Why can't any aop get this working?