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Jul
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Yesterday Google flipped on the Chromecast screen mirroring feature that the company announced last month at Google I/O after teasing us for months. With it, users just tap a single icon to have everything on their screen magically projected onto a television. Forget waiting for individual apps to implement Chromecast support, this feature will let you mirror all the things, and it opens up a world of mobile games to a screen size many of them have never seen before. How well does it work? Phenomenally.

Supported Devices

Before reading on too much further, you might want to save yourself some hurt feelings and check to see if your device is supported. Only a select number of them have made the list so far.

Supported devices:

  • Nexus 4
  • Nexus 5
  • Nexus 7 (2013)
  • Nexus 10
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 10 (2014)
  • HTC One M7
  • LG G Pro2
  • LG G2
  • LG G3

Getting Started

For Nexus and Google Play Edition devices, the process is simple. Just go to Quick Settings and tap on the Cast Screen icon. You can disconnect the device later on by tapping this same icon again.

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The option to cast your screen is also tucked away under Settings > Display. This is the scenic route, but it's there nonetheless.

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The third way to connect is to use the latest version of the Chromecast app. For the non-Nexus or Google Play Edition devices in the list above, this is the avenue you will have to take.

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How It Works

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Once connected, everything works as expected. Whatever you open up on your phone or tablet will replicate itself on the big screen. The great thing is that this applies to both audio and video alike. I was able to take music saved locally to my HTC One and stream it without any stuttering. The song then continued to stream even after I turned off the display.

My experience was the same when I loaded up a local MKV file. The 720p video looked better than the YouTube clip I pulled up (which itself ran smooth enough for me nearly to forget I hadn't cast it the old-fashioned way), and VLC impressively even turned the phone display into a mini remote control.

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Naturally, this mirroring is great for other things as well, things you couldn't already do using Chromecast apps. If you turn your device into landscape, your live feed will fill the entire screen. This is good for browsing the web from the couch, showing everyone a location using Google Maps (or any other navigation app), reading ebooks, or giving presentations. This is the not the laggy mess that we find with Chrome's tab casting, even though both features are still in beta.

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The biggest revolution introduced by this feature, perhaps, is the ability to stream any game to the TV. For games with gamepad support, this effectively turns any supported device into an Android home console. I was able to stream Jet Set Radio with minimal lag, allowing me to experience the HD title on a screen size that better did it justice. The Dreamcast would be jealous.

Your experience with everything above will vary depending on the quality of your router, the strength of your network connection, and how far away you are from your setup. With a Netgear AC1900 Nighthawk 802.11ac router, I experienced near flawless results casting from the same room. There was some lag, but I've encountered more of that running budget devices or aging PCs. For me, it was hardly an issue. That said, results varied among members of the Android Police staff.

Conclusion

Chromecast already felt like a bargain when it hit Google Play at $35, but this functionality stretches that value oh so much further. Since last summer we've watched as individual apps introduced support one by one, but now anything that launches for a mobile device is instantly transferable to the big screen. All of a sudden those 5-inch displays sporting 1920 by 1080 pixels make a ton of sense. Content that's designed for that phone will look just as attractive, if not moreso, on a 1080p TV.

This is a game changer, literally. Many of the games that have come out over the past couple of years just plain look better stretched out across 40 or 50 inches of screen real estate, and getting them up there is now much easier than buying a Ouya or M.O.J.O. Pair up that Bluetooth controller and cast away. If your network is up for the task, you're in for a treat.

Screen mirroring as a concept is nothing new. iOS supports it, assuming you own an Apple TV, and a select number of Android devices have been able to do it using an HDMI cable the old-fashioned way. But to stream everything wirelessly to something as cheap and affordable as a Chromecast using more than just a single company's phones or tablets - that's nothing to scoff at. Android's new feature makes live mirroring easy and affordable. It's time to cast everything.

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.

  • mgamerz

    I would fine the 500ms - 1000ms lag for gaming pretty hard to deal with personally. Also the chromecast desperately needs 5Ghz for us apartment dwellers.

    • Christopher Sass

      But then the lag would be on time with the Moga controllers.

      • David Becker

        No... it would be worse.

    • TheOtherJames

      500ms to 1000ms? That's just as bad as Miracast. Unfortunate.

      • mgamerz

        I find it that way on games. Without games it seems much faster on my N5.

      • Anthonydotcom

        True, but remember the Chromecast is only $35. To me that's still a win.

        • mrjayviper

          I'd rather pay extra to get a better experience. Not everything is all about price.

      • Adrian Meredith

        was the tv in game mode though???

    • Alberto

      I live in house but chromecast with 5ghz AC will much better

    • ithehappy

      This, the lag is unacceptable, even watching movies are a pain, forget about gaming.

      • Dario

        As Leif mentioned below it depends on the device. Near perfect casting of movies from 1080p to non HD. Sound, quality, almost perfect casting from the Nexus 7. HTC One M7, different story.

        • Justin W

          Also, I typically wouldn't cast a game to my TV to watch my TV while I play it (it's different when I've got a hardware controller or m/kb), but more so for others to watch. I don't understand the video complaint though... The sound/video is synced perfectly, yet he's watching both the device and the TV at the same time? Doesn't that defeat the purpose?

          • A A Ron

            Cal Naughton, Jr.: Hey, when you have the stereo and TV on, how do you change the volume on the stereo?

            Ricky Bobby: "If you have the stereo on..." Why do you have the stereo on while you're watching TV?

            Cal Naughton, Jr.: 'Cause I like to party.

        • crap

          I use a Nexus 7 (2013) and experience a very noticeable lag. My router shouldn't be an issue, but gaming is too unresponsive and video streaming tend to be a bit choppy/audio isn't synced. Maybe I'll try out another router and see if there's any difference...

          • prazwal

            Watching movies on Netflix is not bad at all for me but gaming yeah. Its not playable. Although I'm using a custom kernel on stock ROM. That might also play a part. Will overclici and see if the lag reduces.

      • J.J.

        yes pics and audio are fine, but i could barely play any game and video was two choppy to enjoy/note 3

      • someone

        Why why lag time even matter when you're wat cheaper ing a movie? The audio and video are both delayed by the same amount. The only time you'll notice is when you press pause / ff / rwd... and most wont care about a 1 second delay...

    • Leif Sikorski

      This lag might depend much on the performance of the device. I've measured about 200ms and that's more than fine I think. Not sure if any other wireless solution on the market is faster than that.
      (S4 running stock 4.4.2 and the latest chromecast version)

      • Johan

        How did you measured this?

        • Leif Sikorski

          Start a stopwatch app, place your phone next to your tv and take a picture of both with a camera. The difference between the two is the lag. It's a pretty simple setup but shows well what the mirroring is capable of if the device doesn't run into performance issues.

          If you want to measure the performance in games you could try one of the floating stopwatch apps.

          • Justin W

            My god that's Genius! My Nexus 7 '13 ends up around the 200ms mark, which I think is acceptable for movies and gaming (keeping in mind this would be for others to watch, unless I had a controller or m/kb setup).

          • fasdf

            Heh i started off reading ur comment like "this guy with a dumb idea" and by the end i was like "this guy is supa smart"

          • Guest

            Holy Shit.!!!!!! Thats an awesome idea.

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    • Ian Santopietro

      You'll get much better performance manually picking a channel that's separate from the rest of the networks.

      • mgamerz

        When there are 20 networks nearby it doesn't make a difference.

  • Deeco

    The audio stopped working for me today, what gives?

    • http://about.me/kalehv Harshad Kale

      I did not have sound at all but then restarting Chromecast worked for me but only to find out that now it streams broken sound

      • EowynCarter

        I also lost sound, disconect / reconect did it.

  • KCCO

    LONG LIVE DREAMCAST!!!! ;)

    • AbbyZFresh

      Haha, I see what you did there. But chromecast won't exactly suffer the same fate.

      • NoBullet

        Except dreamcast has games worth playing.

        • Alan

          Dreamcast Emulator for Android.

          • NoBullet

            You're still proving my point.

  • abqnm

    Starting to rethink this Google Now Everywhere setting. Watching your video had my phone opening voice search on its own.

    • http://bertelking.com/ Bertel King, Jr.

      This happened to me when I tried to play back the video above on my Nexus 5. It kept activating itself and wouldn't let me watch any further.

    • DanSan

      its like the xbox one commercial where the dude speaking "xbox on" started turning on and off peoples xbox's lol

      • enoch861

        It never turned anyone's Xbox off. You have to say "Xbox Turn Off" and then "Yes" to confirm before it'll turn off.
        But yeah, it definitely could have turned on Xbox's.

    • DemandTrialByCombat

      You shouldn't have to turn it off. People need to start learning some google now etiquettes when they do their videos or have a code word for it 'OK Google'

      • ddpacino

        "OK G" would save us all. Or, just simply let us customize it. It's taking and saving voice training input from us anyway.

    • Leif Sikorski

      We just need to be able to define a custom hotword....seriously. Especially this "okay" annoys me.

      • NinoBr0wn

        I'm glad someone else said it. I was fine when it was just Google. I felt like that made sense. Is it weird that saying Ok Google is really annoying to me? Having a custom hotword would solve everything though.

        • XerBlade

          The problem with just Google is it activates every single time you mention Google in conversation. Which for me is constantly. Even more than the Kinect on my brother's Xbox One (that activates whenever anyone anywhere in the room says the word "Xbox") before he got annoyed and turned it off (or rather, got annoyed and got me the computer science expert [he's an engineer] to figure out how to turn it off for him).

          And that would be why they added the "OK."

          • NinoBr0wn

            lol you constantly mention Google in conversation? OK I guess. It was never once a problem for me, and no, that wasn't really the problem anyway. With all this tech and software already using learned dialect, the problem is not giving us the option to customize it. I really don't like having to say Ok Google.

      • Ali Mohamedali

        i tried this app out the other day: Open Mic+ http://openmic.rsenapps.com/
        it lets you customize the hotword phrase to anything. give it a shot see how it works for you. it worked sometimes, but its worth a try.

        • XerBlade

          I've tried that app several times over time, but it was so unreliable that I ended up uninstalling it within an hour each time.

        • jonzey231

          I used that back when he first released it 6 or 8 months ago and it was nice. Just ran my battery down though. But maybe he's worked it in with whatever Google is actually using so it is a constant "on" app anymore.

    • Patrick Smithopolis

      The OK Google hotword only responds to my voice on my Nexus 5 so I don't have that problem.

      • abqnm

        The training that is built in (not the real Moto voice training), is pretty weak. If a woman tries to speak the hot word, my phone will ignore it. And I had a few of my friends try it out and a few activate it. It seems to allow for a pretty big margin of error and both my voice and Bertel's are within that margin of error, so his saying it in the video is enough to trigger it when watching from my phone.

    • jonzey231

      Hahaha this happened to me the other say while I was watching some YouTube walkthrough of something lol. It's basically no different than Jesse Pinkman turning my friend's Xbox on 😂

  • http://www.google.com/profiles/MetalMessiah78 José Gómez

    The first thing I did yesterday, when you reported about this, was try gaming with a Bluetooth controller, but there was too much lag for me. Hopefully they work on this and get the lag down to a minimum.

    • Christopher Robert

      might be your router. If it is not fast enough then it would be very laggy.

    • Mr E

      I did the same thing! I tried Youtube first and it looked really good (kind of dumb since you can already cast natively with Youtube, but still). I then tried Hill Climb Racing using the phone controls and it actually was pretty good, with some occasional lag. Finally, I tried Dead Trigger with both the phone as controller and a separate bluetooth controller, but it was nearly unplayable, unfortunately.

      I'm not sure if there is special magic going on as far as communication between the phone and chromecast, but this was all on my home wifi using an old G router.

      Overall, I was pretty pleasantly surprised. It seemed nearly as good as using an MHL adapter, but without having to mess with any wires. Given that a better router could make a big difference, I'm pretty hopeful.

    • Cory S

      It could work for some games that don't require fast reaction times...like XCOM

    • Adrian Meredith

      bluetooth tends to destroy wifi as they use the same frequencies. I find on my transformer (which already has poor wifi) that the wifi practically stops dead when i use bluetooth.

  • Daniel Silva

    How long till Hulu starts banning mirroring of their app?

    • Alberto

      why? they already support chrome cast

      • mgamerz

        Have to have hulu plus for mobile (and TV) so I doubt they care. You'll get a subpar experience vs just casting to the TV.

    • atlouiedog

      Why would they?

      • Daniel Silva

        They are very strict at what content is allowed on mobile vs TV. Perhaps they have fixed this issue when they added the ability to Chromecast, but they were terrible at distinguishing it when plugging a device in via HDMI.

        • Kevin

          They officially support Chromecast I don't see why they would get mad. It's the same thing.

          • Daniel Silva

            I thought they wouldn't care when I attached an HDMI cable from my Kindle Fire into the TV. But they wouldn't let me stream some shows that way.

        • Guest

          I think they mostly are trying to make it difficult for non-plus subscribers to access the content anywhere but a desktop browser. If someone has it on their mobile device they're already subscribing.

          • Daniel Silva

            I was a subscriber.

          • Cory S

            The irony is some content is desktop only.

        • atlouiedog

          That doesn't surprise me. I don't subscribe to Hulu+ so I really only know of their attempts to block free content anywhere but desktop browser and that there are licensing deals that also restrict some of that H+ content between desktop and TV. I didn't realize it was also between mobile and TV. I really hope all of this ridiculous licensing nonsense gets cleared up in the future.

    • challenge_accepted

      Hulu already works with Chromecast but network apps don't, CBS fox etc. I just watched a movie on showtime anytime from casting. I'm pretty sure it even adjusted for bigger screen by improving streaming quality.
      I am very happy.

  • Christopher Robert

    Anyone figure out how to get this running on all devices yet?

    • jonzey231

      Honestly, there is probably some build.prop trickery we can do to enable on older/unsupported hardware. It may be laggy, which is why Google limits these things. But the Chromecast app is just detecting which device you're using then saying Yes or No. Can't be that hard.

      • Christopher Robert

        If you didn't see a work around was dropped on XDA. Its just editing a SQL table to enable the feature. Wokrs great.

        • jonzey231

          Yeah I saw that after I made that comment too. Good lookin' out boss.

  • Dave

    Although this works quite well, the example with gaming doesn't work I think. The delay is way to long in regard to gaming.

    • Leif Sikorski

      Depends on the genre I would say. For racing, action or jump & run games a wired solution will always be better - or an Android TV where the apps run directly on the TV.

      • Dave

        I've been waiting for a long time now to be able to play on Android in a proper way but until now there was no satisfying solution. I hope to get my hands on a Android TV settop box anytime soon ;)

  • tarrydiggs

    What's the deal with M7 support but no love for the M8? This makes me sadface.

  • Cory S

    That looks far better than it does for me. Quality and lag is horrible on mine. I have an asus rt-AC66u router, and my chrome stick is less than a foot from it.

    • usamaisawake

      Strangely you may fins moving the two away from each other might help? I have the same exact router running the latest ASUS firmware (update if you haven't for important security fixes) and I can cast to a Chromecast in a completely different room without lag. Even if my tablet or phone is that other room too.

      • Cory S

        Hmm. I'll try it again with another Chromecast that's a room over. I can't really move the one next to it. It's in a media cabinet plugged into an HDMi matrix switch.

        However it works great with livestream 1080p video casted from my PC..

        • usamaisawake

          You know I started testing after I wrote my reply and now I'm finding that my phone/tablet had to be near the Chromecast and doesn't seem to be impacted by where the router is. Maybe it directly connects to the Chromecast? In which case maybe the router is causing interference with your device and the Chromecast stream.

          • Cory S

            Now that is a possibility. I don't know how it could do that from a networking perspective, as it would need to drop off the home network and spin up an ad-hoc..which I don't see it doing, but maybe there are some tricks I don't know about.

    • Kolyan24k

      Same router, no lag, Merlin firmware

  • Kevin Aaronson

    If there was just some way to get Amazon video on Chromecast I would be a happy panda.

    • Aaron Berlin

      Install hacked flash module and Dolphin browser, Screencast from android to TV? It's not pretty, but I don't see why it wouldn't work.

  • rickneworleansla

    No Nexus 7 2012 ??

    • ddh819

      i wonder if theres a hardware limitation that means the 2012 version will never get it

      • DemandTrialByCombat

        Will never buy a tegra device in future

      • shing93

        Nope mine 2012 N7 actually worked for a few minutes, then it disconnected and wont reconnect anymore. It worked great.

  • Clubber

    Can anyone recommend a good Bluetooth controller? Would my Playstation 3 controller work without root?

    I used to use the six axis app. Thanks.

    • Mr E

      I think sixaxis might work w/o root if you use a cable to connect it to your phone (assuming your phone supports it). Beyond that, I think the Moga Pro is supposed to be pretty good -- the one that basically looks like a console controller.

    • Aaron Hafitz

      Moga power pro

      • scy1192

        I second this; feels like an Xbox 360 controller and even charges your phone while you play. Only thing I don't like is that it doesn't tilt the phone back far enough, IMO. I'm used to the Nintendo DS for portable gaming so it's a little bit awkward but not too bad.

  • usamaisawake

    Wait does it use the router or does it directly cast to the Chromecast? I just did a test by walking far away from the Chromecast but still within range of my WiFi and the cast drops.

    • GM’s

      How would it get to the chromecast without using the router.... Unless you mean whether it used the internet or not which it doesnt

      • usamaisawake

        Yeah it's weird I think it uses the router to connect and then after it does maybe it doesn't need the router? I'm not sure my only reason for thinking this is because the Chromecast was on one corner, the router was in the middle and I moved to the other side of the router and it dropped the connection. But that's obviously not scientific and as mentioned by Cory S it would have to mean the Chromecast is creating an ad hoc network but he was trying to explain to me what would need to happen to make my theory would be plausible.

        • jonzey231

          The Chromecast does create an Ad-hoc for first-time setup only. Once you've completed setup using the Chromecast app and it connects to your home/personal network then the ad-hoc is disable and they talk to each other over your WiFi network. The only time the internet connection is used is when you're doing something that needs to stream or pull from the internet and in that case your phone tells the Chromecast what website,streaming url, etc to connect to and then your phone controls the content. On the other hand, if you are streaming a locally stored video from phone to Chromecast using something like Allcast or even just casting a Photo from the Google Photos app, then it does not use the actual internet for a data connect but the two devices DO still use your network for communication rather than a direct connection between themselves.

          • usamaisawake

            Thank you very much! I appreciate you taking the time to explain all that. Cheers!

          • jonzey231

            Sure thing boss.

  • jamaall

    I tried Riptide GP with 40mb/s on FIOS and it lags like hell. There was no audio for some odd reason too.

    • fELLAbUSTA

      your internet FIOS has no impact on screen casting. It is entirely local only, so your issue is likely your router setup

      • jamaall

        Yea, you're right. My router is only 10 feet away from the chromecast, Verizon router just sucks

        • fELLAbUSTA

          well I'm betting either some ports need to be opened on your router or a setting enabled. I'm sure after people have messed with this enough there will be some guides to get it working flawlessly

          • Donovan

            As it's local only, opening ports won't change anything. You open ports to let outside (from the Internet) connections in through the firewall to the local network.

  • kwiato

    What happened to the notyfication bar cast icon? it was such a convinient placement (too bad not working ;P)

  • DemandTrialByCombat

    Now what will be a real game changer is if you can control the phone/tablet UI from the device you cast it on by connecting a wirelss/BT mouse and keyboard, hence making any dumb monitor into a computer :)
    I know I need to stop dreaming now.

    • Aooga

      Am I missing something? You can do that.

    • therealbiglou

      You can do that. Android even gets a mouse cursor when you connect a bluetooth mouse to it.

      • DemandTrialByCombat

        WOW thanks! For some reason I thought bluetooth doesn't work when chromecast is enabled.

  • wekebu

    Can't wait until my Galaxy Tab S can mirror.

  • https://jeffmitchell.me Jeff Mitchell

    Thought I'd impress family with connecting and then opening YouTube and playing a video. Turned the phone sideways and the display on my phone and the Chromecast both started spazzing out, like it was trying to go horizontal but kept bouncing back to vertical. Phone became unresponsive after 10 seconds of this, for another 10 seconds.

    Not what I'd call "working phenomenally". Seems beta.

    • Adrian Meredith

      ummm it is beta

    • Mike Loomis

      The YouTube app already has Chromecast support. It should have defaulted to that when you tried to play something from YouTube, and YouTube casting has always worked flawlessly for me.

  • Pavel Sikun

    Sadly, it works only for real chromecast devices. I have 2 google-tv boxes(logitech revue and some last-model from sony) and none of them accepts as a valid tv :(

  • Malcolm Love

    i can't wait for this to work with my Maxx. A lot of apps I like still don't have Chromecast Support. Also loving all that Janelle Monae hahaha

  • O’s Fan91

    Now, when can I stream to my laptop?

  • ithehappy

    Bet you guys have never ever used this feature before! Lol.

  • Fatty McButter Pants

    So it supports the HTC One M7 but not the M8?! SMH....

    • ctk4949

      Has anyone tried on their M8?? I don't have a Chromecast anymore. :(

      • Fatty McButter Pants

        I have....and option to mirror is not there.

        • ctk4949

          Boooooooooo that sucks!!

          • Fatty McButter Pants

            I'm sure it will eventually be supported, but one would think the M8 would have been before the M7.

          • ctk4949

            I hope so, makes no sense for it to work on the M7 and not the M8.

  • David Li

    You wouldn't buy a OUYA or MOGA for mirroring, you would buy a miracast receiver for $70.
    You wouldn't use the Chromecast for gaming (wireless latency is very high) , you would buy a mhl or slimport adapter for $15.
    This is freaking awesome, basically replicates miracast without the expensive adapter.
    If you have a chromecast + a hdmi capture card, you can now record anything that happens on your supported phone wirelessly.

  • vwbeetlvr

    Lag on my note 3 running 5ghz n was pretty noticeable. No way I could stream games.

    • eltiberon

      Chromecast doesn't work on 5 ghz (works on 2.4 ghz). How are you casting with it? My Note 3 does not get sound (on device or TV), but I assume yours does. Weirdly inconsistent.

      • vwbeetlvr

        My note 3 was on 5ghz, my chromecast is on the same router different frequency, 2.4 ghz.

  • cmbeid

    Audio does not play through mine on my Nexus 5 with Android L. Assuming it is an issue with L.

    • Peter

      Yep, L doesn't work with my Netgear Miracast receiver either.

    • haissam93

      Nexus 5 4.4.4. No audio for me either.

  • senor_heisenberg

    Urge to buy a Chromecast rising. The only reason I've not done it yet is because I'm waiting for a (hopeful) refresh with DualBand and wireless N support. The Chromecast doesn't have wireless N, right?

    • quick

      Ya it has N, just @ 2.4ghz (no 5ghz support)

      • senor_heisenberg

        Ah OK. Thanks! Hopefully a refresh comes out soon.

  • supremekizzle

    Will you say this for me please? "In the android ecosystem, casting-based offenses are considered especially heinous. In silicon valley, the dedicated detectives who investigate these vicious felonies are members of an elite squad known as the Special Victims Unit. These are their stories."

  • Jay Ochs

    it's great and all, but for some reason my screen is getting cut off on the top and the bottom, and there's nowhere to adjust the screen area with a chromecast. it's running on a 720p Sony Bravia, but for example in portrait mode the navbar and the status bar are both cut in half pretty much, and in landscape, the same issue. i don't get it.

    • beltet

      I have the same problem, on a windows computer (AMD graphic drivers) it's called overscan? You can most of the time adjust it for the screen, but don't know how to do it on android...

      • Jack Jennings

        Yes this is something to check for in your tv's menu. Mostly called overscan, but not always - my tv calls it 'computer mode'. Try all the modes!

        • beltet

          Thanks! It was called "just scan" in my picture settings. Stock setting was set to 16:9.

    • Björn Lundén

      Overscan is something you should turn off on your TV. Input devices shouldn't have to handle it for you. Some older TVs actually exposed that setting in the service menu, even if it didn't anywhere in the regular settings menus.

  • beltet

    Anyone know if there is a possibilty to change the overscan setting? My tv f* up all HDMI connected devices and I miss a part of the screen.

    • Chad Bizeau

      Set your TV to per pixel mode, "Just Scan" Or 1:1 mode. Feature name depends on TV make/model.

      • beltet

        Thanks! Did that and it worked like a charm. Why is the stock setting set to 16:9 when it can give this problems? I wonder?

  • shlk7

    "Unfortunately google play services has stopped working. " (Htc m7)
    Any tips? Clear data/cache and Uninstall/reinstall done.

    • grizzlyjon83

      Been having the same problem on my Nexus 5. Rebooted both devices, fixed permissions, factory reset my Chromecast as well. Both Chromecast app and Google Play Services are the latest versions. Hopefully we can find a fix soon.

      • icemankimi

        Same problem here. On HTC M7
        1. Restarted Phone.
        2. Re-installed the chromecast app
        3. Factory reset chromecast.

        Google play services stops working.

      • http://itnonsense.com/ Dan Delaney

        Same problem here on my N5 also using stock (rooted), however my unrooted Stock ROM (which I load using MultiROM) works absolutely fine.

        I have a feeling this may have something to do with having had Koush's 'Mirror' installed previously (since uninstalled) or possibly something to do with root.

        • grizzlyjon83

          I just discovered that viper4android was causing the issue. I uninstalled it, dirty flashed the stock rom, and it's working for me now. There's an updated viper4android app that doesn't have the libs that was interfering with the mirroring.

    • Alphajoe

      Same here. M7 running Android Revolution Hd 71.1. Any tips (by reply) appreciated.

  • Crispin Swickard

    The Chromcast has progressively gotten more tempting. I think I may now pull the trigger on one.

    • Lars Jeppesen

      wow you've waited almost a year to buy a device that costs around 30 dollars?

      • Sootie

        I have too, its $50 in aus (I dont know why) and my raspberry pi running XBMC did everything it could do and way more, however This chromecasting feature I think now makes it a worthwhile thing

      • Crispin Swickard

        There wasn't really any functionality that was useful over things I already have.

    • GazaIan

      How have you not already bought one?

      • XerBlade

        I haven't either. And the reason is because... I don't have an HD TV to begin with, lol.

        [Hey, almost never watch my TV anyway, I'm on my PC all the time.]

  • lagnis

    OnePlus One support would be nice

    • subramanianv

      Sorry, Google did not get the invite yet.

      • http://dylandersen.tumblr.com/ dylandersen

        Hahahaha

  • http://www.bordersweather.co.uk/ Andy J

    Be aware however - I have crashed 2 Chromecasts with this feature - the crash seems to happen on disconnect. Once the Chromecast has crashed in this way, you can continue to cast apps to it - but they cannot display any video. Plex complains and says "Unable to cast", Netflix gets to 100% but goes no further, between each app being cast - instead of the Chromecast homescreen - you see a frozen image of your screencasting session. Trying to reboot the Chromecast via the setup app looks like it's not going to work (Device Lost message appears on the phone) and the Chromecast just displays the frozen image from your screencast for about a minute and then reboots (you never see the rebooting message)

  • corb06

    Does this work with AOSP roms? 4.4.4

  • renGek

    The one setting I don't quite like us having to keep my N5 screen on when I'm watching a movie. Hope that setting comes soon.

    But beyond that the ease of playing a hd video from device to tv without having to hook up my laptop to the tv or use mhl cable is nice. Simplifies things. Amazing how cutting 2 minutes worth of work can make the whole process so much more pleasant.

  • Sergio Carmona

    I live in Canada but use HideMyAss extensively for viewing Netflix from other regions, will any Chromecast (bought in Canada or US) work this way? I read in some places that it wouldn't work with the Netflix app for the canadian Chromecast as it has the local DNS encoded.
    i might just buy it for the game capabilitites alone anyway :)

    • Morgan

      Chromecast tries to use googles DNS servers (8.8.8.8/8.8.4.4 I believe), if you block those addresses at the router it defaults back to the DNS settings in your router so you can then fool Netflix the conventional ways

    • http://invisibler.com/ anonymity

      The only way you can use hidemyass with chromcast is to install hidemyass vpn on your router then you can watch the U.S. Netflix. To bypass Chromecast's DNS, create static routes in your router and route 8.8.8.8 and 8.8.4.4 back to your router.

  • selonmoi

    Just tried it on my Nexus 7 2013 and there seem to be overscan issues...something I haven't seen since the bad old days of analog TV and something I'd never expected to see again. The top of the status bar and the bottom of the system buttons are cut off.

    Is anyone else experiencing this? I haven't tried my Nexus 4 yet.

    • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

      Depends on the TV AFAICT.

      On my 2010 Samsung LCD, I get overscan, but on 2013 Vizio, it's a perfect fit. Not sure why.

    • jonzey231

      Try a different HDMI port. I know it sounds silly. But I have 3 ports, one that is suggested for MHL devices, one for DVI-to-HDMI and another for ARC. If I use the one for MHL devices it works flawlessly with legit ZERO lag or over scan, but if I use the others, the sound is off and there is over scan.

  • Armando Saldierna

    I'm not getting any sound on my Nexus 5. I factory reset the chromecast and still no sound.

    • haissam93

      Same here, glad I'm not the only one.

  • Itchy_Robot

    as much as I love my chromecast, and as much as I brag about it, and promote it ... I would never suggest playing games through it. The lag is just unacceptable for quick, twitch based gameplay. And I am sure that any gamer with any respect would say the same... No offense to the author

  • Jeffrey Linton

    If only I could Cast to my GoogleTV.

  • Zimmerman

    I am so sick and tired of Google copying the iPhone's future features. I can't wait to see Apple sue the socks off of Google after they release this feature is 2018.

    • jonzey231

      You're an idiot.

      • Zimmerman

        Thanks, that the nicest thing anyone's ever told me :)

  • talhamid

    I am confused. How is it different/superior to Miracast? I mean, to me both sound exactly the same but this post's tone suggests it is something revolutionary

    • jonzey231

      This is native to basically all phones (not all phones support Miracast, though in general, most so) and the Chromecast is less than $40, where most half-decent Miracast receivers are near $100.

  • dude

    I guess they could let you choose casting on a lower resolution like with Chrome to make it less laggy.

  • Nima Jahanbin

    You guys should look at Nokia Beamer on WP. It does the video part of this without the need of a device. And you can send your video remotely to any location.

  • http://inkandearth.wordpress.com/ Shauna

    All fine and great....except what about the Galaxy S4 Active??! I feel so left out. :-(

    • Cristian Amaya

      works with gt-i9295?? s4 active intl

  • JailbreakJunk

    What makes the Nexus 5 and some selected devices only working with screen cast? Why my Mi3 4.4.2 is not working. Is this discrimination by Google?

    • Thomas Cai Jinzhan

      Those devices are from google directly with untainted android....yours isn't. Just that simple.

  • Tiuri Elvander

    For some reason, on my Nexus 7 (2013) the cast button does not show in in Quick Settings :(

  • ratna

    i have a doubt can we cast the screen from our mobile phone to the laptop screen ? and how do we do that ? do we need a chromecast for that ?

  • Arch9

    that's makes me want to buy chromecast

  • http://www.tenshi.org.uk/ Angie Winterbottom

    I think I am happy to stick with my Archos tablet + HDMI cable out, as I've been doing for many years now.

    • primalxconvoy

      My note 2 and hdmi cable is still laggy though...

  • CM17X
  • Sampath Perumal Samy

    on my Nexus 5 sound is good on video clips ........ im not getting sound on skype or viber ... what to do?

  • Konstigt2

    "Your experience with everything above will vary depending on the quality of your router, the strength of your network connection, and how far away you are from your setup."

    This is not correct, according to this Google page

    https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/6050397?hl=en

  • Matt McNair

    Works flawlessly here! HTC One GPE over a Netgear Nighthawk works on both my living room and bedroom Chromecast. I was able to play Soulcalibur with only a couple chops here and there on the TV furthest from the router . I was able to play through and beat it while casting so the lag isn't to bad!

  • NoPovertyPimps

    I don't understand the supported devices list. Photon Q has had it since Wednesday

  • Petar Penev

    Is anyone else having their picture cropped from the top when using this feature? I don't have that problem when I am using chromecast casting from anywhere else.

  • gk1984

    Custom ROMs on supported devices don't seem to work with this, though. At least not CM11. Thankfully there's an app to enable it on XDA now - still have to try it out though.

  • fonix232

    Is it truly game-changer? I mean, the same function has been available on WP8 for the past one-onehalf years via Nokia Beamer, which would work on any Nokia, with any wireless display, or device, actually.

    • Donovan

      Nokia Beamer appears to require a web browser on a Smart TV or Xbox/PC hooked up to the TV to display the image. A Chromecast is $35 and still does the things that made it Time's 2013 Gadget of the Year.

      • fonix232

        And? It means there's native support on all smart TV. And you don't need an app for that, or support from your manufacturer.

        Yes, the Chromecast is cheap. And it is still only available in a select few countries - the others can suck it up. Also Chromecast has support for only Android, and while yes, we have some custom-hacked libraries that work on WP, they're far from good.

        So, Android's new feature is NOT truly game-changer. It's like saying Apple invented the notification pulldown area. Game changer is something that either A, innovative and never done before B, it is done so well people will actually WANT to use it all the time, and would buy a new device for this.

  • Andy Stetson

    Doesn't work well with Golf Channel Live Extra - Audio doesn't work with the actual broadcast, just the lead in commercials.

    Also doesn't work with the Watch Disney apps, app says invalid screen hooked up.

  • qriusme

    When I play a video via the Gallery app, I can't get sound to play - what am I doing wrong?

  • Kiamat

    Not working on my M7 for some reason. It sees my Chromecast, but when I try to cast my screen it says it can't find any compatible devices. I tried rebooting the Chromecast to no avail.

  • DSA

    I have my CC plugged into an HDMI port in my Denon receiver rather than a port on my TV. It works flawlessly but when I try to use the new mirroring with my Nexus 7 I get no audio. Is anybody else having this problem?

    Thanks

  • hockleyj

    Game Changer nope mutton dressed as lamb, and its been done before so a little bit of spit and polish still makes it a shoe just shiny

  • greetings

    Hi, I too trying to Cast Screen of my HTC One Dual SIM (M7), with ver 4.4.2 and Chromecast App 1.7 on it. Post pressing "Cast Screen" I get "device not found" alert. But iam able to play You Tube through the client on the phone. Can you help resolve...am i missing something here? Rgds

  • Hamza Mulla

    Is an active internet connection required for screen mirroring or will a WiFi network be sufficient? If it is required does the speed of the internet effect whether videos will lag or is that only dependent on the speed of the WiFi network connection? Please can someone help me with this as i live in an area where my internet connection is extremely slow and not even fast enough to stream Youtube during peak hours so I don't wan to waste my money.

  • Kelly Longtine

    I will stick with the wired connection for movies and games. Too much lag.

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