How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Get below a detailed Chromecast app list. It tells you how to stream local files to TV through Chromecast from PC, Mac, Android, or iPhone, iPad and more. Now the Google cast supported video formats are limited to MP4 and WebM. If you have the format incompatibility issue, just use Video Converterto convert your video to be supported by Chrome.

To stream local files to TV from PC or Mac, there are totally 4 ways to choose from. Just get the 4 solutions below.

Solution 1: Cast Chrome browser to TV

Step 1. Install Chrome browser and Chromecast extension

Make sure that you have the latest version of Chrome. You can check by clicking Settings > About Google Chrome to update your chrome.

Step 2: Connect Chromecast with TV

Plug in Chromecast in the HDMI input on your TV, and then plug the USB cord on the other end of the Chromecast to power it.

Step 3.Connect WiFi

Make sure that your computer and TV are connected in the same network. You should be connected to 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi network.
If your Chromecast can’t be connected to the Wi-Fi network, please check the Chromecast router compatibility here.

Step 4.Install Google cast extension

Please download Google cast extension here. After installation, there will be a Cast tab on the Chrome browser. You can click the option button to set video quality as Extreme (720p high bitrate) or High (720p) for your HD TV.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Step 5. Play local Video or music

Drag your local files to chrome browser, or press Ctr + O to browse and import your files. And then your video will be played in Chrome’s built-in video viewer. Then click the Cast current tab on your browser to stream media files to Chromecast and then play it on TV.

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

Note:

1. If your videos can’t be streamed, that’s because Chromecast doesn’t support these formats. You can check all the supported media here. If you really want to cast any format, check the second solution.

2. Stream video in background: When you stream video to your TV, you can use the 2 Windows short cuts to stream local video to Chromecast in background.
Alt+Tab: It lets you do other things by switching to other opened programs/apps
Ctrl+Esc: You can start a new program by pressing the 2 buttons to pop up the Star menu.

Solution 2: Cast with Wondershare Video Converter

Step 1. Install Wondershare UniConverter

Download and install Wondershare UniConverter Video Converter from its official website page.

Step 2. Import any video to the software

Make sure your Chromecast and PC are located in the same network. Then click the “Add Files” button or directly drag-n-drop to import your video to the program. After that, click the “Stream” pane on the right side and choose your Chromecast as the streaming device. When everything is ready, hit the “Stream” button at the bottom.

Step 3. Start streaming

In the pop up window, click the “Play To TV” button to stream your video to Chromecast. Then after a few seconds, you can enjoy your video right on the big screen. You can also control the playback process by clicking the perspective buttons in the streaming window. That’s done!

Solution 3: Cast with Plex for Chromecast

Plex is a Chromecast app for PC, Mac and Linux. It is designed to stream local homemade videos and movies to your TV through Chromecast. To use this app, you need to subscribe the PlexPass and pay $4.99 for Plex app. After everything is prepared, just hit play and tap on the Chromecast button, and then your local videos can be successfully streamed to your TV. It supports MP4 and WebM.

Solution 4: Cast with Videostream for Google Chromecast

Videostream for Google Chromecast is a free Chrome extension. To install it, the version of Chrome 32.0 is required. You can use it to free play local videos on Chromecast from your PC – Subtitles supported! Its supported format is MP4 and WebM.

Although there are a few apps that can stream local video to Chromecast, they are NOT free, and not intuitive. If you are curious, you may try Avia Media Player (Chromecast), or Plex, or the RealPlayer Cloud.

Actually, you can use Chrome browser to stream local video to Chromecast. Any videos that can be played on your PC can be played on your TV now.

You do not need any apps (except the Google Cast extension for Chrome). Of course, there is one downside: the streaming quality is limited to 720p with high bitrate, no 1080p at this time. But this quality usually is sufficient for most videos.

What you need to do is to install the Google Cast extension from Chrome store. Once this extension is installed, you can cast any tabs of your Chrome browser to the TV.

So, how to stream local video to Chromecast (and watch onTV)?

It is simple. In the address bar, instead of typing http bla-bla, now you type file://c:/yourvideo.mp4 Of course, you need locate your video and give the full path of it. Once the video is played in Chrome browser, you can sent it to TV through Chromecast using the Google cast extension.

For Google Cast extension, you can set the quality to High (720p) or Extreme (720p high bitrate) to get a reasonable video quality on a full HD TV. So this is the simplest way to stream local video to Chromecast without using any apps.

It is really simple. Just follow these steps.

Step 1: Install and configure Google Cast extension (if you haven’t done it).

In Chrome webstore, type “Google cast” as shown below to search apps and extensions. Then click “FREE” (because it is free) to add it to your Chrome browser.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Before you can add the extension to Chrome browser, you will get a confirmation page. It tells you the permission this extension is seeking.

As it is from Google, you can trust it. So, click “Add” as shown below to add this official Google cast extension to your Chrome browser.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Once the Google cast extension is added successfully to your Chrome browser, you will get a notification on this (as shown below).

For Google Cast extension, you can set the quality to High (720p) or Extreme (720p high bitrate) to get a reasonable video quality on a full HD TV.

If your network connection is not good, or your video is in 480p, you can choose 480p.

To set the video quality, you may click the Google cast extension as shown below. Then click Options to choose the suitable tab casting quality.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Step 2: Fill the location of the video to the address bar in Chromecast

In the address bar, instead of typing a web address, now you type the video file address like (without quotation marks) “file://c:/yourvideo.mp4”.

Of course, you need locate your video file and give the full path to it. Once the video is played in Chrome browser, you can sent it to TV through Chromecast using the Google cast extension.

If you are using Windows, you can also just drag your video from Windows explorer and then drop it to Chrome browser as shown below. If Chrome browser cannot play it, it will be shown as being downloaded by Chrome.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Step 3: Enable casting to Chromecast

Once Chrome is playing the video, you can then click the Google cast extension and choose the Chromecast devices as shown below. The video will then be shown on TV

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Step 4: Enjoy the video on the TV.

That’s all. This is the simplest way to stream local video to Chromecast without using any apps.

You can even stream local video to Chromecast in background in full screen!

When the the video is played in full screen on your PC, you probably think you cannot do anything else except watching it. This is not true.

You can use the following windows shortcuts to switch to other programs, or start a new program (e.g.,Chrome browser):

  • Alt+Tab: to switch between programs. Once the video is played in full-screen mode, use this shortcut to switch to other opened programs/apps. So, you can do something else when you stream local video to Chromecast in full-screen, and in background.
  • Ctrl+Esc: to get the Star button. You can start a new program, e.g., a new Chrome browser, and work on it while you stream local video to Chromecast in background and in full-screen.

Summary of streaming local video to Chromecast using Chrome browser (tab casting)

  • You need Google cast extension for Chrome browser.
  • This method does NOT work on smartphones or tablets, because Chrome for Android doesn’t support extensions.
  • This method does work on Chromebook and Chromebox.
  • Not all video formats are supported. If the video format is not supported, you may try Videostream extension or Plex media server.
  • The stream quality is limited to 720p.
  • Google cast (beta) extension allows you to choose 1080p for tab casting. But it is not recommended.
  • You can do something else on the PC when streaming videos through Chromecast.
  • Although I used “videos” in this page, music and photos work in an identical way.

Does this Chromecast guide work for you? Can you stream local video to Chromecast now?

Let’s know it in the comment box below.

More Chromecast tutorials, tips and tricks can be find in our Chromecast How-to Guide page.

If this method is not ideal for you, you may try other methods for streaming local media files to Chromecast:

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Chromecast works well for streaming videos from YouTube, Netflix, and other online services. But there is no obvious way to stream local video files from your computer to your TV through the Chromecast.

All of the options below require the Chrome web browser. VLC can stream to a Chromecast, but this feature is currently unstable and only available in experimental versions of VLC.

Fast and easy: Videostream for Google Chromecast

RELATED: How to stream from VLC to your Chromecast

We were impressed with Video stream for Google Chromecast. It’s a Chrome app and you can use it for free. You’ll have to pay $ 0.99 if you want to support playlists, but everything else is currently free.

Install it from the Chrome Web Store and launch it. After that, you will be able to choose a local video file on your computer and select the Chromecast you want to cast to. Your Chromecast will cast the video from your computer without the graphics glitches and stuttering that occurs when using the tabbed casting feature.

MP4 is the most efficient file type you can use because it is natively supported by Chromecast. But Videostream supports virtually all types of media files. If necessary, Videostream automatically transcodes the file as it streams to your Chromecast.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

No more system requirements: Plex media server

RELATED: How to Stream Videos from Plex Media Server to Your Chromecast

the Plex media server has built-in Chromecast support. Plex is a popular media server solution that you will need to install on one of your computers. After that, you can access it from all your other devices. Plex offers apps for a wide variety of devices, from cell phones and video game consoles to Apple TV and Roku.

If you have a Chromecast, you can open the Plex web app in Chrome and you will be able to “cast” videos and other media files directly to your Chromecast. Your Chromecast will stream media from your Plex media server. Check out our guide for more info on setting everything up if you need a step-by-step guide.

If you just want to watch a few videos every now and then, Videostream does the same without any setup process. But, if you want to set up a full home media server, Plex will work for you.

How to watch local video files on your chromecastNot recommended: browser tab or full desktop streaming

RELATED: Duplicate your computer screen on your TV with Google’s Chromecast

In a pinch, you can do this with the features included with the Google Cast extension for Chrome. Drag and drop a Chrome supported video file type like MP4 file into the Chrome browser window and Chrome can play that video file in a tab. Click on the Google Cast extension icon, select your Chromecast and you can Chromecaster the current tab – and the video playing there.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Google’s Chromecast works well for streaming videos from YouTube, Netflix, and other online services . But there isn’t an obvious way to stream local video files from your computer to your TV via the Chromecast.

All the options below require the Chrome web browser. VLC can stream to a Chromecast , but this feature is currently unstable and only available in experimental builds of VLC.

Fast and Easy: Videostream for Google Chromecast

We’ve been impressed with Videostream for Google Chromecast . It’s a Chrome app and you can use it for free. You’ll have to pay $0.99 if you want playlist support, but everything else is currently free.

Install it from the Chrome Web Store and launch it. After you do, you’ll be able to pick a local video file on your computer and select the Chromecast you want to stream to. Your Chromecast will stream the video from your computer without the graphical issues and stuttering that occur when using the tab-casting feature.

MP4 is the most efficient file type you can use, as it’s supported by the Chromecast natively. But Videostream actually supports practically any media file type. If necessary, Videostream will automatically transcode the file as it streams it to your Chromecast.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

More Setup Required: The Plex Media Server

RELATED: How To Cast Videos from Plex Media Server to Your Chromecast

The Plex Media Server has integrated Chromecast support. Plex is a popular media-server solution you’ll need to install on one of your computers. After you do, you can access it from all your other devices. Plex has apps for a wide variety of devices, from mobile phones and video game consoles to the Apple TV and Roku.

If you have a Chromecast, you can open the Plex web app in Chrome and you’ll be able to “cast” videos and other media files directly to your Chromecast. Your Chromecast will stream the media from your Plex media server. Check out our guide for more info on setting everything up if you need a step-by-step.

If you just want to watch a few videos now and then, Videostream does the same thing without any setup process. But, if you want to set up a full-blown home media server, Plex will work for you.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Not Recommended: Browser Tab or Full Desktop Streaming

In a pinch, you could do this with the features included with the Google Cast extension for Chrome. Drag-and-drop a video file type Chrome supports — like an MP4 file — into the Chrome browser window and Chrome can play that video file back in a tab. Click the Google Cast extension icon, select your Chromecast, and you can Chromecast the current tab — and the video playing in it.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

You could also play the video in another application on your desktop, such as VLC or another media player. Click the Google Cast icon in Chrome, click the down icon next to your Chromecast, and select “Cast Entire Desktop”. Make the video go full-screen and it’ll stream to your Chromecast.

These methods can work, but you probably won’t want to use them. The video won’t be as smooth and crisp as if it were streaming in the usual way

The Chromecast obviously doesn’t provide any way to plug in a USB drive and play local files, so you’re stuck streaming them over the network. Videostream and Plex take advantage of this, setting up one of your computers to function as a media server the Chromecast streams just the video file from. That’s why they’re so much more efficient than tab and desktop-streaming, which requires your computer to record the screen, encode a video, and stream it to your device on the fly.

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How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Did you ever try to stream local videos to Chromecast from Windows or MAC? Or ever tried to Mac Airplay to Chromecast? Google is offering Chrome plugin to cast a PC browser or desktop screen to big screen TV with Chromecast. This will work perfectly when you want to see your browser content on a big screen TV.

You can stream web videos and audio directly from Chrome browser to TV with a simple click on the Google Cast plugin. For Mac users, this is almost like Mac Airplay.

However, when I tried to cast a local video from a PC, this Google Cast plugin was not enough to successfully stream my video. I tried to cast a couple of videos from Mac to Chromecast, and the video and audio streaming experience were not much encouraging.

I start to see the background of my PC screen while streaming the videos to TV. Sometimes, I lost my audio and saw the only video on my TV Screen. Since I don’t have an Apple TV, I was trying to Airplay Mac to Google Chromecast.

Even though Google is offering Google Cast plugin to stream your desktop and local videos, the solution is still not reliable. Google did a good job of integrating Android OS with Chromecast, and you can see Android Apps to Stream Media Files from Phone to Chromecast.

Step1: Install VideoStream Chrome Extension

The best solution to stream local videos from PC and Mac through Chromecast is to use a Chrome VideoStream app. We selected one free solution from Chrome Web Store, called Videostream for Google Chromecast.

This is a free app that can install on your Chromecast browser. Before you start streaming your video, open your Chrome browser, and install this extension by clicking on the link provided above. Once you install the app, you can see the app icon on the Windows or Mac app folder.

Step2: Setup Chromecast device

Please make sure your Chromecast device is already connected to the TV. Please see this Google site for Chromecast if you are relatively new to the Google Chromecast device. It is very important to keep connected your Chromecast device in the same Wi-Fi network where your Windows / Mac Computer connected.

Step3: Select the Local Video to Stream

Now click on the Videostream icon from your PC, and the app will open in the Chrome browser. Select the video you want to stream on TV from your local disk. Now the video will start to play on both your browser and TV.

Step4: Stream the Video to Chromecast from Mac/PC

The sound will already start to stream on TV. That’s all. Now you can minimize your PC Chrome browser (if you need) and enjoy the video on the big TV Screen. You have to keep the PC turned on and the browser open to watch the video on TV.

This Videostream app can Play local videos on your Chromecast and Android TV directly from your computer (PC, Mac, Linux) with subtitles. There is no need for any media server in between, and you can wirelessly stream your videos on TV.

This Chromecast app supports AndroidTV (Sony, Sharp, Nexus Player, Nvidia Shield) and capable of streaming videos in full 1080p and also offers full support for AVI and MKV files, 3D videos, etc. In addition to this, Videostream also supports MP3 and other music file streaming. This is almost a perfect solution for those who are looking for Mac Airplay to Chromecast.

Stream any webvideos, musics, local videos/photos to your Chromecast Device to enjoy watching on your big screen TV.

Just open your favorite website and start playing the video, the App will automatically cast that video to your connected Chromecast Device.

* This app works with Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra, Google Home, Google Nest, Google Nest Hub, Chromecast built-in TV.
* Remember connecting to your Chromecast Device before start playing video.
* DRM protected videos like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, HBO now are not supported!

[HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES]
* Video Controller: A remote control that allows you to fully control your videos while casting (play, pause, forward, rewind, repeat).
* Supports playing multi video in queue.
* Bookmarks: Add and manage as many bookmarks as you want, either in the bookmarks menu or directly in the browser.
* Manage multi tabs inside Web Browser.
* Block Ads inside Browser: Auto hide Ads when browsing web inside Browser.

What’s New

– Minor bug fixes.

Ratings and Reviews

A little clunky.

. In comparison to other browsers but it gets the job done. Have to be sure that the device and the chromecast are on the same wifi for them to communicate. Some of you will think "well, of course!" But for the less tech savvy like myself it's important to know.

Developer Response ,

Thank you for you comment.
I believe that issue will be fixed if you restart or reset your Chromecast Device (reconnect the Wifi network).
The problem is on the Chromecast Device, not the app, so you don't need to redownload the app.

THANK YOU GOD FINALLY

HALLELUJAH! You guys are the best. I can’t tell you how long I’ve been trying to find a Chromecast compatible browser that also doesn’t have adds that cover half the screen and allows for pause and playback along with file time selection. Every other app tricks you making you download it calling itself a Chromecast browser but doesn’t actually provide you with that capability unless you spend 5.99 for their /premium/ membership. It’s bogus. But you guys are legit. This app does what it’s supposed to do for the as advertised price of free. So thanks. 10/10

Does not work

This is my honest review. As much as I’d like to stream my videos to Chromecast with this app, it just won’t work. There are many problems I’m facing and I don’t know who to contact. The connect button is unresponsive and there are not many instructions or guides in the app to help me set it up. I’m sure it’s a decent app but till I get it to connect I’m afraid I cannot give them more than 1 stars. Fix the problems and then I will gladly update my review. So far I have been unable to watch any videos. I have the latest chromecast ultra and my iPad is updated to the latest iOS please help me solve the problems or at least give me an ETA on when you can fix the issues. I’m getting bored and impatient because I spent good money on my Chromecast and it’s not working!

Developer Response ,

Hello.
To have a cast button in the the right corner, please connect your Chromecast device to the same Wifi with your iOS device. Please check "How to use this app" inside Setting or "Contact us" via email, so we can guide you how to setup your device.
Thank you.

Casting videos from PC, smartphone to TV for getting the wide screen enjoyment, Google’s Chromecast does this task well. Usually, Google’s Chromecast works well for streaming videos from YouTube, Netflix, and other online services. More and more users are seraching for the best way to stream local video files from computer to TV via the Chromecast. To be honest, there are not the beat and effective way to stream local video files from computer to TV via the Chromecast, we have tried our best to collecte some solutions for you, you can try. (Tip: Setup Chromecast )

Stream Local Video Files on Chromecast via VLC

Do you know how to take full use of the VLC media player well? Here, in the latest bleeding edge Windows versions of VLC, you can stream video and audio files from VLC media player on your PC to your Chromecast. I need to tell you that this feature is unstable. Some people feedback that it works well for them, while others report it doesn’t and has problems with certain types of media files. Even so, it’s worth trying to see if it works for you. Also, the latest stable version of VLC is VLC 2.2.4.

1. download and install the latest nightly build of VLC for 64-bit Windows or VLC for 32-bit Windows,

2. Please ensure your Chromecast is on.

3. To find your Chromecast, you’ll need to click Video > Render > Scan.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

4. VLC will scan for nearby devices. You’ll then need to click Video > Renderer > Your Chromecast. VLC will connect to your Chromecast.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

5. Open a video file in VLC and click the “Play” button. Use the Media > Open File menu or just drag and drop a video file from your file manager onto the VLC window.

6. After you try to play the video, you’ll see an “Insecure site” prompt. Click “View certificate” to view your Chromecast’s security certificate.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

7. Click “Accept Permanently” to accept your Chromecast’s certificate.

8. Use the controls in the VLC window to pause, fast forward, rewind, and otherwise control playback.

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Other Ways to Stream Local Video Files on Chromecast

Videostream

We’ve been impressed with Videostream for Google Chromecast. It’s a Chrome app and you can use it for free.

  1. Install it from the Chrome Web Store and launch it
  2. You’ll be able to pick a local video file on your computer and select the Chromecast you want to stream to.
  3. Your Chromecast will stream the video from your computer without the graphical issues and stuttering that occur when using the tab-casting feature.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Plex Media Server

The Plex Media Server has integrated Chromecast support. Plex is a popular media-server solution you’ll need to install on one of your computers. Plex has apps for a wide variety of devices, from mobile phones and video game consoles to the Apple TV and Roku.

  1. Open the Plex web app in Chrome
  2. You’ll be able to “cast” videos and other media files directly to your Chromecast.
  3. Your Chromecast will stream the media from your Plex media server

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Free Chromecast Video Converter: Serve Your Video Better

These methods can work, but you probably won’t want to use them. The video won’t be as smooth and crisp as if it were streaming in the usual way, you need one Chromecast Video Converter which can solve any video inconpatibility issues. Here Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is a top Chromecast Video Converter which can easily convert various formats and tons audio files to Chromecast supported video format for sharing with your family or friends on TV. Mac version can support the latest macOS High Sierra well. You can free download it and start to steam all supported and unsupported videos from computer or mobile devices to your Chromecast. Just 3 clicks, you can get any video formats you want, you can do these:

Thank for your time, hope this post and above ways, tips are helpful for you. Want to know more about the Chromecast, you can read: 10 Practice Way to Use Chromecast

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Google Chromecast is one of the best video streaming devices. You can install Chromecast-compatible apps on your smartphone and start streaming content from those applications to your TV. There are plenty of apps that support Chromecast. You can also cast local files from your Android to the TV as well. For example, if you have a video on your phone’s internal storage and you want to watch it on the TV, you can use Chromecast to cast the content to the TV. To Chromecast local videos from Android, you can either use a compatible app to cast videos or screen mirror them to TV.

How to Chromecast Local Videos from Android?

To play a local video on your Android phone, you need a video player. By using a Chromecast compatible video player, you can easily cast local videos to the TV. Here are a few video players which support Google Chromecast:

  1. VLC Media Player
  2. LocalCast
  3. Google Photos

VLC Media Player

VLC Media Player is one of the most used video players across the globe. It is compatible with Chromecast and hence, you can easily cast local contents to your TV.

1: Open VLC Media Player.

2: You will find the “Cast” icon on the top right corner of your app. Click on it.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

3: The app will display the Chromecast device name which is available to cast.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

4: Click on the Chromecast device name to connect VLC with the device.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

5: Now start playing the local video which you want to cast it to the TV.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

LocalCast

There are plenty of casting apps available on your Google Play Store. LocalCast is popular and has inbuilt features in it. You can also use other LocalCast alternatives of your choice.

1: Open LocalCast on your Android phone.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

2: Click on the “Cast” icon on the bottom of your screen.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

3: The device name will now display. Click on the device name to connect your phone to Chromecast.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

4: Now select the video which you want to play on your TV.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

This is another method to cast local videos to your TV. You can also use other casting app alternatives to follow this method as well.

Google Photos

You can also use Google Photos as a video player and cast local files to your TV.

1: Open Google Photos.

2: Select the video which you want to cast to the TV and start playing it.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

3: Click on the “Cast” icon on the top right corner of your app.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

4: Now select the device name to cast the contents.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

The local video will now play on your TV.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

Alternatives to Chromecast Local videos from Android

Alternatively, you can also cast local files to your TV by screen mirroring. If your video player is not compatible with Chromecast, then you can use screen mirroring option to cast the contents to your TV.

Conclusion

Thus, by following the above methods, you can easily cast local files to your TV. Apart from local videos, you can also cast local music, photos and other files to your TV as well. You can follow any of the above-mentioned methods to Chromecast Local videos from Android.

Drag your local files to chrome browser, or press Ctr + O to browse and import your files. And then your video will be played in Chrome’s built-in video viewer. Then click the Cast current tab on your browser to stream media files to Chromecast and then play it on TV.

Is iPad compatible with Chromecast?

You can Chromecast from an iPad to turn any TV with a HDMI port into a smart TV that can stream all your favorite content. The Chromecast setup only takes a few minutes from an iPad, but you will need to have the Google Home app and a Google account to do so.

Can I play iPhone videos on Chromecast?

You can mirror your iPhone to a Chromecast TV using one of two third-party apps. The free Chromecast Streamer app lets your mirror your iPhone’s screen to any Chromecast device on the same Wi-Fi network. Certain apps, including YouTube, also let you mirror your screen without any special add-ons.

Can I play my videos on Chromecast?

Yes, you can. Although Google markets this $35 pod as a way to stream video, audio and images from Internet sites and apps to whatever TV it’s plugged into — and its help pages don’t describe any other use — the Chromecast can also play many files on your computer, phone or tablet.

How do I play video files on Chromecast?

Cast music and videos from your computer

  1. On your computer, open Chrome.
  2. At the top right, click More. Cast.
  3. Click Sources .
  4. Click Cast file.
  5. Select a file.
  6. Choose the Chromecast device where you want the file to play.

How do I Chromecast from iPad to TV?

Mirroring Your iPad or iPhone to the TV via Chromecast

  1. Connect the mobile device, Chromecast, and PC to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Install an AirPlay receiver app, for example, LonelyScreen or Reflector 3, onto the PC.
  3. Launch Google Chrome and from the Menu, click on Cast.
  4. Click the arrow next to Cast to.

What is the best Chromecast App for iPad?

  1. Google Home. Download: iOS / Android.
  2. Netflix. Download: iOS / Android.
  3. HBO Now and HBO Go. Download: iOS / Android.
  4. Google Play Movies & TV. Download: iOS / Android.
  5. YouTube and YouTube TV. Download: iOS / Android.
  6. Slacker Radio (US only) Download: iOS / Android.
  7. Google Play Music. Download: iOS / Android.
  8. Plex.

Can I cast video from iPhone to TV?

Stream video from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch to a TV Connect your device to the same Wi-Fi network as your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV. Find the video that you want to stream. Tap AirPlay . Choose your Apple TV or AirPlay 2-compatible smart TV.

How do I Chromecast a video from the Internet?

Again, first make sure that your computer or Android phone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your streaming device.

  1. Open Google Chrome, and head to the page that you want to cast to your TV.
  2. From the menu, select “Cast…”
  3. A new menu will appear.

Can I cast videos from my phone to Chromecast?

Make sure your mobile phone or tablet is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast device. Tap the device you want to cast your screen to. Cast screen.

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Google just made it decidedly easier to beam your personal media collection to your Chromecast device of choice. An updated version of the Files by Google app includes long-in-the-making support for playing your audio, photos and videos on any Chromecast-capable device, whether it’s a speaker, smart display or TV. You only have to dive into a section containing media and choose a target. After that, you’ll have on-screen playback controls to steer the action from your phone.

This should work with all the media you’d typically play on a Chromecast in the first place, and should be available right away if you have the latest version of Files. The technology behind the app isn’t strictly new — there have been local media casting apps for years, and that’s not including individual media apps that can cast their own content. This gives you an official, straightforward option, though, and it could cover the bases in ways that some apps can’t.

How to watch local video files on your chromecast

A. Yes, you can. Although Google markets this $35 pod as a way to stream video, audio and images from Internet sites and apps to whatever TV it’s plugged into — and its help pages don’t describe any other use — the Chromecast can also play many files on your computer, phone or tablet.

On a computer, the rule is that if Google’s Chrome browser can open a file and you have the Google Cast extension installed, a nearby Chromecast will play that file — assuming your laptop’s processor can handle the work required to encode and stream media, which shouldn’t be an issue on most newer machines.

The only major omissions among Chrome’s supported media formats are Apple’s proprietary QuickTime and anything wrapped up with “digital rights management” restrictions, such as movies or TV shows bought or rented off online stores such as Apple’s iTunes.

To find out for sure, go to Chrome’s File menu, select “Open…”, pick a file and, once it’s loaded in the browser, click the cast icon at the top right of its toolbar. The only failures I saw involved QuickTime files, identifiable by the .mov extension at the end of their names.

Sometime soon, you should get a more straightforward option that’s also free. The upcoming 3.0 version of the open-source VLC video player, recommended here before for such tasks as playing random video formats and DVDs purchased overseas, will add Chromecast support.

On a phone or tablet, you need to install an app that can stream stored files to a Chromecast. The hard part there may be choosing one among the many available for Android and iOS; Google’s site lists dozens of music and photo/video apps, although it doesn’t break down which ones specifically stream local files versus connecting you to a music, photo or video site.

I tried the free Android version of Plex, an app that Roku users have long relied on to enjoy their music, videos and photo files on Roku players that, like the Chromecast, are sold primarily as Internet-media devices. It worked fine, although one video I’d taken with my phone played sideways.

The ability to play your own media files through a Chromecast can become especially handy if you, like this reader, want to enjoy them while traveling.

A Chromecast can’t connect to most hotel WiFi networks because they don’t use standard WiFi passwords and instead require you to log in through a Web page that the Chromecast can’t read. But if you turn on your phone’s mobile-hotspot feature — also called “tethering” — the Chromecast can connect to that.

And by playing a file stored on your laptop (which will also need to be on your phone’s WiFi signal) or the phone itself, you won’t burn up your wireless plan’s data quota as you would by streaming from a Web site.

But because a Chromecast can’t switch between saved WiFi networks, you’ll have to set it up from scratch each time you move it from your home network to your phone’s and vice versa.

And because using a phone as a mobile hotspot turns off its usual WiFi, you can’t use your phone to change the Chromecast’s settings. Instead, you’ll need to have Google’s Chromecast app — available for Android, iOS, Chromebooks, Windows 7 or newer, and Mac OS X 10.7 or newer — installed on a second device that is first logged onto the phone’s hotspot.

Tip: “Guest mode” lets visitors play DJ on your Chromecast but stay off your network

What if you’re having people over and want to let them play songs or videos through your Chromecast but don’t want to hand over your WiFi password? With the “guest mode” Google added in December, you don’t have to.

With this on — you can enable or disable it using Google’s Chromecast apps — the Chromecast will broadcast its own WiFi signal. When your guests open a cast-aware app on an Android or iOS device with WiFi on, they should see that app report that there’s a nearby Chromecast available.

Selecting it should set off an automated confirmation process in which the Chromecast plays some inaudible tones through the TV’s speakers that the app then hears. If that doesn’t work, you only need to enter the four-digit PIN shown on the screen.

How to cast from Windows Media Player to Chromecast

Did you know that there’s an easy and wireless way to project local media files from your Windows PC to your TV? You don’t need to install or buy new software. With Windows Media Player (WMP), the default media player on Windows OS computers, you can Chromecast content from your computer to your TV.

If you’re a Windows user, you’d know that WMP is the most convenient way to access images, videos, and audio files. You can also use WMP to organize local files, burn CDs, and sync to mobile devices.

Windows Media Player on Windows 10 has a pre-built Cast function to stream content to another Bluetooth or Wireless device. However, if you don’t have a smart TV, you will need to use a Google Chrome and a Chromecast device to cast your PC screen onto your TV.

Most users rely on Google Chromecast devices to convert their standard TV into a Smart TV to access streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and Youtube. Not many people know that it works great for casting videos, movies, audio, and photos directly from your PC hard drive to your TV.

In this article, learn how to set up Google Chromecast to cast the contents of WMP from your desktop or laptop to your TV.

Note: If you have a Windows laptop and want to cast content to your TV, but don’t want to use Windows Media Player – then you can try the VLC media player which is a free alternative. We have a guide on how to cast VLC to your Chromecast.

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How to cast Windows Media Player to TV?

For those who have a Smart TV, you’re in luck. You can automatically connect Windows Media Player to your display device using the Cast function as shown in this video:

Thankfully, it’s still possible to screencast WMP to your standard TV with a Chromecast device.

By clicking on the Cast button on Google Chrome, you can cast your entire desktop and access local files on your TV through Windows Media Player Classic on your desktop or laptop.

Requirements for Windows Media Player Classic to Chromecast

To successfully Chromecast local media files from your PC to your TV, you will need the following devices and system specifications:

  1. Original Chromecast: Get the original Google Chromecast or the new Chromecast with Google TV . Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra have been discontinued.
  2. Windows PC or Laptop: To connect Windows Media Player (WMP) with Chromecast, you will need a Windows OS-based PC. (Note: WMP is only available on the Windows operating system)
  3. Google Chrome browser: Since you can’t use Cast/Streaming function on standard TVs, you need to connect your PC to your TV with the Chromecast via Google Chrome. Make sure to update Google Chrome to the latest version to avoid complications.
  4. Stable Internet Connection: Your PC and Chromecast need to share the same network so you can cast your screen. WiFi is the most convenient way for most users, but using a wired internet will ensure a faster and more stable connection.
  5. TV with HDMI port: Chromecast devices can only be plugged into your TV via the HDMI port. If your TV doesn’t have an HDMI port, you can use an HDMI adapter.

Step-by-Step Guide: How To Chromecast Windows Media Player

In this section, you will find the easiest way to Chromecast local media files from your PC to your TV.

Step 1: Install Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player Classic is a free Microsoft tool that’s pre-installed into all Windows OS PCs. However, if you don’t find the software on your desktop or laptop, you may have uninstalled it in the past.

Note: If you already have WMP on your computer (host device), you can skip this step.

  1. Access Settings by clicking on the Windows icon. Select Apps .
  2. Click Apps and Features from the sidebar. Click on Optional features from the main menu.
  3. Under Optional features, click Add a feature . Scroll through the list and sele ct Windows Media Player app . You can also use the search bar to select WMP.
  4. Click Install and wait for the program to the installation process to complete.
  5. After the installation, close all applications, then launch WMP.

Step 2: Set Up Chromecast on your TV

Here’s how to connect your Chromecast device to your TV:

  1. Attach the Chromecast device to your TV via the HDMI port. Again, you can use an HDMI adapter if you have an older TV without an available HDMI port.
  2. Press the Source or Input button on your TV’s remote control. Choose the correct source input (HDMI 1, 2, and so on) where the Chromecast is connected to.
  3. Then, connect the TV to the same internet connection as your Windows PC (host device). Press the Menu button on the TV remote control, then navigate to Settings > Network/Connection Settings . Follow the instructions to set up either a Wired or Wireless connection. To connect your TV over WiFi, you’ll need to enter the password.

Step 3: Chromecast from Windows Media Player via Google Chrome Browser

Here’s how to cast Windows Media Player using Chromecast:

    1. Connect your host device to the same WiFi network that your Chromecast is connected to.
    2. Open the Google Chrome browser on your host device.
    3. Click on the Menu button (three stacked) dots on the upper right-hand corner of the window. From the dropdown menu, select Cast. Google Chrome will start searching for available Chromecast devices.
    • Once Google Chrome detects your Chromecast device, click on the Source dropdown menu and click Cast desktop.
    1. Minimize Google Chrome, then open Windows Media Player. Any file you play and open on WMP will be cast on your TV.

    Conclusion

    Windows Media Player is the easiest way to cast local media files from your PC to a display device.

    However, the built-in Windows Media Player Chromecast plugin is only available on Windows 10 for Smart TVs. Fortunately, users without a Smart TV can still cast movies, videos, images, and music from MPC using a Chromecast device and Google Chrome.

    By navigating to Menu > Cast, then selecting Cast Desktop on Google Chrome, you can Chromecast any local media files on your TV from your Windows PC.

    There are a few different ways you can stream from Mac to Chromecast and enjoy a whole variety of features. We’re going to look at the best tools for the job. Read on to find out the best third party apps that allow you to stream from Mac to TV.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    What is Chromecast?

    Chromecast is a system created by Google that allows users to ‘cast’ content to hardware connected to a smart TV, without the need for a HDMI cable. What this basically means is that streaming local videos to Mac or controlling your smart TV from your Google browser, on Mac or Windows, is possible. You can steam from the top platforms, play your own files, or even use it to display photos and presentations. We’re going to look at how to get the most out of Chromecast using your Mac.

    Stream Local Videos to Chromecast Using Elmedia Player

    There are many ways to stream to Chromecast from Mac, but Elmedia Player is at the top of the list. It allows unprecedented customization, while preserving simplicity and ease of use. MPEG, AVI, FLV, SWF, WMV, MOV, MKV, MP4, M4V – this is just a fraction of the massive list of supported formats, without any need for codecs. All of this ensures that you can make full use of movies and TV on your massive TV straight from your Mac laptop.

    When you cast MP4 to Chromecast, it’s useful to have Elmedia Player PRO ($19.95). Not only does this best media player for Mac allow you to stream files and playlists in their initial formats, it will also transcode them in case of any compatibility problems with the target platform (most likely, your TV).

    It’s also got a great feature that lets you open videos from major streaming sites, simply by copying and pasting the URL into the player for HD playback. And it works not only with Chromecast, but also Roku, AirPlay and other devices.

    Plus, it lets you create a screenshots gallery for easy reference of videos. The additional premium features will create an optimal user experience that you can mold completely to your liking.

    There are many Android apps that can stream local media contents to Chromecast. In other words, in Google Play store, you can easily find an Android app to stream local media files to Chromecast.

    Can I Chromecast a video from my computer?

    How to stream a video from Mac or Windows PC to a TV via Chromecast: Make sure your computer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network your Chromecast was set up to use. Launch Google Chrome on your Mac or Windows PC. Load a video, and you’ll see an icon to cast it, if there’s a Chromecast on your Wi-Fi network.

    How do I Chromecast from media player on my laptop?

    How to cast VLC to Chromecast (Mac or PC)

    1. Open the VLC media player app, and click “Playback” from the main options menu at the top.
    2. A pop-up should appear beside the “Renderer” option — select your Chromecast device.
    3. Open a file to play in VLC.
    4. Start playing the media in VLC you want to cast to Chromecast.

    How do I play local videos on Chrome?

    Just click on extension icon in browser and when player opens, look for ‘Play a Video’ button at the bottom left corner. Click on it to select your video from local computer drive and once selected click anywhere on screen to play your desired video.

    Can you cast VLC to Chromecast?

    Open VLC media player and start the file you want to cast. Open the Chromecast app, then tap the Menu button and select Cast screen/audio. Follow the on-screen instructions to cast your device’s display to your Chromecast. Go back to VLC Player and set the video to full screen mode, and voila, you are done!

    How do I cast MP4 from PC to Chromecast?

    Drag-and-drop a video file type Chrome supports — like an MP4 file — into the Chrome browser window and Chrome can play that video file back in a tab. Click the Google Cast extension icon, select your Chromecast, and you can Chromecast the current tab — and the video playing in it.

    How do I cast media from Windows 10 to Chromecast?

    Cast your computer screen

    1. On your computer, open Chrome.
    2. At the top right, click More. Cast.
    3. Click Sources .
    4. Click Cast desktop.
    5. Choose the Chromecast device where you want to watch the content.

    How do I cast Windows movies and TV to Chromecast?

    Cast from the Google TV app to your TV using your phone or tablet

    1. Make sure your mobile phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast device.
    2. Open the Google TV app .
    3. Tap My Movies or My TV shows.
    4. Choose a movie or show.
    5. Tap the Cast icon .
    6. Select your Chromecast from the device list.

    How do I add Windows Media Player to Chrome?

    If you are using Google Chrome: Click the Install button to automatically download and install the Windows Media Player Firefox Plug-In. Depending on your security settings, you may see a Security Warning dialog box. Click Install to install the plug-in.

    How do I play local files on Chromecast?

    How does Chromecast work on a laptop?

    How much does it cost to stream to Chromecast from PC?

    How to play media files directly in Chrome browser?

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    The Chromecast is an affordable, easy way to play streaming video on your television. Normally, you control your Chromecast using the Google Home mobile app, or with the Chromecast button in streaming video apps, like YouTube or Netflix.

    However, the Chromecast can also be controlled from your computer’s command line. You can cast video files directly from your computer to the Chromecast over your home network. You can also cast video from streaming services, or display websites on your TV.

    Using Python and the open-source utility CATT (Cast All The Things), you can cast video files directly from your computer. Follow these instructions to install and use CATT on your Windows, macOS, or Linux computer.

    Install Python 3

    CATT requires Python 3.5 or above. Follow these instructions to install Python. If Python 3.5+ is already installed on your system, you can skip to the next section and install CATT.

    Install Python 3 on Windows

    Python for Windows can be downloaded from Python’s website. In these examples, we are using a 64-bit Intel/AMD computer (also known as x86-64 or AMD64), so we download the Python 3.7.2 Windows x86-64 executable installer.

    To install Python, run the installer and follow the on-screen instructions.

    During installation, we recommend you choose the option Add Python 3.7 to PATH. This option ensures you can easily run all necessary commands from the Windows Command Prompt.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    When Python is installed, proceed to the next section and install CATT.

    Install Python 3 on macOS

    Python comes installed on macOS by default, but you may need to install a newer version of Python 3. Python 3 for macOS can be downloaded from Python’s website.

    Install Python 3 on Linux

    If you’re running Linux, Python 3 should already be installed. To check your Python 3 version, open a terminal and run python3 –version. If it’s at least version 3.5, you do not need to install Python. However, you may need to install pip, the Python 3 package manager. For instance, on Ubuntu, run sudo apt update && sudo apt install python3-pip to install pip for Python 3.

    Install CATT

    CATT can be installed using the pip package manager.

    Install CATT on Windows

    First, make sure pip is up-to-date. Open a Command Prompt window and run the following command.

    If the command fails with the error message "py is not recognized as an internal or external command," then you don’t have the default python launcher (py.exe) installed. Either reinstall Python with the "install launcher" option checked, or replace py with python in the commands in this section.

    Next, use pip to install CATT.

    Verify that CATT is in your PATH by running where catt.

    Install CATT on macOS

    Open a macOS Terminal (in your Applications → Utilities folder). At the command prompt, run the following command.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    Install CATT on Linux

    In a Linux terminal, run the following command.

    How to use CATT

    To control your Chromecast with CATT, the general command is catt cast resource, where resource is a URL or the video file location on your computer. If the resource exists, CATT automatically scans your local network, connect to the first Chromecast it finds, and tell it to play the video.

    If you have more than one Chromecast device, you can specify it by name with the -d name option, where name is your Chromecast’s device name in double quotes. For example, catt -d "Living Room TV" cast resource.

    Cast video from websites

    To cast streaming video from sites, including YouTube, Vimeo, and Twitch, use the command catt cast url, where url is the address where you would view the video in a web browser.

    Some URLs contain special characters used by the command prompt, so it’s a good idea to enclose the URL in double quotes.

    For instance, the following command plays a YouTube video on the Chromecast.

    Similarly, the following command plays a video hosted on Vimeo.

    Cast video from your computer

    The Chromecast natively supports MP4 and WebM video formats. If you have an MP4 or WebM video file on your computer, you can play it on your Chromecast with the command catt cast filename.

    For instance, to download a video from YouTube, you can use YouTube-dl, which can be installed with pip.

    To download a video, run the command youtube-dl url, where url is the location of a YouTube video on the web.

    To cast this video to your Chromecast, use catt cast with the video file name, enclosed in double quotes.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    Control video playback

    While a streaming video is playing on your Chromecast, you can use the command catt pause to pause it. To resume the video, use catt play. To stop, use catt stop. To adjust volume on the Chromecast, use catt volumeup, catt volumedown, or catt volume level, where level is an integer between 0 and 100. For a complete list of commands, run catt –help.

    Cast a website

    To cast any website to your TV, run catt cast_site url. You can’t interact with the site, but it appears as it would in the Chrome web browser.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    This guide will help you use your Chromecast to stream personal video files straight to your TV

    These days, transforming your television into a smart TV is as simple as plugging in a Chromecast. Serving as a digital media player in the form of a small dongle, a Chromecast can turn any compatible TV into an entertainment hub.

    While a Chromecast comes equipped with apps for Netflix, YouTube, BBC iPlayer and more, it can also be used to stream local videos from your phone, tablet or PC and display them on the TV it’s connected to.

    Streaming local video, however, is a bit more complicated than streaming video through a third-party app. In short, the method you use to stream your video files will depend on the device you aim to stream from.

    This guide will explain how to stream local video to your Chromecast using a laptop or PC. We’ll go over some of the prerequisites and then take you step-by-step through the process of getting your video content onto the big screen.

    Things to know before getting started

    To stream local video to your Chromecast, there are a few things you need to check before you begin. Firstly, you will have to sign up to a service called Plex, which is an online media player that allows you to stream local videos to other devices. You can do so by following this link. It’s free, so you don’t have to worry about any future payments, and it’s what you will use to stream video to your Chromecast.

    To use Plex, you’re going to need a desktop or laptop, and you will have to use a Chrome browser. It’s not possible to use Plex to stream content to another screen using a mobile device or any browser other than Chrome.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    After you’ve created a Plex account, you need to download the Plex Media Server on the computer or laptop where you keep the videos you want to stream. You can do this by clicking the Launch button in the top-right corner of the screen on Plex’s homepage, which you’ll see after creating your Plex account. The Media Server also comes bundled with the Plex Web App, which you will need to access next.

    Once you’ve accessed the app, you need to make sure that the Plex Media Server allows for secure connections, otherwise you can’t stream to your Chromecast. To make sure it does, open the app, select Settings, click on Server and then choose Network. From here, make sure the Secure Connections option is set to Preferred.

    Finally, you need to add the videos on your connected device to your Plex library, which comes packaged with the download of the Plex Media Server. This will allow you to store and access videos on Plex so you can stream them to your Chromecast.

    Now, you should be ready to stream local video to your Chromecast. Just follow our step-by-step guide to complete the process.

    Accessing Chromecast through Plex

    Step 1. Using a Chrome browser, access the Plex Web App and click the Plex Players icon in the top-right corner of the screen. It looks like a rectangle with a Wi-Fi connection symbol in the bottom left.

    Step 2. After clicking the icon, select Cast, which will reveal a dropdown menu, showing a list of devices that have Chromecasts attached to them that the Plex Media Server has detected.

    Step 3. Select the compatible Chromecast device you want to stream your local videos to. This will set it as the device that you want videos played on when using Plex.

    Playing videos

    Step 1. Using the Plex Web App, play the video you want to watch. Once you do, the video will appear on the TV the Chromecast is attached to.

    Step 2. The browser you’re using to stream the video to your TV can now be used to control the playback of the video.

    Step 3. To stop streaming to your Chromecast, select the Google Cast extension in the Chrome browser playing the video and click Stop. The video will no longer appear on the Chromecast but will continue to play on the Plex Web App in your browser.

    And there you have it – you can now stream local videos to your TV. If you want to use Plex for other devices such as iOS, Android or Apple TV, all you have to do is follow the link and we’ll show you how to get set up. If you only plan on using Plex and Chromecast to stream to your TV, though, then you should be ready to go.

    Google’s Chromecast is its answer to Apple’s Apple TV, the airplay/air-mirror streaming service. If you have not had a chance to try out Chromecast, you are missing out! I’d say Google’s Chromecast is by far the best $35 you can spend on any gadget this year, the best impulse buy for 2013 and maybe in 2014. Some say that Chromecasts still falls behind Apple TV. But in my opinion, if you are a geek like us, you can always make Chromecast better.

    Here are some tips and tricks for you to use Chromecast on a Windows device.

    Chromecast Initial Setup Require a Wireless Device

    If you only have a desktop that connects to the Ethernet, you won’t be able to set up your Chromecast. You will need a wireless device, whether it’s a wireless PC, a Mac, an Android or an iOS device, to start with. You can go and download the corresponding apps here first and to set up your very first Chromecast on your local network. As soon as you have your Chromecast set up, you won’t be required to only stream via a wireless device, a computer connected via Ethernet works just fine.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    How To Stream Local Video and Audio ( MP3 ) To Chromecast

    Remember, everything that Chrome browser can play can be cast onto Chromecast both audio and video. Chrome browser supports some HTML5 video formats such as MP4 and MKV, so these media files can be played out of the box in Chrome and cast to Chromecast without any issue. For other file formats like AVI, you can download the DivX plugin for chrome to play it.

    What’s amazing is that you can just drag and drop the video file onto Chrome browser, press the Chromecast app button on the toolbar, and sit back, enjoy the show on your big TV screen.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    YouTube and Netflix Have First Class Citizen Support on Chromecast

    Google made Chromecast special when streaming YouTube and Netflix videos, which means that those videos directly goes on the play to your Chromecast without loading from your computer then streaming to the device. If you have the Chromecast extension installed on your Chrome, when loading those specific websites, there will be a special casting button on the corner that you can click to enable to stream the content directly to the TV via your Chromecast. The best part? You don’t need to have your computer open the entire time while the movie is playing.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    Chromecast streaming via YouTube? Oh yes, seamlessly. By the way, do you know you can find full-length HD movies on YouTube?

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    Chromecast Your Entire Desktop – The AirPlay Mirroring For Windows

    This is why Chromecast is even better than Apple TV, you can literally stream anything to the big TV through it. Click the drop-down arrow next to “Cast this tab to ..” you will see the option to cast the entire screen, your desktop, to the big TV via Chromecast. Note that, if you have dual monitor it will cast both screens in a reduced size to the TV. Hence, for the best performance and viewing experience, it would be better if you disable one of the monitors and only cast one at a time.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    Optimize Chromecast For Maximize Performance

    In the option settings, you can update the projection quality to the best that your wireless network supports.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    There are even more advanced options you can try to enable to show more settings, but it’s questionable if those settings would ever work the way you specifies. This requires you to hack into the source code of the settings page (HTML), update and remove one of the display none flags.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    That’s it, there are a lot you can do with Chromecast. The best is still ahead, wait till Google opens up its API for more services and see what’s more coming. It seems to me that Google’s Chromecast will only get better over the time. So why wait?

    How to watch a Google Drive video on TV with your Chromecast

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    We are going to explain to you how to watch a Google Drive video on TV with your Chromecast. The Google cloud application does not allow you to see your own files on TV, so you will have to pull third-party applications to perform this functionality. There are many options, but we are going to tell you the two simplest for less advanced users.

    Let’s start by explaining how to send Drive videos to your Chromecast using VLC. It is something you can do from Google Drive itself, although it needs you to download the video you want to see first on the device. Then, we will continue with another alternative with which you can do almost the same but without having to locally download the video that you already have in your cloud. You can also connect your mobile to TV.

    From Google Drive to Chromecast with VLC

    The first thing you have to do is install VLC on your mobile, and open Google Drive and go to the folder where you have the videos within the Google cloud. Once you have signed in, click on the icon of the three dots in the video you want to send to the Chromecast for related options.

    A contextual menu will open in which you will see various actions that you can perform with the video. In this menu, click on the option Open with to start the process of opening the video in a third-party application. The first thing Drive will do to do this is download the video to your mobile.

    When the file download is finished, the default share menu of your mobile will appear. In this menu, choose the VLC app or another that is compatible with the Google Cast option to open the downloaded video.

    And that’s it. Once you are playing the video in VLC or other compatible application, click on the send to Chromecast button that will appear in the main interface. You will go to the menu where you have to choose the Chromecast or compatible device that you want to use, and by choosing it you will be able to start sending the video.

    From Google Drive to Chromecast with LocalCast

    And as a second option we are going to use LocalCast, an application available for Android in Google Play and for iOS in the App Store. It is an app created to send local content from your mobile to the Chromecast, although it also allows you to connect to Google Drive or Dropbox to send content from there. Of course, the free version is full of advertising.

    Once the application is open, open the side menu and click on the Google Drive option that appears in the Cloud category. If this is your first time using the app, this will launch the process to sync your Drive account in the app.

    When starting the synchronization process, LocalCast will ask for your permission to access your contacts. When you give it to him, he will ask you if you want to use the Google account that you are using on your mobile or another. Choose the account you want to use and click on the OK button.

    When you start the account, LocalCast will ask you for permissions to be able to access your Google Drive files. Keep in mind that you will be exposing your data to third parties, so think twice if you want to maintain your privacy. In any case, to use LocalCast you need to click on Allow and give you access permissions.

    Once logged in open the side menu again and click on Google Drive, and navigate to the folder where you have the videos hosted. Once there, click on the Chromecast button to link the app to your device before starting playback.

    You will start the process to choose which device to send content to. On this screen, You have to activate the Google Cast option to find your Chromecast or compatible device, although you can also choose other types of device that appear in the list.

    Among the results you have obtained, tap on your Chromecast or compatible device like the MiBox that I have used in my tests. The app will link to it and you are ready to submit content.

    Once you are ready to send content, simply go back to the folder where you have the Google Drive videos in LocalCast and click on the video you want to see to open it in your player. In addition to sending to the Chromecast before pressing the video, you also have the option to do it when you are playing it.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    Have you invested or are planning to on a Chromecast in lieu of a Smart TV to watch exciting shows from the many streaming services available only through the Internet.

    Do you want to stream shows through your laptop to your HDTV via Chromecast in Windows?

    If so you would need a Windows-based video player that supports the casting of videos to Chromecast.

    Having a Chromecast is definitely an advantage when it comes to enjoying video streaming services. More and more of the popular streaming services have added support for Chromecast.

    Not only that, you can also cast whatever video you have available in your computer hard disk to your HDTV.

    A quick way to find out whether a particular video player supports Chromecast or not is to look for the Cast button.

    You may already know this, but in case you don’t, your Windows computer and your Chromecast must be connected to the same WiFi network and frequency. Take note of this if you’ve more than one WiFi network in your place.

    For example, if you have a NetworkABC 5Ghz and Network ABC 2.4Ghz, you shouldn’t mix them up. You must connect both your devices to either one of these networks.

    Here are some ideas to help you choose the best video player for Chromecast on Windows.

    VLC Media Player

    The VLC Media Player needs very little introduction to those who regularly playback video files on their computers or mobile devices.

    Apart from playing back almost any AV format thrown at it, it can also stream videos.

    The free media player also supports casting to TV via Chromecast.

    Here’s how you use VLC Media Player as a video player for Chromecast in Windows.

    First play back your video on VLC and pause it.

    Then under the Playback Menu Choose Renderer.

    With your Computer and Chromecast connected to the same WiFi, you should be able to see your Chromecast detected.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    Click on Chromecast and you’ll see video displayed displayed on your TV screen.

    If you want to switch back to video playing on your computer, follow the same steps. This time, choose Local. The video will now be played on your computer.

    If for some reason, your VLC player can’t detect your Chromecast, watch the video below for a fix.

    If you can’t cast through the above methods, try the Chrome browser method as shown below.

    Use Chrome Browser to Cast to Chromecast in Windows

    This is a handy feature. By using the Cast feature in Google Chrome, you dispense with the need to install a player, to cast video from a Windows computer to your HDTV.

    You can use a media player like Windows Media Player that is already installed on your computer. You can display a tab, your entire desktop or play a file.

    Here’s how to get started.

    Click on the three dots on the right-hand corner and choose Cast.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    Once your Desktop is displayed on your TV, you can start playing the video on the VLC player or Windows Media Player by choosing Desktop and the video will be displayed on the TV screen.

    You can also play YouTube or other streaming videos by choosing the Tab feature .

    To make this connection work, you must use the latest updated Chrome browser.

    Watch the video below for guidance.

    Choosing the best video player for Chromecast in Windows doesn’t mean you have to install a media player in your computer.

    As you’ve seen above, the VLC media player and your Chrome browser can easily take care of your Chromecasting needs.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    The VLC media player is one of the most user-friendly platforms available for video playback, making it a great option among free media players.

    And as of its 3.0 version released in 2018, you can now cast VLC from your Mac or PC to a Chromecast-connected TV.

    Here’s how you can cast from your computer’s VLC player to a Chromecast in three easy steps.

    How to cast VLC to Chromecast (Mac or PC)

    1. Open the VLC media player app, and click “Playback” from the main options menu at the top. In the Playback dropdown menu, click “Renderer.”

    2. A pop-up should appear beside the “Renderer” option — select your Chromecast device. If you don’t see your Chromecast already listed, click “Scan.”

    3. Open a file to play in VLC. If you are given an “Insecure site” prompt, click “View certificate” and “Accept Permanently.”

    How to cast VLC to Chromecast (PC only)

    You can use the aforementioned method for Mac and PC, and PC users can also perform the steps to cast using a few right-clicks:

    1. Start playing the media in VLC you want to cast to Chromecast.

    2. Right-click on the video, then select “Playback,” “Renderer,” and the name of the Chromecast.

    Your video should play immediately. You can use the VLC buttons to control the video playback on your Chromecast-connected TV.

    If you’re not able to locate the Chromecast in VLC, be sure your computer and Chromecast are on the same Wi-Fi network — only Chromecast-connected TVs on the same network will be listed.

    If you’re still having an issue, you may also need to disconnect from your computer’s VPN , if you’re using one.

    Google offers Chromecast To help you quickly and easily turn any TV into Smart TV Provided with internet streaming capabilities. It also allows your TV to connect to your computer, and there are many handy applications you can use to get your streaming done quickly and easily.

    If you want to stream content from Netflix Or Hulu Or YouTube Or any other streaming app to your TV, you can do much worse than Buy Chromecast. The majority of popular streaming apps are supported by Chromecast and can be started with the touch of a button.

    How to watch local video files on your chromecast

    But what about the local multimedia? Specifically, the local multimedia that you have saved on your Mac? How do you connect your Mac to Chromecast so you can stream movies, TV shows, music, photos, and other files directly to the big screen?

    In this article, we’ll show you how to cast to Chromecast from your Mac.

    • Chromecast Apps to Stream Mac Videos
      • Airflow
      • video stream

      Chromecast Apps to Stream Mac Videos

      We’ll start with the movies, since Chromecast is really good at it.

      If you’ve saved movies locally to your Mac and want to stream them to Chromecast, you’ll need to use a third-party app.

      Airflow

      How to watch local video files on your chromecast

      Our first pick is Airflow. It allows you to watch local content on Chromecast and also on any of the Apple TV boxes in your home.

      We especially love the app because of its amazing ease of use. Once you install the app on your system and perform some initial setup steps, you just need to drag and drop the video file into the app window to launch.

      Other noteworthy features include subtitle support, the ability to create playlists, simultaneous playback locations, and 5.1 surround sound support.

      An Airflow license costs a one-time fee of $18.99.

      to download: Airflow ($18.99)

      video stream

      How to watch local video files on your chromecast

      Another Chromecast app for Mac worth looking into is Videostream. It was only available as a web app, but the desktop version was released in mid-2018. The web app is still supported, but we don’t recommend using it.

      Videostream has made it to our list in the first place because of its impressive list of supported video and audio formats. At the time of writing, it offers over 400. The list is growing all the time.

      Again, the setup process is quick and painless. Once the app recognizes the Chromecast on your network, starting the video is as easy as selecting the video you want to watch via the app’s browser. The video will start almost immediately.

      Unlike Airflow, Videostream has a free tier. However, if you want to create and use playlists, adjust subtitle size and color, use night mode, or enable autoplay, you’ll need to pay for the premium version. It costs $1.49 a month, $14.99 a year, or $34.99 to get it for life.

      Videostream also has free apps in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store. You can use it to control playback without having to touch your Mac.

      to download: video stream (Free, premium version available)

      How to Cast Music to Chromecast from Mac

      How to watch local video files on your chromecast

      The MacBook, like most laptops, lowers the volume somewhat from its built-in speakers. We’ve talked about some ways to fix your Mac’s audio, but using external speakers (or headphones) is always the best idea.

      If you have an expensive audio system connected to your TV, you may want to take advantage of it by casting your local iTunes library directly to your Chromecast.

      The best solution for streaming local music from Mac to TV is Airfoil app. It can cast any music playing on your PC to dozens of different devices, including Chromecasts, Apple TVs, SONOS speakers, Bluetooth speakers, and HomePods. It even works with streaming apps like Apple Music (which don’t support Chromecast).

      The Airfoil application costs a one-time fee of $29.

      If you don’t want to go with Airfoil, an alternative (albeit less elegant) solution is to upload all your local music to Google Play Music. You can download 50 tracks for free. As you’d expect, Google’s music streaming app is tightly integrated with Chromecasts, so playback is easy and straightforward.

      to download: air foil ($29)

      How to Cast Photos to Chromecast from Mac

      How to watch local video files on your chromecast

      If you have been wondering how to cast photos to Chromecast from your Mac, you will be disappointed to know that the options are very limited.

      In fact, the best option is PictaCast for Chromecast. It’s an app on the Chrome Web Store, which means you’ll have to run it on Google Chrome instead of your desktop. If you’re one of the people who hates using Chrome on a Mac, this isn’t ideal.

      You just need the extension to be known by the local images you want to appear on your Chromecast; Then you can sit back and relax. Customizable features include background music, slideshow speed, play/stop time display, and display support.

      The free version of the app allows you to view photos for 30 minutes per day. If you need more time, you’ll need to purchase the full app for $XNUMX.

      to download: PictaCast (Free, full version available)

      How to display your Mac desktop screen on Chromecast

      Remember that if you’re running Chrome on your Mac, you can use it to cast your entire Mac desktop onto your Chromecast.

      To do this, open Chrome and head over to More -> Cast. Then click on the Chromecast’s name and select Cast desktop from the Sources drop-down list.

      Although this method allows you to use Chromecast with any local media on your Mac, it may be subject to lag and resolution. As such, it’s a reliable solution for transferring music and some photos, but it’s not a long-term answer for streaming movies and TV shows.

      Other ways to stream media from your Mac

      The various solutions we looked at in this article show that it is possible to use Chromecast with your Mac. Sure, it’s not as easy as with Windows or Android, but it’s doable.

      However, if you take a step back, if you are a Mac user And you don’t already have a Chromecast We wouldn’t recommend buying one. Instead, you should consider Buying an Apple TV Instead of that ; It is tightly integrated with macOS and provides a less frustrating and smoother user experience.

      Learn more about Stream content from your Mac your, read our articles that explain how to combine between AirPlay و G وHow to view photos on Apple TV.

      I have sent several video files to my mom, who has downloaded them onto her iPad. She has the video files saved on her iPad into a directory called "my files". She recently bought a chromecast so that she can play these files on her TV, however all the apps she has tried only allow her to select files from the camera roll, and not the video files she has downloaded.

      • Is there an app that will allow her to cast video files from locations other than the camera roll?
      • If not, is there a way to move the downloaded files into the camera roll?

      She has tried an app that mirrors her screen to the TV but the quality is really bad, and the differences in aspect ratio make it so that you can’t go fullscreen.

      2 Answers 2

      She can use the Files app on the iPad to copy the files into Photos (what you call the camera roll). Simply open Files, navigate to the "my files" directory, tap on the video and press the Share icon (square with arrow pointing upwards). In the Share sheet she should select "Save video". This stores a copy of the video in Photos.

      A different approach is to install a video player app such as "VLC" from the App Store. Now in the Files app, open the share sheet for the video and select to share it to VLC. Now it will play in VLC and you can tap the Chromecast icon to get it on the TV.

      This solves your problem: Upload the videos to YouTube; (mark them private if you wish.) Then send her the YouTube links, e.g. with Messages. Easy, foolproof.

      In fact there are several easy ways to make it work once they’re on YouTube – just use YouTube running directly on the Chromecast – as foolproof as it gets) or help her set up YouTube on the iPad so that it can cast to the Chromecast (fairly easy to do and super neat).

      It doesn’t solve it the way you asked, but it’s a simpler solution, especially for her, to do what you want than doing what you asked for the way you asked for it could be.