Display your PC's image on your TV via Chromecast

Using a Google Chromecast, you can easily cast videos, photos or your entire desktop from your computer to your television. You just need to know how that works. We explain it in this article.

How do I get the image from my laptop to my Chromecast?

  • To get started, make sure your PC and Chromecast are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  • Click the menu with the three vertical dots and choose Casting...

  • A small window will appear with a list of all available devices that support casting, such as a Chromecast or a Google Home smart speaker.

  • Click on it down arrow that is at the top. Now you can select the source. Choose Cast desktop and select the name of the Chromecast you want to use.

  • The audio from your computer is also sent directly to your TV. If you don't want that, mute the audio on your PC or adjust the volume in the volume bar in the casting window.

  • To stop casting, click on the Chromecast icon next to the address bar and in the window that appears, stop casting.

It used to be a hassle to connect your PC to your television. You needed the right cables for it, and it was often a hassle to get the resolution right. Nowadays it is easier with an HDMI cable because you have less hassle with the resolution. However, here we show how you can easily view tabs or your entire desktop on your TV without cables using Google Chromecast.

What is casting and how does it work?

Casting is one way content is sent wirelessly to your TV. Content can be cast to your TV directly from a service that supports it (e.g. YouTube or Netflix) using a product such as Chromecast.

However, content can also be cast directly from your PC to your television, without the intervention of an online service. In the latter case, the quality depends on the power of your own computer, while streaming from online services depends on the quality of your internet and the cloud.

In this article we are talking about casting content directly from your PC, without going through online services.

Connect Chromecast

Before you can start casting, you must of course connect a Chromecast. You do this on your television, of course, but it basically works on any screen with an HDMI port, so you can also use a PC monitor. You connect the Chromecast to the HDMI input. Subsequently, the Chromecast has yet to be powered via a micro USB connection. You can connect it directly to the wall socket, but some televisions also have a USB port, which comes in handy to power the Chromecast.

Looking for more information about connecting a Chromecast to your TV? Then read our manual.

Cast from your PC

To get started, make sure your PC and Chromecast are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

You can check which Wi-Fi network your Chromecast is connected to by opening the Google Home app on your phone. You can use this app to manage the Chromecast. Press the hamburger menu at the top left and go to the devices view.

Here, search for the name of your Chromecast, press the three vertical dots and go to the settings. Here you can see under WiFi whether the network matches that of your PC.

Cast tabs

Casting tabs is useful for viewing websites at a larger size and displaying photos in the cloud.

However, it is less suitable for streaming video. Services that support Chromecast bypass this tab casting session and connect directly to the Chromecast. Your tab then simply becomes a remote control for YouTube on your TV instead of casting content to your TV. Content that doesn't support Chromecast is streamed directly from the browser to your TV, which rarely goes well. Usually the image is not smooth.

To cast a tab, you need Chrome on your PC and navigate to the website you want to display on your TV. Click the menu with the three vertical dots and choose Casting...

A small window will appear with a list of all available devices that support casting, such as a Chromecast or a Google Home smart speaker.

Do not select a device for a while, first click on the downward pointing arrow at the top. Now you can select the source. Choose Cast tab and select the name of the Chromecast you want to use. Once connected, you will see a volume bar and the name of the open tab.

Your TV will display the tab full screen, but usually in a way that keeps the display optimal.

You can now navigate to other websites or do other things on your PC within the tab. Everything is instantly sent live to your TV. If you close the tab, it will be discontinued. You can also leave the tab open and tap the Chromecast icon next to the address bar and stop casting in the window that appears.

Cast your desktop

You can also have your entire desktop displayed on your TV via Chromecast. This process is not very different from casting tabs. Also, like casting tabs, it's not very suitable for watching video.

Click the menu with the three vertical dots and choose Casting...

A small window will then appear again with a list of all available devices that support casting, such as a Chromecast or a Google Home smart speaker.

Do not select a device for a while, first click on the downward pointing arrow at the top. Now you can select the source. Choose this time Cast desktop and select the name of the Chromecast you want to use. Once connected, your desktop will be displayed on your TV. If you use multiple screens, you have to choose which screen you want to display on your TV.

The audio from your computer is also sent directly to your TV. If you don't want that, mute the audio on your PC or adjust the volume in the volume bar in the casting window.

To stop casting, click on the Chromecast icon next to the address bar and in the window that appears, stop casting.

Let others cast

If someone has brought their own laptop, you can also have them cast from that device. In principle, they can cast content if their laptop is connected to your WiFi network. If you don't know the WiFi password by heart or if you don't want to give away your password, you can use the Google Home app on the device click that you want to share with others, in this case the Chromecast. Tap the three dots and choose guest mode. Turn the feature on and your Chromecast will broadcast a special Wi-Fi signal. You can now connect to the Chromecast without sharing your Wi-Fi network information with this device.

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