How to Cast and Mirror iPhone Display to a Chromecast Device

Casting your iPhone display to a Chromecast device allows you to view content from your iPhone on a bigger screen like your TV. It’s a great way to share photos, videos, and more with family and friends. There are a few ways to cast your iPhone to a Chromecast.

Using the Google Home App

The easiest way to cast your iPhone to a Chromecast is by using the Google Home app. Here are the steps:

  1. Connect both your iPhone and Chromecast device to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Download and open the Google Home app on your iPhone (available for free on the App Store).
  3. Tap the “+” icon and select “Set up device” > “Have something already set up?”.
  4. Select your Chromecast device from the list.
  5. Once connected, open any app you want to cast and swipe down from the top right to access the Control Center.
  6. Tap “Screen Mirroring” and select your Chromecast. Your iPhone screen will now be cast to your TV through the Chromecast.

The Google Home app method works well for general screen mirroring, but you can’t cast certain video apps like Netflix due to DRM restrictions.

Using Third-Party Apps

If you want to cast restricted apps or access additional features, you’ll need to use a third-party casting app like AirBeamTV. Here’s how:

  1. Download and install the AirBeamTV app on your iPhone (free on the App Store).
  2. Connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi and open the AirBeamTV app.
  3. Select your Chromecast device and tap “Start Mirroring”.
  4. You can now cast your entire iPhone screen or just certain apps. The app also allows you to cast your camera roll, websites, and more.
  5. To stop casting, open the AirBeamTV app and tap “Stop Mirroring”.

AirBeamTV works better than the Google Home app for casting restricted apps like Netflix. However, there can be some lag when mirroring games or video.

Using a Lightning to HDMI Cable

For zero lag and the highest quality, you can directly connect your iPhone to your TV using an Apple Lightning to HDMI cable or adapter. Here’s how:

  1. Connect the Lightning end into your iPhone and connect the HDMI end to an HDMI port on your TV.
  2. Turn on your TV and select the correct HDMI input.
  3. Swipe down from the top right of your iPhone screen to access the Control Center.
  4. Tap on “Screen Mirroring” and select your TV.

Your iPhone screen will now display directly on your TV with no lag or quality loss. This is the best way to mirror games, video apps, presentations, and more. The only downside is that you need to be physically connected to your TV.

Tips for Casting Your iPhone to Chromecast

Here are some tips to help ensure smooth casting from your iPhone to Chromecast:

  • Always connect both devices to the same Wi-Fi network, preferably 5GHz if available.
  • Close any apps running in the background on your iPhone before casting to prevent lag.
  • If you experience lag or quality issues, try rebooting both devices or moving them closer together.
  • When using a third-party casting app, play around with the video quality settings to optimize performance.
  • If you want to play games on your TV, use an MFi game controller for the best experience.
  • For sensitive content, enable Screen Mirroring on your iPhone before casting to avoid accidental sharing.

Conclusion

Whether you want to share a slideshow with family, watch Netflix on a bigger screen, or play iPhone games on your TV, casting to Chromecast makes it possible. The Google Home app provides no-frills screen mirroring while third-party apps like AirBeamTV enable casting restricted video apps. For zero lag and maximum quality, a Lightning to HDMI cable is the best bet. Follow these tips and with the right apps and accessories, you’ll be casting your iPhone to Chromecast in no time.