After so many years, Google has enabled screen monitoring but only on selected Android devices.
Mirroring your device?s display on a screen is definitely useful, especially when you are conducting a demonstration, playing games or showing off personal photos from a recent trip. It was not easily fulfilled with an Android device up until now.
Fortunately, Google has made mirroring available on selected Android devices via Chromecast as an official feature. Last month in Google I/O, the announcement was first made and is now a reality. However, Google?s mirroring is naturally in beta mode and it only supports a shortlist of devices. Apparently, the list includes newer and older Android devices. See the full list below:
- Nexus 4
- Nexus 5
- Nexus 7 (2013)
- Samsung Galaxy S4
- Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play Edition
- Samsung Galaxy S5
- Samsung Galaxy Note 3
- Samsung Galaxy Note 10
- HTC One M7
- HTC One M7 Google Play Edition
- LG G3
- LG G2
- LG G Pro 2
But Google has promised that it will support more devices in the near future.
So how can you go about casting the screen of your device to a TV, you say? It?s not that hard actually.
First, make sure that your device is on the list above. Second, go to Google Play Store and download the Chromecast Ver. 1.7 application. The app?s update is suggested to start rolling out soon.
And then, make sure that your Chromecast is connected to the same Wi-Fi network you are using. Finally, run your Chromecast app once you have updated it, access the menu from the left edge of the screen by sliding it out and select the ?Cast Screen? option. Pick the Chromecast you would like to use, then watch as your Android device?s screen magically appears on your television.
Alternatively, those who own a Nexus will see a new option called Cast Screen in the Quick Settings menu. If it does not appear, try to access it manually by going to Android Settings, then Display and select Cast Screen. Nexus owners are not required to update their Chromecast app.
Once you start mirroring your screen, an alert will show in your notification shade, making it possible to disable mirroring with just a tap.
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