How to use Google Chromecast to project your phone to your TV

In addition to an Android phone or tablet, you’ll need a Google Chromecast streaming TV stick, or a TV with Chromecast built in, or a smart display like Google’s Nest Hub. If you don’t know if your TV supports Chromecast, the best way to check is to see if it supports projectable screens when you use the method below.

Use the Google Home app

The easiest way to show the screen on an Android phone is to use the Google Home app. If you already have Google’s smart speaker, Nest Wifi, or Chromecast device installed, chances are you already have it. If not, you can download it from the Play store.

With the Home app installed, here’s what you need to do:

  1. Open the app and select the Chromecast device you want to use.
  2. Select the Cast my Screen button at the bottom of the screen.
  3. A reminder that everything on your phone will show up on your TV. You may see a second prompt that will prompt you if your device has not been upgraded.

To stop the screen, click the “Stop Screen” button in the Home app.

There’s an easier way, but it depends on your phone

There aren’t many steps required to use the home app, but there’s an easier way: use the Casting shortcut in the Quick Settings panel. Here’s how:

  1. Swipe down from the top of your Android device to see the Quick Settings panel.
  2. Look for and select a button labeled “Screen cast”.
  3. A list of Chromecast devices on the network will be displayed, select one to connect to your TV, and a few seconds later your Android phone’s screen will show up.
  4. Follow the same steps and select Disconnect when prompted to stop the screen.

If you can’t find the Screen Cast option in the Quick Settings panel, click the pencil icon to customize the available options and then add the Screen Cast button.