If you want to stream content from your phones to the Chromecast, whether you are using Android or iOS, the steps are pretty straightforward, but what do you do if you’re trying to get videos from your laptop (or desktop PC) to the television screen? Actually, there’s a lot of different ways to accomplish this, and we’ve tried extensions, standalone applications, and so on until we realized that the easiest way is frankly to just use the Chrome browser.
How to Stream Videos From a PC to a Chromecast
The easiest way to send an online video to your Chromecast is to use the Google Chrome browser. Download and install it from here if you haven’t already, and then read on to know what to do next. These steps work the same way on a Mac or Windows PC.
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. It looks like a square with three curved lines, like a Wi-Fi symbol.
- Click on that stream button and the same pop-up will come.
- Click on the name of your Chromecast, and it’ll start streaming to your TV right away.
How to stream any video from a Windows PC or Mac to a TV via Chromecast:
- Install Airflow – it works on both Windows and Mac, and it’s free.
- Launch Airflow.
- Drag and drop your video file into the playlist on AirFlow.
- Click on the mirror icon on the top right, after the time-bar, and select your Chromecast, if it isn’t selected automatically.
- That’s it, you’re playing. If the file has multiple audio tracks, you can click on the audio button on the right and choose the one you want.