Chromecast’s ability to stream movies, TV shows, music, and more from any TV is pretty cool Cast a Chrome tab on your TV. You can also Cast from your computer to your TV.
You can also turn your TV into a giant monitor that you can control from your computer or mobile device. You can Cast your phone screen, a browser tab from your computer, or media from your device to your TV.
If you’re looking for how to set up a basic Chrome Casting, here’s Google’s guide. This post will show you, step by step, how to Cast directly from a Chrome tab to any device you want.
What is Chrome Casting a tab good for?
Casting a tab from Chrome is useful when you want to Cast mainly static content, like photos from Dropbox, OneDrive, or Google Drive. It’s also good for viewing a website at a larger scale without the pixelation and rescaling you encounter when you zoom in.
If you want to display a presentation on a larger monitor, Chromecasting a tab a great choice.
What is Chrome Casting a tab not good for?
Casting a Chrome tab doesn’t work well for some videos.
Some video sites, like YouTube, support Chrome Casting and work great. Chromecast grabs the content directly from the internet and treats the tab as a remote control for the TV. In fact, it stops Casting the tab, which can sometimes cause problems (more on this below).
But when you’re using something like Vimeo, DailyMotion, or Amazon Prime Video, it doesn’t work well because these sites don’t plug seamlessly into the Chrome ecosystem. Instead of streaming content directly from the web to your TV, you’ll be streaming it through your computer and then from the Chrome tab to your TV.
Depending on your computer and internet connection, that additional layer is a recipe for glitches and other issues. You can get around this by using the mobile app for the streaming service you’re trying to use. These apps often have native Chromecast support, eliminating the problem. You can also choose to Cast media rather than the entire tab.
To show Chrome on your TV, you’ll need:
A Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra, or TV with Chromecast built-in.
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