You have finally received the Chromecast as a gift you so desired and, now, you can’t wait to use it to replicate all the movies and TV series you usually watch from your iPhone on your TV . However, being impractical in technology, you just don’t know where to start to connect the two devices.
That’s the way it is, am I right? Then don’t worry: if you want, I’m here to give you a hand. In the following bars of this tutorial, in fact, I will take care to explain to you how to connect iPhone to Chromecast to perform the first configuration of the latter and, later, I will list a series of apps for iPhone compatible with the Google “key”, from use to stream your favorite content to your TV.
So, without waiting any longer, make yourself comfortable and carefully read everything I have to explain to you on the subject: I’m sure that, at the end of reading this guide, you will be well aware of the steps to take to succeed in your personal small business. Now, there is nothing left for me to do, except wish you good reading and … good viewing!
- How to set up Chromecast with iPhone
- How to connect iPhone to Chromecast without WiFi
- App to connect iPhone to Chromecast
- How to mirror iPhone screen with Chromecast
How to set up Chromecast with iPhone
To be able to configure Chromecast with iPhone , start with the physical connection of the device: insert the dongle into one of the free HDMI ports on the TV and then connect it to a power source, using a USB port or a power outlet (essential if you have Chromecast Ultra ).
Next, you need to download the official Google Home app , available for free on the App Store . To get it, visit the link I just gave you from your “iPhone by”, press the Get / Install button and, if required, verify your identity via Face ID, Touch ID or Apple ID password.
When the download is complete, if you have not yet done so, connect the smartphone to the Wi-Fi network you intend to configure on Chromecast, then start the Google Home app and tap the OK button twice in a row, in order to grant the app permissions to detect and connect to devices on the network and to use Bluetooth.
Now, tap the Start button and configure the Google account to use to access the service, by entering the credentials in the proposed fields; if other Google apps have already been installed and configured on the iPhone, you can choose to use the account already present in the latter (simply by tapping its name and then the OK button ).
Once the login phase is complete, tap the Next button and configure a new home (ie a “smart” virtual environment in which to use the Google devices associated with the account), following the short tutorial proposed: then assign a nickname to your home, typing it in the appropriate field, also enter the address (if you wish), press the Next button and, if requested, allow access to the location to Google Home (by tapping the Settings button and selecting the item Allow when using the app from the panel displayed on the screen).
Once the phase of creating the “home” in the Google Gome app is completed, the search for new devices should be started automatically; otherwise, tap the (+) button located at the bottom, select the items Configure device and Configure new devices and then tap on the name of the house you created a little while ago.
Now, wait a few moments for the smartphone to identify the Chromecast and, when this happens, tap the Next button and check that the code that appears on the display is the same as visible on the TV screen; if so, tap the Yes button to go to the next step, in which you will have to choose whether to share some data on the use of Chromecast with Google and indicate the room where the device is located.
In case the app does not detect the Chromecast, try to go to the Settings> Wi-Fi menu of the iPhone, temporarily connect to the Wi-Fi network that has the name Chromecast [various characters] and repeat the configuration in the app .
After this step too, the list of Wi-Fi networks detected by the phone should appear ; to proceed, tap on the name of the network you want to configure on the Chromecast (presumably the one you are already connected to), tap the Next button , enter the password in the appropriate field and choose whether to use the same Wi-Fi network to configure others devices of the house, in the future, using the box below.
When you’re done, tap the Connect button and you’re done: if everything went well, the Chromecast should connect to the chosen Wi-Fi network and be configured, automatically, with your Google account.
We’re almost there: now tap the Continue button , indicate whether or not to register for the Google newsletter , tap the Next button and, if you are interested in viewing a tutorial on using Chromecast, tap one of the boxes relating to the proposed services, to obtain information on how to initiate the transmission of a content; to exit the device configuration screen, instead, click on Ignore tutorial and then on the End tutorial button .
The game is finally done! From this moment on, you can start casting content on Chromecast using any compatible device, including iPhone, connected to the Wi-Fi network in use.
How to connect iPhone to Chromecast without WiFi
Wait, are you telling me you’d like to use Chromecast using your cellular connection, as you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection at home? Don’t worry, you can easily remedy this by using a little “trick”: you have to configure the device using a second smartphone or tablet and connect it, when required, to the Wi-Fi hotspot generated by the iPhone in your possession.
Once the configuration is complete, it will be sufficient to activate the hotspot of the “iPhone by” before starting Chromecast, so that the latter can connect without problems to it and take advantage of the cellular data network. To find out more, see my guide on how to use Chromecast without Wi-Fi , in which I explained all the steps to take to succeed in the enterprise.
App to connect iPhone to Chromecast
The apps to connect iPhone to Chromecast , after completing the configuration of the latter, are so many! Generally, except in exceptional cases, you can connect them to the “dongle” by tapping on the transmit button (the screen with the waves ) placed in the app of your interest and selecting the name name of your Chromecast from the detected device list.
Once connected, you just have to choose the content to view, using your smartphone (which, at that point, will act as a “remote control”). Here are some of the most popular iPhone apps that support Chromecast.
- YouTube– the app dedicated to Google’s best-known multimedia platform, as you can imagine, supports the transmission of content on Chromecast. More info here .
- Google Play Film– also the video platform promoted by “Big G” allows the transmission of contents on Chromecast. More info here .
- Nexflix– the hugely popular video streaming service, which needs no introduction, offers full compatibility with Google’s Chromecast. More info here .
- Amazon Prime Video– the streaming service included in the Amazon Prime subscription, full of interesting TV series and movies, is also compatible with Chromecast. More info here .
- RaiPlay– this is the app dedicated to streaming (also on-demand) of the content broadcast by the Rai networks. More info here .
- Mediaset Play– is the official application of Mediaset, which allows you to review fiction, TV series, shows and other content broadcast by Canale 5, Italia 1, Rete 4 and all the other Mediaset channels. More info here .
- NOW TV– the app dedicated to the Sky owned service, dedicated to streaming the best contents of the well-known pay TV via the Internet, allows video transmission via Chromecast. More info here .
- DAZN– the sports platform that has also been broadcasting Serie A matches for some years now, offers full compatibility with the Google dongle. More info here .
- Spotify– the famous app dedicated to music streaming (both free and paid) is natively compatible with Chromecast. More info here .
Those I have told you about are just some of the applications that allow you to connect the iPhone to the Chromecast and start streaming images, audio, video and so on on the TV; to deepen this discussion, I refer you to reading my guide on how Google Cast works , in which, in addition to talking to you about the transmission protocol used by Chromecast, I have listed even more apps to connect the two devices in question.
Note : In some cases, when streaming starts, the app may ask you for permission to access and control network devices. Answer yes to this warning to be able to communicate correctly with the Chromecast.
How to mirror iPhone screen with Chromecast
How do you say? Would you like to duplicate iPhone screen with Chromecast and cast it directly to your TV? Although this feature is not integrated into iOS, you can still get good results by using the Replica app , available for free on the App Store , which allows you, in a very simple way, to replicate the contents of the “iPhone by” screen on Google’s Chromecast (and on Fire TV Stick ) using the screen recording function (therefore with a slight transmission delay compared to what can be done on Android devices, which natively support transmission to Chromecast).
Basically, Replica is a free app, however it provides the possibility to subscribe to a paid Premium plan (which costs € 9.99 / 6 months and includes a two-week free trial) which allows the unlocking of additional features, such as choice of delay, quality and mode of transmission, and eliminate in-app advertising.
You ask me how to use it? It’s that simple. After downloading the app, start it, tap the Continue button and, when prompted, tap the OK button twice consecutively , in order to grant the application access permissions to the network and Bluetooth.
Now, if you are interested in subscribing to the Premium plan, tap the Continue button and complete the transaction by authenticating yourself via Face ID, Touch ID or App Store password; if, on the other hand, you want to continue with the free version of the app, touch the item For now no , located at the top right.
Once you reach the main screen of the app, you should see the name of the Chromecast on the screen : when this happens, tap on the corresponding box and touch the Start broadcast button , to immediately start replicating the phone screen. From now on, you can close the app and view everything that happens on the iPhone screen on your TV.
When you are finished, you can stop the transmission by tapping on the red indicator located at the top of the “iPhone by” screen and then on the Stop button .
If you have purchased Replica Premium, you can define the transmission mode, screen orientation and numerous other display parameters by tapping on the regulators icon located at the top of the app.