How to Set Miracast To Play From Android to Your TV

By | December 5, 2021

Miracast isn’t perfect. But if you don’t have a Chromecast and want a quick way to get from your Android device to your TV screen, Miracast is the best solution.

But what is Miracast? And how does Miracast work? How can you use Miracast? And do you need the Miracast app?

What is Miracast

Miracast is a wireless display standard. The Wi-Fi Alliance announced it at CES 2013 in Las Vegas, and it’s part of Android 4.2 and Windows 8.1.

While Miracast is still a part of Windows, not all Android devices currently support it. Google has tried to force more manufacturers to only offer Chromecast connectivity. This technology is also not available on macOS or iOS devices.

Miracast is built on Wi-Fi Direct technology. Wi-Fi Direct allows users to create ad-hoc privacy networks to share files. As a result, Miracast does not need a Wi-Fi signal to function. Instead, like Wi-Fi Direct, it creates its own network.

Unfortunately, Miracast is still waiting to enjoy wide acceptance as the preferred way of casting. While it supports 4K and HD sound streaming, H.264, and 5.1 surround sound, users are missing out on other technologies.

Today, we’re going to try and convince you to give Miracast a second chance. This might be the Android to TV casting solution you are looking for.

Difference Miracast vs. Chromecast

Our more discerning readers will quickly notice that the process of pairing a Miracast device with your Android phone/tablet is almost identical to the process for casting to a Chromecast device. Indeed, if you have a Chromecast dongle on your home network, you will see it listed next to your Miracast device in the list of possible connections.

As such, you might be forgiven for thinking Chromecast and Miracast are the same thing. That’s not the case; There are many differences between Chromecast and Miracast.

Primarily, Chromecast relies solely on your device for initial setup. After that, the dongle does all the heavy lifting. You can turn off your phone or use it for other tasks without affecting playback.

Instead, Miracast will just cast whatever is on your screen; your phone is doing processing. On the one hand, that’s bad news for your battery life. On the other hand, you can enjoy more flexibility. For example, you don’t have to worry about apps that have Chromecast support or blocked DRM content.

How to Use Miracast for Android to TV Casting

Now that you understand what Miracast is, let’s take a closer look at the casting process.

What You Should Use Miracast

An Android device that supports the Miracast or Miracast app.

  • Miracast-enabled TV or Miracast dongle.
  • You only need a dongle if your TV doesn’t support Miracast natively.

Miracast fairy tales come in many forms. For example, you can buy an Actiontec Screenbeam Mini2, or you can invest in a set-top box that has Miracast built-in, such as a Roku or Amazon Fire TV Stick. Microsoft also makes a dongle that supports Miracast.

Prepare Your TV for Casting

If your TV has Miracast built in, you don’t need to do anything. It may be necessary to make sure you have enabled the appropriate settings in the various menus.

If you’re using a dongle to turn your TV into a Miracast compatible device, you’ll first need to make sure that your TV’s input is pointed to the right HDMI source. You may also need to press a physical button on your dongle to turn it on.

Use Native Miracast for Android to TV Casting

You should now be ready to start the Miracast installation process on your Android device.

If your Android phone or tablet has genuine Miracast, the process is easy. Just follow the step by step instructions below:

  • Open the app Settings.
  • Tap on Connected Devices to open the menu.
  • choose Connection Preferences from the list of options.
  • Tap Cast.
  • Scroll through the options until you find your Miracast TV or dongle.
  • Tap the device you want to pair with.
  • You may need to enter a security code to complete the process.

After you perform the above steps, you will see your Android screen displayed on the TV screen.

Use Third Party Miracast Apps for Android to TV Casting

If your Android device doesn’t support Miracast, don’t worry. You’re not lucky. There are several apps on the Google Play Store that support the Miracast standard.

Here are three of our favorite Miracast apps:

LetsView

LetsView supports Miracast and Apple AirPlay. It lets you mirror your phone’s screen to a PC, Mac, TV, or other display that supports one of the two protocols.

You can establish a connection via Wi-Fi, QR code, or PIN code.

EZMira

EZMirror has one-click mirroring and supports DLNA. You can connect your device via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, or QR code.

Unlike LetsView, EZMira is not compatible with iOS. If you have many different operating systems in your home, it may not be the best solution.

EZCast

EZCast lets you cast your Android screen onto any TV or projector, as long as it supports Miracast. Like other apps, it supports setup via Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and QR codes.

The app also supports casting via Chromecast.

Troubleshoot Miracast on Android

The biggest problem you might run into is over-scan. This is the process by which your TV cuts the top, bottom, and edges of the screen you create.

This is a TV issue and not a phone/tablet issue. To fix this, you need to dig inside your TV’s options menu. You’ll often find options in the HDMI input subsection.

Is Miracast on Android Worth Using

Since Google removed guaranteed native Miracast support on Android, it almost feels like the company is trying to turn off the standard. And that’s heartbreaking.

Sure, it’s not the most reliable or easy-to-use form of screencasting, but Miracast still has its place. It might get you out of a tight spot in a meeting or presentation if you know how to use it.

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