A person mirroring their Android handset's screen to a TV
Joe Fedewa

Gathering people around your phone to show off a picture or video can be a pain, but thanks to Android and Chromecast, it doesn’t have to be. We’ll show you how to wirelessly mirror your Android phone or tablet’s screen to a TV.

Before we get started, it should be mentioned that mirroring your screen might not be the best method to share content on a TV. Many video and photo apps allow you to “cast” to a Chromecast-enabled device. This will be a much nicer experience than mirroring your screen.

For all of those other situations, mirroring your screen is a handy trick to know. There are a few things that you’ll need:

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We’ll start with the easiest method, which isn’t available on all devices. On your Android phone or tablet, swipe down from the top of the screen once and then a second time to expand the Quick Settings toggles.


Find the toggle labeled “Screen Cast” and tap it.

Select the "Screen Cast" button

This will bring up a list of devices that you can mirror your screen to. Select the one that you want.

find the device to receive the screen mirroring

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A message will explain that all of the information visible on your screen will be available to the service. Tap “Start Now” if you agree.

accept the screen casting terms by tapping "Start Now"

You will now see your screen on the receiving device.

If you don’t have the “Screen Cast” toggle in the Quick Settings, you will need to mirror your screen with the Google Home app. Open the app on your Android phone or tablet and select the device that you want to mirror your screen to.

Select a smart display, Chromecast, or cast-enabled TV from within the Google Home app

At the bottom of the app, tap “Cast My Screen.”

Select the "Cast My Screen" button

You’ll see a message explaining what mirroring does. Tap “Cast Screen” to proceed.

Accept the terms by tapping "Cast Screen"

Lastly, another message will explain that all of the information visible on your screen will be available to the service. Tap “Start Now” if you agree.

accept the screen casting terms by tapping "Start Now"

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You will now see your screen on the receiving device.

To stop casting your screen, swipe down from the top of the screen and tap “Disconnect” on the cast notification.

Tap the "Disconnect" button from your Android device's notification shade to stop screen sharing

That’s all there is to it. Screen mirroring is handy for those times when you want to show something on your phone, but it doesn’t work with traditional Google Cast features.

Alternatively, there are ways to mirror your Android handset’s display to an Amazon Fire TV or Roku set-top box.

RELATED: How to Mirror Your Android Phone's Screen on Amazon Fire TV

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Joe Fedewa is a Staff Writer at How-To Geek. He has close to a decade of experience covering consumer technology and previously worked as a News Editor at XDA Developers. Joe loves all things technology and is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has written thousands of articles, hundreds of tutorials, and dozens of reviews.
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