How to mirror your iPhone’s screen onto a TV using a Chromecast or a Chromecast TV

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It’s easy to mirror your iPhone to a Chromecast. Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
  • You can mirror your iPhone to a Chromecast TV using one of two third-party apps.
  • The free Chromecast Streamer app lets your mirror your iPhone’s screen to any Chromecast device on the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Replica is free to download and use for two weeks, but requires a paid subscription after that.
  • Certain apps, including YouTube, also let you mirror your screen without any special add-ons.
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TVs, flashy as they are these days in all their 4K glory, still may lack some features you crave — like all of your iPhone apps.

Being able to mirror your iPhone onto a TV might come in handy if you want to share your photos and videos, or show off a cool game you’ve downloaded. This way, people can see your phone without having to huddle around the small screen.

Now, certain apps (like YouTube, Netflix, and others) let you cast specific videos or pages to a Chromecast without much trouble. And normally, the only ways to fully mirror an iPhone screen would be using an Apple TV or a physical cable.

But if you have a Chromecast or Chromecast TV, you can use third-party apps to mirror your screen too.

Here are two apps you can use to mirror your iPhone screen to a Chromecast.

How to mirror your iPhone to a Chromecast TV using the Chromecast Streamer app

1. In your iPhone’s App Store, download and launch the Chromecast Streamer app. It’s free to download and use for a week, at which point you’ll have to sign up for a subscription.

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Chromecast Streamer is a popular app for screen mirroring. Emma Witman/Business Insider

2. When prompted, give Chromecast Streamer permission to find and connect to devices on your local network. Make sure that your iPhone is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast.

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The devices will connect over Wi-Fi. Emma Witman/Business Insider

3. You should see your Chromecast appear with its given name. Tap it, and then tap “Connect.”

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Make sure your Chromecast is set up and plugged in. Emma Witman/Business Insider

Once you’ve connected, you should be able to close the app and use your iPhone normally, with its screen mirrored to your TV.

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Your phone and TV screen should work in sync. Emma Witman/Business Insider

Again, this app is only free for one week. After that, you’ll have to pay $US4.99 per month, or a one-time fee of $US17.99.

How to mirror your iPhone to a Chromecast TV using the Replica app

1. Download the Replica: Screen Mirror Cast TV app in the App Store.

2. Open the app and tap “Continue” on the welcome screen.

3. You’ll be prompted to buy a Premium version of Replica. Tap the “x” in the top right corner to proceed with the free trial — it lasts two weeks. After that, you can pay $US0.99 per week, $US2.49 per month, $US17.99 per year, or a one-time fee of $US54.99.

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If you want to opt for a paid version, a yearly subscription to Replica is $US17.99. Dave Johnson/Business Insider

4. Tap “OK” when prompted to allow Replica to find and connect to devices on your network. Make sure that your Chromecast is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone.

5. Select your Chromecast-connected TV under “Connect.”

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Select your Chromecast from the list of local devices. Emma Witman/Business Insider

6. Tap “Cast Screen Mirror,” and then “Start Broadcast” to begin casting.

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Select the ‘Cast Screen Mirror’ option, which will let the app record your screen. Emma Witman/Business Insider
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