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Screen Mirroring and Casting Technologies: AirPlay vs. Chromecast vs. Miracast

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What is Screen Mirroring?

Screen mirroring is a technology that allows you to display the content of your device's screen on another screen, wirelessly. It's like having a magic mirror that shows exactly what's on your phone, tablet, or computer on a bigger display for everyone to see!

Screen Mirroring Technologies


Miracast is like a universal language for screen mirroring. It works with many devices and doesn't need a Wi-Fi network. If your devices are Miracast-compatible, select your TV from the device's screen mirroring settings, and you're good to go.


Chromecast is a casting technology from Google. It's available built-in in many TVs, allowing you to mirror your screen, cast videos, music, and more from your phone or computer to your TV. Just tap the Cast icon in any Chromecast-enabled app and start streaming.

Additionally, Chromecast is available as an HDMI-plugging device, which allows you to turn any HDMI-compatible device into a Chromecast-compatible one.


Airplay is Apple's proprietary way of sharing content across devices. You can stream music, videos, or mirror your device's screen to an Apple TV or AirPlay-compatible smart TV.

Screen Mirroring from Android

Android devices have different ways to mirror screens:

  • Chromecast: If you have a Chromecast-compatible device or TV, open the Google Home app and tap the device you want to cast your screen to.
  • Miracast: This is like Wi-Fi for your screen! Just go to your Android's settings, find the Cast or Screen Mirroring option, and choose your Miracast-compatible TV.

Screen Mirroring from Windows

Windows 11 makes it a breeze with the Cast app:

  1. Press the Windows key + K.
  2. Pick your Miracast-compatible display from the list, and voilà!

Please note that the Wireless Screen/Cast feature in Windows only supports casting to Miracast-compatible devices and is not compatible with AirPlay or Chromecast as of 2024.

Screen Mirroring from iPhone

iPhones use a feature called AirPlay to mirror screens. It's super easy:

  1. Connect your iPhone and your AirPlay-compatible TV to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Swipe down from the top-right corner of your iPhone to open the Control Center.
  3. Tap the Screen Mirroring icon.
  4. Select your AirPlay-compatible TV from the list, and you're all set!

The one potential problem is that many TVs, monitors, and projectors do not support AirPlay, as it is proprietary technology from Apple. In such cases, there are some workarounds, such as Miracast or Chromecast-compatible screen mirroring apps.

Screen Mirroring from Mac

Macs also use AirPlay for screen mirroring:

  1. Click the Control Center icon in the menu bar.
  2. Click Screen Mirroring.
  3. Choose your TV, and enjoy!

How to check which Wireless Screen Technology is supported by my TV?

To determine which screen mirroring technologies your TV supports, follow these steps:

  1. Check the User Manual or Manufacturer's Website:

    • Refer to your TV's user manual or visit the manufacturer's support website.
    • Look for specifications and features related to screen mirroring or wireless display.
    • Search online using your TV model number along with the term "screen mirroring" to find specific information.
  2. Access TV Settings:

    • Use your TV remote to access the settings menu. The exact steps may vary based on your TV's brand and model.
    • Look for options related to "Display," "Screen Mirroring," "Cast," or similar terms.
  3. Check the Source/Input Options:

    • Press the "Source" button on your remote control.
    • Look for options like "Screen Mirroring," "Miracast," or "AirPlay."
    • Some TVs automatically switch to TV or HDMI mode when screen mirroring is available.

Remember that not all smart TVs have built-in screen mirroring capabilities. It depends on the manufacturer, model, and operating system. If your TV doesn't support it natively, you can explore external devices like Chromecast or Miracast to enable screen mirroring.

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