How to Chromecast from iPhone to Your TV—Easiest Way!

What to Know

  • You can connect your iPhone to Chromecast by downloading the Google Home app.
  • Then, Chromecast from an iPhone to your TV by tapping the cast icon in any compatible app.
  • There are dozens of compatible apps, including Netflix, HBO, YouTube, and Hulu.

Chromecast is a device created by Google that lets you stream content from your phone to a TV. If you have a Chromecast built-in or plugged into your television, you can use third-party apps to cast your iPhone to your TV and watch movies or other content on a bigger screen with better sound.   

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Initial Setup: Connect iPhone to Chromecast

The best way to achieve Chromecast iPhone mirroring is to download the free Google Home app. While there are paid third-party apps (like Streamer for Chromecast TVs) that help you cast from your iPhone, I prefer to use the free Google Home app and cast directly from the streaming apps. Now, let's get started with how to connect iPhone to Chromecast:

  1. Download Google Home from the App Store and open it.
  2. If you've never used the Google Home app before, you'll see an option to set up a home. Tap Create Home and type a nickname.

  3. Go to the Devices tab and tap Add Device.

  4. Tap Google Nest or partner device (this includes Chromecast). 

  5. Select your Home's nickname and tap Next.

    Go with the default Home or tap Create another home. Then tap Next.
  6. Make sure your Chromecast is on, within 20 feet of your iPhone, and plugged in.

    Make sure your Chromecast is on, within 20 feet of your iPhone, and plugged in.
  7. You may need to select Chromecast / Google TV if it doesn't automatically detect it.

  8. Follow the on-screen directions to finish the setup.

Now that your initial setup is complete, let's cover how to Chromecast from your iPhone to your TV. For more iPhone and Chromecast tips and tricks, sign up for our free Tip of the Day newsletter.

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Start Streaming: How to Chromecast from iPhone to TV

Once you've set up your Chromecast via the Google Home app, any iPhone connected to the same network can cast content from compatible apps such as YouTube to your TV without downloading any app. For streaming services like Netflix, make sure you're signed into the same account on your iPhone and Chromecast. Here's how to Chromecast from iPhone:

  1. Open the YouTube app or another app you wish to stream from.
  2. You can tap the cast icon in the top menu to browse videos on the larger TV screen.

  3. You can also tap the video you want to watch, then tap the cast icon to cast the video. In most apps, if you don't see the icon, you can tap on the video to make it appear.

  4. For some apps like YouTube, you may be prompted to enter a verification code. Follow the on-screen instructions to confirm your identity.
  5. Select your Chromecast device.

    Select your Chromecast device - how to project iphone to tv
  6. The video will begin playing on your TV.

    The video will begin playing on your TV - how do i cast from my phone to my tv

That's how to cast from your iPhone to your TV! If you experience issues casting from your iPhone, read the troubleshooting tips below. This will resolve most iPhone Chromecast issues. However, in the rare case that these steps don't work, you may need to try a third-party app such as Streamer for Chromecast

Troubleshooting Tips: If you're having trouble with iPhone Chromecast, remove all special characters from your Chromecast device name and check to make sure that you're signed into the same streaming service account on your iPhone and Chromecast. Also, if an app prompts you to enable Local Network, open the Settings app, tap the app you're streaming from, and enable the Local Networks toggle.

Chromecast Compatible Streaming Apps for iPhone

After learning how to play videos from your iPhone to your TV, it's time to discover some fun apps that can be cast! Most of these Chromecast-enabled apps are free to download, but some may require paid subscriptions to stream:

  • Netflix
  • YouTube and YouTube TV
  • HBO Now, HBO Go, and HBO Max
  • Google Play Movies & TV
  • AllCast
  • Spotify
  • Hulu
  • Twitch
  • Disney+
  • Discovery+
  • Prime Video
  • Paramount+

These are just some of the many compatible apps! Remember, most apps can cast to your TV directly once your initial Chromecast setup is complete. You can set it up via the Google Home app. However, specialized casting apps with paid services can give you even more options. Now you know how to use Chromecast on your iPhone. If you'd like, you can also learn how to cast Apple TV to Chromecast using the Google Chrome browser on your Mac.

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Olena Kagui

Olena Kagui is a Feature Writer at iPhone Life. In the last 10 years, she has been published in dozens of publications internationally and won an excellence award. Since joining iPhone Life in 2020, she has written how-to articles as well as complex guides about Apple products, software, and apps. Olena grew up using Macs and exploring all the latest tech. Her Maui home is the epitome of an Apple ecosystem, full of compatible smart gear to boot. Olena’s favorite device is the Apple Watch Ultra because it can survive all her adventures and travels, and even her furbabies.