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How to Chromecast from Mac for an Easy Viewing Experience

Chromecast is a system designed to let you send content from your Macbook straight to a smart TV equipped with the right hardware, without the need for an HDMI cable. Basically, if you know how to mirror Mac to TV, and have the right compatibility, there’s no limit to the number of uses you can find for your smart TV. All you need is a smart TV with a wireless connection, a recent version of Chrome, and a macOS of OS X 10.9 or above. And for the best performance, a program like JustStream can provide you with a whole host of impressive features.

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How to Cast from Mac to Chromecast- a Step by Step Guide

The following are the steps you need to follow to set up Chromecast using an iPhone or iPad:

  1. First, download and install Google Home on your iOS device.
  2. Ensure that Bluetooth is enabled on your device.
  3. Open the Google Home app and choose ‘set up new device’.
  4. Follow the steps on screen to finish setting up the device.

Unfortunately, it’s no longer possible to set up a new Chromecast device on macOS by downloading either the Chromecast extension, or the Chromecast app, so the above is your best choice to Chromecast on Mac.

How to Cast from Mac and Enjoy Any Streaming Content

Casting means more than just playing movies from your library on smart TVs. Casting allows you to play from streaming sites such as YouTube, DailyMotion, Vimeo and more. You can even simply mirror your screen in order to share documents, a presentation, audio and video. The following is your guide to casting from Mac to smart TVs.

Adding a Chromecast Button to Your Browser

Adding a Chromecast button means that all it takes is a single click to cast Mac to TV. Here’s how it’s done:

  1. First, open up your Chrome browser.
  2. Next, hit the Chrome menu button, and select ‘cast’.
  3. A cast button will now be visible in your browser.
  4. Right click on the button, and select the ‘always show button’ option.
  5. The button will now be available in your browser, letting you start casting whenever you feel like it.

How to Connect Macbook to Chromecast for Tabs and Windows

The following is how you set up your Chromecast to mirror specific tabs, or your entire screen:

  1. Click the Chromecast button in your toolbar.
  2. Hit the dropdown menu of ‘cast to’.
  3. The menu will now give you the option of selecting a source - tabs, desktop, etc.

How to Chromecast from Macbook for Streaming Platforms

The major streaming platforms now come ready equipped for casting. All you need to do is the following:

  1. Open the player (Netflix, Amazon Prime etc.)
  2. Hit the Chromecast icon on the right hand side of the player.
  3. Your streaming content will now be cast to your smart TV.
Chromecast with Macbook

Cast from Macbook with JustStream

Chromecast is Google’s default device to Chromecast with Macbook. However, for even better performance, you can use a third party program such as JustStream. JustStream offers everything that Chromecast provides, and more. Not only is it configured to support Chromecast. It also works with AirPlay 2 and DLNA devices, letting you take your pick from a range of different options. On top of that, JustStream also lets you choose from a range of different resolution choices. And you can choose to highlight clicks, or hide your mouse cursor to keep it out of the way while viewing content.

Chromecast with Macbook

How to Cast Mac to TV with JustStream:

Here’s what you need to do to connect your Mac to a Chromecast receiver with JustStream:
Download JustStream and install it.
Ensure your Chromecast and TV are both on, and have a wireless connection.
Open JustStream.

Choose which monitor you want to mirror.

Mirror Mac to Chromecast

Hit ‘signal’ and select Chromecast as your receiving device.

select Chromecast

You can either hit ‘start streaming’, double click your chosen monitor, or click next to your chosen monitor and select ‘start streaming’.

How to Cast Mac to TV
Enjoy your content, and hit ‘stop streaming’ when you’re done.

Frequently asked questions:

The process is pretty straightforward. Connect your Chromecast device to your TV, and turn it on. You can use the JustStream app to cast once you’ve downloaded and installed it. Just open the app, and hit the + button to find streamable files. Select your Chromecast device, and hit ‘start streaming’. You can now Chromecast from Mac to TV.
There are a number of reasons why your macOS may not be casting property. The potential solutions to this problem are much the same as if your AirPlay is not working. First of all, check your wifi and make sure it’s functioning properly - your Chromecast and Macbook need to both be connected to the same channel. Use the Google Home app on a mobile Apple device to set up smart TVs. If problems persist, you can try resetting your Chromecast to factory settings - hold the button on its side, and don’t release until the blinking orange light turns white. It will now return to factory settings, and you should be able to cast to Chromecast from Mac.
Chromecast is easy to use with Macbook. All you need to do is download the latest Chrome browser for your Mac. Recent versions of Chrome come fully equipped for casting to Chromecast, letting you mirror to Apple TV from Mac. All you need to do is follow the instructions we provided earlier in this article for casting to Chromecast from Mac and you’ll be able to enjoy content and mirror your device straight to smart TVs.


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