VLC for Android, Windows PC, and Apple Mac can cast videos and audios to any Chromecast-enabled device. That means, if you use VLC to watch a movie, you can instead stream it to a Chromecast-connected big-screen living room TV. You can also stream just your music playlist to any device that has a Chromecast. For the desktop and laptop versions, all you have to do is open a video and click on Playback > Renderer and choose external your playback device. For the Android or Mobile version, we can click on the Chromecast icon(on the top-right of the app) and choose the big screen tv. This works for the VLC Media Player which has been developed for Windows PC, Apple’s Mac laptops, and desktops. It also works on VLC for Android. Make sure that you get the 3.0+ version of the application. Staying up to date with the latest version will help make sure that this nifty trick works. Also, ensure that both the streaming device and your VLC hosting device is connected to the same WiFi network.
Chromecast is a media streaming device by Google. It goes in the HDMI port of your television. Some televisions come with an internally built Chromecast so we do not need to connect one externally. Media streaming devices like MI TV S also has it. VLC Media Player supports all these Chromecast devices. So, if you are watching a movie on your mobile, stream it to your television instead and watch it on a bigger screen.
Now, let’s go into detail on how you can stream content from laptops, desktops, or smartphones to your chromecast-enabled TV for the big screen experience.
How to Stream from VLC Media Player in Windows PC to Chromecast Devices
It’s a simple procedure where you open a media file and select a playback device. The steps are as follows-
- Open VLC on your Windows PC.
- Open a video/audio file on it.
- Click on Playback > Renderer.
- Choose your Chromecast device.
The video should play on your other screen. If there are any warnings regarding an insecure site or conversion options, approve them. If everything goes well, you will be watching that movie on a bigger screen.
How to Stream from VLC Media Player in Macbook to Chromecast Devices
The steps to stream VLC’s video and audio to Macbook are similar to the ones on the PC. Here are the steps-
- Open VLC on your Macbook.
- Open a media file by dropping a file or clicking on the Open media button.
- On the menu, click on Playback > Renderer.
- Pick your TV/monitor which has the Chromecast.
If you get any warnings or conversion options, approve them and the media should stream.
How to Stream from VLC Media Player in Android and smartphones to Chromecast Devices
In Android, the steps to stream media content to a bigger screen are different but quite straightforward. Here are the steps-
- Open the VLC app on your smartphone.
- Tap on the Chromecast icon (top-right).
- Connect to your Chromecast TV/Device by selecting it under Displays.
- Now play any media and it should stream on the big screen.
After streaming, you can use your smartphone as a remote. You can easily seek, choose subtitles, handle audio, playback speed and all the other features that VLC offers over all platforms. If the phone needs to be disconnected from the television, tap on the Chromecast button again and choose Disconnect.
Additional options to casting for smartphones can be found under, … More > ⚙️ Settings and then navigating to Extra Settings > Casting. We can enable or disable casting from here, choosing which device (phone or television) manages audio rendering, and pick a conversion quality (High, Medium, Low, Lowest).