Imagine projecting everything that goes on your smartphone screen to bigger television one, this is exactly what the best android mirror cast apps do. They take whatever is happening on your small smartphone screen and projected to a bigger display. It is one of the best ways to enjoy content that is already on your smartphone but on a bigger screen.
There are number of things you can do with the best android mirror cast apps and all of them are quite exciting. From being a true adult and presenting slideshows at an office meeting to showing off funny pictures you took of your dog to your friends and family, everything can be done if you have the right app and equipment. It is a wonderful technology that is built into android and is truly flexible when it comes to compatibility.
Writer’s Note: A huge point to be noted here is that while many TVs do come with built-in mirror cast technology, many are still way behind the curve. If you have an older TV, you’ll need to have an external mirror cast enabled device. Thankfully, there are some really inexpensive offerings available online that you can purchase and simply insert into the HDMI port of your TV. Google’s Chromecast is also an excellent option and we highly recommend that you invest in one. Another point to be noted here is that the external mirror cast devices will plug into the HDMI port of your TV, if your TV doesn’t come with an HDMI port, you’re out of luck. And honestly, we think it’s high time that you upgrade your television to something a little bit more modern.
We have extensively discussed how and what mirror cast does. Of course, if you’re already here, you know what it is capable of so let’s start talking about the apps that will help you project your smartphone images to a bigger screen. The apps are not in any particular order simply because they may or may not work for your particular smartphone or external mirror casting device, hopefully that won’t be the case but be ready to mix and match a little bit.
AllCast is one of the most popular mirror casting apps for android simply because it is compatible with a vast number of different devices. From Chromecast to Amazon FireTV and from Apple TV to Roku, it is capable of delivering images and videos from your smartphone to a bigger screen without any problems. It is without a doubt one of the easiest ways to get your photos and videos on your TV without any additional steps.
All you need to do is make sure your smartphone allows mirror casting, select the device that you need to connect to and that’s about it. However, this is a demo version that only allows you to view 5 minutes of footage on the big screen. You’ll need to upgrade to the premium version in order to remove the viewing limit. Thankfully, if the app works perfectly for you, it would make perfect sense to get the premium version to easily enjoy a quality service.
AllConnect provides you the ability to immediately stream your favorite movies, photos and music to a number of devices with amazing finesse and ease. It is compatible with a lot of different devices which includes numerous smart TVs from different manufacturers, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and many more. One of the most amazing features of this mirror cast app for android is the ability to activate multiple streams simultaneously. So if you are streaming a video to one TV, you can stream audio to AirPlay Speakers at the same time.
The app also supports YouTube content so you’ll be able to directly stream it on the big screen. However, it does not support YouTube Live. AllConnect comes with some very utility focused playback functionalities that allow you to add different media to the queue. You don’t even need to queue the same kind of media, the app will allow you to add or remove photos, videos and music from the queue without any problems. Streaming from any source is also supported really well, if you want to stream movies from a media server, the app supports that fully.
LocalCast for Chromecast
If you already have a Chromecast attached to your TV, then the LocalCast for Chromecast is one of the most essential apps that you should get. While the initially thought that it is only compatible with Chromecast, we were pleasantly surprised to see it support a number of different smart TVs, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and even Nexus Player. It would truly benefit the app if they remove “for Chromecast” from the name.
However, there are certain features that are exclusive to Chromecast so we cannot blame the developers completely for the name. For example, the zoom, pan and rotate features only worked with Chromecast. Subtitles also work with Chromecast and Apple TV 4 with Opensubtitles.org integration. There are a number of features that facilitate you watching movies over this app and subtitle support is one of them.
Cast to TV
Cast to TV is a relatively new app on the android mirror cast scene but it has some really good features. It allows you to cast all local, music, images, videos to Amazon Fire Stick, Fire TV, Xbox One, Smart TVs, Chromecast and even DLNA Devices. It covers a wide variety of devices so you won’t be left out of choice even if you don’t own a Google branded one. Casting videos to your TV to automatically searching for available devices, the app is capable of doing a lot without you having to do much.
The app is capable of automatically detecting photos, audio and video files on your device as well as the SD Card. After that all you need to do is add local content to the queue and enjoy media on a bigger screen. You also be able to easily control the content being shown of the TV with a touchscreen-based remote control. Pausing, adjusting volume, forward and rewinding is available.
If you want your photos, music and videos instantly available on your TV or even a sound system, then iMediaShare is one of the best options around. Accessing your digital stored content anywhere without the need of any cables is a wonderful feeling to have. The app is capable of automatically discovering any compatible and connected devices that are near you and connect you to it. All you need to do is simply select what device you’d like to play on and whatever that’s running on your screen will be projected on it.
However, it is not a traditional mirror cast app because you won’t be able to use online content with it. So if you’re looking for a competent app that allows you to stream videos, photos, music and even some social media on a bigger screen, then iMediaShare is the one you should get. There also intuitive controls that allow you to adjust playback, volume or switch videos by using touchscreen gestures. While the compatibility list with devices is not extensive, the app is supported by most modern TVs.
These were some of the best android mirror cast apps that will surely help you enjoy content a lot more on the bigger screen. There’s something truly amazing about simply pushing a button and start watching a movie that is being streamed from your smartphone. Of course, there are some kinks that need to be ironed out when it comes to her casting content on a big screen, but we are sure that Google and other developers are working towards making it a truly seamless experience.
So what are your thoughts about all of these streaming devices? Which one are you using personally? Do tell us your personal preferences in the comments, we always love to hear what our tech savvy readers are using.