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How to Chromecast From Mac

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This article will show you how to Chromecast from Mac onto any TV or monitor. To cast from your Mac you will need a Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast device. A TV with HDMI input and Wi-Fi access is also required.

Chromecast from Mac: How to do it

 

Before you start, ensure that you have already set up your Chromecast. Follow these steps to get started with it on your Mac.

  1. Open Chrome. Let’s say you’re looking to catch up on Amazon Prime’s charming The Marvelous Miss Maiselbefore season 2 premieres. You’re making a good choice!
  2. Navigate to the window that you wish to cast. You can cast almost anything in Chrome: videos, slideshows and presentations, music, web applications, and many more.
  3. Select Cast in the View menu.
  4. Select which connected Google device you want to cast to. The following example shows three connected devices: Orange Mini, The Living Room TV and Bedroom Chromecast. Let’s go to The Living Room TV.
  5. Select Remote Screen to cast fullscreen on your TV.

    Next, adjust the volume slider in the same window. This volume control does not affect the TV’s volume. To get the best sound quality, you may need to adjust both the volume of your cast and your TV.
    You can see that the tab being cast now has a blue screen icon. This helps you keep track of which tab is being cast if there are many tabs open.
  6. You can control playback of what you’re casting using the Pause and Forward buttons on your Mac’s display.
  7. To release Chromecast, simply click STOP after you are done viewing, viewing, and sharing.
  8. This is all there really is.

What Extensions do I need to install from the Chrome Store

 

No. Chrome for Mac has the ability to cast without the need of an extension since August 2016. Chrome for Mac should be able to cast if you have updated Chrome in the last few years.

 

What can I do if video playback is not ideal?

 

Close all tabs that are open, particularly if you’re streaming. It might be worth closing inactive applications on your Mac. Your Mac’s processor will be more efficient if there are fewer distractions.

 

One Quick Note on Performance

 

You should be able cast almost anything Chrome can display as long as Mac OS X 10.9 is installed.

Video streaming is a processor-intensive experience. Quality will be dependent upon the performance and age of your Mac. Contributing factors include the internet traffic and wireless network.

Google’s guidelines on minimum system requirements are accurate. Even a 2011 MacBook Air bone-stock should be able cast streaming video without any hiccups.

We tested the MacBook Core 2 Duo 13″ in late 2008 with maximum RAM and found that it struggled to transmit video at an acceptable quality. The relatively low motion processing requirements of Prime Video’s test video could not be met by a scaling down to Excellent, rendering picture quality only passingable.

 

Net-net, Pay attention to Google’s system specifications and you will be fine.

A Chromecast can be added to any Apple TV, Roku or Amazon Fire TV device. It’s a cost-effective way to share content from your Mac.

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