At I/O last month, Google announced that Android users would soon have the ability to mirror their device’s screen to their TV via a Chromecast. Today, thanks to an update to the Chromecast app, the feature is finally live. In a post on the official Android Blog, Google explained that the feature is still in beta and warned users not to be alarmed if it didn’t work properly 100% of the time.
To try the feature out, open up the Chromecast app on your Android device and tap the “Cast Screen” option in the navigation drawer. Now, anything on your Android device will also appear on your TV. For Nexus users, you can enable screen mirroring via the quick settings menu, as well. Sound is also mirrored with this feature and will play out of your TV’s speaker set-up, as opposed to through your phone’s speakers.
Chromecast makes it easy for you to enjoy your favorite entertainment on the biggest screen in the house. Starting today, you can mirror your Android phone and tablet to the TV so you can see your favorite apps, photos or anything else, exactly as you see it on your mobile device—only bigger. To start mirroring, simply select “Cast Screen” from the navigation drawer in the Chromecast app and select your Chromecast device. On Nexus devices, this feature is also available through the quick settings menu.
Google says that the feature will rollout to popular Android devices from Samsung, HTC, LG, and others over the next few days. The feature will be enabled in the 1.7 update to the Chromecast app, but as we all know, that update could take a few days to hit your device thanks to Google’s staged rollouts. Keep an eye on the Play Store for it to hit your device.