If your Android device is not yet a supported device for Google’s new screen mirroring feature for Chromecast, a new workaround might enable the feature for your device ahead of official support.
Earlier this week Google officially started rolling out support for mirroring Android from a smartphone to a TV via the company’s $35 Chromecast HDMI streaming stick. After tapping a new “Cast Screen” button in the Chromecast app on Android, your entire display will be mirrored to the larger Chromecast connected screen. Unfortunately the feature is currently only available to a limited selection of 14 devices including popular handsets from Samsung, HTC, LG. etc.
Today, XDA-developers point us to a root-enabled app that will trick the Chromecast app into thinking your device is supported:
Naturally, there will be issues on certain devices. As such, this is currently marked as “experimental,” until more devices are tested. However, we already know that the Xperia Z1, HTC One M8, Samsung Note 8, and Note Pro 12.2 are working fine. The Galaxy S3 and Note 2 are hit or miss, but unfortunately the Evo 3D doesn’t seem to work at all. This is, of course, in addition to the 14 officially supported devices. It is reasonable to assume that only devices running KitKat MR1 (4.4.1) will be able to use this functionality.
It’s not guaranteed to work with every device, but users report a long list of devices it is working with. Here’s a list of confirmed working and not working devices via the developer that created the workaround:
Tested Working: (Aside from the officially supported devices) ASUS PadFone 2 Droid RAZR MAXX HD Sony Xperia Z Sony Xperia Z1 Sony Xperia Z2 Sony Xperia ZL Sony Z Ultra HTC Droid DNA HTC One M8 (Including GPE) Motorola Moto X Motorola Moto G Samsung Note 8 Tab Samsung Note Pro 12.2 Tab Nexus 7 2012 Oppo Find 7 Oppo Find 7a OnePlus One LG GPad 8.3 LG G2 Mini NVIDIA SHIELD
Mixed Reports (May only work on stock): Samsung Galaxy S III Samsung Galaxy Note 2
Tested Not Working: HTC EVO 3D Galaxy Nexus Most older devices
If you’re interested in enabling the functionality, you can head over to the XDA forums for more info.