By Trae Jacobs,
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Google Chromecast allows you to cast photos, videos, and more to your TV from any compatible device, including iPad.
Here’s how you can start using Chromecast with iPad.
Can I Use Chromecast on an iPad?
Chromecast is compatible with iPads, as well as iPhones. You can cast a photo, video, or any other type of content from your iPad to your TV screen, whether you have a Chromecast dongle or Chromecast built into your TV.
As long as your Chromecast device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPad and your iPad’s Bluetooth is active, you can press the Cast icon in any supported app to begin casting content to your TV.
What Apps Have Built-in Cast Icons?
Some of the most popular iPad applications that have built-in Chromecast icons include:
- Prime Video
- HBO Max
While browsing any of the Chromecast-compatible apps, you can:
- Select the video you want to play.
- Tap the Cast icon in the video player.
- Select your Chromecast or TV’s name to start casting the video on the big screen.
How Do I Cast Other Content from My iPad?
You can cast almost any type of content from your iPad to Chromecast. Some of the things you can cast include:
- Google Slides
How to Cast a Photo or Video from Your iPad
Have some vacation photos or a video you took at a concert that you want to share? Here’s how to cast a photo or video from your iPad:
- Download the Google Photos app from the Apple App Store.
- Upload the photos you want to share.
- Tap the first photo, video, or album you want to cast.
- Select the Cast icon in the top-right corner and tap your Chromecast or TV’s name from the available options.
Once you begin casting, you can swipe through photos and videos to change the one on the screen.
How to Cast Google Slides from Your iPad
If you want to cast a Google Slideshow from your iPad to your TV, you’ll need to download the Google Slides app. Then, follow the steps below:
- Open the Google Slides app.
- Select the presentation you want to cast.
- Press the Play button and tap “Find Devices” next to “Present to Chromecast.”
- Select your Chromecast or TV when it appears.
You can swipe through slides on your iPad to change the one displayed on the screen.
Why Can’t I Cast My iPad to My Chromecast?
If you’re tapping the Cast icon on your iPad but aren’t seeing your TV or Chromecast device as an option, check to ensure:
- Both devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network
- Your iPad’s Bluetooth is active
If you do not see a Cast icon at all, your Chromecast might not be connected properly, or the app you’re trying to use may not be compatible with Chromecast.
If you’ve casted content from that app before, check for and install any available updates in the Apple App Store.
FAQ: How to Use Chromecast with iPad
Is Chromecast the Same as AirPlay?
Chromecast and Apple AirPlay are similar applications. However, Chromecast is a casting interface, while AirPlay is a screen mirroring interface.
This means Chromecast allows you to send content from your iPad to a different device, while AirPlay mirrors exactly what you see on your iPad.
Should I Use Chromecast or AirPlay with My iPad?
Whether you should use Chromecast or AirPlay to share content from your iPad to your TV depends on what your TV supports and what you’re trying to do.
If you want to share your entire iPad screen, AirPlay is the better option. If you just want to browse content on your iPad and share it on a larger screen, go with Chromecast.
It’s important to note that some Chromecast-compatible applications are incompatible with AirPlay. For example, Netflix and Disney+ allow you to cast via Chromecast but don’t allow you to mirror via AirPlay.
What is “Guest Mode” on Google Chromecast?
By default, your iPad and Chromecast must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network before you can cast content from your iPad to your TV. You can bypass this by enabling Guest Mode.
- Open the Google Home app on any device.
- Select your Chromecast device.
- Tap “Settings,” then select Recognition & Sharing > Guest Mode.
- Toggle “Guest Mode” on.
Once Guest Mode is on, a PIN will appear. Now, anyone will be able to share content via Chromecast as long as they’re in the same room and enter the correct PIN.