Can I Use Miracast On Mac?
An HDMI cable is a great way for you to connect any device to a TV or an external display. It allows you to project media playing on your small-screen device to a more visually accessible display so that more people can have a look at your content; the biggest downside is that it requires a physical connection---cables can be hazardous to clumsy people. When it comes to wirelessly mirror your device's screen, there are a few options to consider. One of them is Miracast.
Miracast utilises WiFi Direct technology to build a connection between two devices without the need for a router. Therefore, you will be able to connect a mobile device (laptop, smartphone or tablet) to a secondary display receiver (TV, projector or monitor)---with it, your what is on the screen of your mobile device will be mirrored on a TV, projection or monitor screen. Its peer-to-peer connection means that it has a secure connection so that any protected content like Netflix or Blu-ray cannot be streamed out. These days, there are around 3,000 Miracast-supported devices---seems a lot, but there is still much room to be filled.
Part 1: Does Miracast have Mac version?
Like many other pieces of technology, there will be some compatibility issues with Miracast. To date, both of Apple's operating systems, OS X and iOS, do not support Miracast; therefore there is no Miracast for Mac version that exists. This is simply because Apple has its screen mirroring solution, AirPlay.
AirPlay allows users to view and watch media content from a source device i.e. iPhone, iPad, Mac or MacBook to an Apple TV. Unlike Miracast, which is purely a mirroring solution, AirPlay allows users to multitask while streaming the media content on your source device. This simply means that you can use your iPhone, iPad, Mac or MacBook for other things and it would not appear on your Apple TV screen.
While it does have its perks, it does come with a couple of limitations. First, it can only work with Apple devices; therefore, you cannot use AirPlay to mirror screens from or to non-Apple devices. AirPlay is also currently compatible with the only second- and third-generation Apple TVs so you are out of luck if you have a first-generation model.
Part 2: How to Mirror Android to Mac?
Apple products are tricky to use because they are usually not compatible with other brands---this is why most Apple users will tend to have everything Apple. However, if you are the kind who likes to mix things up, there is still hope. If you have an Android mobile device and want to mirror it to a Mac, there are ways you can experience playing a game on your Mac or use WhatsApp on a bigger screen.
Since there is no Miracast Mac, follow these steps for the simplest and quickest way to mirror your Android on your Mac screen:
#1 The tools
Vysor is a great way to duplicate your Android screen onto your Mac's screen. All you need are three things:
- Vysor Chrome app---install it in Google Chrome. Since Chrome is a multiplatform browser, this app should work on Windows, Mac and Linux.
- A USB cable to connect your Android to your Mac.
- USB-debugging enabled Android device.
#2 Getting started
Put your Android device on USB debugging mode:
- Head to your device's Settings menu and tap on About Phone. Find the Build Number and tap on it seven times.
- Go back to your Settings menu and tap on Developer Options.
- Find and tap on Enable USB Debugging Mode.
- Click OK when prompted.
#3 Mirror on
Now that everything is ready, you can start mirroring your Android on your Mac:
- Launch Vysor from your Chrome browser.
- Click Find Devices and choose your Android device once the list populates.
- When Vysor starts up, you should be able to see your Android screen on your Mac.
Tip: you can use your mouse and keyboard when your Android screen is mirrored on your Mac. How great is that?
Part 3: How to Mirror Mac to TV (without Apple TV)
What if you do have an Apple TV but it decided to retire one day?
Google Chromecast is an alternative to AirPlay that allows Mac or MacBook users to mirror their screens to a TV. Here is how to do so:
#1 Setting up Google Chromecast
After completing Chromecast's physical setup (plugging it on your TV and powering it up), follow these steps:
- Launch Chrome and go to chromecast.com/setup
- Click Download to get the Chromecast.dmg file on your Mac.
- Install the file on your Mac.
- Click the Accept button to agree to its Privacy and Terms conditions.
- It will start searching for available Chromecasts.
- Click on the Set Up button to configure your Chromecast after the list populates.
- Click Continue when the software confirms that it is ready to set up the HDMI dongle
- Select your Country so that you can configure the device properly.
- This will prompt the software to connect the device to the app.
- Confirm that the code that appears on your Chromecast app (Mac) matches the one displayed on your TV---click the That's my code button.
- Select the WiFi network that you want to connect to and enter the password.
- You will be able to then change the name of your Chromecast device.
- Click Continue to connect the HDMI dongle to your WiFi network.
- A confirmation will be displayed if the configuration is a success on your Mac and TV. Click the Get Cast Extension button to install the Cast browser extension.
- A Chrome browser will open. Click the Add Extension button. Click the Add button when prompted.
- A confirmation will pop up after a successful installation. You will see a new icon on the Chrome toolbar.
- To start using Chromecast, click on the Chromecast icon to enable it---this will send the contents of your browser's tab to your TV. It will turn blue when in use.
Miracast for Mac is not available but this does not mean that you cannot mirror your Mac on a TV. Hopefully, this article helps you a lot.
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