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Chromecast streaming via a Windows 10 PC or laptop (2020)

A Chromecast can now be found in almost every home or business space. This handy device from Google makes it possible to stream photos and videos from your laptop to every TV in your home or office building. Do you prefer to view the image of your PC or laptop screen on a television? Then a Google Chromecast is the ideal device for this. However, you must know how this device works. Do you want to make optimal use of a Chromecast in combination with a Windows 10 machine? In this article you will learn everything you need to know!

Why choose a Chromecast with Windows 10?

By using a Chromecast, messy HDMI cables are a thing of the past. After all, you no longer need a cable to connect your Windows 10 PC or laptop to your television. The connection runs via the WiFi network at your home or office. However, this does not mean that you no longer need any HDMI ports. You have to connect the Chromecast to your television through an HDMI connection. So make sure that there is an HDMI port available on your television. Another big advantage is that you can share your computer screen via the TV with one click of the button. This means, you no longer have to move your laptop or PC

Versions of Chromecast devices

Before you connect and use a Chromecast, you must of course order one. You may come across different versions or models online. The Chromecast 1 was released in 2013 and resembles a USB stick in terms of design. This Chromecast can stream 1080p with a maximum of 30 fps and is suitable for a wireless connection via Wi-Fi 4. The successor is the Chromecast 2 (2015) that can play 1080p video with a maximum of 30 fps and 720p video with a maximum of 60 fps. Nowadays you will mainly find the latest models in stores: Chromecast 3 (2018). This device can play both 720p and 1080p with a maximum of 60 fps. Moreover, this device is compatible with Wi-Fi 5.

Chromecast 1

TIP: Our advice is to always opt for a Chromecast 3. This version is around 25 percent faster than its predecessor and can play videos with a higher frame rate. The device has the shape of a circular dongle and is easy to connect via HDMI.

Connect Chromecast with TV and PC

Have you received your Chromecast? Then it's time to connect all equipment. Connect the Chromecast to get started via the HDMI input of your television. Then provide the Chromecast with power by connecting it via the micro USB connection. You can then connect the Chromecast to the correct Wi-Fi network. For this you need a phone with the Google Home app. Follow the steps shown on your mobile screen and television to install your Chromecast in minutes. You can then use all the useful features of this device.

Cast Windows 10 screen to the TV

Do you want to display the screen of your laptop or PC on your television, for example to show images or a video? Then use the Chrome internet browser to start. And make sure that your Windows 10 device is on the same network as your Chromecast. Then in Chrome click on the 3 balls in the top right corner. At the settings you see the option "Casting ...". Select this function. Your Windows 10 PC or laptop will first look for all Chromecast devices that are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Select the Chromecast that you want to use. Now you have different options while casting.

Casting desktop

To begin with, you can choose to "cast your entire desktop." This can be useful when you want to stream the image from an external app (such as VLC or Microsoft Office). This is useful, for example, when you want to show an Excel or PowerPoint presentation on your laptop on a TV within an office space. To do this, proceed as follows:

• Press the three vertical dots within Chrome

• Click on ‘Casting…’

• Press the down arrow

• Select "Cast Desktop"

• Choose which desktop to display (if you use multiple screens)

• Select whether or not you want to send audio

• Click on the Cast icon

Cast tab

Casting a tab is another option. This option is especially useful for displaying websites on your television. Casting tabs is less suitable for displaying videos from websites such as YouTube or Netflix. Instead, use the Cast function that is built into the video player. Casting takes place via the following steps:

• Press the three vertical dots within Google Chrome

• Click on ‘Casting ...’

• Press the down arrow

• Select ‘Cast Tab’

• Click on the Cast icon

Ensure a stable connection

Do you want to make optimum use of all the functionalities that Chromecast has to offer? Then take the following tip into account. Always ensure that you have a stable Wi-Fi connection at home or in the office. The Google Chromecast works after all via a wireless connection. If it does not work or is unstable, this can cause a faltering image or poor image quality. This also means that it is advisable not to download while streaming. This consumes a lot of data and cannot benefit the user experience.

Get started with Chromecast and Windows 10?

Have you become enthusiastic about all the possibilities of a Chromecast and do you want to use it yourself? First of all, make sure your computer has Windows 10. Then install the latest version of Google Chrome. You can then immediately start streaming from your Windows 10 laptop or PC. Do you still use the outdated and unsafe Windows 7? Then order Windows 10 at SoftwareLicense4U. Within 5 minutes you will receive a 100% original license via e-mail!