VLC Media Player is a popular media player used to play all kind of videos files on smartphones and desktop platforms. If you have a large library of videos on your PC/laptop or smartphone and wish to watch it on a bigger screen or TV with the help of Chromecast, let us see how.
Developed by Google, Chromecast is a streaming device which lets the user cast their entire screen or videos on a TV or monitor. It also supports streaming videos through the VLC media player. In fact, VLC is one of the Chromecast compatible apps on Android and iOS platforms. For Windows, the developer of VLC has released the Chromecast support on 3.0 and above.
How to Stream Videos from VLC to Chromecast using Android and iOS devices?
It is very easy to stream VLC videos from Android/iOS to Chromecast. The VLC media player has inbuilt cast support to stream videos from smartphones/tablets to Chromecast connected TV. If you haven’t installed the VLC app, download it from the respective app store (Play Store | App Store).
Step 1: Connect your Android/iOS device and Chromecast to the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: Browse and play the video that you want to stream.
Step 3: Tap the Cast icon located at the top of the screen.
Step 4: Select the Chromecast device.
Step 5: The video will stream on the TV where your Chromecast device.
Note: For subtitles, playback speed and other features, just tap the three-dot menu icon located next to the play/pause button.
Step 6: The video will stop casting when you get back to the home screen of VLC.
How to Stream Videos from VLC to Chromecast using Windows PC?
Unlike Android and iOS, the VLC app on Windows doesn’t have a cast icon to stream the videos. However, it supports streaming the videos to Chromecast. For that, you need to install VLC 3.0 and above on your Windows 10 device or any other Windows desktop or laptop as users with lower versions cannot cast videos.
Step 1: Make sure that your Windows device and Chromecast are in same Wi-Fi network.
Step 2: Open the VLC media player.
Step 3: Select Playback > Renderer.
Step 4: Select the Chromecast device.
Step 5: The VLC media player will stream on the TV. Select and play the video file that you want to stream.
Step 6: Since you’re streaming videos on another network, sometimes a warning message will appear on the screen. Click View Certificate and then Accept permanently to cast the video.
Step 7: To stop casting, go to Playback, select Renderer and then click <Local>.
Note: If you can’t find the Chromecast device, go to Tools > select Preferences and then click Reset Preferences.
Connectivity and Performance Issues
If you encounter any errors like black screen or if see no video while casting VLC videos on Chromecast, try these solutions,
- Make sure that your device and Chromecast are on the same network.
- Disconnect from the VPN service if connected.
- Update the VLC app to its latest version.
- Try to change the conversion quality. (Click Tools > select Preferences > select the All menu > click Stream Output > expand Sout Stream > select Chromecast > select the conversion quality ranging from low to high > click Save)
Alternative Way – Stream VLC to Chromecast using Chrome
If the above-mentioned methods don’t work or you can’t find the Chromecast device, you can use the Chrome browser on your Windows device to stream the VLC videos. Make sure that both the devices are in the same Wi-Fi network.
Step 1: Open Chrome browser.
Step 2: Right-click anywhere on the screen and tap the Cast icon.
Step 3: Click the Sources tab and select Cast Desktop.
Step 4: Select the device.
Step 5: You will be asked to share the entire screen. Click on the Share menu to confirm it.
Step 6: Now, your Windows device’s screen will mirror on the TV. Minimize the Chrome browser and launch the VLC media player.
Step 7: Select and stream the video that you want.
How to Cast VLC Videos on Chromecast using Mac and Linux?
If you’re a user of macOS and Linux, you can access the same procedure that we provided for Windows PC. Make sure to download the VLC with version 3.0 and later.
Now, you know the ways to stream your favourite movies, TV shows and other videos on the larger screens of TV from VLC. If you have something to share about the article, use the comments section. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook for more updates.