Using Chromecast with a projector: does it work?

You may be wondering if you can use a Chromecast with a projector. The answer is yes, and it’s easier than you might think! Chromecast has been one of the most popular media players in recent years for its low cost, ease of use, and compatibility with many devices. This article will walk you through the process of setting up your Chromecast with a projector at home or in the office. Let’s get started!

Does Chromecast work with a projector?

Yes, Google Chromecast will work well with a projector and is relatively easy to set up. Plugging the device into a projector with an HDMI slot or using an adapter for projectors without one should achieve this task.

Chromecast with Google TV 4K

Google Chromecast is a relatively inexpensive piece of technology that is used to share content from either your mobile phone or a tablet device. It can be used to send the data to a television, but in this article, we will be focussing on getting it to send the data to a projector.

Chromecast has been around for nine years at the time of writing and has seen several adaptations and improvements that led to the device you will see in shops today. It comes with an attached HDMI cable and a power adaptor. If you opt to go for the more expensive model, you will also get a remote control with your Chromecast, although you will still need to download the mobile app in order to set it up properly.

Using Chromecast With a Projector: It’s easy

Using Chromecast with a projecto

If you’re wanting to connect your Chromecast to a projector, it will not take you long. Follow these bullet points to be connected and ready to stream in minutes.

  • Unbox the Chromecast and make sure you have both the Chromecast and the power adaptor.
  • Plug the power adaptor into the wall.
  • Connect the power adaptor to the Chromecast.
  • Use the HDMI cable that is dangling from the Chromecast to connect it to the HDMI port on your projector.
  • Make sure your projector is set up to the proper input, the HDMI port your Chromecast is connect to will be the one you need to set the projector to.
  • Now you can set up Chromecast.

In order to do this, you will need the Google Home App on your mobile phone. Will will briefly show you how to do that in the following steps.

  • First, download the Google Home app from the Google Play store or the App Store.
  • Once your Chromecast is plugged into the projector and you’ve made sure it is displaying the Chromecast start screen, open the Google Home app.
  • The app should now automatically detect your Chromecast.
  • Choose “Set up” and you will see a code displayed on the projector screen. Your phone will ask you to confirm the code.
  • Once you’ve confirmed the code, you can then name your Chromecast and follow the on screen instructions to connect the Chromecast to your Wifi.

Casting

Chromecast ultra

Now that you’re all set up and ready to cast, let’s see how easy it is to do! All you’ll need is an App on your mobile phone that is capable of casting to a device. For instance, Netflix and Youtube are both popular Apps that are capable of casting. Once you’ve made sure your mobile phone and Chromecast are connected to the same Wifi network, simply click the Chromecast button in the app you’re trying to cast from and it will automatically detect it. Your content will be playing through your projector!

What to do if a projector doesn’t have an HDMI port?

But wait! There’s more. If your projector doesn’t have an HDMI port, it will either be equipped with a DVI or VGA port. In the former case you’re in luck as this is much easier to deal with than the latter by using one of these converters recommended below for both situations: 

Connecting to Projector´s DVI port

If you’re looking to connect your Chromecast with a DVI port, there are several options available. One option would be using an HDMI-DVI adapter. Depending on the version of DVI you will also need a converter with audio extraction equipped with 3.5mm or Toslink ports to get audio out onto the projector, soundbar or speakers. See this article for more information about DVI and sound limitations.

HDMI to DVI + Optical Toslink SPDIF + 3.5mm Stereo Audio Converter Support Full 1080P / 3D

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Connecting Chromecast to VGA

The better solution to use a Chromecast with your projector is by using an HDMI Female (Input) to VGA Male adapter. To do this, first, plug the input of the adapter into your projector and then plug in one end of the cable from your Chromecast’s HDMI output port at one end and place it on top so you can connect it easily later.

HDMI to VGA Adapter, HDMI Female to VGA Male Converter with Full HD 1080p Audio Video Output, For TV Stick, Xbox, Roku, Computer, Laptop, PC, Monitor, Projector, Chromebook

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Now that you’re familiar with how Chromecast works with a projector, you can download any app that will allow you to cast, even some games! We hope you have as much fun with it as we do.

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