What is Miracast?
Miracast is a wireless display standard designed for screen mirroring. It allows you to stream video and audio from one device to another over a wireless connection. Miracast is supported on many newer TVs, as well as some tablets, smartphones, and laptops. You can use Miracast to project the screen of your laptop or mobile device onto a Miracast-enabled TV or display, without the need for cables or an internet connection.
To use Miracast, both the source device(the device you want to project from), for example, your Laptop, and the destination device(the device you want to project to), for example, your TV, must support Miracast and be connected to the same wireless network. Once connected, you can use the project menu on your laptop or the screen Mirroring settings on your mobile device to begin projecting your screen.
How To Project Laptop Screen Using Miracast
To share your laptop screen via miracast, you will need a device that supports Miracast, such as a Miracast-enabled TV/laptop or a Miracast adapter. Here are simple steps you can follow to project your laptop screen:
- On your laptop, press the windows key + P to open the project menu. The windows key, in most laptops, is commonly located on the left lower part of your computer’s keyboard.
- Select the option, “Connect to a wireless display” from the list of options provided.
- Your Laptop will search for available miracast devices. Select the device you want to connect to from the list.
- If prompted by your device to enter a pin, enter the PIN displayed on your Miracast device.
- Your laptop’s screen will be displayed on the Miracast device.
Note: Miracast is not available on all laptops, and not all Miracast devices are compatible with all laptops. If you are having trouble connecting, it’s possible that your laptop or miracast device may not support this feature.
How To Share Laptop Screen Using Your Laptop’s Chrome Browser
You can also share your laptop screen using your Chrome browser. This is cheaper and a good alternative when you don’t have a miracast device because it costs money to purchase one. To do this, you will need to have the Chrome browser on your laptop and ensure that both your devices are connected to the same network.
You will then have to launch your Chrome Browser, click on your chrome setting menu and click on “cast”. To read more on how to share your laptop screen using your Chrome browser, click here.
What are some of the laptops that support Miracast
Many newer laptops come with built-in Miracast support, so you can use them to project your screen wirelessly. Here is a list of some popular laptops that support Miracast:
Dell XPS 13
Read a quick review of Dell XPS 13 here — Read Review
HP Spectre x360
Read a quick review of the HP Spectre x360 here — Read Review
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
Read a quick review of Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon here — Read Review
Asus ZenBook UX303UB
Read a quick review of Asus ZenBook UX303UB here — Read Review
Acer Aspire S7
Read a quick review of Acer Aspire S7 here — Read Review
If you were unable to share your laptop screen successfully, then your laptop does not have Miracast which is responsible for successfully sharing your laptop with your TV. You will need other methods to successfully do screen mirroring with your laptop. I previously wrote an article on some other ways how you can perform this easily.
To read that article, click here
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