AirPlay to Chromecast: How to Pair Them Together


Apple’s AirPlay and Google’s Chromecast are perhaps two of the most popular streaming technologies among iOS users. 

Due to their ease of use and flexibility, most people tend to rely on both. While they’re not completely compatible with each other, there are apps you can use to seamlessly integrate them.

In this article, we’ll show you how you can get Chromecast support for AirPlay with four third-party apps. 

Why Can't My iPhone Connect to Chromecast Directly?

Your iPhone won’t connect to Chromecast directly because it’s not compatible with AirPlay technology. It uses Wi-Fi to connect to your phone, which means you have to make sure that both devices are on the same network.

To do this, you need an app called Google Home. Using this app, you can set up Chromecast and connect it to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone. 

Even with Google Home, you won’t be able to mirror your iPhone’s screen. For that, you’ll have to download other third-party apps like the ones we’ve mentioned below.

Differences Between Chromecast and AirPlay

AirPlay on Chromecast: Is it Possible?

The main difference between Chromecast and AirPlay is that the former is a Google product which can be used with tons of different devices, while the latter is exclusive to Apple devices. 

You can only AirPlay from devices like an iPhone, iPad, and MacBook. On Macs, for example, you can AirPlay from Chrome browser to connect to Chromecast. Chromecast can be used on both Android and Apple devices. 

Unlike AirPlay, Chromecast doesn’t support screen mirroring and you need a third-party app for it. 

Another difference is that Chromecast has a separate streaming device that you can connect to any TV’s HDMI port. This makes it much more accessible. Only a select number of TV models have AirPlay support and it doesn’t exist as a separate physical device.

Here’s a table that highlights some of the main differences between AirPlay and Chromecast:

Feature Chromecast AirPlay
Company Google Apple
Compatible devices Works with almost every device and platform Only Apple devices like iPhones, Macs, and iPads
Casting Doesn’t require a third-party app Doesn’t require a third-party app
Screen mirroring Requires a third-party app Doesn’t require a third-party app
Supported TVs Included in most modern TVs Also included in most modern TVs, but Chromecast is more widely supported
Physical device Can be purchased as a separate device No physical device

Ways to Cast iPhone to Chromecast with Mirroring Apps

Screen Mirroring iPhone to Chromecast: 3 Best Approaches [Updated Guide]

As mentioned above, Chromecast doesn’t have a built-in screen mirroring feature. Using the third-party apps we’ve described below, you can make Chromecast work with AirPlay. They’ll allow you to take advantage of the iPhone’s “Screen Broadcasting” feature to mirror its screen to your TV.

Keep in mind that you won’t be able to view DRM-protected apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime. 

1. DoCast

DoCast is an app that can make Chromecast work with AirPlay easily. It quickly connects to your Chromecast device/TV and then you can start streaming whatever you want for free. There are no ads and you can cast as many photos as you want.

The free version of the app is a bit limited when it comes to video casting, though. You can only stream a video for 3 minutes per session. But this should give you ample time to test out the app and see if it’s worth your money.

DoCast QR code 

It also lets you mirror your iPhone’s screen for 15 minutes per session, free of cost. You can adjust its settings and change the mirrored video’s quality before starting the session.

Chromecast isn’t the only streaming device that’s supported by DoCast. You can also stream photos, videos, and music to a Fire TV or a Fire Stick. Screen mirroring is available for FireStick users as well.

DoCast can be used on iOS 15 or above and iPadOS 15 or above. You can unlock unlimited screen mirroring and video casting by getting the premium version, available for as little as $1.99/week.

Here’s how to use DoCast for screen mirroring:

1. Download DoCast on your iPhone.

Downloading DoCast from the App Store

2. The app will look for nearby Chromecast devices. Make sure yours is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone.

Finding Chromecast device in DoCast

3. Tap the Chromecast you want to mirror your iPhone’s screen to.

Connecting DoCast to Chromecast

4. Select Screen on the main menu of the app.

The main screen of the DoCast

5. You’ll be taken to a screen where you can adjust the screen mirroring settings. Here, you can change the video’s quality and turn on audio and auto-rotation.

6. Once you’re done tweaking the settings, tap the broadcast button placed above Start mirroring.

Screen mirroring configuration screen in DoCast

7. Now just tap Start Broadcast and it should start mirroring your phone’s screen!

Mirroring iPhone's screen to TV with DoCast

2. Screen Mirror・Smart View Cast

The free version of Screen Mirror・Smart View Cast will only allow you to mirror your iPhone’s screen for a limited duration. You can also use it to cast offline photos and videos to your Chromecast TV.

Here’s how to use it:

1. After downloading the app from the App Store, you’ll be asked to give it permission to access your local network. Tap Allow.

Giving a third-party app local network access

2. On the next screen, tap Smart TV, Streaming Device.

Choosing a streaming device on a third-party app

3. When asked to select features you’re interested in, tap Screen Mirroring.

4. You’ll be taken to the dashboard. Tap Screen Mirroring and it’ll start searching for Chromecast devices in your surroundings.

Screen Mirroring using a third-party app

5. Tap your device once the app has found it.

Connecting to Chromecast on a third-party app

6. Tap the record button and then Start Broadcasting to begin mirroring your iPhone’s screen to Chromecast.

Broadcasting your iPhone's screen

7. To cast photos, tap Photos on the dashboard.

8. Give the app permission to access your pictures.

9. Tap the photo you want to cast to your TV.

3. Replica

Replica’s free version also offers limited screen mirroring. You can use the feature for 15 minutes, after which you’ll be asked to upgrade to the premium version. You can also use it to cast photos from your gallery.

Despite its limitations, Replica is a great app for screen mirroring and casting. We highly recommend it for its simplicity and UI.

Replica app on the App Store

Follow the steps below to screen mirror using Replica:

1. Upon opening the app, it’ll automatically start searching for nearby Chromecast devices.

2. Tap your Chromecast device or TV.

Connecting to Chromecast using Replica

3. On the main screen of the app, tap Screen Mirroring.

Screen Mirroring using Replica

4. Tap Start Broadcast and it’ll beam your iPhone’s screen to your TV.

Screen Broadcasting with Replica

5. To cast photos, tap Gallery.

6. Tap any photo to start casting it to your Chromecast-enabled TV.

How to Cast iPhone to Chromecast?

There are different apps you can use to cast your iPhone to Chromecast. We’ve described two below along with instructions on how you can use them to stream content from iPhone.

1. Google Home

Google Home is the simplest way to cast your iPhone, but it limits you to apps that are compatible with Chromecast. 

After downloading Google Home from the App Store, you have to set up your Chromecast with it. 

Downloading Google Home from the App Store

Here’s how to do it:

1. Launch the Google Home app and log in with your Gmail account.

2. Choose a home. You can either select the default one or create a new one.

Choosing a home on Google Home

3. Tap Allow While Using App when asked to give Location Access.

Allowing Google Home to access your location

4. Let the app search for nearby Chromecast devices. Alternatively, choose yours manually by tapping Chromecast/Google TV when it asks you for information about what you’re setting up.

Setting up Chromecast via Google Home

5. Tap Next.

6. A QR code will show up on your TV. Scan it using your iPhone and connect to your Wi-Fi.

After connecting the streaming device to the same network as your iPhone, you’re ready to start casting from iPhone. You can also AirPlay from Google Chrome once you’ve set up your Chromecast, but on iPhone it only works with compatible apps like YouTube, Netflix, and Spotify.

1. Open YouTube on your iPhone and play the video you want to cast.

2. Tap the Casting icon in the top-right corner. If you’re on another app, it might be in a different location.

Casting a YouTube video via Chromecast

3. Tap your Chromecast device and enjoy your video!

Connecting to Chromecast on YouTube

2. TV Cast Chromecast

With TV Cast Chromecast, you’ll be able to cast offline/local content from your iPhone to your TV. Note that no matter which app you use, you’ll still have to set up Chromecast using Google Home first.

Here’s how you can use TV Cast Chromecast for casting:

1. Download the app from the App Store.

TV Cast Chromecast on the App Store

2. Open the app and tap Setup. It’ll automatically locate your Chromecast device.

Setting up TV Cast Chromecast app

3. On the dashboard of the app, tap Personal Media.

Casting Personal Media using TV Cast Chromecast app

4. Tap OK to allow the app to access your photos or videos.

5. Now choose the photo or video you want to cast and it should start appearing on your TV.

Casting photos using TV Cast Chromecast

If you’re using the free version of TV Cast Chromecast, you’ll only be able to cast the three most recent photos or videos saved on your iPhone.


You can’t AirPlay to Chromecast because they are two different technologies. Luckily, there are many third-party apps on the App Store that can fix that problem.

For example, with DoCast, you can easily cast photos and videos to your Chromecast TV. You can even mirror your iPhone’s entire screen with this app.

Likewise, apps like Google Home will help with casting videos and audio from compatible apps such as YouTube and Spotify. 

Which app you should use depends on your requirements, but we recommend using DoCast for screen mirroring and casting because it’s completely free, doesn’t show any ads, and works flawlessly.

Frequently Asked Questions

You can AirPlay your iPhone to Google Chromecast using third-party apps like DoCast, Replica, or TV Cast Chromecast. These apps allow you to mirror your iPhone’s screen and even cast local content stored on your phone to your Chromecast. But keep in mind that many of these apps aren’t completely free and require a subscription.

Yes, you can mirror your iPhone to Chromecast with the help of third-party apps.

DoCast is one such app that lets you mirror your iPhone’s screen and cast videos for 15 minutes and 3 minutes per session respectively. Upgrading to the premium version will allow you to do both things for as long as you want. Keep in mind, though, that you won’t be able to watch DRM-restricted content on streaming apps like Netflix and Amazon Prime.

AirPlay isn’t compatible with Chromecast because it’s a different technology. You can’t AirPlay to your Chromecast directly and need a third-party app to bridge the gap. We recommend trying out the apps we’ve mentioned in this article if you want to mirror your phone or cast offline content.

Yes, you can AirPlay on Chromecast using third-party apps such as DoCast. There’s no native app for AirPlaying on Chromecast since they’re two different technologies, but DoCast will allow you to mirror your iPhone’s screen to Chromecast and cast offline photos, videos, and music for free.