How to Use Chromecast from iPad to Stream Content to TV

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If your iPad’s screen isn’t large enough, then you can use a Chromecast device to watch your favorite videos on the big screen of your TV. There are many apps that have built-in casting support, including YouTube and Google Photos. 

To Google Chromecast from iPad, you can also use a third-party app. In this article, you’ll learn how to set it up and we’ll also provide a list of apps that are compatible with Chromecast.

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There are many third-party apps you can use to cast your iPad’s screen to a Chromecast device or a Chromecast-enabled TV. One such app is DoCast, which you’ll read about below. 

Keep in mind that your iPad must be running iPadOS 15.0 or above to use Google Home, which is the app that’s required to set up Chromecast.

1. Cast iPad to Chromecast with DoCast

How to Chromecast from iPad

DoCast is an excellent app for those looking to cast iPad to Chromecast. Despite having a simple interface, it doesn’t cut any corners and packs plenty of valuable features. Before you start casting, you have plenty of options to configure your experience. For example, you can adjust the quality of the video and enable auto-rotation.


Other than casting, it allows you to Chromecast from iPad offline videos and images to your TV in a matter of seconds.

DoCast QR code

Note that the free version of the app supports casting for 15 minutes per session. You can cast videos for 3 minutes per session. That’s sufficient time for you to try out the app and see if it’s worth your money, which we think it is.

To remove these limitations, you can upgrade to the premium version, which you can get for as low as $1.99 per week. The yearly and lifetime plans come with a special gift! It currently has a rating of 5/5 on the App Store, which is a testament to its exceptional quality.

Here’s how to use DoCast on Chromecast with iPad:

1. First, download DoCast on your iPad from the App Store.

DoCast for the iPad on the App Store

2. Open the app and let it search for your Chromecast TV. Make sure your iPad is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your TV.

3. Tap your Chromecast device once it’s been discovered to connect to it. 

Pairing third-party app with the Chromecast device

4. Now, you’ll be able to see the four main features of the app. Tap Photo to go to your photos so you can cast them onto your Chromecast.

DoCast app's main screen

5. Allow DoCast to access your photos and tap on the images you want to display.

Screen mirroring options on DoCast

When you no longer want to cast images, tap the X in the upper right-hand corner. There are no special steps to stop casting, and the process for videos is virtually identical. Plus, you can enjoy music casting, and it makes mirroring your iPad straightforward.

2. Cast your iPad using Streamer for Chromecast TVs

Another option to stream from iPad to Chromecast is the Streamer for Chromecast TVs app, which comes with a handful of extra features that make it a popular alternative. Streamer for Chromecast TVs comes with an in-app browser, photo and video casting, and even live camera functions. 

While it has plenty of features, there are frequent pop-up interruptions, such as asking for an app rating or suggesting an upgrade to a premium. The app comes with various tiers for upgrading, such as a monthly plan for $4.99 or a one-time payment for $19.99.

Here’s how to use the Streamer for Chromecast TVs:

1. Download the Streamer for Chromecast TVs from the App Store, allow it to connect to your local Wi-Fi network, and select your Chromecast device to complete the connection.

2. Tap on Photos & Videos to access your camera roll on your iPad.

3. Allow Streamer for Chromecast TVs to access your photos and select the media you want to cast.

To end the iPad cast to Chromecast, tap the back button in the upper left-hand corner. The process is simple, but the quality isn’t as great as DoCast. However, for those needing the extra functions, it’s a solid option for iPad owner

3. Screen Mirroring Smart View TV

Another casting option for iPad users is the Screen Mirroring Smart View TV app. Unlike DoCast or Streamer for Chromecast TVs, this solution works with more smart TVs than just Chromecast, making it a more flexible solution. 

Using Screen Mirroring Smart View TV to cast iPad to Chromecast also brings a host of features not available in alternative solutions. These features include IPTV capabilities, a direct YouTube link, and screen mirroring.

Here’s how to use Screen Mirroring Smart View TV for iPad to TV Chromecast connections:

1. Download the Screen Mirroring Smart View TV app from the Apple App Store, let it connect to devices on your network, and select your Chromecast or other Smart TV. 

2. From the home screen, tap on either the Photo or Video option. 

3. Allow the app access to your photos and select your media to start casting. 

While you’re able to access photo and video casting for free, in order to stream from iPad to Chromecast using the Screen Mirroring Smart View TV, you’ll need to upgrade to the premium version of the app. 

There are only two payment options for the Screen Mirroring Smart View TV app: a yearly $19.99 or a lifetime option sitting at $39.99. While this app brings extra features, we encountered issues attempting to cast, and the nearly $40 premium charge is rather rich when the competition offers their apps for nearly half.

4. How to Set Up Chromecast with an iPad

Does Chromecast work with iPad? The short answer is yes. However, some limitations exist, such as no native screen mirroring support. Regardless, you can set up and control a wide range of content on Chromecast from your iPad.

Here’s how to connect Chromecast to iPad using Google Home:

1. Download Google Home on your iPad from the App Store.

Google Home for the iPad on the App Store

2. Tap Home or feel free to create another one with a custom name.

Setting up Chromecast on Google Home

3. The app will ask for location access. Tap Allow While Using App.

4. Let the app search for nearby Chromecast devices. You can also manually select yours by tapping Chromecast/Google TV.

Pairing iPad with the Chromecast device

5. To connect the two devices, scan the QR code that shows up on your TV using your iPad.

6. Now you’re ready to start casting videos. Open an app that has built-in Chromecast support like YouTube.

7. Play a video you want to see on your TV. 

8. Tap the casting icon that appears in the top-right corner. It may be in a different position depending on which app you’ve opened.

Casting a YouTube video to TV

9. A list of devices you can cast to will appear. Select your Chromecast device or TV to start casting.

Choosing Chromecast device on YouTube

Setting up a Chromecast for the first time requires the Google Home app. Using the Google Home app, you will also be able to link streaming service accounts, allowing you to cast videos from apps like Spotify, YouTube, and Netflix

Content Streaming Apps with Native Chromecast Support

There are over 200 apps that are compatible with Google Chromecast. This means you don’t need any third-party application to cast content from within these apps. They all have a built-in “cast icon” that you can use to see your videos on your TV.

Here’s a categorized list of some of these apps, based on the type of content they offer:

App name Content type
Netflix Video
YouTube Video
Spotify Audio
Disney+ Video
Google Photos Photo
Hulu Video
HBO Max Video
Soundcloud Audio
YouTube Music Audio

You can see the full list of Chromecast-enabled apps by clicking here.

All of these apps make it extremely simple to Chromecast videos, pictures, and music to your TV.

For example, here’s how you can cast iPad to TV’s Chromecast if you’re using Netflix:

1. First, launch the app on your iPad.

2. On Netflix, play the show or movie you want to stream to Chromecast from iPad.

3. You’ll be able to see the cast icon in the top-left corner of your iPad’s screen. Other apps will have the icon placed in similar positions. Tap the icon to open up a list of Chromecast and AirPlay-enabled devices in your vicinity.

Casting icon in the Netflix app

4. Choose your Chromecast from the list to start streaming.

Selecting Chromecast device in Netflix before casting

Why Can’t I Cast My iPad to My Chromecast?

There could be several reasons why you’re unable to cast your iPad to your Chromecast. Here are some of the common problems people face:

  1. 🌐 Wi-Fi issue: To connect your iPad to your Chromecast, both of them must be on the same Wi-Fi network. Even after you’ve set up your Chromecast using Google Home, your iPad has to be on the same Wi-Fi every single time you cast or mirror your phone or tablet.
  2. 📱 Compatibility: As mentioned above, your iPad must be on iPadOS 15 or above to run Google Home. If it’s below iPadOS 15, then your device isn’t compatible with Chromecast and you won’t be able to cast anything even with a third-party app.
  3. 🔴 Disable VPN: If you’re connected to a VPN server, make sure it’s disabled before you start casting or mirroring your iPad’s screen. VPNs can interfere with the casting.
  4. 💿 Update the firmware: You may have to update your Chromecast device if it’s not working. Unfortunately, you can’t do it via the Google Home app for TVs that come pre-installed with casting functionality. If it doesn’t update automatically, then you have to reset it by force-stopping it from the list of apps on your TV. Keep in mind that you’ll have to set it up via Google Home again after you’ve reset it.
  5. 🛣️ The router is too far away: Your Chromecast may be having trouble connecting to the Internet if your router is too far away from it. Google recommends keeping it within 15 feet (4 meters) of the Chromecast device/TV.
  6. 🔐 Update the Wi-Fi password on Chromecast: If you’ve changed the Wi-Fi password, you’ll have to reconnect your Chromecast device via the Google Home app. It automatically gets disconnected when the Wi-Fi password is changed.
  7. 📺 Chromecast is behind the TV: The Chromecast device may not be able to connect to Wi-Fi if it’s positioned too far behind the TV. Try using the HDMI extender to extend your Chromecast’s range and bring it out from behind the TV.

Final Thoughts

Chromecast is a great accessory that you can use for screen mirroring and watching your favorite content on your TV. To get started, you first have to pair the two devices with the help of Google Home.

After that, you can easily use a third-party app such as DoCast for screen mirroring and offline casting of videos and photos. There are many apps that support casting natively. To make Chromecast work with iPad using such apps, you simply have to tap the casting icon and choose your Chromecast device. 

We recommend checking out DoCast if you want to mirror your iPad’s screen in the easiest way possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, you can’t directly AirPlay to Chromecast as they’re two different technologies. However, you can use third-party apps to stream content and mirror your device’s screen to a Chromecast device or TV. DoCast is one such app that can help you with this.

To mirror your iPad to Chromecast, you need a third-party app. Google Home only lets you cast content from compatible apps and doesn’t support screen mirroring. We recommend trying out DoCast, which lets you select the quality of the mirrored video and has audio support. It’s an ad-free app that also lets you cast photos and videos to your TV.

Yes, you can use Chromecast with an iPad. First, you have to use Google Home to set up the Chromecast device and then you’re ready to cast media content from apps that support casting (like YouTube and Netflix). You can also use a third-party app such as DoCast to mirror your iPad’s screen.

If you can’t cast from your iPad to Chromecast, it might be because they’re not connected to the same Wi-Fi network. It could also be because your iPad is connected to a VPN server. Try reconnecting your Chromecast using Google Home and make sure it’s close to the router. 

To start Chromecast on your iPad, you have to set it up with Google Home and then use a third-party app such as DoCast to cast videos and mirror your device’s screen. DoCast will allow you to cast offline media content for free.