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How to Setup Chromecast for Mac [Quick Guide]



Chromecast for Mac

Quick Answer

  • You can Chromecast media content from a Mac using the Chrome browser or a cast-supported website.
  • Using Chrome Browser: Open Chrome on Mac → Click the three-dotted icon → Choose the Cast option → Select Chromecast.
  • Using Cast-Supported Website: Go to the website and play the video → Click the Cast option → Choose the Chromecast device.

By installing the updated version of the Google Chrome browser, you can cast any type of media files from your Mac to your TV using Chromecast. With that, you can watch video content on a big screen with better quality.

Though the Safari browser (built-in browser for Mac) is equipped with advanced security features, it does not offer the Chromecast feature. You need to use the Chrome browser for the casting purpose. Using the Chrome browser, you can even cast your offline library files from your Mac.

In this guide, you will learn how to Chromecast the MacBook and iMac PCs to your TV. We have also included a separate guide to cast videos directly from the website.

How to Chromecast on MacBook or iMac

Just follow these simple to set up the Chromecast on iMac, MacBook, MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, or any other macOS PC.

1. Open the Safari browser and install the Chrome browser from the website. If you already have the browser, skip this step.

2. Then, connect your Mac and Google Chromecast to the same WiFi network.

3. Launch the Google Chrome browser on your MacBook or iMac.

4. Click the three-dotted icon on the top right corner of the screen.

Click the three-dotted icon on Chrome

5. On the list of options, choose the Cast option.

Cast Chrome from Mac

You can also right-click on a webpage and choose the Cast option.

6. Now, the browser will look for a nearby Chromecast device. When it is detected, tap on it. In some versions of Mac, you can click the View option on the toolbar and choose Cast to mirror the video content.

7. Then, click the Sources drop-down button. You will get three options.

Choose the Sources option to Chromecast from Mac

Cast Tab: This option will cast only the current tab on your TV.
Cast Desktop: This option will cast the entire Mac screen onto your TV.
Cast File: This will allow you to choose a specific file like PDF or docs. Then, the chosen file will appear on your TV.

8. Based on your requirement, choose any one option and access the content on your TV from Mac.

9. When you cast any media file from Chrome, you will see the Cast icon on the extension bar.

10. To stop the casting, click the Cast icon and deselect the Chromecast device. You can also close the Chrome browser to stop the casting.

How to Chromecast Cast-Supported Website from Mac

Specific video streaming sites like YouTube and Netflix offer the built-in Chromecast feature. In that case, you don’t have to access the Chrome’s built-in Cast feature. You can directly cast the video content from the website on your Mac.

1. On the Chrome browser, go to the YouTube or Netflix website. Sign in with your account if needed.

2. Play any video content from the website.

3. Click the Cast icon on the playback screen.

4. Then, choose your Chromecast device.

5. Now, the video content will appear on your TV.

6. To stop the casting, click the Cast icon again and disconnect the Chromecast device.

How to Chromecast from Mac Using Edge Browser

Microsoft Edge browser is also equipped with the built-in Cast feature. Follow the below steps to cast from Mac using Edge browser.

1. Install the Edge browser from the official website. If you have the browser on your Mac, skip this step.

2. Make sure to connect your Mac and Chromecast to the same WiFi.

3. Then, open the Edge browser and go to the website that you want to cast.

4. Click the three-dotted icon. On the pop-up, click the More Tools option.

Chromecast for Mac using Edge browser

5. Now, click the Cast media to device feature.

Choose the Cast media to device option

6. It will search for nearby Chromecast devices. When it is detected, tap on it.

7. On the Sources drop-down menu, choose the appropriate option.

Sources option

8. The video content will appear on your TV. To stop the casting, tap the Cast icon and disconnect the Chromecast device.


Can I cast local media files to Chromecast from Mac?

Yes, by casting the VLC Media Player from Mac, you can mirror local video files to Chromecast.

Is there any Chromecast extension that I can download on my Mac?

No, Google ended the Chromecast extension support in 2016. As of now, you can’t download any Chromecast extension or app on your Mac.

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