How to Stream Your Own Media from an Android Tablet

By Dan Gookin

Your Android tablet may have a nice, big screen. Your HDTV or computer monitor may have a larger screen. And if that larger screen has a Chromecast dongle attached to one of its HDMI ports, you can stream video and music from your tablet to that large-format device.

After the Chromecast dongle is installed and configured, follow these steps to stream media from the tablet:

  1. Open the app that plays the media you want to watch or listen to.

    Compatible apps include Play Music, Play Movies & TV, YouTube, Netflix, and so on.

  2. Tune the HDTV or monitor to the proper HDMI input.

    For example, if a Chromecast dongle is installed on HDMI Input 4, switch the TV to that input. The casting dongle must be awake and active.

  3. Tap the Chromecast icon.

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    If you don’t see this icon, either the Chromecast dongle isn’t awake or the media cannot be cast to another device.

  4. Choose the TV or monitor’s Chromecast from the list.
  5. Play the media.

    The media appears or is heard from the other device.

You can still use your tablet while it’s casting. The app on the screen may offer you controls, such as Play and Pause, or it might display additional information about the media.

To stop streaming, tap the Chromecast icon, then tap the DISCONNECT button.