Virtual reality has changed the ways smart users consume visual contents on smartphones. For the last couple of years, virtual reality has garnered lot of attention and popularity. The only limitation virtual reality has is that it is visible only to a single user. If anybody wants to share the content s/he is watching, the person is helpless.
But now you can cast VR to chromecast or Apple TV with an Android or iPhone. You need to make sure that you should have Chromecast for Android phone and Apple TV for iPhone.
It is advisable to use your latest Android or iPhone running recently released operating system. You can select the best VR headset for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus; for your Android phone, there is a number of options of VR headset for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge.
Now you need to collect necessary devices to mirror/cast your smartphones VR experience to TV.
- Get a VR headset for your iPhone 6 or 6s Plus or a VR headset for Android phone. You can choose Google Daydream or Cardboard; or Gear VR is also an option to consider.
- A smartphone compatible with VR headset of your choice.
- Google Home app on your Android devices
- A Chromecast (for Android phones) or Apple TV (for iPhone)
If above devices and accessories are in place, you are good to go.
How to Mirror/Cast VR to Chromecast Using Android Phone
For any Android device and VR headset, you need to follow the same process.
Before you begin to cast your VR to Chromecast, you need to connect all devices to the same Wi-Fi network. When you launch the companion app for the first time, it will show you the process to set up device; this process can be different in each unit.
Google Home is useful app for you to manage Chromecasts, Android TV boxes, and Google Home units on your network. Therefore, experts recommend downloading this app.
Step #1: Launch Google Home’s menu by swiping from left side. Next, you need to select the option to ‘Cast screen/audio’.
Step #2: You are now landed on screen casting page; here you are required to press ‘Cast Screen/Audio’ button from the bottom. You can now choose your cast device.
Step #3: Now your Android phone’s screen will appear on the TV. For Cardboard users, they can launch Cardboard app and choose an app from your library. Or they can insert their phone into the VR headset and the app will launch automatically.
How to Mirror/Cast VR to Apple TV Using iPhone
Step #1: You cannot cast your VR content from an iPhone to Chromecast; reason is simple: the two devices do not match. Hence, you need an Apple TV to transmit your VR experience from iPhone.
Step #2: On your iOS device, swipe up from the bottom to bring up Control Center; next, choose ‘AirPlay Mirroring and tap your Apple TV.
Step #3: Now you can watch everything that is running on your iPhone on the bigger screen of TV.
Now you can launch your VR viewer’s companion app and open a VR app. Next, put your iPhone into the VR headset and watch the content cast on TV.
You should note that there is remarkable difference between the content on VR headset and its transmission on Chromecast or Apple TV. On your VR, you get to see two similar images on each half of the display, which is transmitted to a single 3D image when you watch it through viewer. As your TV displays exact image or content running on your smartphone, it will relay as the two individual images. You will never get the pleasure of that single image seen on your Android phone or iPhone; however, the other viewers will surely get an idea about what is happening on your phone’s screen.