Apple TV+ supports a wide range of platforms including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and some latest sets from Samsung, Roku, LG, Vizio, and Sony. You guessed it, didn’t you? Conspicuous by their absence are Android TV and Chromecast.
What if you are living on the other side of the spectrum but wish to watch Apple TV+ shows and movies on Chromecast and Android TV? Though not straightforward, there are some workarounds to get across the line. Let me take you through!
How to Cast Apple TV+ Shows and Movies on Chromecast and Android TV
The Easiest Solution: Cast A Tab from Your Chrome Browser
For those unfamiliar, Apple TV+ has a full-fledged web app that works on Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. Google Chrome comes with a feature called “Cast” that can let you cast a tab from your computer to your Android TV or Chromecast device. What’s more, you can use this feature to even mirror your Android phone or tablet’s screen to your TV. So, give it a shot!
To Show Chrome from Your Computer, Make Sure You Have:
- Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra, or TV with Chromecast built-in
- Strong Wi-Fi connection
- Be sure the computer and the Chromecast device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network
- The latest version of Google Chrome (version 72 or higher)
Step #1. Once you have fulfilled all the requirements, open Chrome on your computer and head over to Apple TV Plus web app. Then, sign in to your Apple TV+ Plus account.
Step #2. At the top right of the screen, click More and choose Cast.
Step #3. Next, select your Chromecast device where you would like to watch the flick or the show.
That’s it! Now, go ahead and enjoy Apple TV Plus on your Android TV.
Once you have watched the content, head over to the address bar in Chrome on your computer → Cast and choose Stop.
Cast a Chrome Tab from Android Device to Android TV
- Make sure you have Chromecast, Chromecast Ultra, or TV with Chromecast built-in
- Ensure that the Android phone or tablet and Chromecast device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network
Step #1. On your Android phone or tablet, launch Settings app → Connected devices and choose Cast.
Step #2. Next, select your Chromecast device. Now, you know what to do, don’t you? (Simply head over to Apple TV+ web app in Chrome app → sign in to your account and play anything you want).
Once you have watched the video, head over to the Settings app on your Android device → Connected devices → Cast. Now, Select your Chromecast device and choose Disconnect.
Agreed, it doesn’t offer the best experience and you have to control the playback from your computer. But it does offer a cost-effective option, isn’t it?
A Workaround If You Prefer: Cast Apple TV+ Directly from Your iPhone to Android TV
While Apple doesn’t allow iPhone users to AirPlay Apple TV content to Android TV, there are quite a few third-party mirroring apps that can fill up the void. The software that I have tried and found up to the mark is ApowerMirror. It’s feature-rich and works elegantly in allowing you to stream content from your iOS device to your Android TV.
To get started, simply download the app both on your iPhone and TV. Ensure that they are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. After that, open the app on your smartphone → tap on the M button. Now, the name of your TV will appear on the screen.
After the app has recognized the TV, select “Phone Screen Mirroring“. Finally, tap on “Start Now” and you are ready to go!
The Most Efficient Solution: Get Fire TV, Roku or Apple TV
Well, if you wish to enjoy Apple TV+ to the fullest, better get Fire TV, Roku or Apple TV 4K. These devices not only fully support the streaming app but also offer a full-fledged streaming experience. Moreover, you can ideally customize the app so that it’s in line with your taste.
- Roku Express HD Media Player ($28.26)
- Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice remote ($39.99)
- Apple TV 4K: 64GB comes at $199 and 32GB variant is available for $149
Bonus: Why Not Plug-In Your iPad Pro/MacBook Pro/Air Directly to the TV
I know this trick might not sound a solution to many. And I fully agree with it. But what if you have an iPad Pro (2018) or MacBook and wish to watch your favorite Apple TV shows or movies on Chromecast? Well, in this situation, all you need to do is just use an HDMI adapter to plug in your notebook or tablet directly to the TV. After that, fire up the TV app and then stream media.
What if you want to steam Apple TV+ content from your iPhone and iPad equipped with Lightning port to Android Tv?
Well, in this case, you need to use an adapter and HDMI cable.
Granted, Apple TV+ lacks a huge library of content like Netflix or Amazon Prime. But the Cupertino-based company is going to pour in billions on new content. So, it’s just a matter of time before the library will be filled with a ton of exciting flicks and shows that would be great for binge-watching. Not to forget, Apple’s streaming service provides the highest quality 4K streaming.
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