The 10 Best Free Chromecast Apps For Android in 2021

Stream photos, music, live TV, and more to another screen

Many people buy a Chromecast so that they can stream movies and music. Did you know there are all sorts of free Chromecast apps for Android that let you stream other things as well? You can send photos, videos, music, and maps to your Chromecast. We made a list of the best Chromecast apps to turn your TV into a powerful multimedia device.

These apps should work no matter who made your Android phone (Samsung, Google, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.).

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Share Pictures From Your Phone: Google Photos

Google Photos browsing photos
What We Like
  • Easy to use.

  • Installed by default.

  • No ads.

What We Don't Like
  • Slideshow is manual.

When you want to share photos you've taken on your phone with family or friends, skip trying to show them on your phone. Use Google Photos to share pictures with everyone in the room.

When you tap a photo in the Google Photos app, you'll see the Chromecast icon in the upper-right corner. Tap it to display the photo on your TV. While Google Photos doesn't have an automated slideshow, you can swipe across the screen to change photos, and the picture displayed on the TV changes as well.

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Stream Your Personal Videos: Web Video Cast

Web Vide Cast video preview
What We Like
  • Pleasant design.

  • Easy to find media files.

What We Don't Like
  • Distracting ads.

  • Frequent prompts for premium purchase.

People capture videos on their phones all the time, and they usually only view them either directly on the phone or after transferring them to their computer. Wouldn't it be cool if you could stream those videos to your Chromecast and share them with everyone?

With Web Video Cast, it's as easy as tapping the menu icon in the upper-left corner of the app and selecting Phone files. You can then browse the video files on your phone and cast them to your Chromecast device.

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Play Music on Your TV: Spotify

The Spotify streaming feature
What We Like
  • Integrated with regular Spotify.

  • Limited features.

  • No integration with other services.

What We Don't Like
  • Local storage requires a premium account.

When most people think of Spotify, they think about streaming music or podcasts from the vast Spotify library of media. But did you know that you can sync the Spotify mobile app with your Chromecast and stream music to your television?

Setting this up is easy. Tap Your Library > Settings gear > Connect to a device. If you have an active Chromecast device on your network, you'll see it in the list of connected devices. Tap the device to cast your Spotify music to your TV.

With a premium Spotify account, you can download your favorite music locally to your phone. You can stream music to your Chromecast device via Bluetooth even when you have no internet connection.

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Control Chromecast With Multiple Phones: GPlayer

GPlayer video browse page
What We Like
  • Easy to access media files.

  • Simple design.

  • Easy to use.

What We Don't Like
  • Frequent prompts for premium upgrade.

  • No cloud storage integration.

  • Complex navigation.

GPlayer is one of the easiest video casting apps to use. There's no searching for files required because the app searches your phone and displays all detected video files on the main screen.

If you tap the down arrow icon in the top menu and then tap the Share icon, you can access the Group Media Sharing feature. This lets you share your media library with the mobile devices of your friends who are on the same network. This is great at family or friend gatherings because everyone can access the same video playlist and choose which video to play next.

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Cast Files From Google Drive: ES File Explorer

The ES File Explorer video preview window
What We Like
  • Simple to learn.

  • Easy to cast files.

What We Don't Like
  • Requires extra apps to cast.

  • Limited features without premium.

If you want to move beyond photos and music, you can stream other media from your Android device with ES File Explorer. ES File Explorer serves as a catch-all app that allows you to easily find all media stored on your phone, but you'll need to install other apps that specifically cast music, video, or photos to cast that content from your phone.

Tap any of the media files, and ES File Explorer lists the apps installed on your phone capable of casting that content. Tap the app and it streams that media to your Chromecast. ES File Explorer also syncs with your Google Drive account if that's where you store your music, photos, or videos.

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Browse the Web and More: Apps for Chromecast

Apps for Chromecast menu options
What We Like
  • Allows you to cast anything.

  • Simple to use.

  • Access to many Chromecast apps.

  • Integration with Google Drive.

What We Don't Like
  • Not many Chromecast features.

  • Limited integrations.

If you want to share your mobile screen on your TV, Apps for Chromecast is the way to go. Apps for Chromecast is advertised as a library of applications that let you supercharge your use of Chromecast. Categories include apps that let you cast movies, music, photos, games, and more.

In the menu, tap Cast screen to device to display your mobile screen on your TV through your Chromecast. Once you're sharing your screen, you can share anything including games, your browser, or your social stream.

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Play Any Media File on Your TV: Cast TV for Chromecast

The Castify video preview screen
What We Like
  • Easy to find media files.

  • Intuitive design.

  • Build playlists.

What We Don't Like
  • No cloud storage integration.

  • Limited ads.

Cast TV is one of the most functional free Chromecast apps in that it lets you cast more types of media from inside the app. Moving media files on your phone into the Cast TV folder will let you view those files from the app.

To cast, tap the Chromecast icon in the upper-right corner of the screen, or tap the media file and then tap the Chromecast icon in the pop-up menu. If you tap the Folder icon at the top of the screen, you can browse any folder on your phone and choose media files to cast.

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Share Music and Video Playlists on Your TV: LocalCast

The LocalCast main screen
What We Like
  • Well designed.

  • Easy to learn.

  • Many cloud storage integrations.

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to locate local files.

  • Distracting ads.

Localcast is a great free Chromecast app to use on your Android if you have files scattered throughout different folders on your phone. This app lets you store photos, movies, or music inside your Localcast library, or tap the Folder icon in the menu to search for media files stored anywhere on your phone.

The best feature of this app is the option to long-press any media file and add it to the queue. If you're having a party at home, load up the queue with your favorite music or movies and stream them automatically to your Chromecast device. You can also sync the app with your Google Drive, Google Photos, or Dropbox account.

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Cast From Multiple Media Servers: All Screen

The All Screen menu
What We Like
  • Easy to find local media files.

  • Simple navigation.

  • Integration with cloud storage.

What We Don't Like
  • Weak design.

When you first load the All Screen app, don't let the vintage television at the top of the screen fool you. There's nothing vintage about this app. Check out these features:

  • Gallery: Browse and stream videos or photo albums.
  • Audio: Stream your sorted music by album, artist, or playlist.
  • History: Browse your recently cast media.
  • IPTV: Stream from Internet Protocol Television (IPTV) sources on your network.
  • Media Server: Cast content from any media server on your network.
  • Web Browser: Stream from an embedded web browser.

You can also sync the app with your Google Photos, Google Drive, or Dropbox accounts.

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Explore the World: Maps on Chromecast

The Maps on Chromecast map search window
What We Like
  • Creative use of Chromecast.

  • Well designed.

  • Impressive graphics.

What We Don't Like
  • Limited functionality.

  • No Google Maps trip planning features.

Planning a trip as a family? The Maps On Chromecast app lets you cast Google Maps to your Chromecast device. You can swipe your finger across the screen to scroll the map. Change between road, terrain, satellite, or hybrid view.

Use two fingers to zoom in or out, and enable map scale to gauge the distance between different locations on the map. The app is a great way to explore locations that you're planning to travel to as a group.

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