How to Cast Google Photos Using Chromecast

Cast a Google Photos slideshow to a Chromecast

What to Know

  • On Windows or Mac, go to the Google Photos website in Google Chrome, open the ellipsis menu, and select Cast.
  • On iPhone or Android, open the Google Photos app, select an album, and tap the Chromecast icon.
  • To cast Google Photos to a smart TV, it must support Chromecast and be on the same Wi-Fi network.

This guide covers all of the steps for casting Google Photos images and albums to a TV via Chromecast. It includes instructions for casting from a computer running Windows or macOS and also features steps for casting Google Photos to a TV from an iPhone, iPad, or Android smart device.

How to Cast Google Photos to TV From a Computer

The easiest way to cast Google Photos content from a Windows or Mac computer is with the Google Chrome web browser. Here’s how to use this free app for casting content with Chromecast.

  1. Open the Google Chrome web browser on your computer and go to the official Google Photos website.

    Google Photos website in Google Chrome web browser.
  2. Click Go to Google Photos.

    Go to Google Photos button highlighted from Google Photos website in Google Chrome web browser.
  3. Sign in if you’re not already.

    Sign in form on Google Photos website in Google Chrome web browser.
  4. Click the ellipsis icon in the top-right corner of the Google Chrome browser to open the menu.

    Ellipse icon highlighted from the Google Chrome web browser.
  5. Click Cast.

    Google Photos website in Google Chrome web browser with Chromecast option showing in menu.
  6. Click the name of your Chromecast-enabled device when it appears.

    If your TV or device doesn't appear, turn it on and make sure it's connected to your Wi-Fi network.

    Google Photos website in Google Chrome web browser with smart TV showing in Cast options.
  7. The Google Photos web page will now appear on your TV screen.

    Google Photos website in Google Chrome web browser with messaging showing Chromecast mirroring to TV in process.
  8. To stop the casting of the website, click the ellipsis again and select Cast > Stop casting.

    Google Photos website in Google Chrome web browser with Stop Casting option showing.

How to Cast Google Photos to TV From iOS and Android

Images from Google Photos can also be cast to a smart TV or other Chromecast-enabled device from an iPhone, iPad, or an Android smartphone or tablet by using the official Google Photos app.

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  1. Open the Google Photos app on your iOS or Android smart device and tap Change setting.

  2. Tap Allow Access to All Photos.

  3. Tap Allow access to all photos.

    Google Photos app and iPhone access options.

    You need to grant full access to your local photos to proceed further with the app.

  4. Tap the Back up option to upload all of your device’s photos to the Google Photo cloud servers. Tap Do not back up if you don’t want to upload any photos.

  5. Tap Library to access the images in your Google Photos cloud account.

  6. Tap a photo album to open it.

    Backing up and accessing an album from the Google Photos iPhone app.
  7. Tap the Chromecast icon in the upper-right corner of the screen.

    The Chromecast icon is the one which looks like a TV with a wireless signal in its lower-left corner.

  8. Tap OK.

    You’ll only need to grant permission the first time you cast to your Chromecast device.

  9. Tap the Chromecast icon again.

  10. Tap the name of the device you want to cast your Google Photos content to.

    Google Photos app with Chromecast settings showing.
  11. The Google Photos logo should appear on your TV. Tap an individual photo on the Google Photos app on your smartphone or tablet to cast it to the TV screen.

    Only individual photos will appear on the screen via Chromecast.

  12. To stop the casting, tap the highlighted Chromecast icon.

  13. Tap Disconnect.

    Google Photos app with Chromecast disconnect option showing.

Can You Cast a Slideshow From Google Photos?

To cast a photo slideshow from Google Photos to your TV from a computer or the Android app, open a photo in an album, select the ellipsis icon, and click Slideshow.

Google Photos website in Google Chrome browser with Slideshow highlighted from the Chromecast menu.

A slideshow of the current album will immediately begin playing. To exit the slideshow, press Esc on your keyboard or tap the screen and select the Back arrow.

The slideshow functionality is unavailable on the iOS Google Photos app though you can still manually swipe through photos in an album once you open one to create the illusion of a slideshow.

How Do I Cast Photos From Google Drive to My TV?

Unfortunately, neither the Google Drive website nor its apps support Chromecast so there’s no direct way to cast photos or videos from it to a TV with Chromecast.

The easiest solution to this problem is to copy or move your files to Google Photos and cast them to your TV via one of the above methods. Another option is to use another wireless method for mirroring your device on your TV such as Apple’s AirPlay or to mirror your computer or laptop on a TV screen by connecting your TV and computer via an HDMI cable.

Yet another way to access Google Drive on a TV is to use a web browser app to log into your account directly. Most smart TVs come with a web browser pre-installed. Some video game consoles such as Sony’s PS4 and PS5 and Microsoft’s Xbox One and Xbox Series X also support web browsing apps.

Can You Cast iPhone Photos to Chromecast?

In addition to letting you cast your Google Photos images to your TV, the Google Photos iOS app also supports Chromecast casting for photos stored locally on your iPhone and iPad as well.

Google Photos app casting iPhone photos to TV via Chromecast.

Whether you’ve given Google Photos access to your smartphone’s images or not, your iPhone’s photos are still viewable within the app via the main Photos tab. To cast an iPhone photo via Chromecast, all you need to do is tap on a photo, then tap the Chromecast icon, and select your TV or other device from the list.

How Can I Play My Photos on My TV Without Chromecast?

There are several ways to view your photographs on a television if it or your smart device doesn’t support Chromecast.

  • Use an HDMI cable. You can use a wired connection to output your Windows or Mac computer to a TV screen. This method can also work with iOS and Android devices.
  • Apple AirPlay. If you have an Apple TV and an iPhone, you can use Apple’s own AirPlay technology to cast your photos to your TV or mirror your phone’s display entirely. If you have an Xbox, there are a number of paid apps that can add AirPlay support to the gaming console.
  • Miracast. Miracast is a wireless casting technology supported by a wide range of smartphones, tablets, computers, smart TVs, and gaming consoles. Its name can vary but it’s usually called something like mirroring, projecting, or screen sharing.
FAQ
  • How do I cast video from Google Photos on Chromecast?

    Access and open the Google Photos video you want to play from a web browser or the iOS or Android app. Then cast the video using the same steps above to display images to your TV or another device with Chromecast support.

  • Why won't my Google Photos cast to Chromecast?

    Your Chromecast device could be undetected if you don't see a cast icon in the Google Photos mobile app. Start with unplugging and plugging the device back in and make sure it's connected to the same network as the phone or computer you're using to access Google Photos. If you see a "not supported" Chromecast error message in Chrome, try fixes such as restarting the device and your router and updating both if necessary.

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