How to Connect HBO Max to Your TV With Google Chromecast

How to use Chromecast to cast HBO Max

What to Know

  • To cast HBO Max to a TV, tap the media player, select the Cast icon, and choose a connected device.
  • HBO Max can be cast from mobile using Chromecast on Android and AirPlay on iPhone.
  • You must connect all involved devices to the same Wi-Fi network.

This guide walks you through the process of casting HBO Max with Chromecast and offers some alternative broadcast strategies using AirPlay, smart TV apps, and old-school HDMI cables. 

How Do You Cast HBO Max to TV With Google Chromecast?

You can cast HBO Max series and films to any TV that supports the Chromecast wireless broadcast technology. It’s also possible to cast to a connected streaming stick or a Chromecast dongle as well.

  1. Check to make sure your computer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your TV or its connected device.

  2. On your computer, open the HBO Max website in a browser and log in if you’re not already.

    HBO Max web page in Microsoft Edge browser.
  3. Begin playing a TV episode or a movie as per usual.

    HBO Max website in Microsoft Edge.
  4. Tap the video player or move the mouse cursor over it to trigger the player controls.

    Justice League playing on HBO Max website with media player showing.
  5. Select the Cast icon in the lower-right corner. If you don’t see the icon, you may need to switch to another web browser such as Google Chrome or Microsoft Edge.

    The Cast icon looks like a square with radio waves in its lower-left corner.

    Justice League playing on HBO Max website with media player showing and Cast highlighted.
  6. A list of devices that supports Chromecast will appear. Select the name of the device you want to cast to. Your HBO Max video should cast to your TV or smart device almost immediately.

    HBMO Max being cast to a TV via Chromecast.
  7. To stop casting HBO Max to your TV with Chromecast, select the new Cast icon from your web browser's top menu.

    HBO Max website with a cast active.
  8. Select the name of your TV or other device with Stop casting underneath it to stop the Chromecast cast.

    Microsoft Edge showing Stop casting option for HBO Max website.

Can You Watch HBO Max on TV From Your Phone?

It is possible to cast HBO Max from either an iPhone or Android smartphone to a TV as long as it supports some kind of wireless casting technology such as Chromecast or AirPlay.

  1. Make sure your smartphone and smart TV are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

    You may also be able to cast to a streaming device connected to your TV such as an Apple TV or an Xbox console so make sure these are on the same network as well.

  2. Open the HBO Max app on your iPhone or Android smartphone.

  3. Start playing a movie or TV episode in the mobile app.

    iPhone HBO Max app.
  4. Tap the screen to get the media controls to appear and then tap the Cast or AirPlay icon in the top-right corner.

    The Android app will give you the Chromecast icon while the iPhone HBO Max app will offer the AirPlay option.

    The Mummy movie playing in iPhone HBO Max app.
  5. A list of compatible devices will appear. Select the one you want to cast to.

    The Mummy movie playing in iPhone HBO Max app.
  6. After several seconds of data syncing, the HBO Max video should start playing on your TV.

    The Mummy movie playing in iPhone HBO Max app with AirPlay active.

Why Can’t I Cast to My TV From the HBO Max Mobile App or Website?

Compatibility can be an issue when casting HBO Max content to a smart TV or another device. While the Android app supports Chromecast, the iOS app doesn’t. Also, not all smart TVs support Apple’s AirPlay technology.

Fortunately, there’s a way around these limitations in the form of apps that you can install onto your smart TV or connected device, enabling the AirPlay functionality. Airscreen is one such popular app for Android TVs used by many to cast content from iPhones.

Another option is to mirror your smartphone's screen on your TV using an HDMI cable and an adapter. You can also connect your laptop to your TV via HDMI as well.

If you still can't get it working, the easiest solution could be to install the HBO Max app directly onto your TV, streaming stick, or video game console and skip the casting option altogether.

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