Using Google Chromecast has inspired thousands as they stream their favorite shows and movies from various services on an all-inclusive device.
But, if you really want to go all-in (perhaps in your home theater), you might be wondering whether a Chromecast would work on a projector. Here’s the short answer.
Google Chromecast works very well with a projector and is relatively simple to connect. For projectors that support HDCP, simply plug the device into the HDMI port, and for projectors that do not, use an HDMI splitter to make them compatible.
Being able to use a projector in your home or office can be an incredible way to upgrade your movie or network viewing experience.
While you can stream video and audio from your projector in many different ways, using Google Chromecast takes the projection experience to an entirely new (upgraded) level.
Continue reading to learn more about how to connect your Google Chromecast to a projector as well as a few other tips when using it.
How Do I Connect my Google Chromecast to a Projector?
It is not hard to understand why many people are switching from various streaming services to using a compact device like the Google Chromecast.
From this device, you are able to stream everything you can imagine like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and many other apps.
Plus, you can even manage this from the convenience of your mobile device. But, if you are used to connecting it to a TV, then switching to a projector might seem a little daunting.
Fortunately, as mentioned above, it can be relatively simple to connect your Google Chromecast to a projector. To do so, you can follow these steps:
1. Plug in your Google Chromecast to the HDMI port
As simple as it sounds, you will plug your Google Chromecast into the HDMI port. You might need to connect the micro USB (that comes with it) to power it depending on the source of power for your projector.
Additionally, you might have to convert the HDMI port to a full-sized port or use an HDMI splitter to offer HDCP (high-bandwidth digital content protection) compatibility if your audio/video is not streaming correctly.
One of the most common reasons that Google Chromecast will not play audio/video correctly through your projector is the projector’s incompatibility with HDCP.
In the instance that your projector is not HDCP compatible, you can simply use an HDMI splitter to connect Google Chromecast to both the projector’s HDMI port and the speaker system.
If you are unsure of which port or cable is the HDMI port, be sure to check for the labels on each. While the cable will likely not be labeled, there should be an indication for the HDMI port on the projector where you will plug in your device.
Look for a similar shape to match the port and the cable as the HDMI port is a pretty bold shape and is hard to miss.
2. Connect the audio
While many people do not have issues with plugging their Google Chromecast directly into their projector and it working as it should, you will want to ensure that there are sufficient audio streaming capabilities before you begin watching your favorite show (or at least before you invite guests over for a movie night, for example).
If you find that your video is working but your audio is not, then there might be a few different issues taking place. First, you can check to make sure that your speakers are working without Google Chromecast.
If they are not, then you know that Google Chromecast is not the issue. On the other hand, if your audio is working clearly with everything but when you try to use Google Chromecast, then it is evident that this device is likely the problem.
As you work through this problem, you might want to use a Google Chromecast audio extractor. This works pretty simply as you connect one end to the Google Chromecast and connect it to the speakers, and connect the other end to the HDMI port.
Now, your audio and video needs should be settled and your streaming services can resume (or begin).
3. Manage the projector settings
While it might work automatically as you plug your Google Chromecast into your projector’s HDMI port, you might have to manually adjust the settings on your projector to begin streaming the audio/video content from this input source.
To do so should be pretty simple. Most projectors have a standard button that will allow you to press “HDMI” as the input selection option.
If this button does not exist on top of the projector, then you might have to go to the “Input” selection option on your Settings and then select “HDMI”.
More often than not, this will connect your video streaming, but you will still have to set up your audio in another way.
Likely, if you have your speakers connected to your projector, then you should not have any issues, but if you do, then refer to the step above.
4. Set up Google Chromecast on your mobile device
In case this is the first time that you are using your Google Chromecast and you have not already connected it to your mobile device, then now is the time to do so.
Whether you have an iPhone or Android device, you should be able to use the Chromecast App to manage your preferences from the convenience of your phone.
While you might be initially concerned that your streaming services will be cut off every time you answer a text or check your social media on your phone while watching a TV show, this is not an issue.
You can stream your movies with Google Chromecast on your projector, manage it with the Chromecast App, and not have to worry about disrupted service when you exit the App.
If you imagine the App as working like a remote control, then this might be a bit easier to understand.
Just because you are not messing with the volume button on the remote control does not mean that the volume is not on. Similarly, if you were to walk away with the remote, your movie would keep streaming.
It is not until someone messes with the buttons and functions on the remote that the audio/video is altered, and the same goes for using the Chromecast App.
Even if you are messing with something else on your phone, but you are managing Chromecast in the background, you do not have to have the App on your screen at all times to enjoy its functions. But, when you are using it, it makes it incredibly convenient to manage your device from your phone.
5. Connect your Google Chromecast on Google Home
If you plan to move your Google Chromecast from various devices (such as moving it from your projector to the TV in your bedroom), then it is much easier to connect it to Google Home.
In this case, you can quickly connect it to any other device in your home that is on the same WiFi network and will not have to continue reconfiguring the device.
To connect Google Chromecast to your Google Home, you will need to log into your Google Home App (or wherever you manage it from) and add this device.
Even if you plan to move the device around, you can select where your Google Chromecast will most typically reside (for example, the home theater room), and use this as the standard location.
As long as all of the other devices on your Google Home are connected to the same WiFi network, then this can be a really easy way to enjoy the convenience of Google Chromecast regardless of which room you are in in your home.
How Do I Connect Audio from Google Chromecast to a Projector?
When you walk into your home theater room, you might be ready to show off the amazing design efforts that went into creating the space.
But, when you sit down and are ready to begin watching your favorite movie with all of your friends and family, the audio and video clarity is going to be the major impressors.
But, when the audio goes awry, you can begin to feel embarrassed and frustrated, and you might wonder what on earth is going wrong.
Fortunately, connecting Google Chromecast to a projector is simple (as you already discovered above). Connecting the audio from Google Chromecast to a projector is nothing to worry about either.
You should be able to continue using your incredible home speaker surround sound system if that is what you already have connected.
But, if you begin streaming with Google Chromecast and notice that there is no audio, you should check two main areas.
First, you can connect the audio from Google Chromecast to a projector by ensuring that the speakers are aligned and plugged in correctly.
Once you have made sure that the speakers are plugged in and properly set up, then you can make sure that the audio is being captured. Do this by testing other streaming services to make sure that the Google Chromecast is the problem.
After you have established this, then you can seek out a few other possibilities, but the main one is pretty simple. You will just want to use a Google Chromecast audio extractor to send the vocals to your speakers.
Then, you should be good to go and well on your way to an enjoyable evening with friends and family watching your favorite shows from your Google Chromecast streamed on your projector.
Jason is a home theater expert with over 10 years of experience in setting up home cinema rooms and systems. What started out as a hobby soon transformed him into an authority in the audio-visual field. He is passionate about providing readers with accurate and up-to-date information on the latest audiovisual technologies and their applications for home theaters. Read more about Jason.