How to Use VLC With Chromecast

VLC is a media player you can use on yourcomputer, but it’s also a handy way to send videos and music to yourChromecast. Using VLC with Chromecast lets you share nearly any media file withyour TV in seconds.

Maybe you want to play iTunes on your TV, sendsome home videos to the living room big screen, or stream something livethrough VLC and forward it to your HDTV. No matter the reason, VLC makesconnecting your computer to your Chromecast very easy.

CastVLC Media Files to Chromecast

Step 1: Download and install VLC . If you have it already, make sure it’s version 3 or newer because that’s when Chromecast functionality was added .

Tip: Youcan check the version you have through the Help> About menu.

Step 2: Open the Playback > Renderer menu, and then select yourChromecast from the list.

If your Chromecast isn’t listed, double-checkthat it’s powered on either through a USB port on the TV or a wall outlet. Alsomake sure the Chromecast and your computer are on the same network.

Step 3: Use the Media menu toimport the file you want to play on your Chromecast. There’s an option toselect just one file or a whole folder. You can even cast a network stream ordisc from your disc drive.

VLC accepts lots of file formats, includingpopular ones like MKV, MP4, FLV, MP3, and WMA.

Note: Ifa “Performance warning” notification shows up and nothing is playing on theChromecast, click OK to convert thefile to a format VLC can use.

That’s it! Your TV should now be playingwhatever you’ve told VLC to play.

You can also play other things through Chromecast, like Netflix , YouTube, a Chrome tab, or even your entire desktop, but none of those things require VLC.

Thingsto Remember

  • The video or audio file should begin to play immediately after VLC connects to the Chromecast, but you might have to wait a several seconds depending on the speed of your computer and network. If the file doesn’t start, click play in VLC.
  • Another way to cast media files from your computer to your TV via Chromecast is to first open the file in VLC and then connect to the Chromecast as described in Step 2 above. From there, you might have to hit the play button to start the video/audio.
  • Conversions might take a long time, especially if you’re trying to cast a long video. If you know VLC won’t handle the file unless it’s been converted, consider converting the file to something compatible before adding it to VLC.
  • Hit the stop button in VLC to quit playing the video or audio file on both the TV and your computer. Or, to just stop playback from the Chromecast and watch or listen on your computer only, return to Step 2 above but choose <Local>.