Do you really use the Google Chrome WEB BROWSER to cast your entire Windows 11 screen?

Dont Let Chrome Drive The Bus

If you have a Windows 11 computer and searched Google for “Chromecast Windows screen” and found the results to be a little baffling you are not alone. But the results you got are also correct–you use a third-party web browser to take over and broadcast your entire screen.

This bizarre feature set is reminiscent of iTunes not staying in its lane and controlling iPhone data backups.

It’s weird, but it’s how it works so we’ll set that aside and focus on a few extra parts of the setup and breakdown that the tutorials also gloss over. These are the steps with important notes in red:

  1. Make sure your computer and Chromecast device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open the Google Chrome web browser on your computer. If you don’t have Google Chrome you can download it from Google.
  3. Select the three-dot menu icon in the top right corner.
  4. Choose “Cast”.
  5. Select Cast desktop. IMPORTANT: If you don’t select what to share before which Chromecast to connect to, you won’t be able to change it without turning casting off and starting the process over. 
  6. Choose your Chromecast’s nickname in the device list.
  7. IMPORTANT: Though this may sound obvious, leave Chrome open and switch to whatever other screen you want to use for your sharing. If you close Chrome your broadcast will stop. 


Bad art collage by Aaron Deutsch, based on Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive The Bus and Google Chrome Pony by Lambychamb and others

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