Chromecast and Firefox: this is how you cast from the browser

The Chromecast and Firefox browser can be used together. Unlike Google Chrome, for example, the process is a bit more difficult. In this article, we’ll explain how you can manage the content of Firefox anyway cast to a Google Chromecast.

The Firefox browser

The Firefox browser is seen by many users as a pleasant alternative to Google Chrome. This was the first browser to offer a secret browser feature, allowing you to access the internet without leaving your personal information everywhere.

It is also a free, open source program available on Android, iOS, Windows and macOS. You synchronize – if you wish – your data on all devices, so that you always have the correct data at hand. Firefox also has a big advantage over Chrome.

The browser uses much less RAM and also requires less of the processor in your computer, making the program faster and making your computer less slow. A great option if you want to get rid of Google Chrome, except for one aspect: Chromecast support.

Chromecast and Firefox via smartphone

The Firefox browser does not have simple Chromecast functionality. You therefore have to work with a detour. We explain this detour below in a handy step-by-step plan. If you follow the steps, you can – even without technical knowledge – stream your content to Chromecast.

Chromecast and firefox
Image: Google Play Store

We’ll start with the Firefox browser on Android. Download the browser from the Google Play Store. Also make sure you have a Chromecast installed or that you have a television or media player with Chromecast built-in functionality. The devices must be on the same network.

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Unfortunately Chromecast doesn’t work with Firefox on a iPhone or iPad. So it is not possible to start a stream from your Apple mobile device with Firefox.

Chromecast with Firefox (Android)

Stream from Firefox to the Chromecast? This is possible with the step-by-step plan below.

Now open Firefox on your Android device (smartphone or tablet).

Download Firefox from the Google Play Store and open it.

Tap in the address bar about:confi

In the address bar now type about:confi in. After accepting the warning, you will see a settings page.

Find the option browser.casting.enabled

Locate the browser.casting.enabled option. Is it not on yet? Then activate it.

Uninstall Adobe Flash if it is installed

If you have Adobe Flash on your smartphone, uninstall it (and if you can’t, disable it).

Find suitable media to stream

Make sure that the Chromecast supports the content you want to stream (don’t worry, the list of supported media formats is very long).

Navigate to the page you want to stream

Go to a page with content to stream. After loading the page, press the button at the bottom to cast.

Now select the installed Chromecast.

Choose the right Chromecast and start streaming!

Chromecast and Firefox via PC

If you the Firefox browser on your PC want to use for streaming content, then we have bad news: unfortunately that doesn’t work. There are two options that can help, but either way you’re better off with a Google Chrome browser with built-in Cast features.

Option one is to use Google Chrome browser to stream content via Firefox. Download and open Chrome on your PC, go to the settings (three dots at the top right) and press Cast. Under Resources, select Desktop and now open Firefox again.

When you select a Chromecast within your network, your entire desktop will be cast (including other things you do on your PC or laptop). Since Firefox is a program on your computer, it will be cast as well. Anyway, then you might as well (continue to) use Chrome.

Another option is to install an Android emulator for your Windows or macOS computer. Think of the popular and now well-known emulator Bluestacks. Download and install the program by following the steps of the installation process.

You then get access to the Google Play Store via the aforementioned programs, so that you again download Firefox for Android. Then follow the steps we described above to cast your content from a PC. This is a long detour, but in the end it works.