VLC with Chromecast: with this explanation it always works

You can use VLC with Chromecast. When you do that, you can stream all kinds of media files (movies, series, more) to your TV via your local network. But how exactly does that work and what should you pay attention to? In this article we explain what you need to know below.

Since mid-2018 it is possible to stream content from your computer (desktop or laptop) to the Google Chromecast in television via the media program VLC. It is the most popular program for playing all kinds of content, regardless of the file type.

VLC to Chromecast, is that possible? VLC and Chromecast work well together, although it does take a little detour to do so. You don’t do this via the cast icon, but via the option renderer which, if the Chromecast is installed properly, will allow you to stream VLC.

VLC with Chromecast: What Do You Need?

To get this done, you need a few things. Go to VLC’s website and check if there’s been an update for the program recently. It is always a good idea to have the most recent version of the program on your PC or Mac.

In addition, you naturally need content on your PC that you want to play on your television. Fortunately, VLC supports a wide variety of different file types. The chance is very small that a specific file is not supported. Read more about that on this page.

And of course you need a television or media player with Android TV, with Chromecast built-in. If you don’t have those devices, it’s a good idea to purchase a Chromecast and plug it into a free HDMI port. Don’t forget to install it afterwards, of course.

Chromecast with Google TV
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If you have met all the above conditions, then we just need to dot the i’s and cross the t’s. In this case, it means that you need to make sure that the Chromecast and the PC are running on the same local network. If so, then we can proceed.

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Chromecast with Google TV

Using VLC with Chromecast

After the VLC app is installed or updated, enable the program and turn on the Chromecast (built-in) TV. Within the program you will unfortunately not find a button for the cast, as you would for example in the apps of video and music streaming services.

Instead, press the Play button at the top of the menu bar. Select the option renderer and wait for a while for VLC to scan everything. You may also receive a message that the program requires network access. You have to grant that access, of course.

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When your Google Chromecast devices are found, they will appear in the list on the right. Select the device on which you want to play the media. In the screenshot you can see, for example, the Nest Hub, the Nvidia Shield, a Sony soundbar and other network speakers.

Now open a video file within VLC. You can do this via Media (on the menu bar) and then select Open File. But you can also select a file from Explorer with the right mouse button and then indicate that you want to open it with VLC.

Prompt into the picture

When you play a file via VLC with Chromecast, a prompt will appear with a warning. You are warned about an unsafe website. No worries. Now press the button to view the certificate (the button on the left). Now another prompt will appear.

This time the message is that you trust the insecure website for 24 hours or forever. Select the second option so that VLC works on Chromecast. Then the file you want to stream is played on your TV and you can control that file with the buttons on your computer.

The next time you play a file, you don’t need to check that certificate. You then proceed as follows:

  • Open VLC
  • Open a file
  • Select Play
  • Select Renderer
  • Select the Chromecast
  • take a look

If you’re still unsure about which Chromecast you want, we’ll give you all the answers you’re looking for here. Does the Chromecast suddenly stop working? Then you can read here how to solve the problems. If you need to reset your Chromecast, that’s no problem either.