Google Pixel 3 – How to Mirror My Screen to My TV or PC

Screen mirroring is a perfect solution for everyone that wants to enjoy everything that their smartphone has to offer on a big screen. Similar to casting, it lets you project media and use various apps effortlessly.

Google Pixel 3 - How to Mirror My Screen to My TV or PC

The Pixel 3, arguably the best Android phone released in 2018, has a ton of features that would look stunning on a big screen. If you’re lucky enough to get your hands on one, let’s take a look at what you can do to mirror it to your TV or PC.

Using Google Chromecast

Google Chromecast is by far the most convenient way to connect any Android or Apple device to your TV. It’s a very affordable way of streaming all your content and using a variety of apps on a big screen.

If you have one, mirroring your Pixel 3 screen is a breeze. Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Make sure that your phone and Chromecast are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. On your Pixel, open the Google Home app.
  3. In the upper-left corner of the screen, tap the menu button, then go to Cast Screen/Audio.
  4. Find your Chromecast and tap on it to connect.

Mirroring to a PC

If your PC is running Windows 10, mirroring your screen to it is rather simple. There’s no need for any additional equipment or 3rd party software, so all you need is your Pixel and a PC. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  1. Make sure that your PC is connected to a Wi-Fi network.
  2. Go to the notification center in the bottom-right corner of the screen.
  3. Expand the Quick Settings menu, click on Connect, and click Projecting to this PC.
  4. Change the first dialog box from Always off to Available Everywhere.
  5. Close the Settings window, then open Connect from the notification center.
  6. On your Pixel, to go Settings > Connected devices > Connection preferences > Cast.
  7. Find your PC, tap on it, and wait for the connection to get established.

If you do this correctly, you’ll see your Pixel screen on your PC. The smoothness of the mirroring will depend on your Wi-Fi connection and computer speed. Even though wired connections are often more stable, you shouldn’t experience any severe lags.

Using an HDMI Cable

Lastly, you can always go for an HDMI cable connect your Pixel 3 to both your TV and PC, provided that it has an HDMI input.

The Pixel 3 sports a Type-C port, so you’ll need a Type-C to HDMI cable. Once you have it, all you have to do is plug the cable into your phone and the big screen and you’ll have a stable wired connection for lag-free mirroring.

The Final Word

The above methods are perfect if you don’t want to spend a lot of money or root your Pixel 3, which isn’t recommended unless you know what you’re doing.

Each of these methods is fairly simple and requires very little time and effort. In no more than a few clicks and taps, you’ll be able to enjoy the Pixel 3’s content on a big screen.

How do you mirror your phone to other devices? If you have any creative solutions, don’t forget to share in the comments below.

12 thoughts on “Google Pixel 3 – How to Mirror My Screen to My TV or PC”

Tim says:
I’m lol’ing at all the people that think the author was just simply mistaken about the Pixels capabilities. He knew before hand the pixel couldn’t do these things and wrote it anyway. Why? Because that’s what Google paid him to do. Google knows that it’s screen sharing abilities are far behind Samsungs and in general are inadequate. It’s so bad that this lack of function is driving customers away from the Pixel. But, instead of releasing their grip on your screen, they prefer to bind you down with the wifi requirement and hope to force you towards purchasing their crome cast bullshit. It’s capitalistic proprietaryism on a level that even Apple can admire. To anyone even remotely competent or informed its ineffective. But I’m sure that articles like this have attracted plenty enough casual simpletons on the fence about getting a pixel to decide to get one to justify the few thousand they paid to have this garbage written.

If you think Google is dicks about screensharing your phone. You should see the shit they’ve done to block drone pilots from flying drones on non-network monitored devices.

FU Techjunkie says:
Complete BS. Pixel 3 does not support miracast for windows 10 or video over the usb C. Who writes this trash?
ji says:
This article is unreliable, untrue, in my opinion. As I understand, Pixel 3 will not do video out through USB C, period — so the HDMI cable connection will not work. I wish these articles were reliable.
Jason Thompson says:
This looks like a bot wrote it. Reader beware. This is full of lies.
Tom Howe says:
After reading the #3 method I bought a Type-C to HDMI cable ($20) and… nothing. The cable’s ad says “Plug-&-Play, like a standard 4K HDMI cable – no software or drivers required.” Ha! I searched thru Setting, nothing has any affect. Useless.
Paul says:
Pixel does not support video out through the type c like the galaxy phones
ji says:
Apparently, the article lied. Pixel 3 does not support video out through the USB port. I wish I knew this before I bought my phone, and I wish articles like this would tell the truth.
Erik Pritchard says:
The Pixel 3 camera is better, but my S9+ does this phone-to-tv trick so smoothly. Yes I have a Chromecast but it’s a poor solution outside of my own home network. With Samsung you just plug in and done. Also it does the best desktop imitation I’ve ever seen and connects to PC smoothly. No worries about hotspot data limits when you can just HDMI your phone directly to a TV.
Run says:
Should’ve read comments before buying a 35 dollar wire for nothing
Rico says:
This article isn’t accurate…. Pixel 3 doesn’t support miracast (method 2) nor does it support hdmi out (method 3)….

I use airserver on my xbox, macbook, and windows 10 laptop to replicate the chromecast functionality without buying another chromecast. it works alright.

Wade says:
Does not work on pixel 3 google phone.
Sadly most get a google Chromecast what ever the heck that is. I just won’t to mirror on pc/ tv.
Don says:
I’ve tried the type-c adapter to HDMI, Pixel 3xl (at least mine) will not support it. Even bought their approved adapter. I’ve been on calls with Google support and had a Google rep in person tell me it can’t be done. Bummer…

Still trying to figure out a way without WiFi and it hasn’t been easy.

Rob says:
Any luck? I’m trying to do the same.
mortimer snerve says:
Chromecast method works, but has some lag, so you will need to adjust when using a mouse.
Mirroring to PC did not work for me either. My PC is discoverable on the network.
HDMI cable did not work. Several other site say the Pixel 3 does not put the video signal out the Type C port.

Has Arch actually tried these methods himself?

Jim says:
Does not work on my Pixel 3 XL.
When I go to ‘Cast’ on my phone, nothing is listed.
Adrian Wilson says:
Your section on
MIRRORING TO A PC
If your PC is running Windows 10, mirroring your screen to it is rather simple. There’s no need for any additional equipment or 3rd party software, so all you need is your Pixel and a PC. Here are the steps you need to follow:

sadly does not work on Google Pixel phones, I have followed your steps to the letter, have the latest drivers and updates on all devices, and the computer never appears in the list of Cast devices. I have a Chrome Cast in the house on the same network and this appears every time

Kyle, your fukn dad. says:
because your pc is not discoverable and not shown on the network, this is exactly how to screen mirror without 3rd party software.

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