Chromecast is a thumb-sized media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. You can cast your favorite entertainment and apps right to the big screen from your Android phone, tablet or Chromebook with the help of this device.
By default, your Android device can stream device screen and YouTube videos to Chromecast. However Chromecast is not limited to cast only Android screens and YouTube videos.
Chromecast is powerful enough to stream videos files, photos, device screens and even media files stored in the cloud accounts into big screen.
There are built-in apps in Google Playstore that can stream various formats of video files and beautiful photo slide shows into your TV screen. Let’s go through few of them here.
AllCast lets you send photos, music, and videos on your Android to your TV and also supports to stream from Dropbox and Google Drive.
This app can support to play media files from SD Card and also cast Google Music with your Android phone to your Chromecast connected TV.
LocalCast is one of the best casting solution on Android to cast to Chromecast. This app can cast videos, music or pictures with picture or video zoom & rotate support.
Chromecast supports only a couple of video formats like mp4, mkv, 3gp and m4v etc. LocalCast can insert subtitles from your video folder while playing.
BubbleUPnP can stream all your music, videos and photos to Chromecast. This app has some additional features like playback queue, editable playlists, scrabbling, sleep timer, various shuffle modes, full screen image viewer and controller etc.
This app is capable to play even incompatible Chromecast media with transcoding and supports to play formats such as MKV, AVI, MOV, WMV, WTV, RMVB, TS, FLAC, WMA, with subtitles, custom appearance and audio/video track selection.
This plugin is from the team who developed the well known app ES File Explorer. ES Explorer build as a file manager for your Android device where this Chromecast plugin let you stream media files from Android device to TV.
AllConnect can instantly stream your favorite music, photos and movies to your Chromecast. This app let you to stream from any source: media servers, online channels and the cloud accounts.
Videostream lets you stream local videos (downloads, etc.) from your computer to your Chromecast or Android TV in full 1080p. This Android app will remote control Videostream, which is an easy-to-use Chrome app.
This app support to stream the formats like downloaded mp4 video, MKVs, offer full support for AVI and MKV files, Mp3/Music streaming, 3D Videos etc.
You can send media from your Android device to your Chromecast with CastBox. This app let you stream videos, photos or music from your Android to your TV.
CastBox allows you to cast photo albums and videos from your Facebook account in seconds. This app supports mp4, mpeg, mp3, jpg, jpeg and png formats.
Even though Chromecast device itself is not supporting to stream many video formats, these Android apps are powerful enough to do this job for you. These apps can support a good range of video formats and also can offer additional streaming of your MP3 files & Photos.