Google’s Chromecast is a great way to conveniently watch movies from various devices on your big screen TV. But storing video files on multiple devices in a pain — using Google Drive as an online personal movie library is great workaround. However, Google Drive doesn’t natively support casting directly from the app, so you’ll need another way to cast the file.
Here are a few step-by-step methods to try so you can watch Google Drive movies on your Chromecast.
Cast using Google Photos
If you’re using Google Drive, there’s a good chance you’re using Google Photos too. Fortunately, this app supports casting for pictures and video, making it a decent workaround for casting your Google Drive movies.
There are two ways to view your Drive files in Google Photos. In the first method, simply navigate to your desired file in Drive. Hit the three-dotted “more options” icon and select “open with.” Wait for the file download and click open with Photos. The video will start playing and can cast it to your Chromecast using the familiar cast button.
Alternatively, you can upload your Google Drive movies and pictures directly to Google Photos. This way they’ll show up in your Photos app alongside your other pictures for easy casting. As of July 10, 2019, there will no longer be a way to automatically sync between the two apps, so you’ll need to upload files manually. To do this, head to photos.google.com and click the upload button the top right. Select the new Google Drive options and upload your movies.
Casting Google Drive movies with a dedicated app
The above method is fine for the occasional cast, but not really suitable if you have a big library of Google Drive movies to watch on your big-screen TV. Instead, a dedicated casting app is the better option and there are quite a few that support casting from Google Drive, as well as other sources.
While the user interfaces and features vary from app to app, you’ll have to allow the app access to your Google Drive account in order to view your files. To do this, attempt to view files from Google Drive with the app. You’ll be asked to select the correct Google account from a list and then to confirm the required permissions. You can always revoke these permissions at a later date, should you uninstall the app.
Once that’s done, simply navigate to your desired video, connect, and cast to your device of choice. Simple.
That’s how to cast Google Drive movies to Chromecast. Any questions or suggestions? Let us know on the comments.