The pandemic has transformed the way we work, pushing many of us to adapt to remote work setups. As a Chromebook user, finding effective ways to communicate and collaborate is crucial. One powerful tool at your disposal is screen sharing on Chromebook. In this article, we will explore various methods to share your screen effortlessly and for free.
Method 1: Using Chrome Remote Desktop for PC, Mac, and Linux
Chromebook offers an official and built-in method to share your screen with other Chromebooks, Windows, Mac, and Linux devices. The process is straightforward and can be set up directly from a website.
- Open remotedesktop.google.com/support on both devices.
- On the device you want to share your screen, click the “+Generate Code” button. This will generate a 12-digit code that expires in 5 minutes.
- On the second device, enter the 12-digit code under the “Connect to another computer” option and click “Connect.”
- Return to the first device and click “Share” in the pop-up window to grant permissions.
- Voila! You can now remotely see the screen of the other device.
With Chrome Remote Desktop, you have the flexibility to control the other device directly from your Chromebook, including audio. Additional options like scaling and clipboard sync are also available.
Method 2: Using Chrome Remote Desktop for Remote Access
If you want the convenience of accessing a device remotely from anywhere, Chrome Remote Desktop offers a solution. This method allows you to share screens from Windows, Mac, or Linux devices on your Chromebook.
- Install the Chrome Remote Desktop extension on your Chromebook and the device you want to share your screen with.
- Open remotedesktop.google.com/access on the device you want to share the screen of and click “Turn On” under “Set up remote access.”
- Provide a name for your computer and click “Next.”
- Set up a 6-digit pin and click “Start.”
- Confirm the pop-up by clicking “Yes.” Your device is now available for remote access.
- On your Chromebook, go to remotedesktop.google.com/access and select the device you just set up.
- Enter the pin to start screen sharing on your Chromebook.
Remember that the device you want to access from your Chromebook should be turned on, although the display can be switched off.
Method 3: Screen Mirror by Smart Dato for Android
While many screen mirroring services are not compatible with Chrome OS, Screen Mirror by Smart Dato offers a simple solution to mirror your Android screen on your Chromebook.
- Download the Screen Mirror by Smart Dato app on your Android phone.
- Open the app and tap the “Cast” button at the bottom right corner.
- This will activate the QR Code reader. Open screenmirrorapp.com on your Chromebook and scan the QR code displayed on your mobile. Ensure both devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.
- Select “Start Now” in the pop-up on your phone.
- Enjoy viewing your phone screen on your Chromebook.
Please note that Screen Mirror by Smart Dato only allows screen mirroring but does not offer control or access to your phone from the Chromebook.
Method 4: Wired Connection to Connect with Monitor or TV
If you prefer a wired connection, Chromebooks support various ports like HDMI, Display Port, DVI, and VGA to connect to a monitor or TV. If your Chromebook has an HDMI port, you can use an HDMI to HDMI cable for a direct connection. However, most Chromebooks come with USB-C and USB-A ports instead of HDMI.
To connect your Chromebook to a monitor without an HDMI port:
- Use a USB out to HDMI out cable or a USB-out to HDMI-in adaptor if you have a standard HDMI to HDMI cable.
- If your monitor supports other ports like VGA, DVI, or Display Port, explore those options as well.
Once connected, you need to enable mirroring from your Chromebook settings:
- Click on the clock at the bottom right corner and select “Settings.”
- Under the device section, choose “Displays” and enable “Mirror built-in Display.” This option appears when your Chromebook is connected to an external monitor.
- If you only want to view the monitor, turn the brightness to zero on your Chromebook for a dark screen.
You can now use your Chromebook keyboard or connect a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to operate Chrome OS on the monitor or TV.
Method 5: Using AirScreen to Cast on TV
If you own a smart TV or devices like Android TV or Fire TV, you can utilize the built-in Cast option in Chrome to share your screen.
Here’s how you can do it:
- Install the AirScreen app on your TV from the Google Play Store or Amazon App Store.
- Open the app and click “Start Now” on the Welcome screen.
- On your Chromebook, go to Chrome Browser > three-dot menu > “Cast.”
- Under “Sources,” select “Cast tab” to cast a Chrome tab, “Cast desktop” to cast the entire desktop screen, or “Cast file” to share a file from your Files app.
- Your TV should start mirroring your Chromebook screen.
Please note that this method may not work on all smart TVs, but it is compatible with Android, Google TV, and Fire TV.
In conclusion, these methods provide different ways to share your screen on Chromebook, whether you need to collaborate with other desktop operating systems, mirror your Android screen, or cast to your TV. Explore the options and choose the one that suits your needs best.