Imagine being able to view Instagram’s detailed images, captivating stories, and brilliant colors on a screen larger than your smartphone.
Well, you can do this by casting Instagram to TV.
In this article, you are going to learn how to cast Instagram from your iPhone, iPad, Android, or Mac to your LG, Samsung or any other smart TV.
For a quick look:
To cast your Instagram to TV you simply need to:
1. Download a casting/mirroring app to your smartphone.
2. Connect your phone and TV to the same wireless network.
3. Connect the two devices, and then you can start enjoying your Instagram on a bigger screen.
Requirements to cast Instagram to TV
To be able to view your Instagram on TV:
- Make sure your TV is a smart TV, one that can connect to wifi.
To tell if your TV is smart; check if it can connect to the internet, or use your remote and press the Home button to see if it will bring options like Netflix, YouTube, etc.
Alternatively, you can look up your TV’s model online to check if it’s smart.
- You need a casting app/software. The casting app that will effectively work for you will depend on the device you are using.
Here is a list of some popular ones:
-For iOS devices; iPhone, iPad, Mac; MirrorMeister, AirCast Play.
-For Android devices: Miracast, Smart View.
The Benefits of Casting Instagram to TV
Casting Instagram to your TV offers the following benefits:
- It allows you to view your Instagram photos, videos, stories, and live streams on a larger screen, giving you a more enjoyable experience.
- Along with large-screen viewing comes the ability to share your content with a larger audience.
For example, if you have Instagram content to share with family and friends.
- Casting Instagram to TV is done wirelessly, this gives you a convenient way to stream content without the need for additional devices or cables.
- Seeing your favorite Instagram posts, videos, and stories on a big screen allows you to appreciate the details and visual quality that may be missed on a smaller device, ensuring a more engaging and interactive experience.
- Additionally, casting Instagram to TV eliminates the need to strain your eyes by looking at a small screen for extended periods.
For almost all these devices, the process of casting Instagram to TV is the same.
All you need to do is download the app, connect the devices and start mirroring.
Tip: Make sure both your device and TV are connected to the same wifi network.
How to Cast Instagram to TV from an iOS Device
For iOS, I’ll show you how to cast Instagram to TV using MirrorMeister.
This is an app which allows you to wirelessly cast Instagram photos, videos, stories, and live streams to your TV screen.
With MirrorMeister, you don’t need expensive Apple TV or bothersome cables to cast Instagram to your TV.
It’s a hassle-free and affordable solution.
MirrorMeister is supposed to be available on all devices, android included, but it seems it is not available on Android at the moment.
However, apparently, Android users can register for it to be installed on their devices once it becomes available.
Follow these simple steps to enjoy a larger viewing experience of your favorite Instagram content on the big screen:
Step 1: Download the MirrorMeister app from your App Store (open App Store and search for MirrorMeister then Tap Get to download and install the app.
Step 2: When the app is done downloading, open it up and it will automatically search for your TV on the network.
Step 3: Once MirrorMeister detects your TV, tap on your TV’s name to establish the connection.
Step 4: Click the “Start Mirroring” button to cast your iOS device screen to the TV.
Step 5: Open the Instagram app and enjoy casting your favorite Instagram photos, videos, stories, and live streams on your TV.
Tip: MirrorMeister is compatible with various iOS devices, including the latest iPhone models (iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone X, etc.) and iPad models (iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini).
How to Cast Instagram to TV from an Android Device
if you are an Android device owner, there are a bunch of mirror apps that you can use to cast your Instagram to your TV and enjoy your favorite Instagram content on a larger display.
Follow these simple steps to cast Instagram to your Smart TV:
Step 1: Open up Google Play Store and search for Airbeam, this will give you a bunch of mirroring apps that you can choose from depending on your device.
For example, you can choose Screen Mirroring Samsung TV if you have a Samsung or LG TV Screen Mirroring if you have an LG TV, and so on.
Step 2: The app will automatically detect available devices on the network. Select your TV from the list.
A notification will appear on your TV for you to allow your phone to connect.
Step 3: Tap on the “Start Mirroring” button to begin casting your Android screen to the TV.
Step 4: Now, open the Instagram app on your Android device and browse through your photos, videos, stories, or even go live.
Now you can share your favorite moments with friends and family on a bigger screen.
Tip: turn the volume down on your phone and up on your TV for a better sound experience.
How to cast Instagram to Chromecast
If you have a Chromecast device, you can also cast Instagram to it using MirrorMeister or any of the other apps listed in the previous sections.
A Chromecast is a small digital media player developed by Google.
It’s plugged into the HDMI port of your TV and allows you to stream or cast content from your mobile device or computer to the TV screen.
Basically, it acts as a bridge between your TV and your other devices. MirrorMeister supports all devices with Chromecast built-in, including, Sharp, Sony, Toshiba, Philips, and Skyworth TVs.
All you need to do is download your preferred casting app on your iOS or Android device, connect your device and Chromecast to the same network, and follow the steps mentioned earlier to start casting Instagram to your TV through Chromecast.
Why can’t I cast to my TV from my Android phone?
If you are failing to cast from your Android phone to TV, it could be because of one or more of several causes ranging from software to hardware issues.
Perform these basic checks to make sure everything is working as it should:
Both devices should be on the same wifi network.
-Your TV should be a smart TV.
-You must be running the latest software for both devices.
-Make sure your TV settings allow mirroring.
-Make sure the mirroring app you are using is compatible with your phone.
-Try restarting your devices.
How can I mirror my phone to my TV without WIFI?
If you don’t want to use wifi to mirror your phone to TV, you will have to use cable to do so,
You can use one of the following depending on your devices:
-The most straightforward way to mirror your phone to your TV without Wi-Fi is by using an HDMI cable.
If your phone supports video output via USB-C, micro USB, or an adapter, you can connect it directly to your TV’s HDMI port.
-Some phones support MHL(Mobile High-Definition Link); a technology that allows you to connect your mobile device to your TV’s HDMI port using a compatible MHL cable. This method often requires a separate power source for the cable.
-If your phone supports SlimPort, you can use a SlimPort adapter and an HDMI cable.
-If your phone has a USB-C port with video output capabilities, you can use a USB-C to HDMI adapter. Connect one end to your phone and the other end to your TV’s HDMI port.
Whatever method you choose, make sure your TV and phone are compatible with it.
Do all TVs support casting Instagram from a phone?
No, not all TVs have built-in casting features. Only smart TVs and those with streaming devices like Chromecast typically support casting.
Check your TV’s specifications or use external devices for casting.
Is there a limit to the distance between my phone and the TV for casting?
The distance limit varies but it’s generally recommended to stay within the same room for optimal casting performance.
Walls and other obstacles may affect the signal.
Are there any privacy concerns with casting Instagram to TV?
Not particularly, but be cautious when casting personal content to shared TVs.
Also, ensure that you log out of your account after casting, and be mindful of the privacy settings of your Instagram account.
In summary, whether you want to watch a cooking show while trying out the recipe in your kitchen or you simply want to showcase your photos and videos to your family and friends on a bigger screen, you can do this by casting your Instagram to TV.
This will be a great way to enhance your social media experience and engage with your favorite content on a larger scale because bigger is always better!