How to force Chromecast to recognize video files on your Android phone

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From movies to TV shows, downloading video has never been easier or faster. Earlier today, I downloaded a 600 MB one-hour video in fewer than seven minutes… on my phone.


Download speeds and mobile internet are ridiculous nowadays, and connecting your phone and over devices have never been simpler either with apps such as Pushbullet, Popcorn Time and Airdroid. After you download a movie or three, you can choose to watch it on your phone or cast the video from your phone to your television.

For that, the most popular casting device is Google’s Chromecast and it does a great job… most of the time. When working, I am able to hover over a video where a Chromecast button will appear.

Chromecast icon on video

However, there are times when I am trying to cast a video file on my phone to my television and the Chromecast icon doesn’t appear in the corner when the video is playing. Without the little Chromecast logo means you cannot connect and the functionality to display on your television isn’t there.


There’s an Chromecast app for that

Not sure when and why some videos don’t work with Chromecast, or whether specific videos formats are incompatible, I don’t care about that. All I want to do is to play the video on my phone and mirror it onto my TV so I went searching for a solution.

Luckily, one came up pretty quickly in my search. Whenever you can’t cast a video from your Android phone to your television — there’s an app for that, as they say.

In my particular situation, I downloaded and installed ES File Explorer.

The first time I opened up ES File Explorer Manager, I located my downloaded video in the app and tried to cast my video. At that point, if the video isn’t compatible, ES File Explorer will prompt you to download the ES File Explorer Cast plugin. After downloading the accompanying plugin for the app, you offered the following menu when trying to play a video from ES File Explorer:

Chromecast ES video player

Choose ES Chromecast Player and you’ll be able to cast your phone videos to the television. I’m sure there are other apps that have the same functionality, but this allowed me to play video files on Chromecast from my phone. Good luck!


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