Google's smart-TV dongle, the Chromecast, is a very versatile gadget that can be used to stream video content from the Internet through a wide variety of devices and sites to a big screen TV. However, it works just a little bit better if you're living within Google's ecosystem - just like Apple's devices work better together.
Maybe that's why mirroring your smartphone or tablet is only officially supported on Android - if you want to get your iPhone or iPad's display on the big screen, the best option is to buy the somewhat expensive Apple TV. Another choice would be to buy Apple's lightning to HDMI cable, though it's inelegant. The good news is that most media apps on iOS already support casting videos to Chromecast, so there's no issue if you want to use it to play your favourite media.
How to cast videos from iPhone or iPad to Chromecast
Doing this can literally be a single step process, if you only have a single Chromecast in the house. Otherwise there's one extra step. This is how it works.
How to stream videos from iPhone or iPad to a TV via Chromecast:
That's it as long as the app you're using supports Chromecast. If you don’t see the Cast button, either your app doesn’t have Chromecast support, or your Chromecast isn’t connected to the same network.
If you want to use it to show someone else a webpage from your mobile device, then there are a few workarounds that you can still use and mirror a web page to the big screen TV via a Chromecast.
How to cast webpages that don't have Chromecast videos
Although a lot of iOS apps have Chromecast functionality, Safari itself does not. If you want to show people a webpage, where you might have saved a presentation or even videos, you can still do this, using a free app called MomoCast. This is what you need to do.
How to mirror your iPhone or iPad's display to a TV via a Chromecast
All that's fine, but how do I actually mirror my iPad or iPhone's screen to the TV, you might be asking. Well, the short answer is - you can't. But there is a slightly (okay highly) convoluted workaround that actually can work. The way it works is to daisy chain Airplay mirroring from your phone or tablet to your computer, and then using Chrome's desktop mirroring via the PC. There are plenty of apps you can use to take care of the first part, but while most are free to try, you have to pay to keep using them. If spending some money is not a problem, then we'd suggest going with Reflector, which appears to be the most popular and also the best one from the comments and user reviews. However, for the purposes of this guide, we found a free app called LonelyScreen that works pretty well too.
How to mirror your iPhone or iPad display to the TV via Chromecast:
Now, your mobile display is being mirrored onto your desktop, and the same is being mirrored in turn onto your Chromecast and the television. There's staggered lag - you do something on your iPad, it takes a moment to reflect on the PC, and another moment to reflect on the big screen, so it's not really useful to watch a movie, but if you want to demo an app, or showcase a presentation, this might be a good option.