Sep 30 2020
There’s a lot to watch on Disney Plus. All of your favorite Disney movies and shows are there, along with Pixar, DreamWorks, and the Star Wars franchise. Whether it’s the Mandalorian, Beauty and the Beast, or The Avengers, you’ll find your favorites in the Disney Plus app.
If you are using another streaming service like Amazon Firestick or Roku, it’s easy to install Disney Plus on your device. What if you have Google Chromecast? Can you cast Disney Plus or will you need to purchase another compatible device?
How to Cast Disney Plus
If you have Google Chromecast, it supports the Disney Plus channel. Devices that have Chromecast built-in are also compatible. You can easily switch from your smart device to a TV without losing your place in the Disney+ show.
It only takes 4 steps to cast Disney Plus on your device.
- The first step is to open the Disney plus app on your laptop, phone, or tablet. If you don’t see the icon, check the app store. You can also search for the app online from Disney’s official site.
- On your device you’ll see a cast tab on the top of the screen. It’s usually on the right-hand side. If you don’t see it there, check the rest of the page. To cast from the Disney Plus website, you’ll need to start playing a video. Once you’ve selected ‘play’ the cast icon should appear by the one for captions.
- Select the Chromecast device you want to cast to.
- Press ‘play’ on the content you want to watch. From there, you’ll see a control screen that will allow you to rewind, pause, fast-forward, and mute the audio. The mute option is only available on Chromecast, you won’t be able to use the function on Android devices and TVs.
Casting Disney Plus is easy, but you can still run into a few issues.
Common Problems with Casting Disney+
It’s not hard to cast Disney Plus but there can be occasional problems. Most are a simple fix, but others you might have to live with.
There are a couple of issues that can occur when you cast Disney+ and then start watching content. The most common is starting a movie on one device and trying to finish it on another. You might not be able to pick up where you left off, instead, the movie starts at the beginning and you have to fast-forward to the place where you stopped.
It doesn’t affect your ability to watch the movie, but it can get annoying when you’re constantly fast-forwarding every time you switch from one device to another.
Another common streaming problem is when the content pauses and stops without you pressing a button. It’s usually caused when your server is overloaded. You might have too many platforms running simultaneously. Closing the ones you’re not using normally takes care of this problem.
Issues with 4k Support
Chromecast Ultra has Dolby Vision which supports HDR playback, but it doesn’t always work when you’re casting Disney Plus.
Even with Chromecast Ultra, your Disney movies might still have a 1080p resolution instead of 4k. It doesn’t interrupt your ability to watch the shows, only you might notice a little lack of definition if you’re used to 4K.
To get 4K when you cast Disney+, your TV not only needs to support the resolution it also needs to be compatible HDCP 22. Both your 4K TV and Chromecast must also support Dolby Vision. If you’re not sure what your TV supports, it should be listed in the owner’s manual. You can also lookup the manufacturer’s specifications online.
Slow Lag Time or Blank Screen
Disney+ is designed to be compatible with almost any device manufactured in the last 5 years but sometimes there can be a lag between image frames. You can also have a problem getting the show to appear on your screen. If you run into this problem, you might be able to fix it.
Start by rebooting your device. Sometimes the installed Disney+ app must be re-recognized. You’ll also want to check your internet speed, it must be at least 25 Mbps. If these steps don’t resolve the problem you’ll want to ensure your driver is up-to-date and that your device doesn’t have a virus.
How to Mirror Disney+ to a TV from a Mobile Device
Watching Disney movies on your phone or tablet is great, but when you get home it’s always better to watch it on your TV. If your television supports a Wi-Fi connection it shouldn’t be a problem. You’ll simply pause the show on your mobile device, select it on your TV’s installed Disney+ app and it should pick up where you stopped watching.
If there’s a problem there are a few quick fixes.
- Turn the internet connection on and off both devices. Sometimes, it needs to be done for your TV to recognize your phone or tablet.
- You also want to make sure that you’re not missing any updates on either device. If you go to ‘settings’, click on ‘software updates’, and then ‘check for updates’, it will install any updates you may be missing.
- Turn off all the apps on the mobile device and on again. It should mirror Disney Plus to your TV.
- Reinstalling the app on both devices is another option.
It’s not hard to cast Disney Plus to almost any device, as long as it supports an internet connection. You can start watching Aladdin on your tablet and pick it up at home on your TV without having to fast-forward to the place you left on.
There can be problems when you cast Disney+, but most are easy fixes. If you can’t resolve the problem, Disney does have a web page devoted to questions and answers. You don’t even need to own the latest TV model to enjoy content from the vault, along with Disney’s new shows and movies.