How to set up & use Miracast on Windows 10

Want to mirror your PC screen to another TV or Projector wirelessly? Well, you can easily do so using the Miracast technology. It is easy, quick and secure. This tutorial will guide you on how to set up & use Miracast on Windows 10.

What is Miracast

Miracast is a standard for wireless connections from devices like laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc. , to external displays like TVs or monitors. It can broadly be described as “HDMI over Wi-Fi”, replacing the cable from the device to the display.

Nowadays Miracast support comes built into device, and it was first offered in Windows 8.1. With Miracast, you can easily create a wireless connection between your computer and other display devices such as Monitors, TVs, and Projectors. Miracast allows sending up to 1080p HD video (H.264 codec) and 5.1 surround sound which is more than enough for average users.

How to check if Miracast is supported on your device

Press ‘Win+R’ on your keyboard and then type in ‘dxdiag’ and hit Enter.

Press the ‘Save all Information’ button located at the bottom and save the text file at the desired locations.

Now open the text file and look for ‘Miracast’ and next to it will be the current availability status.

Miracast on Windows 10

Set up & use Miracast on Windows 10

Step 1: If your TV comes with built-in Miracast support, then turn it On. Else connect the external adapter into the HDMI port of your television and power it on.

Step 2: Now on your Windows PC, navigate to Start -> Settings -> Devices -> Connected Devices.

Miracast Devices

Step 3: Click on ‘Add a Device’ and wait for the adapter to appear in the list. Click on the receiving adapter and that’s all. You’ve set up the wireless display.

You can now configure both the displays by pressing ‘Win+P’ and selecting a relevant option.

If that does not work for you, repeat the steps again and check.

Windows 10 Miracast not working

Sometimes you face problems in making Miracast work like you may get a not supported message or there may be no sound. Try these suggestions:

  1. If the connection doesn’t work out for you, the first thing you need to check is your device drivers. Ensure that all the Display and Wi-Fi drivers are up to date and your computer supports Wi-Fi direct.
  2. If the problem persists even after updating and installing proper drivers, then it is recommended to try out another Adapter. I would recommend Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter. Due to a lot of manufacturers and available variety of products, there could be any compatibility issues.
  3. The last and final step to the solution would be to consult the respective manufacturer and ask for a solid solution to the problem.

All the best!

Also read:

  1. How to project your Windows computer screen to a TV
  2. How to mirror Windows 10 screen to another device.
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Lavish loves to follow up on the latest happenings in technology. He loves to try out new Windows-based software and gadgets and is currently learning JAVA. He loves to develop new software for Windows. Creating a System Restore Point first before installing a new software is always recommended, he feels.

9 Comments

  1. Jasmin

    From my experience Miracast technologies is not stable. I asked for guarantee from manufacturers (TVs and notebooks), and no one can’t give me guarantee that wireless connection will work. In some cases, wireless stopped to work during metting (classical Powerpoint presentation), and IT doesn’t have time to fix it. Sharing your experience will be gratefull.

  2. I have a 40″ Panasonic Smart LED TV with Mirroring enabled in it. When I try to connect my Windows 10 PC to it, my laptop automatically installs Miracast drivers but it never connects. Both the PC & TV just shows ‘connecting’ message and exits the mode after long time.

  3. WDTV took Netflix off their menu. They told me to put miricast on my movie drive that it accesses and it will then find netlix. However I can’t find any place to download Miricast.

  4. Jim

    I have struggled with Miracast for quite some time. Initially, I blamed the Roku 2, then the Roku stick, followed by the upgraded Roku stick for not implementing Miracast adequately. Of course, my phone and tablet have no problem connecting (android). I then tried a first gen Fire Stick followed by a 2nd gen Fire Stick… same thing as the Roku. It identifies and adds the device immediately but when you try to connect, both sides of the connection just show “connecting” until they time out and fail. Chromcast… same thing. Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter is the gold standard and it does exactly the same thing. 3 laptops fail in exactly the same way. 2 of them are Toshiba with GTX 950M accellerators and Intel 530 graphics that drive my 4k screen at 70Hz perfectly. All of them report support and say “no problems found”. These laptops were designed 4 years after the official Miracast standard and industry support was announced in 2012. I can’t believe we as consumers are not holding the manufacturers to a higher standard and account. If screen mirroring worked as intended, it would be a very popular feature… especially with the explosion of Roku and Fire Stick sales in 2016… and ramping in 2017.

  5. A h

    any idea why i have to REMOVE the device whenever i want to recast? rather than just powering my pc off or clicking disconnect?
    it does not work at all unless i do this..then it connects again 1st time. Panasonic Viera TV

  6. Nora McLeod

    Oh, my gosh! You can’t get a guarantee that your particular device will work with all other devices!? Those evil tech companies!!!

  7. Ben Ben

    Yes, I use AirMyPC software to mirror windows PC to Anycast and it shows that the output it sends is 720P and not 1080P (you can see that output is the software status and it shows 720P)

  8. chris722

    Different way to do it. I just opened up the action center, clicked connect, clicked projecting to this pc, and said Ok when Windows asked me if the device could project there. I also kept on Available Everywhere and set to First Time Only. It is only an issue if someone else jumps on your connection, and you should be able to see that other person on your hotspot or router settings if you’re paying attention.

  9. Braxton

    what does it mean if i have miracast available but no hdcp?

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