You’ve got your phone in your hand and you want to share a video with gathered friends or family. There’s no wireless streaming option for the TV, no Chromecast, Fire TV—just an Xbox One. Is there a way to cast to an Xbox One console?
Thanks to Miracast, AirPlay, and third-party apps, mirroring your phone to an Xbox One is simple. Here’s what you need to know.
The Easiest Way to Cast From a Smartphone to Xbox One
If you’re using Android, you can probably cast from your smartphone to Xbox One without installing any additional software. Thanks to the Miracast standard, Android devices can be mirrored to other hardware—TVs, set-top boxes, media streamers, and consoles.
However, not all Android phones can do this natively. Others have different names for the technology.
- Samsung labels it Smart View (Quick Launch > Smart View)
- LG refers to Wireless Display (Settings > Connected devices > Screen sharing)
- HTC uses HTC Connect (swipe up with three fingers)
- Sony calls it Mirroring (Settings > Device connection > Screen mirroring)
If you’re not using phones from these manufacturers, check your device’s support website for details.
Using an iPhone? AirPlay is built in, enabling instant streaming or mirroring from your device to an Xbox One. Activate this by swiping up to open the Control Center and choosing Screen Mirroring. When your Xbox One is listed, tap this to begin mirroring content to your console.
With your phone ready to cast, you’ll need some software installed on your Xbox One. Two options are available here:
- AirServer: costing $20 this is an expensive app but supports AirPlay, Miracast, and Google Cast. This means you can mirror iOS, macOS, Chromebook, Android, and even Windows 10.
- AirReceiver: this is a much cheaper options at around $3, with a free trial into the bargain. However, this app is limited to AirPlay and Google Cast.
Both offer a free trial to help you find out which is suitable for your needs. Choose the one that suits, install it, then use your device to start streaming to your Xbox One.
How to Cast to Xbox One Using YouTube
Want to share that awesome new YouTube video with the room? Streaming directly to your Xbox One is the best way to do this, if you have the YouTube app installed. You’ll find it in the Microsoft Store.
This solution works for Android and iPhone devices, as well as iPads.
Along with the YouTube app for Xbox One, you’ll need to ensure two other things:
- The Xbox One and your mobile device are both on the same network
- You’re signed into the same account on both devices
With that done, find the video, then tap the Cast button in the video window. This will display the Cast to menu, which will list suitable devices on your network. Tap the XboxOne option.
Note that “XboxOne” is the default name for your console—you might have changed this previously. Now it’s playing, sit back to enjoy the video.
Set Your Phone as a DLNA Server and Stream to an Xbox One
Another way to stream video, audio, or photos from your phone to Xbox One is with DLNA.
Limited to Android, this option turns your phone into a media server. With the Xbox One Media Player app, you can then browse the device, find the file you want to watch, and stream it across your network.
Start by confirming your phone supports DLNA. On Android:
- Click Settings
- Use the search feature and enter “dlna”
- Tap Media server
- Tap Share media
You can also set a specific server name if you wish.
Note that some Android devices may not support DLNA. Again, check the device’s support page for details.
To view media content on your phone from your Xbox One, install the Media Player app.
- Browse to the Store app
- Search for “media player”
- Click Get
- Wait as the app installs
- Click Launch
You should see the phone listed using the name you set. Select this, then agree to the connection on your device. Moments later a browsable interface will be displayed. Simply find the content you wish to view, click play, and stream it to Xbox One from your phone.
Android is a great platform for media streaming. Find out more in our guide to turning an old Android device into a media streamer.
Control Your Xbox One With Your Smartphone
As well as casting video to your Xbox One, you can even control the console using your smartphone.
First, consider installing the official Xbox app for mobiles. Once signed into using your Xbox account, you can use this to:
- Browse your library
- Chat with friends
- Buy new games
- Turn your console off and on
- …and more
These features make it a great option for interacting with your Xbox One on the go.
If you’re looking for a remote option to replace your Xbox One controller meanwhile, app developer xbStream has released a controller app for iPhone and Android. This can act as a replacement or additional controller—useful for multigame sessions. Meanwhile, the app even streams the game to your phone as you play!
Share the Fun: Cast to Xbox One From Your Smartphone
You may be surprised to learn that there are so many options for streaming media from your phone to an Xbox One. Let’s recap:
- Stream using Miracast on Android using AirServer on Xbox One
- Stream with AirPlay on iPhone, again with AirServer
- Cast YouTube videos from your phone to the Xbox One app
- Setup your phone as a DLNA server then browse and stream the contents to your Xbox One
And you can even interact with your Xbox One from smartphone using the dedicated mobile app.
All in all, you have plenty of ways to stream video content from your phone to your Xbox One.
Looking for more options? You might need to stream from a different device instead.
Struggling to stream video to your Xbox One? We show you three video stream options available in Windows 10. Follow this guide for a stress-free movie night.