Thanks to the increasing number of Chromecast-compatible apps on the Google Play store, there are now several ways users can stream their PDF files directly onto their TV without anything overly complicated to set up. This process enables users to then read through PDF files, and depending on the app you use to stream them, make simple edits to them.
Although there are several to choose from, for this tutorial we’ve chosen to use the LocalCast app. What we like most about this app is that it’s easy to use, connects to your Chromecast almost instantly and scales PDF files well. The app ultimately works as a streaming hub for all media files, including any pesky .mkv files stored on your device that are commonly unusable with many of the similar apps available. Its PDF function works well and is easy enough to access thanks to its intuitive menu system.
So read on, as we take you through the process of getting your PDF files on the big screen. All you’ll need is the app installed from Google Play and the Chromecast plugged in and set up and you’re good to go.
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Find folder options
Press on the menu icon at the top-left of the LocalCast app. This will open up the side menu, which holds the details of the directories you can access. From here, you’ll want to select the Folders option from the top of the list.
Navigating your folders
It’s important that before you start searching around for your PDFs that you know where they’re stored, as there are hundreds to navigate here. Scroll down the list until you find the folder you need and then press on it.
Select a file
Go through the various sub-directories until you find the PDF you want to stream. By pressing on the file, you can have a quick preview of it. Press on the Cast icon at the bottom-right of the page to start connecting to Chromecast.
A new menu will now appear with the devices that can be used to get your PDFs on the TV. If connected properly, the Chromecast should be listed. Select it and wait for a few seconds and the PDF should now appear on your TV.
Create a queue
If you’ve got multiple PDF files you want to stream, you can create a virtual queue of them within LocalCast. Simply long-press on one and select the Queue option. Once you then stop casting one PDF, it’ll move onto the next.
Dealing with the missing files
If you can’t find a stored PDF through the folders, make sure it’s saved as a PDF file first. For this, you’ll want to use the likes of Google Drive or Dropbox, which can both reformat files. Then repeat the first few steps listed here.