I have been getting a lot of queries regarding whether the Nvidia Shield supports Miracast for streaming wirelessly.
Apparently, a lot of users are very confused regarding this subject, as Nvidia hasn't explicitly stated support for Miracast, but a lot of users claim Miracast works for them.
This piqued my curiosity, and as a Shield TV Pro user, I decided to test things out myself, but the answer wasn't as easy as it initially seemed.
This got me to write this in-depth article on decoding this confusion as to whether the Nvidia Shield actually supports Miracast.
Older Nvidia Shield devices supported Miracast streaming but ever since the launch of Nvidia Shield TV in 2015, Nvidia omitted Miracast and instead bundled in support for Chromecast owing to its superior file support and features.
Newer Nvidia Shield TV Does Not Support Miracast
The confusion that usually arises when the topic of Miracast and Nvidia Shield comes on air arises due to the fact that Nvidia Shield used to bundle Miracast with their devices.
But with newer Nvidia Shield models (since 2015), Nvidia has unfortunately stopped adding compatibility with Miracast owing to the inclusion of Chromecast.
Now, there is no limitation that does not allow you to run support for both Chromecast and Miracast. In fact, plenty of devices run compatibility for both.
But due to its rising popularity, users must have found more value in Chromecast than Miracast and that is probably the reason why Miracast support was dropped.
What Is Miracast
Miracast is a universal wireless connection standard that helps you connect your phone or tablet to your compatible output device, such as TVs, projectors, etc.
It basically intends to replace your HDMI connection by giving you the option to view content on the big screen wirelessly, hence its popular name 'HDMI over WiFi'.
It uses the peer-to-peer WiFi direct standard in order to cast the screen or content wirelessly.
This means that you don't necessarily need a WiFi router or an internet connection for the wireless transfer of information to the big screen.
Instead, the casting device emits a WiFi signal to the Miracast-compatible receiver device and initiates the data transfer.
This also ensures that content up to 1080p or Full HD can be easily transmitted without issues, with 5.1 surround sound support.
Miracast vs Chromecast
Chromecast is very similar to Miracast, in that it is also used to cast your phone or tablet screen to a bigger screen wirelessly.
But the difference ends there, as the method of operation is different for both cases.
Miracast does not need any special hardware for compatibility, whereas Chromecast does require proprietary Google hardware for the same.
With devices nowadays coming built-in with Chromecast, this need for an external Google Chromecast dongle is slowly but surely reducing by the day.
Chromecast also relies on an external WiFi connection and therefore requires a stable internet connection for the casting to work seamlessly.
It requires both the casting device and the output device to be on the same WiFi network in order for communication to take place.
This might seem like a win for Miracast overall, but since Chromecast utilizes internet connection bandwidths, it can stream bigger files without any hassles.
Chromecast also allows other features such as support for third-party apps like Netflix to utilize the casting option, whereas Miracast is limited to just sharing screens.
Also, by design, Miracast requires the casting device to be active at all times, thus resulting in higher battery drain and rendering the device unusable while casting.
Whereas Chromecast supports background casting since it can utilize your WiFi router's bandwidth, and therefore negate a lot of battery usage of your casting device.
Can't Cast the Screen to Nvidia Shield? How to Fix
If you are facing issues with casting to Nvidia Shield TV, you can follow select tried and tested troubleshooting steps.
Check Your Internet Connectivity
Your internet connection is the primary communication channel with which your smartphone or tablet communicates with your Nvidia Shield.
So it is imperative to have a stable connection in order to cast to your Nvidia Shield properly.
Make sure that you are connected to the same WiFi on both your Nvidia Shield as well as the device to be cast.
It is best to use the 2.4GHz WiFi band of your router for connection as that provides much better coverage while having decent link speeds for casting.
Check your internet connection and see if there are any hindrances to data packages being sent to and fro.
You can do so by simply connecting your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to your WiFi and checking if you can access the internet without any hassle.
If you are facing issues, then check with your internet router and try to notice any discrepancies on the router indication lights.
If so, reboot your internet router and try again.
If the above steps fail to generate a viable end result, then it is best to contact your internet service provider to get your internet checked.
Power Cycle Your Nvidia Shield and TV
A power cycle can do wonders for any electronic device having issues with performance.
Basically, performing a power cycle will reboot your device on the hardware level, ensuring that the performance will be optimal on the next boot.
This is done by resetting all charges from within the device, including any misbehaving charges that might have been the culprit behind your casting issues.
To perform a power cycle on your Nvidia Shield, follow the steps given below:
- Unplug your Nvidia Shield from the power.
- Let your Nvidia Shield sit idle in its powered-off state for a minute.
- Plug your Nvidia Shield back into the power.
- Let your Nvidia Shield sit idle in its powered-on state for a minute.
To perform a power cycle on your TV, follow the steps given below:
- Unplug your TV from the power.
- Let your TV sit idle in its powered-off state for a minute.
- Plug your TV back into the power.
- Let your TV sit idle in its powered-on state for a minute.
Perform power cycles multiple times in order to get the most optimal performance out of your Nvidia Shield and TV.
Factory Reset your Nvidia Shield
Factory resetting your Nvidia Shield will get rid of all data from your device, including any persistent bugs that didn't get wiped out following the above steps.
But do note that this total wipe will also clear out your Nvidia Shield's internal storage and therefore its apps and any downloaded data.
But doing so will offer you a spotless slate, making sure to reset your device to factory defaults, just like when you first unboxed your device.
To factory reset your Nvidia Shield, follow the steps given below:
- Navigate to the Settings tab on your Nvidia Shield.
- Tap on Device Preferences.
- Navigate to the bottom and tap on Reset.
- Tap on Factory Data Reset.
- Tap on Erase Everything.
If you have more queries regarding Miracast support, or if you are facing issues with casting your screen to your Nvidia Shield, then it is best to contact Nvidia support.
They can help you with their professional help, and even aid you with replacing your Shield unit in case of any hardware faults specific to your device.
I hope my article on whether Nvidia Shield supports Miracast out of the box has been a helpful read and has aided you with the same.
Have a good day!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Nvidia Shield TV GameStream discontinued?
Nvidia has discontinued the GameStream feature which allowed games locally stored to be played via online streaming.
Nvidia has said that the update will be pushed as soon as the first quarter of 2023.
Does Nvidia Shield Pro support expandable storage?
Nvidia Shield Pro does have a micro SD card slot built in that lets it support up to 512GB of expandable storage.
Is Miracast supported on Apple devices?
Apple devices do not support Miracast and instead rely on their own proprietary casting standard called AirPlay.