Microsoft made it possible to cast media from OneDrive for Android to a TV or any other compatible device. Here's how to use this feature.
After adding 8K video and Live Photo support to OneDrive for Android and iOS, Microsoft is back with another much-needed update. This time, the Android client for the cloud-based storage from Microsoft gets special treatment. Version 6.9.1 is now available from the Google Play Store with the long-overdue ability to cast media from mobile to Chromecasts, TVs, and other devices compatible with popular media streaming protocols.
Bear in mind that you can only cast media that the OneDrive app supports natively. In other words, any media you can open and play in the app, you can also stream to compatible devices within your network.
To cast media from OneDrive on Android to Chromecast or TV, you need to do the following.
Cast media from OneDrive for Android
- Locate the cast button in the upper-right corner.
- Tapping that button opens up a list of available devices.
- After the app starts casting media to the selected device, you can manage playback with simple controls on the screen.
Microsoft started rolling out the latest versions several weeks ago. Still, as the company usually does, new versions spread gradually during some period of time. Some users have already got access to casting in OneDrive for Android, while others are yet to receive the feature, even with the latest version installed. If your smartphone is already running OneDrive 6.9.1, but there is no cast button, try reinstalling the app from the Google Play Store. In case that does not help, give Microsoft a few more days to finish the rollout. Interestingly, Microsoft shipped the update at the end of April, but many users still cannot cast media from OneDrive for Android.
You can download OneDrive for Android from the Google Play Store using this link.
On a side note, Microsoft is now also rolling out a significant update for OneDrive on Windows 10. The company is finally moving the OneDrive app from 32-bit to 64-bit architecture. That change should dramatically improve the app's performance with large files.
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