Miracast Windows 10 — How to set it up & fix it if it stops working?

By April Cai  Technical Tips  Windows 10   6 Comments

Want to add a wireless display to your Windows 10 PC? It’s easy. Just use the popular, built-in feature, Miracast. Read on to find how…

What you’ll learn in this article:


What is Miracast?

Miracast is a standard wireless connection technology. It enables you mirror the device screen like laptops, tablets, smartphones to the displays like monitors, TVs and projectors without a USB cable. So you can simply regard Miracast as “HDMI over Wi-Fi“. 

Miracast now comes built into some devices, Windows 10 is one of them. If your display device doesn’t have the Miracast support, a Miracast adapter such as a Microsoft Wireless Display adapter can help you solve this problem. 

Read on to see how to use Miracast…


How do I set up and use Miracast on Windows 10?

  1. Check to see if your Windows 10 is ready to go:
    1. Type connect in the search box from your Start menu.

    2. You’ll then see if your Windows 10 support Miracast.

      a) If you see the left below window, then you can set up Miracast on your Windows 10.

      b) If unfortunately, you see the right below window, don’t panic, follow How to solve Miracast not working on my Windows 10 to troubleshoot the problem first.
  2. Set up the Miracast on your Windows 10 and your display device:
    1. Turn on the display device you want to project to, like a TV or a projector. If your display device doesn’t have built-in Miracast support, plug a Miracast adapter such as a Microsoft Wireless Display adapter in your display device.

    2. On your Windows 10 PC keyboard, press the Windows logo key and (at the same time) to invoke the Settings window.
    3. Click Devices.
    4. It will be shown in the Bluetooth & other devices section by default. Click Add Bluetooth or other device.

    5. Click Wireless display or dock.

    6. The Windows 10 should detect your display device which you turned on before. Click your display device to project your Windows 10 to it.


How do I solve Miracast not working on Windows 10?

See the error saying “The device doesn’t support Miracast, so you can’t project it wirelessly” when you check if your Windows 10 is ready to go? Don’t worry. The following solution may help you fix the problem.

  1. Is your Windows 10 from a upgrade of Windows 7 or other earlier version? 

    If so, your Windows 10 may not have the built-in Miracast support. In this case, you can make use of a Miracast adapter, like Microsoft wireless display adapter.
  2. Is your Windows 10 is of a clean-installed version? 

    If so, it should support Miracast then. Then why does this error still happen? Probably your display or Wi-Fi drivers are to blame. You can solve the problem through updating your drivers.

    To update these drivers, the direct way is to download from the manufacturer’s website. If you’re not comfortable playing with device drivers, we recommend using Driver Easy. It’s a tool that detects, downloads and (if you go Pro) installs any driver updates your computer needs.
    1. Download and install Driver Easy. Then run it on your Windows.
    2. Click Scan Now.  All drivers problems of your computer would be detected less than 1 min.
    3. Click Update All to automatically download and install the correct version of all the drivers that are missing or out of date on your system (this requires the Pro version – you’ll be prompted to upgrade when you click Update All).
      Note: You can do it for free if you like, but it’s partly manual.

    4. Reboot your Windows 10 and try to set up Miracast again.

 Are you able to enjoy using Miracast on Windows 10? Feel free to comment below with your own experience or for any question.

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