Windows 11 Screen Cast Not Working

Cast to device or screen mirroring feature on Windows 11 allows you to stream your PC’s screen or media files to another device, such as a smart TV, a wireless display, or a speaker. This way, you can enjoy your content on a bigger screen or with better sound quality. To use Cast to device, you need to have both devices connected to the same network and support the Miracast or DLNA protocol. However, at times you may be Unable to Project Your Windows 11 PC to Your TV. Users report Windows 11 Screen Cast Not Working. This article explores, why Cast to Device not working on Windows 11, and the troubleshooting steps to fix Cast to Device stops working problem.

Cast to Device not working

There are several reasons why Cast to device may not work on Windows 11, such as network issues, device compatibility, outdated drivers, firewall interference, and service disruptions.

  • If the media file you’re trying to cast is in a format not supported by the target device, casting may fail.
  • Outdated firmware on either the casting device or the target device can lead to compatibility issues.
  • Ensure that both the casting device and the target device have sufficient power and are properly connected to the network.
  • Check the permissions and settings on both the casting and target devices to ensure that they allow casting.
  • Occasionally, software bugs or glitches in either the casting application or the target device’s software can result in the failure of the “Cast to Device” feature

Before performing the solutions, please make sure the device you want to cast to and Windows 10 both are connected to the same network connection.

Ensure that the necessary services for casting are running. Press Windows +R, and type services.msc > ok. Look for services like “Function Discovery Provider Host” and “Function Discovery Resource Publication.” Make sure they are set to “Automatic” and are running.

Enable Wireless Display on Windows 11

This is the very first thing that you need to do, if you want to cast Windows 11 display, need to enable the Wireless Display feature on your PC. This feature may not come pre-installed with Windows 11, you need to manually enable it.

  • Press the Windows key + X and select settings
  • Go to Apps then optional Features
  • Click on View Features button located next to Add an optional feature

Install Wireless Display Feature

When the pop-up appears, scroll down to find the Wireless Display feature and check the text box next to it. After making the choice, press the Next button.

Install wireless Display feature

Check Your Device Support Screencast

If you’re unable to use the wireless screencast feature on Windows 11, it may be because your PC doesn’t support this functionality. Before troubleshooting further, ensure that your PC is compatible with the screencast feature.

  • Press the windows key + x and select settings
  • Go to the system then Display, and expand the Multiple displays option, located under the Scale & layout section.
  • Here, look for the Connect to a Wireless display option. If the option is available, it means that your PC supports screen casting, otherwise, you won’t be able to use this feature.

connect to wireless display

Check Network Connection

The first step in resolving any casting issues is to ensure that both your Windows 11 device and the target device are connected to the same network. A stable and reliable network connection is crucial for seamless casting.

  • Double-check your Wi-Fi settings and make sure both devices are on the same network.
  • You can try restarting your router or modem if the connection is weak or unstable.
  • Reconnect to the network on both devices to ensure a fresh connection.

In addition, run the network troubleshooter following steps:

  • Press the Windows key + I to open the settings
  • Go to system -> Troubleshoot -> other troubleshooter
  • Click on Run next to the network adapter, then select the WiFi/LAN option to run the network diagnosis.

Network adapter troubleshooter

Verify Device Compatibility

Ensure that the device you are trying to cast to is compatible with the Cast to Device feature. Some older devices or those running outdated firmware may not support this feature. Check the manufacturer’s documentation for compatibility information and update the firmware if necessary.

  • Confirm that the target casting device is compatible with Windows 11’s Cast to Device feature.

Turn On Network Discovery

Network Discovery allows your Windows 11 device to find other devices on the same network. Turning on Network Discovery can be a potential solution if you are experiencing issues with “Cast to Device.”

You won’t be able to Cast Media from computer to TV, if your computer is not visible to other devices on the Network.

  • Open Control Panel, select Network and Internet then Network and Sharing Center on the next page

Change advanced sharing settings

  • Select Change advanced sharing setting, expand current profile, and Turn on File and printer sharing
  • Now, try to see whether your problem is resolved or not.

Turn On Network Discovery

Update Device driver

Outdated or incompatible graphics drivers can sometimes lead to casting issues. To fix this, make sure your graphics drivers are up to date. You can update them through the Device Manager or by visiting the manufacturer’s website for the latest drivers.

  • Open the Device Manager on your Windows 11 device.
  • Locate the display adapters, right-click, and select “Update driver.”
  • Follow the on-screen instructions to update your graphics drivers.
  • Restart your computer after the update is complete.

Same way update Network Drivers on your computer to make sure that the problem is not being caused by outdated or corrupted network drivers.

Update NVIDIA graphics driver

If Windows can’t find a new driver for your network adapter, visit the PC manufacturer’s website download the latest network adapter driver from there, and install it.

Enable media streaming options

Media streaming options allow you to control how your PC shares media with other devices on the network. To enable media streaming options

  • Open Control Panel, select Network and Internet then Network and Sharing Center on the next page.
  • Now click the Media streaming options link, and click on Turn ON Media Streaming.
  • On the next screen, make sure that your device is visible on the local network. Allow the media sharing on devices and click on OK.

Check Firewall and Antivirus Settings

Firewall or antivirus software may sometimes block the casting process. Temporarily disable your firewall and antivirus software and check if the issue persists. If casting works after disabling these, you may need to add exceptions for the casting feature in your security software settings.

  • Temporarily disable your firewall and antivirus software.
  • Attempt to cast to the device again.
  • If successful, add exceptions for the casting feature in your security software settings.

Sometimes, a simple restart can resolve connectivity issues. Restart both your Windows 11 device and the target casting device. This can refresh the network connections and resolve any temporary glitches.

Again Not all devices support Cast to device feature on Windows 11. You can check the compatibility of your devices by following these steps:

Open Settings and go to Bluetooth & devices > Devices > Add device.

Click on Wireless display or dock and wait for your PC to scan for available devices.

If you see your device listed, it means that it is compatible with cast to device feature on Windows 11. If not, it means that it is not compatible or it is not turned on or discoverable.

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Steve Ballmer
With over 7 years of experience in the IT industry, I have experience in IT support, helpdesk, sysadmin, network admin, and cloud computing. Certified in Microsoft Technologies (MCTS and MCSA) and also Cisco Certified Professional in Routing and Switching.