Google Chromecast is a budget streaming device, which enables you to connect your mobile device and TV, using the smartphone or computer as a controller to access content from thousands of apps onto your TV. The Chromecast acts as a transmitter, connecting your TV and video streaming service like an antenna. Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, YouTube sends data to your Chromecast, which then is broadcasted it onto your TV.
Chromecast Setup For TV, Smartphone, and PC:
Although Google provides a video explaining “How to Cast” once the device has been set up, this article aims to explain how the basic set up works in the first place. Make sure you have the Chromecast, a Chromecast enabled device, the Micro USB to USB power cable, and wall adapter. Also, make sure you to download the Google Home app from either the Apple App Store or Google Play.
- Plug in your Chromecast App into your TV’s HDMI port and the USB cable into a power outlet nearby (especially if using a Chromecast Ultra). If you’ve done everything properly, you should see a small LED light up on your Chromecast.
- If you haven’t downloaded the Google Home app yet, do it from any app store. If you’re using a computer, use Google Chrome to visit the Chromecast website. If using the Chromecast website, Chrome will then look for Chromecast devices that need to be set up. Turn on your TV and switch to the correct HDMI source (The input will read “Set me up”).
- In the upper right corner of your mobile phone or tablet, or Chrome browser (After it finishes searching for a device that matches the name of your Chromecast App) select ‘Devices in Google Home’. Select Set Me Up and tap on Continue.
- The Setup will then try to connect automatically to your Chromecast’s Wi-Fi hotspot. If that doesn’t happen, then manually connect to the Wi-Fi hotspot through the Wi-Fi drop-down menu on your device.
- A code will appear on both your device and TV. Check if they’re matching and if they are, tap or click on Yes.
- Give your Chromecast device a name (e.g.: Dining Room, Mike’s Chromecast App, etc.) or leave it with the default name. Select your country. Tap on Looks Good.
- Connect your Chromecast to the Internet by choosing your Wi-Fi network (or connect an Ethernet cable if you’re using Ultra Chromecast). Enter your password and click connect. Make sure your computer or mobile device and Chromecast are on the same network.
- You can now sign into your Google Account so that you can have access to your preferences on YouTube and Google.
- Now that the basic setup is completed, you will receive a list of all Cast devices available to you.
- You will receive a tutorial from Google, teaching you ‘How to Cast.’
Basic Process – How To Make Chromecast Work:
In case you missed the tutorial by Google during the setup, then the next step is to start using the device and follow the simple process mentioned below.
Step 1: Turn your TV and Chromecast enabled mobile device. Also, ensure basics such as the correct HDMI input is on the Television and the Google Home app is downloaded.
Step 2: Open the app that you wish to use with your Chromecast. These
Step 3: Tap the Cast button on your app. Although the location of the Cast button varies by an app – usually in the upper right or lower right of the screen – you can recognize the symbol being a rectangle with small slashes on the lower left. Some apps, for example, a video streaming app, could require you to start watching a video before you can actually start casting; so the button would be present in the video itself.
Step 4: Select the Chromecast device you wish to use, by tapping on the name.
Step 5: Now that the basic casting of your app has been successful, your mobile device will act as a remote. You can use it to control the app, playing, pausing, controlling the volume, etc. Tapping the Cast button again would disconnect.
Other than the general Chromecast streaming device, there also exists the Chromecast Audio, which connects your device to any Chromecast enabled stereo or speaker. Providing access to streaming from all of your favorite music providers like Spotify, Castbox, etc.
Things you need before setting up the Chromecast Audio:
- Chromecast Audio device
- Google Home app (Latest version)
- Power socket and a secure wireless network
- Android 4.4 or higher, iOS 9.1 or higher (Google Chrome if on the computer)
- A Wi-Fi and Internet connection.
- Chromecast enabled device
If using an Android or iOS, the following steps will help you set up a device for first-time Google Home app users.
- Plug in your Chromecast Audio into your Chromecast enabled device.
- Go to g.co/home/setup on your Chromecast Audio supported Android device to download the Google Home app. Or download the Google Home app from the play store.
- Connect your mobile device and your Chromecast Audio device to the same network.
- Open the Google Home app and tap on Getting Started.
- Choose the Google Account you want to link to Chromecast Audio.
- Grant permissions for Location access (Make sure Location services are turned on).
- The app will now scan for nearby Chromecast audio devices that are ready to set up. Tap Yes.
- Select your device if you see it, and if you don’t, select ‘Don’t see your device’.
- Your device will now be connected to the Chromecast Audio and the configuration menu will open.
- A sound will be played as a test, respond Yes if you hear it or Try again to repeat the process and Scan for devices.
- Select your Region in the Region selection menu.
- Select the room to pinpoint the location of your device and identify it. Helping your Casting. Add custom room and name your room if you can’t find it in the Room selection menu.
- Select the Wi-Fi network that you want to connect to and enter the password.
- Some optional forms such as adding an address or Email subscription will come up, ending with the Summary screen.
- You have successfully completed setting up your device, so tap on continue from the summary screen and then ‘Finish Setup’.