The new Google Chromecast is the simple Plug and Play internet streaming device like Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, and Roku Streaming Stick. Unlike its competitors, the Chromecast doesn’t come with a remote or even an interface of its own. For proper functioning of Chromecast, you have to use another device like Android phone, iPhone, or a PC will.
By default, the Chromecast will not stream content via your controlling device. You can only send the link to Chromecast and it will take care of the streaming. So, you can easily access TV shows, movies, songs and more through apps like Netflix, YouTube and Google Play. This not only frees up your smartphone for other things, but it also helps save battery life.
With the help of the Cast Screen feature available in all the devices, you can easily Mirror your Android or iPhone Screen and also mirror any website and enjoy your Phone’s content on the big screen. But, every device has a disadvantage. This device is not meant for a sit-back-and-relax kind of experience. But, the selling point of this device is its price. Yes, it costs very less than Amazon Fire Stick and its other rivals.
So, in this article, I am going to give you the detailed information about How to Setup and Use Google Chromecast. Now, let’s start with the steps to operate this device.
Steps to Setup a Chromecast
For this tutorial, I am going to use Android device and the explanation is based on it also. So now, let’s start with the steps.
After you buy the new device and unbox it, you will find the round Chromecast dongle with an HDMI cable and a power brick with a Micro-USB cable.
Step 1: First, connect your Google Chromecast dongle to the HDMI input of your TV.
Step 2: After this, Connect the Power Brick to the Power Outlet and connect the Micro USB cable to the other end of Chromecast.
Step 3: Now, turn on your TV and switch to the HDMI input where you have connected the Chromecast.
Step 4: After this, you have to open the Google Home App. If you don’t have this application, you download by Clicking Here.
Step 5: After the app downloading is completed, now you have to open the application. Make sure the Wifi of your phone is enabled. After this, the app will ask you to start scanning for new devices.
Step 6: Once the scan is completed, the app will automatically find the Chromecast around you and ask you to tap on the Next Button.
Step 7: The Chromecast and Google Home app will both display a code. You have to verify that code and after verifying, tap on the Yes Button. See the image above for your reference.
Step 8: Now, provide a name to the device and tap on Next.
Step 9: After this, connect the Wi-Fi network to use for the Chromecast. If you’re already logged in to the network on your Android phone, you won’t have to log in again.
Step 10: After connecting to the Wi-Fi, you are now done.
How to Stream Online Media to a Chromecast
After the successful connection of Chromecast to your device, now, let’s check out the steps for streaming the Online Media to Chromecast. You can easily stream the media through your Android Mobile, iPhone and even with Desktop. I will demonstrate here for both.
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1. Cast from Android and iPhone
For the successful cast of media through Android and iPhone, follow these steps.
Step 1: First open an app that has Chromecast support like YouTube, and look for the Cast icon. You’ll generally find it in the top toolbar. As long as you’re on the same Wi-Fi network as the Chromecast, you’ll find the Cast icon in the app.
Step 2: Tap on the Cast Screen button and select the Chromecast from the list. The app will now assign the “output” as Chromecast. Continue browsing around and tap on media to start playback. The media will start playing instantly on your TV. All you’ll see on your phone are playback controls.
Step 3: Now, you will see the content of your phone on the big screen of your TV. You can now lock your device and the media will continue to play.
2. Cast from PC
If you have a Windows or Mac PC and want to Cast it with Chromecast, you have to use Google Chrome Browser on the PC. After this, you have to open the media player which supports Chromecast. Various Media Web sites like YouTube and Netflix support cast screen.
One important thing which you have to keep in mind is that connect on the same Wi-Fi as of Chromecast before playing the media file. After playing the media file, you will see the Cast icon in the video player itself. Click on it, select your Chromecast, and the playback will switch to your TV.
So, this is all for this article. Hope you have successfully installed the Google Chromecast and the streaming of Media files between your TV and Phone will be enabled. You can easily stream various things like Movies, Play Music and also access your social media accounts.
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