Tech — 6 months ago

Google Chromecast Setup Guide

by Garry S.

Chromecast, Google Home, Google Chromecast Setup

How to Setup Google Chromecast Quickly

Google’s Chromecast is a device that lets you turn any television with an HDMI port into a smart TV instantly. Set up is quick and easy and afterward, you can stream shows as well as movies from your mobile phone to your Chromecast. Here is how you set up Google Chromecast.

As already mentioned, the Chromecast plugs into an HDMI port. You can power the Chromecast by plugging it into a wall socket. If your TV has a built-in USB port, you might be able to power it by plugging it into the USB port. You need an internet connection as well as a wireless router for the Chromecast to work properly. If you would like to stream content on Netflix, HBO, Google Play and so on, you’re going to need to set up accounts on each service separately.

You can control the Chromecast using an Android or iOS phone or tablet. You can even use a computer or a laptop to stream content to the Chromecast.

Chromecast

Setting up your Google Chromecast

After plugging in the Chromecast into your television set, there will be instructions that are displayed on your TV screen. Follow these instructions to set up your Chromecast. If you’re using your smartphone to set up your Chromecast, download the Google Home app. If you’re using a laptop, you don’t need the Home app. Google Chrome is enough.

You can set up your Chromecast with either a laptop or a phone. Most people use their smartphones to connect to their Chromecasts.

You don’t have to configure your Chromecast for each device that uses it individually. As long as each device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you’ll be able to control the Chromecast.

How to watch content with a Chromecast

Here’s how to watch videos on your Chromecast from Netflix, Hulu, YouTube and any other app that is compatible with Chromecast.

  1. Tap and open the app that you’d like to watch content.
  2. Find the movie or show you’d like to watch.
  3. Search for the cast button. The location of the button depends on the app as well as the device you’re using.
  4. After tapping on the cast button, select which device Chromecast you’d like to stream content. (This is because some people have multiple Chromecasts in their homes and this prevents you from streaming content to the wrong TV.)
  5. When the content starts playing, you can use your mobile device to play, pause and stop the movie or show.

Playing videos on a Chromecast is silky smooth with the experience being similar to using the Xbox, PlayStation 3 and Roku.

If you use your Chromebook or MAC laptop to cast videos, it might not be as smooth because the computer is screencasting the videos as opposed to sending them to the device as is the case with casting a movie using your mobile phone.

Google Home

Look for plugins

One of the great things about owning a Chromecast is that you’re able to screencast anything in your browser's window. You can mirror your entire browser window to your TV if you use the right plugins. You can use this to watch plenty of videos that have been banned from video streaming devices.

However, you should know that streaming services can ban the behavior whenever they feel like it, and some of them do enact bans off and on. Sometimes, you will run into a couple of hurdles if you’d like to cast something from a browser tab which is using a proxy server.

You are free to try it. You will not get in trouble because it is completely legal and the extension is absolutely free to use.

 

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