How to set up Chromecast on TV

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Updated June 27, 2022

If you want to use your smartphone, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer to watch content on your highly-rated TV, it’s easier than ever using Google’s Chromecast device and free Chromecast app. But if the process is intimidating to you, we’ve provided step-by-step instructions on how to set up Chromecast on TV. Read below to learn everything you’ll need to get started.

KEY TAKEAWAYS:

  • You can use Chromecast to cast content from your mobile device, tablet, or computer with one button
  • You’ll need a Google account and access to secure Wi-Fi to start casting
  • The device you cast from must be Bluetooth-capable

How to Set Up a Chromecast for your TV

First, you’ll need a Google account and access to a secure WiFi connection. Next:

  1. Connect your Chromecast device to your television’s HDMI port
  2. Connect the USB power cable to your Chromecast device
  3. Connect the USB power cable into the power adapter and connect it to an outlet
  4. Download the Google Home app from the Google Play site on your device, tablet, or desktop
  5. Go to the Chromecast website and follow the short guide to install and set up Chromecast

You should now see the Chromecast welcome screen on your television. Write down or remember the Chromecast device number displayed on the bottom of the screen.

  1. Make sure Bluetooth is active on your device and open the Google Home app
  2. Press “Add” to add your Chromecast device and choose “home” or add your own with the preferred name
  3. Wait for the Google Home app to display all connected Bluetooth devices and choose the device with the number you saw on the welcome screen
  4. A confirmation number will appear on your television and your mobile device in the Google Home app. Press “confirm” on your mobile device.
  5. Choose your WiFi connection when prompted by the app. Make sure it’s the same secure connection your mobile device uses.
  6. Your television should now display your chosen Chromecast device’s name, with the current time on the bottom right of the screen. This can also be a great time to connect your bluetooth speakers to tv.

You’re now ready to start casting content from your mobile device. Casting content to your television is now as simple as navigating to the desired site on your Chromecast-connected mobile device, tablet, laptop, or desktop computer, pressing the “cast” button in your internet browser, and selecting your television at the prompt. Also, you can connect soundbar to tv for better audio performance when streaming content.

Remember to only use the AC adapter that came with your Chromecast device- using another can potentially damage your device.

F.A.Q.S

Can I Chromecast from my Android device?

Yes, you can easily Chromecast from your Android device with your Chrome browser app as long as you have the Google Home app installed and are connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Chromecast device.


Can I Chromecast from my desktop PC or Mac?

Yes, following the same instructions as you do for your smartphone’s Chromecasting, you can Chromecast from any computer or device with a Chrome browser and Google Home extension installed, as long as it’s connected to the same Wi-Fi.


Can I share photos or other content from my computer or phone with Chromecast?

Yes, so long as your device is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Chromecast device, you can cast content on your phone using your Chrome browser and the “Cast” button.


What does Chromecast do?

A Chromecast device or “dongle” receives data over your Wi-Fi network and displays it via an HDMI cable to your connected television, similar to how the “mirroring” function works on your phone.


STAT: 36.9 million users use Chromecast to watch content on their television- second only to Amazon’s Firestick. (source)

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