The increasingly popular Google Chromecast is one of the most useful streaming devices available to users around the world today. You can use this elaborate device to stream content, show your home videos on a bigger screen, and share presentations.
The device is quite simple, but it takes some work to set it up and get it working properly. This article will teach you how to get started using your Google Chromecast and provide some helpful tips along the way.
How to set up Google Chromecast
The process might seem a bit confusing because the Chromecast device is so simple. You have an HDMI port on one end and the other plugs into the wall for power. Unlike set-top boxes and game consoles, there are no other buttons, instructions or ports.
Fortunately, the process really is as simple as the device. Before we get into the instructions, let's make sure you have everything you'll need to complete the installation process.
What do you need
You will need the Chromecast device. You can buy one cheaply on Amazon using this link or buy one at most major retailers. The device will cost you around $30 on average, but it is free to use and definitely worth the investment.
Next, you'll need the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet. You can download the app from the Google Play Store here, and iOS users can get it here. Since the Chromecast is a basic device, you will need this app to control the Chromecast and get started.
You will also need a Google account that you can access. When you first install the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet, you'll see a prompt asking you to sign in to your account. You can create a free Google account here if you don't already have one.
An internet connection is also on our list of things we need to complete the installation process. You can use a frequency of 2,4 ghz or 5 ghz (excluding Chromecast first generation); just make sure your smartphone is connected to the network you want to use.
Finally, you will need a monitor or TV with HDMI ports. Most newer devices already have it, so that shouldn't be a problem.
How to set up a Chromecast device
Now that we've gathered everything we need to complete the setup, it's time to get started. As mentioned earlier, it is quite easy to complete the process. Here's how:
- Plug your Chromecast into your TV's HDMI port. Then, plug the power cable into a wall outlet.
- Use Enter button to switch your TV to the HDMI port you plugged your Chromecast device into.
- If you have the Chromecast with remote, your Chromecast remote should start pairing automatically. If not, select Start pairing proceed. Then hold the back button et home button so that the LED indicator light appears on the remote control.
- Once paired, select the language you wish to use.
- Open the Google Home app on your smartphone. Sign in to your Google account if you haven't already.
- Press Configure Chromecast. Or tap the “+” icon in the upper left corner. Then press Configure Chromecast.
- Choose the group you want to add this Chromecast device to (in this case: “Home”).
- Previous pages will ask for location permissions and acceptance of terms and conditions. Enable location access and tap Next.
- Select the Wi-Fi network you want your Chromecast to use. Then press Next.
- Select the location in your home to easily identify which device you want to cast to in the future.
- After a moment, your TV will display a four-digit alphanumeric code. Wait for this code to appear on the Google Home app as well. Then press Yes if it matches.
- After accepting the terms and conditions, you will see that your Chromecast is now set up. Click on Continue when prompted.
- The Google Home app will offer you a tutorial where you can project your screen to your monitor or TV. You can also press To jump in the lower left corner if you want to bypass this step.
Now that your Chromecast is set up, you can start casting directly from your phone or computer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some more answers to your questions about the Google Chromecast setup process.
What devices are compatible with my Chromecast?
Chromecast works with Android, iOS, Mac OS X, Windows and Chrome OS. You can also run it on an Ubuntu PC, but you'll need to use Chrome or Chromium to access it.
Can I set up a VPN with my Chromecast device?
Absoutely! We have a full tutorial that will teach you how to use a VPN with your Chromecast here. You will need a VPN-capable router or a computer to set up a virtual router to stream content securely with a VPN.