Google Chromecast has become a staple in many households. This small yet powerful device is the ultimate smart TV companion. Chromecast makes displaying things on your smart TV incredibly easy, and allows you to stream content like TV shows, movies and more. You can even tell your Google Assistant and Google smart speaker to turn compatible smart TVs on and off or to put on your favourite movie.
So how do you get the most out of your Google Chromecast? We’ve compiled a list of our favourite tips and tricks for using your Google Chromecast with your smart TV.
- Personalise your setup. Customise the name of any Chromecast through the Google Home app (Android or iOS). You can choose a simple name like “Master Bedroom TV” so you can say, “Hey Google, turn on the Master Bedroom TV” or you can have some fun with this and choose a name like “Binge Box” or “Streaming Station”.
- Get casting your favourite videos, TV shows and movies. You can cast videos from YouTube, and your favourite movies and TV shows from Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Now and other sources. Just make sure you link your accounts first.
- Share your memories with friends. Chromecast can serve up some nostalgia by screening old-school slideshows – no projector required. Google Photos has Chromecast support, so you can cast your favourite memories from Google Photos on Android, iOS, or PC to your smart TV. Just tap the Cast icon on the top of the Google Photos app to connect.
- Have a concert in your living room. To play music through your smart TV with Chromecast, download Google Play Music (Android or iOS). Open the app, tap the cast icon, choose Chromecast from the device list, and select what you want to play. Alternatively, if you’re a Spotify Premium subscriber, make sure your device is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast. Then open the Spotify app, play a track, select Devices Available, and then select your Chromecast. The party starts now!
- Nail that presentation at work. Need to conquer your stage fright before you deliver that major presentation at work next week? Chromecast to the rescue! Use the casting feature built into Google slides to practice your presentation at home. If your presentation was made in another program like PowerPoint just use the casting option built into the Chrome Browser instead to cast your screen from your computer. Or if you’d like to screen your presentation from your smartphone, you can use the Google Home app to cast your Android device screen.
- Binge your favourite TV show at your next hotel stay. On your next getaway, forget about having to watch the limited channels available on your hotel’s TV. Use your Chromecast on the go by packing a portable wireless router and plugging it into the Ethernet port in the wall of your hotel room. Then plug your Chromecast into the HDMI port on the TV and connect it and the device you’re using to cast to it.
- Games night sorted, without pricey gaming consoles. It’s no Xbox, but the Chromecast can be used to play some fun family games. Whether it’s a bowling night or dance party on the cards, Chromecast has lots on offer. Just download games to your iOS or Android device to use your phone or tablet as a controller, while the game runs on your smart TV.
- Set the tone. When you aren’t using your Chromecast to blast music or binge your favourite TV show, try setting your Chromecast to Ambient Mode. With Ambient Mode on, your smart TV can flick through artwork or professional photos curated for Chromecast or personal photos associated with your Google account. Choose your preferred background to really set the tone for your living room!
- Check the weather forecast. Want to see the weather forecast on your smart TV instead of just hearing it? You’re in luck if you have a Chromecast and the Google Home app. Just say, “OK, Google, show me the weather on my TV” and the current conditions with a five-day forecast will appear on top of anything actively playing.
- View your security camera footage. Do you have a Nest security camera? You can stream the live feed from the camera to your smart TV via your Chromecast using the Google Home app (just make sure all devices have been added to the Google Home app). Then you can ask Google Assistant things like:
“OK, Google, what’s on [camera name]?”
“OK, Google, play [camera name] on [Chromecast].”
“OK, Google, show [camera name] on [Chromecast].”