Chromecast is hardware a device designed and manufactured by Google that allows stream multimedia on TV.

Instead of using a wired connection, you can use a Chromecast device for streaming digital music, video and images WiFi . If, for example, you have a movie on your phone but want to watch it on your TV, you can use a Chromecast instead of a cable to connect to your TV—and do it wirelessly.

Chromecast keys.
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Chromecast design and features

Chromecast dongle (second generation) was launched in September 2015 and comes in a variety of colors. The round design has a built-in flat cable HDMI, which connects to the HDMI port on your high-definition (HD) TV. The back of the dongle is also magnetic so you can attach the end of the HDMI cable when not in use to keep the cable clean.

The Chromecast is also equipped with port micro USB on the other end of the device to power the device. You can use the spare USB port on the TV or the power supply that came with it.

The first generation of Chromecast was like flash drive . Google released it in 2013 and still maintains it, but the company no longer manufactures this version.

What you need to make Chromecast work on your TV

To stream media to your TV using a Chromecast, your home must already have a Wi-Fi network set up. Using your wireless router You can:

  • Stream from a mobile device . You can use your phone or tablet to stream content. Before doing this, you need to install chromecast app or a Google Cast compatible app to your device.
  • Use it as local storage. If you have a music or video library, you can also stream it. You can share folders on your computer, external hard drive NAS (Network Attached Storage), etc. You just need to make sure it is available as a share on your home network.
  • Internet stream . If you are using a laptop or desktop computer to stream music and video, you need to use the Google Chrome web browser. The main benefit of streaming this way is tab conversion — in simple terms, mirroring what you see on your device onto the big screen.

Online Services You Can Use to Stream Music and Video

For digital music, you can use services from your Chrome browser or mobile device, such as:

  • Google Play Music
  • Pandora Radio
  • songza
  • Spotify

You can stream music videos and other content using these services (and more):

You can also receive live broadcasts over the internet using Chromecast. Some of the Chromecast compatible services include:

These lists are constantly evolving as app providers expand offerings and compatibility, so if you’re interested in using your Chromecast with a specific service, check out its website for updated information.

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