By using Google Chromecast Devices, connected to your TV’s HDMI port, you can use the Google Home app on your iPhone, iPad, or Android mobile device to stream on-demand TV shows and movies live from the Internet and watch them on your TV screen—without a subscription to a cable TV service.

You can also cast content stored on your mobile device, including videos, photos, and music, to your TV using Google Chromecast . Besides streaming TV shows and movies with a few simple hacks, your Google Chromecast can do a lot more.

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Install the best apps to stream the TV shows and movies you want

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A growing number of mobile apps now have a feature Cast . Clicking on icon Cast allows you to stream what you see on your smartphone or tablet screen and watch it on your TV, as long as you have a Chromecast device connected to your TV.

Be sure to install the appropriate applications in depending on what content you want to stream from your mobile device. You can purchase eligible and optional apps from the App Store associated with your mobile device, or find apps using mobile app Google Home .

From the web browser of your computer or mobile device, you can easily learn about Chromecast-compatible apps with a built-in function Cast .

For example, to watch a YouTube video on a TV screen, follow these steps:

  1. Run mobile app Google Home on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. On the screen review select youtube app and install it.
  3. Run youtube app on your mobile device.
  4. Press icons » Home» » Trends» » Subscriptions» or » Search», to find and select the videos you want to watch.
  5. When the video starts playing, tap icon Cast (displayed in the upper right corner of the screen) and the video will be streamed from the Internet to your mobile device and then wirelessly transferred to your TV screen.
  6. Use the YouTube mobile app’s on-screen controls to play, pause, fast-forward, or rewind the selected video as you normally would.

In addition to YouTube, apps for all major TV networks as well as video streaming services (including Google Play , Netflix , Hulu and Amazon Prime Video ) offer function Cast and available in the app store associated with your mobile device. device.

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Display news headlines and weather as background

Google Chrome background menu

When video content is not actively streaming, Chromecast may display a customizable background a screen that displays news headlines, a local weather forecast, or a customizable slideshow of selected digital images. To customize this display, follow these steps:

  1. Run Appendix Google Home on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Press icon menu, which is displayed in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Press option Devices .
  4. Click on the option » Change background» (displayed in the center of the screen).
  5. AT menu » Background» (shown) make sure all options in this menu are disabled. Then to view headlines curated news click the virtual switch associated with this setting to enable the feature. Or click on option Play Newsstand and then enable the virtual switch associated with this feature. You can then follow the on-screen prompts to customize your settings. google kiosk . To display local weather information, tap the option Weather, to enable this feature.
  6. Click icon <, displayed in the upper left corner of the screen to save changes and return to elementary screen Google Home apps .

On an Android mobile device, you can display images on screen TV directly from the Gallery or Photos app that comes pre-installed on your device. Touch icon cast, displayed on the screen when viewing photos.

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Show customized slideshow as background

Google Photos Menu

During times when the TV is on and the Chromecast is on but not streaming content, the Background screen may display an animated slideshow of your favorite images. To configure this setting, follow these steps:

  1. Run Appendix Google Home on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Press icon menu, which is displayed in the upper left corner of the screen.
  3. Press option Devices .
  4. Click on an option Change background .
  5. Turn off all the options listed in the menu except for one of the options related to photos. Select and turn on option Google Photos to display images saved with Google Photos. Turn on option flickr, to select images stored in your Flickr account. Select the option » Google Art and Culture», to display images from all over the world, or select the » Selected photos», to view images created on the web (selected by Google). To view images of the Earth and space, select the option Earth and space .
  6. To display your own photos, select which image album or catalog you want to display when prompted. (The images or albums must already be stored online, in Google Photos or Flickr.)
  7. To adjust the speed at which images change on the screen, tap the “ Custom Speed» and select » Low» » Normal» or » Fast» .
  8. If necessary, click on icon < several times to return to the main screen greetings . The selected images will now appear on your TV as your customized Chromecast background.
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Play files from your PC or Mac on your TV screen

How to Cast Video to Chromecast Using Safari Web Browser

As long as your Windows or Mac computer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast device, you can simultaneously play video files stored on your computer on both your computer screen and your TV screen. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Set up and turn on your TV and Chromecast.
  2. Run Chrome web browser on your computer.
  3. If you are a Windows PC user, in the web browser address field, enter file: /// c: /, followed by the path to the file. If you are a Mac user, enter file://localhost/Users/yourusername and then the path to the file. Or drag and drop the media file directly into the Chrome web browser.
  4. When the file is displayed in the Chrome web browser window, click menu icon in the top right corner of the screen (which looks like three vertical dots) and select the » Bringing» .
  5. Select the option » Playback» and the video will play simultaneously on the computer screen and TV screen.
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Play Google Slides on TV

How to Create Google Slide Presentations Using the Safari Web Browser

Using free Appendix Google Slides on your computer or mobile device , you can easily create animated slide presentations and then display them from your computer or mobile device on your TV screen. (You can also import Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into Google Slides to display on your TV.)

Follow these steps to stream a Google Slides presentation from your PC or Mac (or any compatible and internet-connected mobile device) to your TV:

  1. Make sure your computer or mobile device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast device.
  2. Run Google Slides on your computer (or the Google Slides app on your mobile device) and create a digital slide presentation. You can also upload an existing Google Slides presentation, or import a PowerPoint presentation .
  3. Start playing the presentation by clicking on icon present .
  4. Press icon menu (which looks like three vertical dots) which is in the top right corner of the Google Slides window and select the option Cast .
  5. Choose between speaker or gift on another screen .
  6. Control your presentation from your computer while displaying digital slides on your TV screen.
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Stream music through your TV speakers or home theater system

Music menu in the Google Home mobile app

In addition to streaming video content from the Internet (through your mobile device) to your Chromecast connected to your TV, you can also stream unlimited music from your existing Spotify , Pandora YouTube Music, Google Play Music, iHeartRadio Deezer, TuneIn Radio or Musixmatch account.

To use your TV speakers or home theater system to listen to your favorite music, follow these steps.

  1. Launch the Google Home mobile app on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Tap on the Browse icon that’s displayed at the bottom of the screen.
  3. Tap on the Music button.
  4. From the Music menuselect a compatible streaming music service, and then download the appropriate app by tapping on the Get App option. For example, if you have a pre-existing Pandora account, download and install the Pandora app. Music apps already installed are displayed near the top of the screen. Optional music apps available for download are displayed near the bottom of the screen, so scroll down to the Add More Services heading.
  5. Launch the music service app and sign into your account (or create a new account).
  6. Select the music or streaming music station you want to hear.
  7. Once the music (or music video) begins playing on your mobile device’s screen, tap on the Cast icon. The music (or music video) will begin playing on your TV screen and the audio will be heard through your TV’s speakers or home theater system systems.
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Stream Video Content to Your TV, but Listen Using Headphones

Using the free LocalCast for Chromecast mobile app, you’re able to select content that’s stored within your mobile device, such as a video file, and stream the video content to your TV. However, you can simultaneously stream the audio portion of that content to the speaker(s) built into your smartphone or tablet or listen to the audio using wired or wireless headphones that are connected or linked to your mobile device. Meanwhile, if you would like to jailbreak your Chromecast device, you can do so as well.

To use the LocalCast for Chromecast app, follow these steps:

  1. Download and install the free LocalCast for Chromecast app for your iOS (iPhone/iPad) or Android-based mobile device.
  2. Launch the app, and choose compatible content that’s either stored within your mobile device, or that’s streamed via the internet from a source that’s compatible with the app.
  3. When the selected content begins playing, tap on the Cast icon to stream the content from your mobile device screen to your TV.
  4. From the Now Playing screen, tap on the Route Audio to Phone option (the phone icon). While the video is playing on your TV screen, the accompanying audio will begin playing through your phone’s speaker(s), or headphones that are connected to or linked with your mobile device.
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Use Chromecast From a Hotel Room

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The next time you travel somewhere and will be staying at a hotel, bring along your Chromecast device. Instead of paying upwards of $15 for a pay-per-view movie, or watching whatever limited channel lineup is available from the hotel’s TV service, plug the Chromecast into the hotel room’s TV, link it with your personal Wi-Fi hotspot, and you ‘ll have free audio and video programming on demand.

Be sure to bring along your own personal Wi-Fi hotspot that allows you to connect multiple devices to the same Wi-Fi network. The Skyroam device, for example, offers unlimited internet while traveling for a few dollars a day.

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Control Your Chromecast Using Your Voice


The Chromecast device that links to your TV and that typically gets controlled using the Google Home mobile app running on your smartphone or tablet can also be controlled using your voice when you purchase and install an optional Google home smart speaker.

Make sure the Chromecast device and Google Home speaker are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and that the Google Home speaker is located in the same room as the TV.

Now, while you’re watching video content via Chromecast, use verbal commands to find audio or video content, and then play, pause, fast forward, or rewind content, for example.

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