If you want to stream content to your TV without an expensive set-top box, Google Chromecast is a great option! You can even control playback with your iPhone. We will explain the configuration to you.
Chromecast is a receiver that streams multimedia content to your TV. It does not include built-in apps like Apple TV or Roku. Instead, you just hit the Cast button in any supported app on your iPhone, and Google streams that content to your Chromecast device.
The Chromecast looks like a miniature UFO attached to your TV by a short HDMI cable. The included power supply connects to the device’s micro-USB port. The standard model ($ 35 to date) supports 1080p content at 60 Hz, while the Ultra model is more expensive ($ 69 to date) but supports 4K content with high dynamic range.
As part of the installation process, you connect the Chromecast device to Google Assistant. In this way, you can use verbal commands to access and distribute content. For example, you could say, “Hey, Google. Play the latest episode of Stranger Things on the living room TV. “
Google Assistant will then stream this episode to the Chromecast device connected to your TV. However, be sure to correctly identify the Chromecast device (“living room TV” in this example), so that Google Assistant understands and converts to the correct destination.
Here are some of the services that are compatible with Google Assistant:
Google Play Music
Applications, videos and photos in streaming:
Prepare your devices
Connect the Chromecast dongle to the HDMI port on your TV, then plug its power into an electrical outlet. You will see a message on your TV with instructions on how to get the Google Home app.
Download and install it Google Home app from the App Store. Then open the iPhone Control Center. If your iPhone has a home button, you can do so by swiping up from the bottom edge; if you have a newer handset, swipe down from the top right corner. Also make sure that Bluetooth is turned on (the icon should be blue).
If you don’t want to use Bluetooth, tap “No thanks” when the Chromecast prompts you to turn it on. You will then need to connect directly to Chromecast via Wi-Fi. To do this, open the Settings app on your iPhone, tap the Wi-Fi option, then select your Chromecast device from the list.
Set up Chromecast
To set up your Chromecast, open the Google Home app on your iPhone. At the top, you should see a prompt to install a detected device; press it to continue. If you don’t see a prompt, move a few feet from the Chromecast and see if it appears.
If the prompt still doesn’t appear, make sure the Chromecast is turned on and displays a message on your TV. You can also restart the app or your iPhone and see if that fixes the problem.
Select a home (or create a new one) on the next screen, then press “Next”. The home will then search for the devices.
Select your Chromecast device in the results, then tap “Next”.
Check that the code you see on your iPhone matches the code displayed on your TV; if so, press “Yes”.
On the next screen, you are asked if you want to help Google improve the Chromecast experience; press “Yes, I’m in it” or “No thanks”. You must also press “I accept” to accept the Google device arbitration agreement.
From there, select the room in which your Chromecast resides, then press “Next”. This will keep all of your devices organized, especially if you use smart bulbs, locks, speakers, multiple Chromecast devices, etc. in your house.
After selecting a room, choose the Wi-Fi network to which you want the Chromecast to connect, then press “Next”. As the Chromecast tries to connect, you may be asked to enter a password. Once the device is connected, you are prompted to associate the device with your Google Account. Press “Continue” to continue.
The following screens are for Google Assistant. You’ll initially see information about Google’s partners, services, privacy, guests, and YouTube recommendations. After that, you are prompted to grant Google Assistant access to all contacts on your paired devices.
The next step is to add your radio, video and TV services to Google Assistant. Manually connect to each service to link them, then press “Next”. If you prefer to link these services later, just press “Not Now”.
At the end of the process, you will see a summary, including where the Chromecast resides, the associated Wi-Fi network and your related services. If everything seems correct, press “Next”. Google Home has sample tutorial clips, but you can skip them if you want.
Finally, note the name assigned to your Chromecast device in Google Home. In our example, the application called it “Living room TV” because it is installed in the “Living room” group.
To create a new name, tap the device in the Google Home app. On the next screen, tap the gear icon in the upper right corner. Tap the current device name on the next screen to rename it.
Manually add Chromecast
If you haven’t seen a prompt in the Google Home app to add the Chromecast device, tap the plus sign (+) in the upper left corner.
On the next screen, press “Configure the device” in the “Add to home” section.
Tap “Set up new devices” on the next screen.
On the next screen, select the home where the device is located and press “Next”. From there, follow the instructions above in the “Set up Chromecast” section.