You bought a Google Chromecast or got it as a gift? In our step-by-step tutorial, you will learn how to set up your streaming player from Google and then set it up to stream video and other content and use it in practice.
A Chromecast from Google is a brilliant invention. With a comparatively tiny device, you equip your TV with numerous functions. So you stream videos from Netflix, Maxdome, or YouTube, receive the current TV program via so-called live TV providers, or enjoy your digital photo collection on TV or monitor. The smartphone or the tablet PC acts as a remote control for the playback of the various contents. Among others, the following apps support Chromecast:
- Video Streaming: YouTube I Netflix I Maxdome I Sky Ticket I DAZ
- Internet TV: Zattoo I Magine TV I Waipu.tv I TV movie live
- Music Streaming: Spotify I Google Play Music I Deezer I Tune In I SoundCloud I Tidal
Chromecast Usage: What’s Needed?
To use a Chromecast, you’ll need a TV or monitor with an HDMI port, a Wi-Fi network, and the free Google Home app on your Android device or iPhone. What you have to do for the institution, we explain in the following lines step by step.
Make the right connections.
You must first connect one end of the supplied USB cable to the Chromecast and then the other end to the power supply that will go to a power outlet. Then connect the Chromecast to an HDMI connector on your TV. Note that if you do not have a power outlet nearby, you can connect the second USB plug, which goes to the power supply, to a USB connector on your TV.
Choose the right channel.
Quickly after the connection, the Chromecast home screen should appear. If this is not the case, use your TV’s remote control to select the right source, i.e., the correct channel. This must match one of the HDMI inputs on your TV.
Chromecast for smartphones
Step 1: Connect Chromecast to TV
Plug your Chromecast into an HDMI input on your TV and plug in the Chromecast. Change to the appropriate HDMI channel on your TV.
Step 2: Install the Google Home app.
Install the Google Home app on your smartphone. This app is available for Android and iOS.
Step 3: Set up Chromecast
Open the Google Home app and tap the icon in the upper right corner.
If you see the Chromecast screen, all you have to do is tap Setup.
Your TV and smartphone will show a four-digit number; if it is identical, then click “Yes.”
You can assign the Chromecast to a room and then connect to a Wi-Fi network. ( Attention: Your smartphone and the Chromecast must be logged into the same Wi-Fi network)
A final tap on “Next” sets up the Chromecast.
Step 4: Video Streaming
Open the Save.TV app on your smartphone and tap the Chromecast icon, which will be displayed in the top right corner.
Confirm your Chromecast and then select the show from your recordings you want to watch.
Chromecast for the PC
The following prerequisites are necessary to transfer your PC view to the TV:
- A Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra
- A PC or laptop and a Wi-Fi network
- You use Google Chrome as your browser. You can download the latest version of Google Chrome
- Your PC / Laptop and Chromecast must be logged into the same Wi-Fi network
Step 1: Connect Chromecast to TV
Plug the Chromecast into an HDMI input on your TV and plug in the Chromecast. Change to the appropriate HDMI channel on your TV.
Step 2: Stream over the browser.
Open Google Chrome on your PC or laptop and click on the drop-down menu in the upper right corner, which is represented by three vertical dots.
Select your Chromecast, and the PC’s view will be transferred to the TV.
If you want to stop streaming, in the browser on the top right, next to the drop-down menu, click the cast icon and then “pause.”
Now everything is ready for broadcasting. Depending on the hardware you are using, start the application from which you want to stream and click/tap the button to enable streaming on your Chromecast. You can find compatible apps for your smartphone or tablet by going to chromecast.com/apps.