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Cast video from Chromecast-enabled apps to your TV

Casting to your TV is a simple way to enjoy your favorite apps optimized for the big screen. You can even use your mobile device or tablet as a remote and control everything from playback to volume. Let's get started!

For a video demonstration, check out the YouTube video at the bottom of this article. If you prefer step-by-step instructions, see below.

Before you begin casting

  1. Connect your mobile device, tablet, or computer to a Wi-Fi network.
  2. The mobile device, tablet or computer you are using to cast must be on the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast or TV with Chromecast built-in. Note: To allow guests to cast without being on your Wi-Fi network, please read How to set up guest mode.
  3. You must be running the latest version of the Chromecast-enabled app. You can always double check that you are on the latest version by visiting the Google Play Store or Apple App Store and checking for any app updates.

Cast from Chromecast-enabled apps to your TV

  1. Make sure the mobile device, tablet or computer you are using to cast is on the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast or TV with Chromecast built-in. 
  2. Open a Chromecast-enabled app.
  3. Tap the Cast button Inactive cast extension . Note: The Cast button isn't located in the same place on all Chromecast-enabled apps. 
  4. Tap the device you'd like to cast to.
  5. When you're connected, the Cast button will turn color, letting you know you're connected.
  6. You can now cast videos, movies and TV shows directly to your TV.
  7. To stop casting, tap the Cast button and then Disconnect.

Find new content to cast

There’s a lot of great content to enjoy from your favorite Chromecast-enabled apps and we don’t want you to miss a single great tune or podcast.

Within the Google Home app, tap the Discover tab to browse content and find new stuff that’s available on your Chromecast-enabled apps you don’t have installed yet. Here’s more on how to discover new content. You can also see a list of all Chromecast-enabled apps and available content.

For more information on developing for Chromecast, please visit our Chromecast Developer Help Center.

Please note: Casting may also be enabled from your laptop on the websites of Chromecast-enabled apps. To learn more, visit Chromecast-enabled app vs. Casting a tab. In order to cast from Chrome, please ensure you have the Castbutton installed on your Chrome browser.

Google Chromecast: Whats the Difference Between Casting & Screen Mirroring? Explained w/ Examples

 

If your home has two or more isolated networks available, your Android device may auto-switch between networks depending on signal strength. This could affect whether or not you see the Cast button in your applications.

To avoid auto-switching, Android users can go to device WiFi settings and Forget 'Network B' to ensure that the Android device is connected to the same 'Network A' as the Chromecast or TV with Chromecast built-in.

If you're having trouble with a Chromecast-enabled app, please try our Chromecast Troubleshooting tips.

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