Get started with Chromecast

What's in the box?

What should you expect to unwrap? Inside the box, you'll find the Chromecast, a USB power cable, a power adapter (optional), and an HDMI extender (optional). It's important to only use the cables that come in the Chromecast box; other USB cables and HDMI extenders may not work.

  1. Chromecast: Chromecast plugs into any HDMI port on your TV and uses your existing Wi-Fi network to stream video from the internet to your TV. Chromecast is controlled from devices on the same Wi-Fi network, such as smartphones, tablets, or computers, and is powered using the USB cable (#2).

  2. USB power cable: The USB power cable provides power to your Chromecast. One end plugs into your Chromecast and the other end plugs into either a USB port on your TV or the power supply (#3). Note: This cable is only to be used to provide power to your Chromecast. It is not intended to be used as a USB cable for other devices or for general use.

  3. Power supply (optional): The power supply is optional and can be used with the USB cable to power your Chromecast if your TV does not have a USB port.

  4. HDMI extender (optional): The HDMI extender is optional and can be used if your Chromecast does not fit directly into your TV. The HDMI extender may be used to improve your Wi-FI reception, and if recommended for your set up, you may see a notification on your TV screen to use the extender. The HDMI extender should be connected to the TV first, then to the Chromecast.

If you're having trouble, you'll likely find a solution with our Chromecast troubleshooting tips.

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