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Set up Chromecast

Important note: If you’re on Chrome 49, you can’t set up your Chromecast device using Chrome browser on Chrome OS, Mac, or Windows. To check which Chrome version you’re on, type chrome://version into the address bar. The numbers next to Google Chrome will read: 47 (or 48 or 49).X.XXXX.XX.  
If you’re on Chrome 49, here’s how to turn off Media Router in order to successfully set up your Chromecast device using Chrome browser on Chrome OS, Mac, or Windows.

Set up essentials

  • A display device with an HDMI input, for example, a high-definition television (HDTV)
  • Access to an available power outlet or an available (non-service) USB port on your HDMI-enabled display
  • Access to a secure wireless network (make sure you have the wireless network password handy)
  • For Chromecast (1st generation), connection to a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4G network. For Chromecast, connection to a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac 2.4/5G network.
  • A compatible Android or iOS device or tablet, or Mac, Windows or Chromebook computer (see list below). Note: The compatible Android, iOS, or tablet setup device must support a 5GHz connection in order to set up a Chromecast on a 5GHz connection.
  • Availability and performance of certain features, services and applications are device- and network-dependent and may not be available in all areas; subscription(s) may be required, and additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply.

Set up Chromecast from:

Choose your device:

Chromecast (1st generation)
Android phone or tablet (Android 4.1 and higher)
  1. Plug in the Chromecast device.
  2. Install the Google Cast app by navigating to chromecast.com/setup on your Chromecast supported Android device. 

    Or click to download the Google Cast app for Android.
  3. Tap ACCEPT to agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
  4. If you're not signed into a Google account, tap SIGN IN to personalize your features for a better Google Cast experience. Then tap Allow Email Notifications for tips & tricks, offers, and more sent straight to your email. Tap CONTINUE.
  5. If you're already signed into a Google account, tap Allow Email Notifications for tips & tricks, offers, and more sent straight to your email. Tap CONTINUE.
  6. Select your Chromecast. Tap Set Up.
  7. Check to see that the code on your phone matches the code on your TV. Click I see the code.
  8. Optional: Change the name of your Chromecast. Select Set Name.

    Note: Guest mode is automatically enabled at set up. You can uncheck the box to turn the feature off. Learn more about how guest mode works here.
  9. Connect your Chromecast to your WiFi network. Click Set Network.
  10. Sweet! You are ready to cast.

    Learn how to cast your favorite online videos and more from your phone, tablet or laptop to your TV with Chromecast by visiting chromecast.com/learn.

    Need more help? You can troubleshoot an issue directly from the Help Center, or post a question and search for answers in the Chromecast Help Forum.
Chromecast
Android phone or tablet (Android 4.1 and higher)
  1. Plug in your Chromecast device. Change the input on your TV remote until you see the Set me up card on your screen. This is done using the Input, Source, or Menu button. You may have to cycle through a few inputs before finding the correct one (e.g. HDMI1, HDMI2, etc.)
  2. Install the Google Cast app by navigating to chromecast.com/setup on your Chromecast supported Android device. 

    Or click to download the Google Cast app for Android.
  3. Tap ACCEPT to agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.
  4. If you're not signed into a Google account, tap SIGN IN to personalize your features for a better Google Cast experience. Then tap Allow Email Notifications for tips & tricks, offers, and more sent straight to your email. Tap CONTINUE.
  5. If you're already signed into a Google account, tap Allow Email Notifications for tips & tricks, offers, and more sent straight to your email. Tap CONTINUE.
  6. If you're not signed into a Google account, tap SIGN IN to personalize your features for a better Google Cast experience. Then tap Allow Email Notifications for tips & tricks, offers, and more sent straight to your email. Tap CONTINUE.
  7. If you're already signed into a Google account, tap Allow Email Notifications for tips & tricks, offers, and more sent straight to your email. Tap CONTINUE.
  8. Touch DEVICES and choose the Chromecast you want to set up. Touch Set Up.
  9. Touch Set Up.
  10. Make sure the code on your device matches the code on your TV. Touch I See the Code.
  11. Optional: Change the name of your Chromecast to something distinct by deleting the current name and typing in a new name. Note: Guest mode and Send Chromecast usage data and crash reports to Google are enabled by default. If you don't want to enable them, touch the check marks next to their corresponding prompts. Touch Set Name. 
  12. Choose the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to your Chromecast. Enter password. Touch Set Network.
  13. If your Chromecast needs an update, it will automatically update at this time and will let you know when the update is complete. Here’s more information on updates to your Chromecast in case the update is taking longer than expected.
  14. After the update is compete, you are ready to cast. Touch Browse Your Cast Apps! Here's how to start casting apps to your TV.



Once your device is successfully set up, discover what you can do with Chromecast.

Please note: Your Wi-Fi network configuration may prevent you from setting up Chromecast successfully. Need more help? You can troubleshoot an issue directly from the Help Center, or post a question and search for answers in the Chromecast Help Forum.

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