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Set up Chromecast

Let's get you casting! To set up your Chromecast, you'll need:
  • 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.
Next, choose the Chromecast device that looks like yours below: Chromecast (1st generation)

Set up Chromecast from:

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

    Or click to download the Chromecast app for Android.
  3. Launch app to read Privacy and Terms. Tap Accept.
  4. Select your Chromecast. Tap Set Up.
  5. Check to see that the code on your phone matches the code on your TV. Click I see the code.
  6. 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.
  7. Connect your Chromecast to your WiFi network. Click Set Network.
  8. 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.
iOS phone or tablet (iOS 7.0 and higher)
  1. Install the Chromecast app by navigating to chromecast.com/setup on your Chromecast supported iOS device.


    Or click to download the Chromecast app for iOS.
  2. Launch app to read Privacy and Terms. Tap Accept.
  3. Select Set Up a New Chromecast.
  4. Exit the Chromecast app > Go to your iOS Settings > Wi-Fi > "ChromecastXXXX"
  5. Navigate back to the Chromecast app. Tap Next.
  6. Make sure the code on your phone matches the code on your TV. Select I See the Code.
  7. Select Your Region. Tap Next.
  8. Optional: Rename your Chromecast. Tap Next.
  9. Connect your Chromecast to your WiFi network. Click Set Up.
  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.
Chromebook (Chrome 28 and higher)
  1. Make sure you're using the latest version of Chrome by navigating to “Settings > About Google Chrome” and update your Chrome browser to the latest version, if necessary. If you're having trouble, here's how to update Chrome.
  2. Navigate to chromecast.com/setup from the Chrome browser on your computer.
  3. In order to set up Chromecast from your computer, you need to install the latest Google Cast extension.
    If you don’t have the Google cast extension installed, download the Google Cast extension.
  4. Once installed, in the top right corner of your Chrome browser, you should see the Cast button. Inactive cast extension
  5. Once you have the Google cast extension installed, go back to Chromecast.com/setup and click the link to “Set up from this Computer”.
  6. Chrome will now look for Chromecast devices that need to be set up.
  7. Click the device that matches the Chromecast name you see on your TV. It will be something like ChromecastXXXX. Click Set Me Up.
  8. Go to your Wi-Fi menu and select the Wi-Fi network that matches your Chromecast device name. Important: Make sure you’ve successfully connected to the Wi-Fi network before moving to the next step. This can take a few minutes. Note: You’ll lose your Internet connection for few minutes until setup is complete. This is expected.
  9. Click Next.
  10. The code on your device should match the code on your TV. If it does, click Yes.
    If it doesn’t match, click No and restart the setup process from step 5 above.
  11. Change the name of your Chromecast by typing in a new name (ex. Living Room) or you can leave it as the default name. Choose your country. Click Looks Good.
  12. Choose your Wi-Fi network by clicking the upside down arrow. Enter your password. Click Connect.
  13. Go back to your Wi-Fi menu and choose your Wi-Fi network. Important: Make sure you’ve successfully connected to the Wi-Fi network before moving on to the next step. This can take a few minutes.
  14. Click Next.
  15. Once setup has successfully completed, you will see a blue banner that says “Let’s Start Casting!”
  16. Your Chromecast is now ready to cast. You can cast from your favorite cast-enabled mobile app or cast a tab from the Chrome browser on your computer.
Windows Computer (Windows 7 and higher)
  1. Install the Chromecast app from Chrome Browser by navigating to chromecast.com/setup. Here you can choose to set up Chromecast using your mobile device or using Windows.

    Need Chrome? Download Chrome Browser now.
  2. Launch the Chromecast app to view Privacy and Terms. Click Accept
  3. Select your Chromecast from list of device. Click Set Up.
  4. To connect your Chromecast to your wireless network. Click Continue.
  5. Confirm the code on your computer matches the code on your TV. Click That’s my code.
  6. Select your home WiFi network and enter your password. Click Continue.
  7. Sweet! You're ready to cast.

    Download the Google Cast extension.

    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.
Mac OS X Computer (Mac OS 10.7 and higher)
  1. Make sure you're using the latest version of Chrome by navigating to “Settings > About Google Chrome” and update your Chrome browser to the latest version, if necessary. If you're having trouble, here's how to update Chrome.
  2. Navigate to chromecast.com/setup from the Chrome browser on your computer.
  3. In order to set up Chromecast from your computer, you need to install the latest Google Cast extension.
    If you don’t have the Google cast extension installed, download the Google Cast extension.
  4. Once installed, in the top right corner of your Chrome browser, you should see the Cast button. Inactive cast extension
  5. Once you have the Google cast extension installed, go back to Chromecast.com/setup and click the link to “Set up from this Computer”.
  6. Chrome will now look for Chromecast devices that need to be set up.
  7. Click the device that matches the Chromecast name you see on your TV. It will be something like ChromecastXXXX. Click Set Me Up.
  8. Go to your Wi-Fi menu and select the Wi-Fi network that matches your Chromecast device name. Important: Make sure you’ve successfully connected to the Wi-Fi network before moving to the next step. This can take a few minutes. Note: You’ll lose your Internet connection for few minutes until setup is complete. This is expected.
  9. Click Next.
  10. The code on your device should match the code on your TV. If it does, click Yes.
    If it doesn’t match, click No and restart the setup process from step 5 above.
  11. Change the name of your Chromecast by typing in a new name (ex. Living Room) or you can leave it as the default name. Choose your country. Click Looks Good.
  12. Choose your Wi-Fi network by clicking the upside down arrow. Enter your password. Click Connect.
  13. Go back to your Wi-Fi menu and choose your Wi-Fi network. Important: Make sure you’ve successfully connected to the Wi-Fi network before moving on to the next step. This can take a few minutes.
  14. Click Next.
  15. Once setup has successfully completed, you will see a blue banner that says “Let’s Start Casting!”
  16. Your Chromecast is now ready to cast. You can cast from your favorite cast-enabled mobile app or cast a tab from the Chrome browser on your computer.
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.

Check out this video for further guidance:

 
Chromecast

Set up Chromecast from:

Android phone or tablet (Android 4.1 and higher)
  1. Plug in your Chromecast device. Change the input on your TV 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 Chromecast app by navigating to chromecast.com/setup on your Chromecast supported Android device. 

    Or click to download the Chromecast app for Android.
  3. Launch app to read Privacy and Terms. Tap Accept.
  4. Touch DEVICES and choose the Chromecast you want to set up. Touch Set Up.
  5. Touch Set Up.
  6. Make sure the code on your device matches the code on your TV. Touch I See the Code.
  7. 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. 
  8. Choose the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to your Chromecast. Enter password. Touch Set Network.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
iOS phone or tablet (iOS 7.0 and higher)
  1. Plug in your Chromecast device. Change the input on your TV until 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 Chromecast app by navigating to chromecast.com/setup on your Chromecast supported iOS device.

    Or click to download the Chromecast app for iOS.
  3. Launch app to read Privacy and Terms. Touch Accept.
  4. Highly recommended: Turn on Bluetooth to help improve the set up process.
  5. If Bluetooth is ON, touch DEVICES and choose the Chromecast you want to set up. Touch Set Up. Touch Next. Skip to Step 9. 
  6. If Bluetooth is OFF, touch DEVICES. Touch ADD NEW DEVICE. You will be prompted to turn Bluetooth on. Touch Settings and turn on Bluetooth. Then return to the Chromecast app. Choose the device you want to set up. Touch Set Up. Touch Next. Skip to step 9.
  7. If you don't want to turn Bluetooth on, go to the DEVICES tab and touch Add New Device. Touch OK. 
  8. Choose the device you want to set up. 
    • Touch your iPhone’s Home button > Go to your iOS Settings > Wi-Fi
    • Connect to the Wi-Fi network that matches your Chromecast device. Look for something like ChromecastXXXX.
    • Navigate back to the Chromecast app. Your device should now be detected. Touch Next.
  9. The code on your phone should match the code on your TV. Touch I See the Code.
  10. Select your region. Touch Next.
  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 is enabled by default. If you don't want to enable guest mode, touch the check mark. Touch Set Name.
  12. Choose the Wi-Fi network you want to connect to your Chromecast. Enter password. Touch Set Up.
  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 complete, you are ready to cast. Touch Browse Your Cast Apps! Here's how to start casting apps to your TV.
Chromebook (Chrome 28 and higher)
  1. Make sure you're using the latest version of Chrome by navigating to “Settings > About Google Chrome” and update your Chrome browser to the latest version, if necessary. If you're having trouble, here's how to update Chrome.
  2. Navigate to chromecast.com/setup from the Chrome browser on your computer.
  3. In order to set up Chromecast from your computer, you need to install the latest Google Cast extension.
    If you don’t have the Google cast extension installed, download the Google Cast extension.
  4. Once installed, in the top right corner of your Chrome browser, you should see the Cast button. Inactive cast extension
  5. Once you have the Google cast extension installed, go back to Chromecast.com/setup and click the link to “Set up from this Computer”.
  6. Chrome will now look for Chromecast devices that need to be set up.
  7. Click the device that matches the Chromecast name you see on your TV. It will be something like ChromecastXXXX. Click Set Me Up.
  8. Go to your Wi-Fi menu and select the Wi-Fi network that matches your Chromecast device name. Important: Make sure you’ve successfully connected to the Wi-Fi network before moving to the next step. This can take a few minutes. Note: You’ll lose your Internet connection for few minutes until setup is complete. This is expected.
  9. Click Next.
  10. The code on your device should match the code on your TV. If it does, click Yes.
    If it doesn’t match, click No and restart the setup process from step 5 above.
  11. Change the name of your Chromecast by typing in a new name (ex. Living Room) or you can leave it as the default name. Choose your country. Click Looks Good.
  12. Choose your Wi-Fi network by clicking the upside down arrow. Enter your password. Click Connect.
  13. Go back to your Wi-Fi menu and choose your Wi-Fi network. Important: Make sure you’ve successfully connected to the Wi-Fi network before moving on to the next step. This can take a few minutes.
  14. Click Next.
  15. Once setup has successfully completed, you will see a blue banner that says “Let’s Start Casting!”
  16. Your Chromecast is now ready to cast. You can cast from your favorite cast-enabled mobile app or cast a tab from the Chrome browser on your computer.
Windows Computer (Windows 7 and higher)
  1. Install the Chromecast app from Chrome Browser by navigating to chromecast.com/setup. Here you can choose to set up Chromecast using your mobile device or using Windows.

    Need Chrome? Download Chrome Browser now.
  2. Launch the Chromecast app to view Privacy and Terms. Click Accept
  3. Select your Chromecast from list of device. Click Set Up.
  4. To connect your Chromecast to your wireless network, Click Continue.
  5. Confirm the code on your computer matches the code on your TV. Click That’s my code.
  6. Select your home WiFi network and enter your password. Click Continue.
  7. Sweet! You're ready to cast.

    Download the Google Cast extension.

    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.
Mac OS X Computer (Mac OS 10.7 and higher)
  1. Make sure you're using the latest version of Chrome by navigating to “Settings > About Google Chrome” and update your Chrome browser to the latest version, if necessary. If you're having trouble, here's how to update Chrome.
  2. Navigate to chromecast.com/setup from the Chrome browser on your computer.
  3. In order to set up Chromecast from your computer, you need to install the latest Google Cast extension.
    If you don’t have the Google cast extension installed, download the Google Cast extension.
  4. Once installed, in the top right corner of your Chrome browser, you should see the Cast button. Inactive cast extension
  5. Once you have the Google cast extension installed, go back to Chromecast.com/setup and click the link to “Set up from this Computer”.
  6. Chrome will now look for Chromecast devices that need to be set up.
  7. Click the device that matches the Chromecast name you see on your TV. It will be something like ChromecastXXXX. Click Set Me Up.
  8. Go to your Wi-Fi menu and select the Wi-Fi network that matches your Chromecast device name. Important: Make sure you’ve successfully connected to the Wi-Fi network before moving to the next step. This can take a few minutes. Note: You’ll lose your Internet connection for few minutes until setup is complete. This is expected.
  9. Click Next.
  10. The code on your device should match the code on your TV. If it does, click Yes.
    If it doesn’t match, click No and restart the setup process from step 5 above.
  11. Change the name of your Chromecast by typing in a new name (ex. Living Room) or you can leave it as the default name. Choose your country. Click Looks Good.
  12. Choose your Wi-Fi network by clicking the upside down arrow. Enter your password. Click Connect.
  13. Go back to your Wi-Fi menu and choose your Wi-Fi network. Important: Make sure you’ve successfully connected to the Wi-Fi network before moving on to the next step. This can take a few minutes.
  14. Click Next.
  15. Once setup has successfully completed, you will see a blue banner that says “Let’s Start Casting!”
  16. Your Chromecast is now ready to cast. You can cast from your favorite cast-enabled mobile app or cast a tab from the Chrome browser on your computer.
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.

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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