Get Started with Chromecast

Set Up Chromecast

You can set up your Chromecast in a snap using either an Android or iOS phone or tablet or a Mac, Windows or Chromebook computer running Chrome 28 or higher. You only need to set up your Chromecast once - you can cast from additional supported devices without having to set up Chromecast again. Before you begin the setup process, make sure you are connected to a 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi network.

Get started with Chromecast by visiting www.google.com/chromecast/setup on a device that is running a supported operating system:

Android Phone or Tablet; Android version 2.3 & higher:
To set up Chromecast using your Android Phone or Tablet, Android version 2.3 & higher:

  1. Install the Chromecast App by navigating to www.google.com/chromecast/setup on your Android device, available for Android devices running Android Gingerbread 2.3 and higher.

  2. Press the ‘Get It On Google Play’ button to download the Chromecast App.

  3. Launch the Chomecast App for Android.

  4. Select the Chromecast device you want to set up from the list and follow the prompts on the screen to complete the setup of your Chromecast.

Windows computer; Windows 7 & higher:
To set up Chromecast using your Windows computer; Windows 7 & higher:
  • Install the Chromecast App on your Windows by navigating to www.google.com/chromecast/setup, available for Windows computers running Windows 7 or higher.

  • Save the file or run it once it is downloaded. If you choose to save the file, you will need to double click on the file to begin the installation process.

  • Run the Chromecast app and select the Chromecast device you want to set up from the list and follow the prompts on the screen to complete the setup of your Chromecast.

iOS phone or tablet, iOS version 6 & higher:
To set up Chromecast using your iOS phone or tablet, iOS version 6 & higher:

  1. Install the Chromecast App by navigating to www.google.com/chromecast/setup on your iOS device, available for iOS devices running iOS6 or later.

  2. Press the ‘Available on the Apple App Store’ button to download the Chromecast App.

  3. Launch the Chomecast App for iOS.

  4. Select the Chromecast device you want to set up from the list and follow the prompts on the screen to complete the setup of your Chromecast.

OS X laptop computer; version 10.7 & higher:
To set up Chromecast using your OS X laptop computer; version 10.7 & higher:
  • Install the Chromecast App on your OS X device by navigating to www.google.com/chromecast/setup, available for OS X laptops running OS X 10.7 and higher.

  • Drag the Chromecast app to your Applications folder, then double click the folder to open it.

  • Run the Chromecast app and select the Chromecast device you want to set up from the list and follow the prompts on the screen to complete the setup of your Chromecast.

Chrome OS on a Chromebook; Chrome 28 & higher:
To set up Chromecast using Chrome OS on a Chromebook running Chrome 28 & higher:
  1. Get started with Chromecast by navigating to www.google.com/chromecast/setup, on your Chromebook.

  2. Add the Cast extension for Chrome.

  3. Once you’ve added the Cast extension, setup will automatically start in a new tab.

  4. If setup doesn’t automatically begin, or if you want to run setup later, click on the Cast extension button in your browser and select Options. On the Options page, click on Add Chromecast.

If your Chromecast is set up correctly and your TV is on the correct input, you will see the Chromecast Home Screen with your Wi-Fi network name referenced on the bottom left-hand side. If you don't see the Chromecast Home Screen, change the input on your TV using the Input or Source button on your TV’s remote control.

Please note: Your Wi-Fi network configuration may prevent you from setting up Chromecast successfully. If you are having trouble connecting Chromecast to your Wi-Fi network, please see our Chromecast Router Compatibility list here. If you're still having trouble, please visit our Chromecast troubleshooter here.

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