Minimum system requirements

The Google Cast extension is available on all platforms, including Chrome OS, Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. There are no specific hardware requirements in order to install or use the Google Cast extension.

However, casting video from a tab of your Chrome browser has specific requirements depending on your chosen quality settings. Systems that do not meet these minimum requirements will be limited to projecting web pages, images and slideshows, and will not work well for video content. A strong Wi-Fi connection both on Chromecast and your computer is also required for good performance.

Operating System

Tab casting quality: High

Tab casting quality: Standard

Windows Vista

Windows 7, 8 & 8.1

2nd-generation Core i5 (2GHz+), 3rd/4th-generation Core i5 processor, or equivalent

Core i3 or equivalent

Apple OS X 10.7, 10.8

Macbook Pro 2011 or newer, Macbook Air 2012 or newer

Macbook Pro 2010, Macbook Air 2011

Chrome OS

Chromebook Pixel, Samsung Chromebook 2, Haswell-based devices


Windows XP


Limited performance when casting video

Limited performance when casting video

If you are unsure of your computer specs, please see our CPU & GPU Help Center article.

If you're having trouble, please try our Chromecast Troubleshooting tips.

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