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Using Chromecast Audio with Chrome

What's better than enjoying your favorite streaming music, radio stations, podcasts on your computer? Listening on your awesome speakers! It only takes a few simple steps to begin casting audio from computers running Chrome. Once complete, you can play music on your speakers from almost any website, including Chromecast-enabled sites like Google Play Music, iHeartRadio,  Rdio, and more!

Set up casting from Chrome

  1. If you're not already running Chrome, download Chrome. 
  2. Ensure you're running the latest version of Chrome. If you're having trouble, here's how to get Chrome updates.
  3. Though not required, we recommend you pin the Cast button to your Chrome toolbar. 
  4. Make sure your laptop/computer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast  Audio device.

Casting audio from Chrome

There are several ways to cast content from Chrome. Option 1. From the Cast button
  1. If you’ve pinned the Cast button to your toolbar, click the Cast button Inactive cast extension in the Chrome toolbar in the upper right corner of your browser. 
  2.  Choose the device you want to cast to. 
Option 2. From a Chromecast-enabled site
For sites like youtube.com,
  1. Open up a Chromecast-enabled site like youtube.com.
  2. Click the Cast button Inactive cast extension  in the bottom right corner of the video player. Note: The Cast button may be in a different location on some Chromecast-enabled sites. 
  3. Choose the device you want to cast to.
Option 3. From Chrome Setting menu
  1. Navigate to the Chrome Settings menu More menu icon in  the Chrome toolbar in the upper right corner of your browser > click "Cast..".
  2. Choose the device you want to cast to.
Option 4. From a webpage in Chrome
  1. Open a tab in Chrome browser.
  2. Right click (on Mac, Control+click) on the webpage > click Cast. 
  3. Choose the device you want to cast to.

Casting your laptop/desktop content

You can cast your desktop/laptop content (vs just the specific Chrome tab). This is available on Mac, Windows, and Chrome OS.
Important note on audio: Note that you can only cast your desktop audio from Windows. If you cast your desktop from a Mac or Chrome OS computer, you’ll see the contents of your screen on your TV but won’t be able to hear any audio from your computer.

To cast your desktop/laptop audio content from the Chrome Setting menu,
  1. If you’ve pinned the Cast button to your toolbar, click the Cast button Inactive cast extension  in the Chrome toolbar (upper right corner) of your browser. Otherwise, navigate to the Chrome Settings menu More menu icon in  the Chrome toolbar in the upper right corner of your browser > click "Cast..".
  2. Next to the where it says, Cast to …, you’ll see a small dropdown. Click on that to change the source selection.
  3. Click Cast desktop.
  4. Choose the Chromecast Audio device you want to cast to.

 

That's it - you're ready to go! If you need more information, check out one of the following:

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

 

Still need help? Check out the related questions below from our help forum. Note: Help is currently in English only. 

Elise is a Chromecast expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

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