Play YouTube videos on Chromecast-enabled TVs with your Google speaker or display

Initiate and control YouTube videos to any TV with Chromecast or Chromecast built-in — using only your voice.

Note: If Digital Wellbeing is enabled, this feature may be restricted or blocked by Downtime, Filters or Do not disturb.

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Step 1. Link TVs using the Google Home app

Link TVs to your speaker or display

Link a device

Note: The following steps are optional if you only want to control your TV with your mobile device or tablet. However, if you want to control your TV using voice commands through your speaker or display, follow the steps below.

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Chromecast, or speaker or display.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. At the top right, tap your account.
  4. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your speaker or display. To switch accounts, tap the triangle next to the Google Account, then tap another account or Add another account.
  5. Go back to the home screen, then tap your Chromecast or TV with Chromecast built-in.
  6. At the top right, tap Settings .
  7. Look for a banner at the top of the page that says “Enable voice control and more.”
    1. If the banner appears, tap it and follow the steps to link your TV.
    2. If the banner doesn't appear, but your email address appears under “Linked account(s),” your TV is already linked.

Note: If you get an "Error when linking device" error message, you must factory reset your Chromecast device.

Unlink a device

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Chromecast, or speaker or display.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. From your home screen, tap the device you want to remove.
  4. Tap Settings  and then Remove device and then Remove.
Voice-supported Cast devices for YouTube videos

The following Cast devices can play YouTube videos on TVs using Google Nest or Home devices,

  1. Chromecast
  2. TVs with Chromecast built-in
  3. Android TV devices

Important: Some Smart TVs may appear to support Cast technology because the functionality is similar to casting. Here are the Smart TVs that support Cast technology.  

Step 2. Control YouTube videos on TVs using voice commands

Here are some ways to talk with your Google Assistant on your speaker or display to play YouTube videos on TVs.

To do this: Say "Ok Google" or “Hey Google," then...
Play general videos from TV show / YouTube Channel / artist “Play John Oliver videos <on  TV>"
"Play Casey Neistat videos <on Living Room TV>"
"Play Adele videos <on Chromecast>"

Play specific videos / songs

"Play Secret Life of Pets trailer <on TV>"
"Play Rise by Katy Perry video <on Bedroom TV>"
Play videos by category "Play yoga videos <on TV>"

Turn on subtitles/captions

Turn off subtitles/captions

"Turn on subtitles," "Turn on captions," "Subtitles on," "Captions on"

"Turn off subtitles," "Turn off captions," "Subtitles off," "Captions off"

Turn on <language> subtitles

Note: Supported languages depend on the content service (example: YouTube or Netflix) and the video title.

"Turn on French subtitles"
You can use any of the initiation and control commands on your remote device — add <on device name> to your command.  “Pause <on TV>”
Resume <on TV>”
"Skip <on Living Room TV>"
Stop <on TV>”
If you only have one linked voice-supported Cast device, you don't have to say its name in your command. Instead, you can say "Ok Google, ...<on TV>" or "Ok Google, ...<on Chromecast>."

Other ways to control video 

From the Google Home app 
  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Chromecast, or speaker or display.
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Tap Media , and swipe to find your devices that are currently playing media.

On the media player, you will see the following information for the current session:

  • Content provider 
  • Title (song name / show episode name / radio station program)
  • Artist (if available)
  • Collection (playlist / album / show series / radio station) (if available)

You can also pause/resume, stop, and control the remote device from the device card. 

Fix problems

Need help? Try these troubleshooting steps
  1. Make sure you've correctly linked your devices, including:
    1. Make sure the Cast device is voice-supported and running Cast version 1.32+.
    2. Make sure you linked the devices via the Google Home app:
      1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
      2. At the top right, tap your account.
      3. Verify that the Google Account shown is the one linked to your speaker. To switch accounts, tap another account or Add another account.
      4. Tap Assistant settings  Devices. You'll find a list of all your linked devices.
  2. Name your speaker or display & Chromecast/Chromecast built-in devices

    To ensure proper playback on your speakers or TV, follow these tips when naming your devices:

    1. Give your speaker or display and Chromecast/Chromecast Audio/Chromecast built-in devices different names and avoid using the same words in the names. This helps your speaker or display correctly understand your command and play content on the right device.
      1. ​Good:
        • Naming your speaker or display "Living Room" 
        • Naming Chromecast/Chromecast Audio device "Family TV"
      2. OK:
        • Naming your speaker or display "Living Room Home"
        • Naming Chromecast/Chromecast Audio device "Living Room TV"
    2. Make sure the name is easily pronounceable.
    3. Avoid using emoji or special characters.
    4. To change the name of your devices:
      1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
      2. Tap your device and then Settings  and then Name.
      3. Delete the current name and type in a new name. Tap Save. 
  3. If the voice commands seem to stop controlling your remote devices, or you get a response saying "Nothing is playing”, be more specific in your request by adding “….  on <device name>” to your request. This will re-initiate media focus and allow you to better control the device.
  4. Try adding "videos" or "trailers" to the request. Examples: "Play funny videos on TV", "Play movie trailers on TV."
  5. If you hear an error message like, "I can only play videos on devices using Chromecast, or on cast-enabled TVs," try renaming your devices.

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