Use Google Play Movies & TV with Chromecast

After you've set up your Chromecast, you can use Google Play Movies & TV to cast videos to your TV.

Cast videos with your phone or tablet
  1. Connect your device and Chromecast to the same wireless network.
  2. Open the Google Play Movies & TV app Google Play Movies.
  3. Touch the Menu icon Movies Menu icon > My Library > My Movies or My TV shows.
  4. Choose a movie or show.
  5. Touch the cast icon Cast.
  6. Select your Chromecast from the device list.
  7. On the Google Play Movies & TV app, touch Play.

To disconnect: Touch the cast icon Cast > select your device from the list.

Video controls: You can pause, rewind, fast forward, or stop your video through the Google Play Movies & TV app or your device's notifications.

Cast videos with your computer

First, make sure you have Google Chrome Chrome on your computer.

Then, add the Google Cast extension from the Chrome Web Store. You'll only have to do this the first time.

Finally, follow these steps:

  1. Open Chrome Chrome.
  2. Connect your computer and Chromecast to the same wireless network.
  3. Go to Google Play Movies (play.google.com/movies) using Chrome.
  4. Click My Movies or My TV shows.
  5. Choose a movie or show and begin playing.
  6. Near the top right corner of the player, click the cast icon Cast.
  7. Under "Connect to a device," select your Chromecast from the device list.

To disconnect: Near the top right of your browser, click the cast icon Cast > Stop casting.

Video controls: You can pause, rewind, fast forward, or stop your video through the Google Play Movies player.

Note: You may want to keep the video player open when using your computer with Chromecast. Playback controls can't be used after the video player has been closed, the computer has been turned off, or an Internet connection has been lost.

Watch an example

Playback tips

  • HD movie rentals will play in HD on Chromecast, even if your phone isn't capable of HD playback.
  • Chromecast will keep playing your video, even if your phone or tablet runs out of battery. To access video controls again, you'll need to connect another device to the Chromecast.
  • To save battery, you can turn the screen off on your device during playback.
  • If you're signed in to YouTube, make sure that you're signed into Play Movies & TV using the same Google Account.

Problems casting videos to your TV

I can't see the cast icon

On your phone or tablet

If you are having trouble casting your video or the cast icon is missing, try these troubleshooting steps.

On your computer

Visit this page if you are missing the cast icon.

If you are still having problems

You can contact our Chromecast support team.

Low video quality

After you start playing a video, it may take a few minutes for your video to play at its highest quality level for your connection.

If you're watching a video using your computer, make sure that you clicked the cast icon on the Google Play Movies video player, rather than the browser's toolbar.

I can’t find rented or purchased movies or TV shows

You can find rented or purchased movies and TV shows by visiting My Movies or My TV shows on play.google.com/movies or in the Google Play Movies & TV app.

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