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Stream phone to TV – that’s right, whatever is on your phone – show on your television with the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player. But there’s more! In addition to streaming from your phone, Chromecast also will stream from your computer. Let’s dive in and look at everything this streaming device has to offer.
This article is sponsored by Best Buy. All opinions expressed are my own.
Google Chromecast – Stream Phone to TV and More!
I don’t know about you, but I can’t tell you how many times that I am laying in bed and cruising Facebook and come across a stupid video that I need my husband to watch. The same situation with YouTube videos or funny memes, and so on. Tell me I’m not alone!
Stream Phone to TV
With the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player – you can quickly stream phone to tv with just a tap! Stream your favorite entertainment on your TV from all of your family’s devices! But the phone isn’t the only thing you can stream from.
Stream Computer to TV
The same goes with your computer, using Google Chrome and Chromecast. With just a click from the Chromecast extension -your computer content will cast to your television!
We’ve used this in multiple meetings and has been awesome. Rather than gathering around a small laptop screen, we just cast using Chromecast from the computer to the television screen!
In addition to streaming from your phone and computer, you can also stream from your tablet to your TV, as well!
Google Chromecast Google Home Integration
Do you have a Google Home device? With both the Google Chromecast streaming media player and Google Home – you can just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV hands-free! Chromecast and Google Home work seamlessly together. (Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home.)
What is Compatible with Chromecast?
Enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and more – here is what is compatible with Chromecast.
So what apps and games can you use with Chromecast? Good news, there are over 2000 apps that are compatible with Chromecast!
Here are a few of our favorite Chromecast apps and Chromecast games and why we love them.
Google Home App – Integrate your Google Home device with Chromecast for an amazing hands-free TV experience.
Netflix App – Watch the second season of Ozark (and the first, if you haven’t watched!) on Netflix streaming from your phone to TV. Netflix subscription required.
Hulu App– Please tell me you’ve watched all 3 seasons of Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. I may have watched season 1 and 2, twice. Hulu subscription required.
YouTube App – Youtube because I am obsessed with watching all episodes of Casey Neistat’s life. It’s like a non-trashy reality show.
Plex App – Did you know you can stream from your computer to your phone and then stream from your phone to Chromecast. It’s all with the Plex app and as complicated as that sounds, it’s actually very easy to do!
Tricky Titans App – Looking or a Chromecast game to play on your TV? Well this game is actually an app that is Chromecast compatible. Tricky Titans is a silly game (aren’t those THE best?) that the whole family will love. With 4 ogres determined to destroy each other’s town – you can get this on both iOS and Android.
Just Dance Now App – Get moving and grooving with the Just Dance Now app and Chromecast!
Angry Birds Friends – Anyone who has been following us here at Digital Mom Blog for any length of time would know we love Angry Birds. Check out Angry Birds Friends, bonus it’s free!
Remember, there are over 2000 compatible apps! These are just a few of our faves. Check out all of the Chromecast apps and Chromecast games that are compatible here.
Upgrade Your TV For Less
Expand your home entertainment without buying a new TV. With Chromecast you can upgrade your TV for less.
Chromecast is an affordable add-on to your television and home network that gives you the features of a high-end television for $35! At this price, you can “upgrade” all of your televisions!
After you purchase your Google Chromecast, you will be up and running in no time. Here is a simple step-by-step guide on how to use Google Chromecast. We’ll walk thru the Chromecast setup on your television, phone and the actual how to use Chromecast as well.
Install Chromecast on Your TV
Let’s get started with Installation. How to install Google Chromecast on your TV.
Plug in Chromecast to Your TV
Unpackage your Google Chromecast and then connect the USB power cable to your Chromecast device. Next, plug either the USB power cable into an open USB port on your television or into the included power adapter. If you use the power adapter, you will then need to plug in into a power outlet.
All devices that you are wanting to use with the Chromecast – including the Chromecast will need to be on the SAME WiFi netowrk.
Google Home App
Download the Google Home app on your mobile device, tablet and/or laptop – any device you will want to stream from.
Setting up Chromecast – Final Steps
Google has put together a thorough explanation on how to setup Chromecast – click here. You will learn how to scan for Chromecast devices, make a connection and set permissions.
How to Cast to Chromecast
There are multiple ways to cast to Chromecast. Here are handy links to get you started casting.