Google has released the Chromecast streaming device back in 2013 and since then, more and more people have started using it to watch movies on their TVs. They are even able to stream videos and photos from their smartphones or tablets, which is very useful when someone is visiting you and you want to share videos and photos that you’ve captured in your vacation.
Setting Up Your Chromecast
Plug one end of your Chromecast into your TV and the other end into a power source. Once you do this, you are ready to use the device, but don’t start yet, because first you will need to set it up.
Once you turn on the Chromecast device, you will need to choose your local Wi-Fi network, as Chromecast is actually pulling content from the web and not from your mobile handset. In order to configure it, you will have to download the Google Home App for iOS or Android.
Once the Google Home is installed, open it and you will notice that it will start looking for available devices. When it detects your Chromecast, tap on it and follow the setup wizard.
You will also be able to rename your Chromecast device or even enable the guest mode, which will allow anyone to cast content to your streaming device using a PIN code. The final step in the installation process will be to get your Chromecast connected to the Wi-Fi network so that it can download software updates from the internet, along with all-important content from services such as Spotify, Netflix etc.
In order to send videos, music, photos or anything else to your Chromecast, you will just need to tap on the “Cast button” inside the Chromecast-compatible applications. For example, if you want to stream something from Netflix, you will notice a “Chromecast” icon in the top-right corner of the application and by tapping on it, you will start streaming content to your TV from Chromecast.
In addition, your mobile device can be turned into a remote control, allowing you to change the volume level, turn on/off subtitles, control the playback etc.