With Chrome cast, your TV will turn into a smart TV, you will be able to share your phone with your TV, and you will also be able to stream your favourite OTT contents on your TV. But, before we do all this, do we know enough about Chromecast? Well, let’s find out what it is, its use, how to use it, and how it can benefit us?
What Is Chromecast?
Chromecast is an HDMI dongle (hardware) designed for television that can be connected to your TV’s HDMI port and turn into a smart TV by adding all the smart functions to it. Once successfully connected, Chromecast uses your home’s internet network and is controlled through your smartphone. Using Chromecast, you will open all your entertainment applications on your phone and play/stream them on your television.
Since Google owns Chromecast, it uses the Google Cast protocol to play the content on your TV, making it necessary for the source you are playing to support Google Cast. Popular online content service providers, like Amazon Prime Video, Netflix, YouTube, Android, Chrome the Browser, and many others support Google Cast, which sums it up as an excellent device for streaming on TV.
The first Chromecast was launched in 2013 by Google, updated with the Chromecast 2 in 2015, and again with Chromecast third-gen in 2018. All three Chromecast devices support full HD content and have got progressively faster with a stronger Wi-Fi connection to keep the connection undisturbed.
How Does Chromecast Work?
When using a Chromecast, you do not send the content from your phone to the Chromecast dongle. Instead, in most cases, users use your phone to tell/instruct the Chromecast device what content to play by pointing it at the source. After receiving your instruction, Chromecast uses its connection to start that stream in the highest quality it can. For instance, if you’ve connected a Chromecast Ultra to your 4k TV, your TV will play 4k content, which cannot be viewed on your phone.
Otherwise, if you choose to mirror your phone to the TV, you will be sending the content directly from your phone or computer to the Chromecast, and both need to stay connected at the same time.
Requirements For Connect Chromecast To Work
To make Chromecast work, you have to plug it into your TV or another display’s HDMI input and connect it to a power supply. On Chromecast, the power supply source could be a USB socket on the back of your television. For Chromecast Ultra, the power supply source has to be a wall socket, or else it shall fail to work.
Besides, either a compatible iOS or Android device is required with the latest version of the application, Google Home installed on it, or a compatible MacBook, Windows computer, or Chromebook with the latest version of the Chrome browser installed on it. Google Home application is that app through which all other Google hardware, such as Nest Hub, is controlled, and smart home features are set up that you can control using your phone.
Lastly, it is essential that you connect your Chromecast and TV or computer to the same Wi-Fi network, or else you won’t be able to cast to your TV.
It is a simple process to set up your Chromecast for your TV. It starts with plugging the Chromecast into your TV/device’s HDMI port and a power supply source. After this, you have to install the latest Google Home mobile application on your phone to initiate the setup process and follow the set-up instructions given on the app.
The Google Home application will find the Chromecast automatically and will ask you to connect the dongle to the same Wi-Fi network your mobile is connected to.
When you set up chromecast from firefox with your computer, you have to install the latest Chrome browser on that computer and then open “chromecast.com/setup” on your browser to complete the setup process. What you can also do is quickly install the Google Cast extension.
The Process of Casting
Once you are done with the Chromecast setup process, you have to open a Cast-enabled application, such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, etc., tap the cast button present on such apps. Your content will immediately stream on your TV.
Through the Chrome browser on your computer, you can tap the Cast tab on video player sites/apps, like YouTube. Your Chrome browser also has the Cast button that you can use for fast streaming.
Once you have cast your device, do not forget that controlling the streaming video, viz pause, skip, etc., can be done only through your phone.
Benefits Of Using Chromecast
The advantages that you can derive by using Chromecast are as follows:
- Chromecast can allow you to cast your favorite TV shows, movies, and photos on your device on which it has been cast, like your TV or computer, from Cast-enabled apps installed on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone, or tablet.
- There is no requirement for a user interface or remote since all the controlling part is done through your phone or computer.
- Casting all your websites or tabs, opened on your Chrome browser, Macbook, Windows computer, and Chromebook is possible.
- You can even cast your phone’s screen to your TV through Chromecast in case you want to share something.
- The integration of Google assistant in Chromecast has made searching for content an easy task.
- It takes minimal effort to install and cast the Chromecast device.
- Almost all the top video-playing websites and applications support Chromecast, so there will be no shortage of content.
There is no doubt that Chromecast makes your entertainment and streaming life much bigger and more extravagant. There is hardly anything you do on your phone or laptop that the device with which Chromecast has been cast cannot do. Setting it up is also hassle-free, so you can leave all your concerns behind and go for the latest Chromecast.
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