3 Ways to Set up Chromecast

This article will guide you on simple steps to take to set up your Chromecast. The Google Chromecast is the answer if you are looking for one of the easiest, cheapest ways to stream absolutely whatever on your TV. We have come up with valuable information as to how you can set up your Chromecast.

Step 1: How to Set up Chromecast

The first step requires you to plugging in your Chromecast and downloading the Google Home on your phone or on your tablet.

To do this;

  • Open the Google Home application

Image shows the google home application to be used in setting up chromecast

  • Tap the device button, which is located in the upper right-hand corner of your device.

illustrates the device button at the upper right corner of the google home app

  • Then, hit Set-Up, which is under the option for your Chromecast. Follow the prompts.

illustrates the "Setup" prompt to proceed to set up Chromecast

To set up your Chromecast, you’ll need the Google Home app. You can use this on iOS and  Android.  We got you the best Chromecast app on Android if you need also.

Your Chromecast could be a hand-me-down, or an eBay find. At this, you could try to factory reset it before you continue so you can start afresh.

  • Unpack your Chromecast

shows Chromecast being unpacked for Setup

  • Then plug it in and wait for it to power up.
  • Plug the USB cable into the wall with an adapter or the USB port on the back of your TV.

Shows Chromecast being plugged to the TV via its USB port

  • You will see an indication that it is ready for setup when you see the on-screen prompt shown.

After you must have seen the setup prompt on your TV screen, with your phone or tablet, connect to the Chromecast to complete the setup process.

Step 2: How to Set up Chromecast

This is the stage where you connect to your Chromecast. There is this big difference between setting up the first generation Chromecast and setting up the subsequent generations.

If you have the subsequent,  second-generation Chromecast (including Chromecast Ultra), note that it supports Bluetooth. You will be connected with Bluetooth by the time you plug in a new Chromecast and begin the setup process with the Google Home app. If this does not work, you can turn on the Bluetooth on your phone.

But if you have a first-generation Chromecast, connect to the temporary ad-hoc Wi-Fi network it creates. To do this;

  • Open Wi-Fi settings on your phone or tablet
  • Search for a network with a unique Chromecast name.

Shows Chromecast default name after being connected with the Wi-Fi

The ad-hoc Wi-Fi network is a back-up plan for the new generation Chromecast. Should you get an error during a Bluetooth-based setup process on a newer model, you can always open up the Wi-Fi menu on your phone and use the old Wi-Fi method.

Step 3: How to Setup Chromecast

After you are connected to your phone, the next step is to configure your Chromecast. To do this;

  • Tap the device icon, which is located in the upper right corner on your phone.

Shows the device button at the top right corner to click to proceed to set up Chromecast

  • On top of the screen, a view of the devices that should be set up is grouped and viewed at the top of the screen. You will then have to confirm the Chromecast identifier on your phone with the identifier on your TV.

Shows prompt that Chromecast needs set up.

  • Hit Set Up after 
  • The application should confirm the temporary identifier assigned to the Chromecast. Tap Continue.

  • After this, the setup app will display a confirmation code to your TV.  You will have to confirm that you see the code- you simply tap I See It.

Shows code confirmation on TV

The next steps are pretty easy, as well.

  • You will be asked to select your region (e.g., United States).
  • Then, click Continue.  With the default settings, it has a randomly given name. You can change the name, and it is best advised- for ease of use- to name it by the room it is in. Perhaps, Bedroom, Living Room, etc.

Additionally,  you can choose to customize your Chromecast’s backdrop to show pictures and more. You can simply link your Google account to your Chromecast. If you desire to use some of the advanced features Chromecast has to offer, link the Chromecast to your Google account.

In using the Chromecast, you can cast from a mobile device, and you can cast from your computer from Chrome as well.

And, with Chromecast’s easy casting, you can get an app that has casting built-in (YouTube, Netflix, Pandora are viable options).  Once you are able to load an app with the compatibility in Chromecast, the playback becomes easy.chromecast

All you have to do is open a video, click the Chromecast logo. The application you’re using will automatically kick the stream over to the Chromecast, and it will begin playback. The decompression of the video stream is done by the Chromecast, meaning that if you have an old, slow device, you can still use the Chromecast easily.

By the time you have it installed, and you are able to understand the simple click-the-icon casting functionality, you are set and ready to go.

What do you think of this guide, and how has it helped you? Perhaps you have another Setup method? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section.

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