1. Prepare your TV
- Turn on the TV.
- Plug the Chromecast dongle into your TV’s HDMI port.
- Plug the dongle’s USB wire into the TV’s USB port or power outlet.
- If you’re using a 4K Chromecast Ultra, you need to connect it to a power outlet: a USB port doesn’t supply enough power.
- When Chromecast has powered up, you’ll see a message on the TV screen telling you it’s ready for set-up.
2. Set up your device
- Download the Google Home app onto your smartphone or tablet.
- Now check your Chromecast dongle: if it’s shaped like a disc, you can connect to it via Bluetooth*. Just make sure Bluetooth is enabled on your smartphone or tablet.
- If your Chromecast dongle is a longer thumb-like shape, you’ll need to connect via WiFi. Search your phone or tablet’s WiFi settings and connect to the temporary Chromecast WiFi network that’s just been created.
Good to know
*You can also use WiFi with Bluetooth Dongles, if Bluetooth doesn’t work.
|Whether you use Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to set up Google Chromecast,
once set up it always uses your home WiFi network to stream content.
3. Configure Chromecast
- Now that you’re connected, start up the Google Home app and follow the prompts.
- You’ll see devices you can set up at the top of the TV screen. Make sure the Chromecast code on your phone matches the code displayed on your TV, then tap ‘Set Up’.
- Continue through the prompt screens, then enter the network name (SSID) and password of the home Wi-Fi network you want to stream on. TIP: They should be written on the back of your modem.
- If the modem is dual band (both 2.4GHz and 5GHz) you’ll see both bands appear. Google recommends connecting to the 2.4GHz band for Chromecast.
- If you have more than one WiFi network at home, put Chromecast on the WiFi network you use for your phone or tablet.
- As an optional step, you can also sign into your Google account to get access to your YouTube content plus movies, TV and music that you buy through Google.
4. Test your Chromecast is working
You can check by using an app such as YouTube, Netflix, or Spotify that has streaming or ‘casting’ built in.
- Open a video via one of these apps
- Look for the Chromecast logo in the upper right corner of the screen, and click it.
The app should automatically stream to Chromecast and begin playback.