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Google Chromecast Setup

Google Chromecast Setup

 

Google Chromecast is a device that plugs into your TV and allows you to stream television shows and movies from your phone or other mobile device. This article explains how to set it up.

Before You Get Started With Chromecast

The device includes a bit of extra cord in case your HDMI ports are inconveniently located, but you must have an HDMI port on your TV for this to work at all and, of course, access to power. In some cases, you may be able to plug the Chromecast into the USB port of your TV in order to power it.
You need to have Internet access and a wireless network. If you want to use the Netflix, YouTube, HBO, Google Play, or other streaming service features, you need to have accounts set up for those as well.
You can use Android and iOS phones and tablets as well as computers and laptops to control Chromecast.

Google Chromecast Setup

Once you have plugged your Chromecast into your TV, you should follow the onscreen instructions and download the setup app. This is easiest to do from a laptop, but it is technically possible to set up your Chromecast from an Android tablet or phone, too.
It doesn't matter how you configure the Chromecast; you can use something else to connect to it. Using a smartphone to connect is the preferred method for many.
You do need to install a player for each device you want to use with your Chromecast, but you don't have to individually configure it. If you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network as a Chromecast, you can control that Chromecast.  

How to Use Chromecast As A Video Player

Chromecast can be used for playing Netflix, Hulu, YouTube or any app that is compatible with Chromecast.
  1. Open the app you want to use. 
  2. Select the movie you want to see. 
  3. Tap the Cast button from any mobile device (smartphone, tablet, laptop). The button will be in different locations on your device depending upon what you're using. 
  4. Select the Chromecast device you want to use. 
  5. Use the mobile device as a remote to play, pause, and otherwise direct the movie. 
  6. The video playback on the Chromecast is super smooth and on par with the other types of hardware such as Xbox, Playstation 3, Roku, and smart TVs. 
  7. Playing videos from a Chromebook or Mac laptop may not be as smooth, however, because you are screencasting the videos instead of just sending them to the device as you did with your mobile device.
 

ChromeCast Extension Notes

With the proper plugin, you can screencast from your browser tab. Anything in your Chrome browser window is mirrored on your TV. That's great in theory. You could then watch Hulu and all sorts of other videos that have arbitrarily been banned from video streaming devices, right? Well, sort of.
Streaming services are free to ban the behavior, and some do. You will also run into hurdles if you want to cast something from a browser tab that is using a proxy server. Give it a try, though - it's legal and the extension is free.

How to Reset Your Chromecast

Google Chromecast is a handy, easy-to-use device that lets you stream movies, TV shows and other content with just a few taps of the finger. Although it's user-friendly, Chromecast can occasionally get bogged down and start acting strangely. Some common complaints are the inability to cast apps to your TV or being unable to connect to Chromecast altogether.
If you're encountering these symptoms or other unexpected behavior, sometimes a factory reset is just what the Google doctor ordered. You may also want to reset your device if you're looking to sell it or give it someone else. To get started, first ensure that your Chromecast is connected to an HDMI port on your television as well as to a power source and your Wi-Fi network.

Next, take the steps below to factory reset your Chromecast dongle.
  1. Open the Google Home app on your Android or iOS device. 
  2. Select the menu button, represented by three horizontal lines and located in the upper left-hand corner of the app's home screen. 
  3. When the drop-down menu appears, tap Devices. 
  4. Locate your Chromecast in the list of devices and select its settings button, three vertically-aligned dots located to the right of its name. 
  5. When the pop-out menu appears, choose the Settings option. 
  6. The device settings interface should now be visible. Tap the menu button, represented by three horizontally-aligned dots and located in the upper right-hand corner. 
  7. Another menu will appear, overlaying the main window. Select the option labeled Factory reset. 
  8. A warning message will be displayed, asking if you're sure that you want to reset the device to factory settings. Tap RESET. 
  9. Your Chromecast should now be reset back to the state it was in when you first took it out of the box.
If you have an older Chromecast that utilizes your computer to configure its settings as opposed to a smartphone or tablet app, you'll need to open the Chromecast application that was initially installed on your desktop or laptop when you first set up the device. Once that application interface is visible, select the Chromecast that you wish to reset and click on the Settings button. From here you should have access to a Factory Reset button, which will attempt to return your device to a like-new state when clicked upon.

How to Perform a Hard Reset of Your Chromecast

If the above directions did not do the trick for some reason, a last resort is to perform a hard reset on the device itself. While the Chromecast is connected to your TV and a power source, press and hold the black button located on its side for several seconds until a screen appears stating that a factory reset is about to take place.
At this point you can let go of the button and wait for Chromecast to complete the restore process. If you've followed these methods and your Chromecast is still not functioning correctly, then the hardware may simply be defective and you'll want to reach out to Google for further assistance.
Google Chromecast Setup

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