Written by Tim

How do you install a Chromecast?

You've bought a Google Chromecast and want to start using it as soon as possible. In this article, I'll explain how to install the Chromecast so you can enjoy it right away.

Install Chromecast in 3 steps

To install your Chromecast, you need a television with HDMI connection, internet access, a Google Account, and the Google Home app. The Chromecast can be installed in 3 steps:

Step 1. Connect the Chromecast to your television.

Step 2. Connect the Chromecast with your smartphone or tablet.

Step 3. Set your preferences.

Step 1: Connect the Chromecast

Connect Chromecast

First, we'll connect the Chromecast. Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra work on any TV or monitor with an HDMI connection.

Step 1A. Remove the Google Chromecast from the package and connect the HDMI cable to an unused HDMI input on your TV.

Step 1B. Connect the power supply to the Chromecast and to a power socket.

Step 1C. You can also connect the regular Chromecast without a separate power supply by connecting it to your TV via USB. That way, you won't need the separate power supply. You do always need to connect the Chromecast Ultra with the power supply.

Step 1D. Connect the Chromecast Ultra to a network via an Ethernet cable for an extra stable connection. The connector for this is in the device's power supply. You can also connect via WiFi instead.

Step 2: Connect the Chromecast with your smartphone or tablet

You've now connected the Chromecast. Time to link it to your smartphone and to the internet, so that you can watch your favorite movie or series on your screen.

Step 2A. Install the Google Home app on your phone or tablet. This is available for Android and iOS. Step 2B. Connect your phone or tablet to the same network you want to connect your Chromecast to. Step 2C. Open the Google Home app and go to the icon with devices in the upper right corner of the screen. Step 2D. Log in with your Google Account (Gmail email address). If you don't have an account yet, you can create it in this screen. Step 2E. Accept the terms and conditions. Step 2F. Choose the Chromecast you want to set from the list and press next. The app will now connect.

Step 3: Set your preferences

You're now connected to the Chromecast. Now all you have to do is set a few things.

Step 3A. Choose the room in which the Google Chromecast is located. This is useful if you have multiple Chromecasts.

Step 3B. Connect your Chromecast to your WiFi network by selecting the network from the list and entering the password.

Step 3C. Finally, link your Chromecast to your Google Account, and you'll be able to show photos from your Google Photos on your Chromecast as a screensaver, for example.


You're ready to cast. Want to see what you can do with your Chromecast? Check out our article with the best apps for the Google Chromecast.

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