Many people wish to own a smart TV as it can directly connect to your home internet like a phone or laptop. It has a number of apps that will help you to connect with social media, stream live videos, music and many other things on the big screen, making TV viewing experience quite thrilling.
But these TVs are mostly expensive and can burn a big hole in your pocket. For those who wish for a smart TV but has budget issues, for them the Google Chromecast comes as a big time savior. The Chromecast device can convert your standard LED TV into a trendy smart TV within no time. Now if you are wondering what this device can do just run your eyeballs down below.
What Is Chromecast
Chromecast helps in making your regular LED TV a smart one with a USB dongle type device developed by Google. It enables you to control the playback of the internet streaming of audio/video via your smartphones or laptop by connecting it to your HD LED TVs and home audio with the help of apps that support Chromecast technology.
This is a great blessing for those who crave for a high-end smart TV but is not able to get one due to financial limitation. Just at a quarter of a price of Smart LED TV, you shall get your Chromecast which will give you a delightful, smart TV experience with your standard LED TV.
How to Connect To Chromecast
You don’t have to learn rocket science for setting up your Chromecast and configure it. You only need to know how to connect your Chromecast with your HD TV and to sync it with your mobile or laptop. For that you first need to plug in the Chromecast device in the HDMI port of your LED TV with power plug nearby so you can put in the adapter of the device.
How to Configure Chromecast
Once the plugin part is over, download the cast app from Google play store or Apple play store in your mobile. Ensure that your internet connection is stable while connecting the Chromecast with Wi-Fi.
The Chromecast setup also depends on which version you are using. The second generation Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra supports Bluetooth therefore while starting your setup process, be sure to turn on your phone’s Bluetooth.
Go to your mobile or iPads Wi-Fi settings and search for a unique network name like “Chromecast0082.b”. This is an ad-hoc Wi-Fi network which applies to the latest generation of Chromecast as well.
As the phone and Chromecast connection is established, use the Google app to finish the Chromecast configuration process. The auto prompted setup process will begin right after opening the app but if it does not, then just tap on an icon that will appear on the upper right corner.
In the following process of the chromecast settings, the app shall confirm the Chromecast identifier on your phone that will match the identifier shown on the TV and then tap “Setup.”
In the primary stage of the setup process, the app shall verify the temporary identifier designated to the Chromecast and then click “continue”.
The app will flash a confirmation code on your TV after you have completed the setup process of the Chromecast correctly. Tab on “I See It” button to confirm the code.
After the above process is complete, the setup will ask you for selecting a region and naming your Chromecast. It will have a random name like “Chromecast0089” but you can change it to “Living Room” or “Bedroom” for your convenience.
Once your chrome setup is done, you may link your Google account with the Chromecast to use its advanced features like customizing it background with your own photos.
What Can Chromecast Stream
Installing Google Chromecast opens up the channel to seamless entertainment, simplifying your requirement of a smart TV. Now the thing that comes to your mind is that what can you do with Google Chromecast after connecting it to your TV.
To start with, you can easily watch your YouTube and Netflix movies directly on your TV’s big screen with the help of your Chromecast. You can also go live on Facebook with the help of your device, casting it from your TV. Before hitting the broadcast make sure that the mobile and Chromecast device is on the same Wi-Fi Network. A cast icon will appear on the screen indicating it is ready to broadcast.
You can also do official presentations in your workplace if you are using Google Slides for that. For that, you have to click on “present” tab that appears on the top-right corner of your presentation and then select “Present on another screen,” to choose the Chromecast device.
There are a number of apps that you can easily cast with the help Chromecast directly on your big TV like:
- HBO Now
- Angry Birds with Friends
- Watch ESPN
- Google Photos
- PBS Kids
- BBC iPlayer
Therefore this small device of Chromecast enables you to access an endless source of entertainment, and you can enjoy them all on your big TV rather than peeping in the small screen of your iOS or Android phone and laptops. So it is one of the coolest gadgets you can have that will give an entertainment experience which shall be utterly delightful.