Stream from your phone to TV. Just like that.
Plug Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV to power and stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap. Watch shows, listen to playlists and more. And while streaming, you can still use your phone as you normally do.
Works with the streaming apps you know and love.
Enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports, and more from over 2000 apps like Netflix, YouTube, YouTube TV, and HBO NOW. Find more at g.co/chromecast/
Start streaming with just your voice.
Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV hands-free, with Chromecast and Google Home working seamlessly together OK Google, play Stranger Things from Netflix on my living room TV
Upgrade your TV for less.
Expand your home entertainment without buying a new TV. It’s so affordable you can get one for every TV in the house.
1 Subscriptions are required to view some content.
2 Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home.
On one side, there’s a built-in HDMI cable, while the other hosts a micro USB port for power. (The Chromecast comes with both a micro USB cable and a power adapter, although you probably won’t need the latter unless you have a very, very old, USB-less TV.) There’s also a button you can press for a hard reboot, although I never needed this.
Because the Chromecast lives behind your TV, its physical design isn’t all that important. But the device’s latest edition did lose one of my favorite features: a small magnet on the HDMI cable that lets you tuck the device neatly against itself. Now, the Chromecast dangles helplessly. This is probably not a big deal, although I wonder if gravity will stress the HDMI cable over time.
The best reason to buy the Chromecast, as always, is that it has the simplest, easiest-to-understand interface of any streaming device on the market. That’s because the Chromecast doesn’t require you to learn a whole new OS or play around with an idiosyncratic remote control. Instead, you control the entire experience from your phone, tablet, or computer.
By installing the Google Home app on your mobile device or by clicking the Cast option in a computer-based Chrome browser, you can simply “cast” whatever content you’re watching onto your TV. This isn’t a form of screen mirroring. Instead, your phone is simply instructing the Chromecast to pick up a signal directly from the content provider (Netflix, for example). This may seem like a subtle point, but true screen mirroring requires daisy-chaining devices together and often results in a subpar experience.
What’s in the box?
black or plain, boring white. (It sports a rather tasteful little “G” logo, either way.)