How to Improve Chromecast performance

The original Chromecast is limited to streaming tabs at up to 720p, which should deliver stutter-free video in most circumstances. We haven’t had any problems streaming at the default quality, but if your Wi-Fi network is old and decrepit, you may need to fiddle with the settings to play videos smoothly.

The Chromecast Ultra is far more adept at this job and will stream at resolutions up to 4k. The quality will depend on how fast your home wireless network is, and how busy it is at any given time.

If you find your video breaks up or stutters, follow these simple steps to ensure smooth video streaming:

  1. Click the Cast extension button in your browser toolbar and select Options

  2. On the next screen choose a lower quality setting. On the original Chromecast, go for 480p. On the Chromecast 2, try 720p first before going all the way to the bottom.

Helpful Tips

  • Play media files that are stored on your computer. By using the Chrome web browser to stream content to your Chromecast you may see an improvement in your video/audio quality.
  • Use the Secret Settings (if you’re savvy enough). Open the Chromecast browser extension and right-click to access the options and select ‘Inspect Element’. From here you can change the frame rate, minimum bit rate, and more.

Use Chromecast with your 5GHz network

If you don’t want to reduce the quality, you own at least a Chromecast 2, and your router is a dual-band model (if you don’t know what this is, follow the steps below anyway – you’ll find out as you go), there’s another avenue open to you – you can connect your Chromecast to your router’s “5GHz” network:

  1. Open up the Chromecast app on your smartphone or tablet

  2. Tap Devices and then press the cog icon on the box for your Chromecast

  3. On the next screen, you should be able to see the current Wi-Fi network your Chromecast is connected to. If you tap this, you should see a list of other available networks.

  4. Look for a network with a similar name (it’s usually the same and has “5GHz” or similar in the name), select it and enter your password.

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