How to set up Google Chromecast: A step-by-step guide to configuring your streamer

In the ever-growing space of media streamers, Google’s £30 Chromecast represents excellent value, and its simplicity won reviews editor Jonathan Bray over too. With the launch of the Chromecast Ultra, it’s even possible to use one to deliver 4K video to your TV. 

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Now you have your Chromecast, here’s how you set yourself up for the world of casting content to your TV. 

How to set up Google Chromecast

  1. Plug your Chromecast into your TV’s HDMI port, powering with the included charging cable plugged into a nearby socket or from your TV’s USB port if it’s capable of providing power.
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  2. Once plugged in, you’ll be prompted to visit Chromecast.com/setup to download the Chromecast Android or desktop app so you can set your streamer up.
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  3. Open the Chromecast app and then on the next page you’re presented with the option to “set up a new Chromecast” or “find an existing Chromecast.” Whichever option you choose, the app will let you know it’s found a new Chromecast and in your Wi-Fi setting you will see your device has automatically connected to it.
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  4. Next you’ll be shown a four-digit code, unique to your Chromecast, to ensure you’ve connected to the right device. You’ll be asked to verify you’re seeing the same code displayed on your device as is displayed on your TV.
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  5. Now you can name your Chromecast, calling it absolutely anything you want, and then you’ll need to set it up to connect to your Wi-Fi network. Unfortunately, Chromecast only works on 2.5GHz networks, so 5GHz isn’t an option here.
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  6. And that’s it, you’ve got your Chromecast up and running, and now it’s time to download some apps and start casting. Thankfully we’ve put together a list of the best Chromecast apps to help you get the most from your streaming stick.
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How to set up Google Chromecast: Compatible devices

Chromecast works with Android, iOS, Mac OS X, Windows and Chrome OS. You can also run it on an Ubuntu PC, but you’ll need to use Chrome or Chromium to access it.

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