Google changed its streaming platform with the release of Chromecast with Google TV. The latest dongle from Google is not a pure cast device like Chromecasts, but the successor to Android TV. If you̵
After you’ve unzipped your device and all of its accessories, you’re ready to set up your Chromecast with Google TV. First plug the included power supply unit into a socket. Next, connect the USB-AC cable to the Power Brick and your Chromecast. A status display appears on the back of the dongle.
Find an available HDMI port on the back of your TV and connect your Chromecast to Google TV.
If your TV doesn’t turn on automatically, grab your device’s remote control, turn on the screen, and change the source to the HDMI port you connected the Chromecast to.
Record the Chromecast using the Google TV remote and slide the back cover off. Insert the supplied AAA batteries and replace the cover. The remote control should automatically pair with your streaming device.
If the pairing process doesn’t start automatically, press and hold the back and home buttons on your remote control until the status indicator starts pulsing. Your remote will then connect to the Chromecast.
Now start the setup process. Use your remote control to select your language from the list.
Your TV will now instruct you to download the Google Home app on your Android device, iPhone or iPad.
With the app installed, open the “Home” app on your phone or tablet.
Your device should automatically detect the Chromecast (1). Tap the “Set up Chromecast” button. If not, tap the “+” icon in the top left corner.
In the “Add to Startup” section, select the “Set up device” button.
Tap the “Set up new devices in your home” option.
Select the house you want to add the Chromecast to. If you have not yet configured a smart home in the app, tap the “Add another home” button. Otherwise, select your home and tap the “Next” button.
Grant the Home app permission to use your camera, then scan the QR code on your TV. Alternatively, select the “Continue without scanning” link and enter the screen code.
After a few seconds you will be asked to agree to the Google Terms of Service. Tap the Accept button to continue.
Select a room where your Chromecast will be saved with Google TV and click the “Next” button.
Give your Chromecast a name and tap “Next” again.
You now need to connect the Chromecast with Google TV to your WiFi. Select your network from the list and tap “Next”.
On the next screen, enter your WiFi password.
With the internet connection set up, it’s time to sign in with your Google account. The Home app offers all the Google accounts that are currently signed into your phone or tablet. However, you may need to authenticate again to continue.
Follow the instructions on the screen to continue.
Select which permissions to grant the streaming dongle, then click the “Accept” button.
We are now on the last stretch. It’s time to configure the Google Assistant and set up media preferences. Tap the “Next” button to continue.
Allow Google to share your searches with third-party apps. If the setting is turned off, you may not be able to find and watch certain movies and TV shows using the voice assistant. Select the “Allow” button.
Next, enable Voice Match. With this option enabled, the assistant can provide you with personalized results when your voice is recognized. Tap on “Next”.
Agree that the Google Assistant will provide you with personalized results when using Voice Match. Select the “I Agree” button.
One of the strengths of Google TV is the recommendation engine. However, before Google can suggest movies and TV shows that you might like, they need to tell which services you have subscribed to. Tap each item (such as YouTube, Netflix, Disney +, Hulu, and HBO Max), then tap Next.
Ambient mode in your Chromecast with Google TV acts as a screen saver when you are not watching. As with smart displays, Google lets you choose a slideshow of your photos or curated graphics. Make your selection, then choose Next.
The setup process in the Google Home app is complete. Tap the “Done” button and use the remote to finish setting up your Chromecast on your TV.
So that you don’t have to juggle multiple controllers, you can use the Chromecast with the Google TV remote to turn on your TV, turn the volume up and down, and switch sources.
With the remote control, click Set Up Remote Control and follow the instructions on the screen. You will be guided through programming your controller and checking that it can control your TV.
Your Chromecast with Google TV is ready to use. Select “Start Exploring” to start using your streaming device.
The Google TV interface is slightly different when coming from an Android TV set-top box or TV. For each service you had access to during the setup process, the app will be installed on your Chromecast. Make sure you’re signed in to each streaming service so you can watch recommended movies and TV shows whenever something new comes up.
As you get to know your new Chromecast, keep in mind that the software running on the streaming device is called Google TV. This is also the renamed name of Play Movies & TV. Don’t confuse the two when looking for something to check out.
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