Google Home works with Chromecast, which means you can ask the smart speaker to play a YouTube video or your favorite movie on Netflix and it will appear on your big screen. Although you do not have to be a rocket scientist to use Google Home with a Chromecast, there are some things you need to be aware of.
First things first
To get started, you must first set up your Chromecast, set up Google Home, and then pair the two in the Google Home app. The important thing is that the two devices, together with the phone running the Google Home app, all have the same Wi-Fi network. You must also make sure that you use the same Google Account for each device, otherwise you will encounter problems.
Also, avoid using a VPN on your phone, as it will prevent the devices from talking to each other. The only way you can use a VPN is if you have it installed on your router, which means it covers all the devices on your network at once.
The names matter
When Google Home communicates with other devices in your home, it needs to know which specific device you are trying to talk to. When you only play content directly from home (such as music), this is not a problem, as you can only say “Play X on Spotify.” Casting works just a little differently and requires you to specify the device you want to stream to when you choose to cast.
For example, if you want to cast to your Chromecast, simply say to your Google home “Ok Google, cast CONTENT_NAME to CHROMECAST_NAME”. In my case, my Chromecast is called “Living Room Ultra”. So if I wanted to cast content for my TV I would just say “Ok Google, cast Android authority videos for Living Room Ultra. “It really is that simple.
You can set and rename your devices in the Google Home app.
Google Home will automatically stream video content from a standard service, such as YouTube. This means that if you want to cast from a non-standard service, you need to be more specific with your commands. So if I wanted to watch a video on Netflix I had to say “Ok Google, Stream House of Cards on Netflix to Living Room Ultra.”
This may seem like a pretty long stream of words to say, but the good news is that Google Home remembers the latest video service you streamed to the specific Chromecast with, and so if I wanted to switch to something else, say, Orange is New Black, I would just say “Ok Google, watch Orange is New Black on Netflix” and the content on my TV would change accordingly.
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However, the device you cast to remains standard until you say otherwise. So if you watch something on YouTube and ask Google Home to play something on Spotify, it will switch the TV input to a Spotify stream. You need to be discreet the first time you play a certain type of content on a device, so if you want to watch content on your TV and listen to music on your Home device, you need to say something like, “Play Rodeo Ruby Love on Kitchen Home “, where Kitchen Home is the name of Google Home.
How do I stop casting?
To stop casting to an external device, you must say “Ok Google, stop casting.” After this, the link between the home and the device you are casting is broken, and your home returns to the default audio source and the Google Home Chromecast session ends. If you request video content again, Google Home will ask you to enter a device name to cast to.
And that’s what it’s about. Google Home’s Chromecast support is one of our favorite features, but Google’s smart speakers also have a lot of other features.