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Chromecast enables you to turn a normal or dumb tv or display into a smart entertainment center. This tiny USB dongles allows you to access tones of streaming content on YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and other services. As luck would have it, the latest Chromecast can also connect with Google Home.  You are probably asking; how do I use Chromecast with google home? If so, then you came to the right place.

Can My Chromecast Work with Google Home?

Unfortunately, not all Chromecast devices can work with Google Home. According to Google, Older dongles (Gen1 dongles) are unsupported in Google Home. You must be running a Chromecast or ultra with version 1.32 or higher of the firmware(cast). 

You can check the firmware version you are running on your Chromecast device on the Google Home app. Just navigate to the device in the app, then settings and the firmware details will be listed at the bottom of the page.

Which Google Home Device Works with Chromecast?

Luckily, most Google Home devices- including older ones can work with Chromecast. The following Google Home devices can be used with Chromecast according to Google:

  • Google Home Max

  • Google Nest Hub Max

  • 2nd and 1st Generation Google Home mini

  • Google Nest Hub Max

Consider the control or interface you need to have while using Google Home with Chromecast.  Some users prefer to issue voice commands using the assistant, while others might find the display on Google Nest Hub convenient.

How Do I Use Chromecast With Google Home? - Step-By-Step Setup Guide

With the requirements out of the way, you should be able to follow these steps to set up Google Home with your Chromecast device.

First Steps- Preparing Your Devices

Before you proceed, ensure your Chromecast device is plugged into your tv/display and that your tv is turned on. At same time, your Google Home device should be on and configured. Lastly, both devices (Chromecast and Google Home should be connected to the same Wi-Fi network).

If you haven’t set up your Chromecast device already, you can launch the Google App on your device and set it up. The setup wizard only takes a few and minutes to complete (make sure your smartphone or tablet are connected to the same Wi-Fi network that will be used for the Chromecast device. You should be able to cast content from your smartphone or tablet to your tv using Chromecast before you proceed to the next steps.

Setting Chromecast With Google Home

Launch your Google Home hub to start the setup process.

Step 1 On the top right corner of the app’s home screen, you will see an icon that looks like a box.  This is the devices icon.  Tap on the devices icon to add a new device- in this case, your Chromecast.

Step 2- In the next screen, tap the blue button that says “ADD NEW DEVICE”. Select Chromecast and follow the Wi-Fi setup instructions on the next screen.

Step 3- Once you have set up Wi-fi, go back to the app and tap on continue. The app will generate a unique pairing code that is displayed on the Tv and the app. Tap on “I SEE IT” to proceed to the next step.

Step 4 The next screens in the setup wizard will ask you to choose your region, name your Chromecast device, and connect your Chromecast device to your Wi-Fi network.

Step 5- Next, you will be asked to sign in to your existing Google account. Make sure you sign in to the same Google account you are using for your Google Home speaker/hub. You can also choose continue if you had already signed in. 

Lastly, the app will play a brief cast tutorial. 

Congratulations! Your Chromecast device is now set to work with Google Home.

Using Chromecast With Google Home

Depending on the name you assigned to your Chromecast in the setup wizard, you can start issuing commands like, “Ok Google, play [song name] in [Chromecast name]”.   It’s important to give your Chromecast device a descriptive name since you will be using it a lot when casting content using voice commands.  This is especially important if you have multiple Chromecast devices connected to Google Home. 

As a bonus, you can actually reverse-cast to your Google Home hub. For instance, in the YouTube app you can choose cast and Google Home will show up alongside other devices that you can cast to. Of course, you can always ask the Google assistant to play whatever you want directly without casting.

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