How to use Google Chromecast with your iPhone to stream videos, music, and more to a TV

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Your Chromecast is designed to connect to lots of devices, including iPhones.

  • You can connect a Chromecast to your iPhone using the Google Home app.
  • Once you’ve linked your streaming accounts to the Google Home app, you can control your Chromecast with your iPhone.
  • To connect your iPhone to the Chromecast, they’ll both need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
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Since its debut in 2013, Google has positioned its Chromecast as one of the most affordable and dynamic streaming devices on the market. Compatible with all sorts of devices, the Chromecast lets you stream movies, music, websites, and more on your TV.

If you’re looking to stream to a Chromecast from your iPhone, here’s how to set up and watch almost any content from your paired Apple and Google devices.

How to stream to Chromecast from an iPhone

The Google Home app for iPhone lets you link Netflix, Amazon Prime, Youtube, HBO, and other popular streaming services and stream them using the Chromecast that’s plugged into your TV. Just make sure that every device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

1. With your Google Home app open on your iPhone, tap the Media icon.

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Click the media button to start casting.

2. Under the “Manage Your System” section, select whether you want to access available Music, Video, Podcast, or Radio services.

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Select which media type you want to cast to your Chromecast.

3. In the list of available apps, tap “Link” under the service you want to add to your iPhone’s Google Home app.

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Click “Link” under the streaming app you want to cast to your Chromecast.

4. In the confirmation box, tap “Link Account” to be brought to the service’s sign in page where you can enter your account username and password.

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Click “Link Account” to link your streaming app with your Google Home app.

5. Once logged in, closeout of Google Home and tap the icon for the streaming service you just linked.

6. Select the media you want to play on your TV through your Chromecast device.

7. On your iPhone’s screen, locate the Google Chromecast “casting” icon, which may be located in various places depending on the app.

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Tap the cast button in your streaming app.

8. Select the name of your Chromecast from the list of available Chromecast devices and begin watching.

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Select the Chromecast device from the app list.

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How to troubleshoot when AirPlay is not working between your devices and fails to cast content

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If AirPlay is not working for you, there are a few ways to troubleshoot the problem using the devices involved.

  • If your AirPlay is not working, you may need to troubleshoot the involved Apple or AirPlay-compatible devices or your Wi-Fi router.
  • When everything is working properly, you can use AirPlay to send video from your Mac, iPhone, or iPad to an Apple TV or another AirPlay-supported device.
  • Here is a list of things to check on each device when AirPlay is not working.
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AirPlay is one of the features that makes the Apple ecosystem feel interconnected; with just a tap or two, you can stream audio or video from your Mac, iPhone, or iPad to another compatible device, like a television, Apple TV, or smart speaker.

Most of the time, AirPlay appears effortlessly in the Share menu of your media app, and you don’t need to think much about it. Occasionally, though, it doesn’t work, and it’s not clear why. Here’s what to do if AirPlay is not working.

What to do when AirPlay is not working

Most of the time, if AirPlay isn’t working, it simply fails to work at all – your device, like an Apple TV or your television doesn’t appear in the AirPlay device list. But AirPlay can also suffer from other glitches, like if the audio or video stutters or is otherwise low quality.

Here’s a short checklist of things to investigate, organized by the various parts of the AirPlay equation: your iPhone, iPad, or Mac, the screen or speaker you want to AirPlay to, and your Wi-Fi router. As always when running down a troubleshooting list, try AirPlay after each step to see if that fixed the problem; if it didn’t, keep going until you solve the issue.

iPhone and iPad troubleshooting

  • Toggle your Wi-Fi. The easiest way to do this is to put your iPhone or iPad in airplane mode for a few seconds, then turn off airplane mode (see our guide to airplane mode for details). This forces the device to reconnect to Wi-Fi, which solves all sorts of connectivity issues.
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Turning airplane mode on and off again resets the Wi-Fi and can often instantly fix AirPlay glitches.

  • Make sure your device is up to date. Is your device running the latest version of iOS or iPadOS? Update it if necessary by following the steps in our guides to updating your iPhone or iPad.
  • Restart your iPhone or iPad. A software glitch might be preventing AirPlay from working properly, so restarting the device can wipe the slate clean and let it work normally again. See our guides to restarting your iPhone or iPad.

Mac troubleshooting

  • Check for AirPlay compatibility. If you’ve never used AirPlay on your Mac before, make sure it supports AirPlay. To check, click the Apple menu and choose “System Preferences,” then “Displays.” If your Mac works with AirPlay, you should see an AirPlay Display menu and an option to “Show mirroring options in the menu bar when available.”
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To be sure your Mac is AirPlay-compatible, check the Display tab in System Preferences.

  • Toggle your Wi-Fi. Restart your Wi-Fi connection and make sure that it’s working properly. Test your Wi-Fi by opening a webpage in a browser.
  • Restart your Mac. A restart can clear out any potential temporary glitches from memory.
  • Check for a MacOS update. Make sure you’re running the latest MacOS version.

Apple TV, smart TV, or speaker troubleshooting

  • Power on your device. Make sure the device you want to play to is powered on and awake.
  • Connect to the same Wi-Fi network. Make sure the second device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your iPhone, iPad, or Mac. If not, switch networks to sync your devices.
  • Make sure the device is successfully using Wi-Fi. Try to use the device to stream content from the internet. If that’s not working, AirPlay won’t work either, and you might have a more serious issue with your device, or the router might need to be restarted.
  • Update your Apple TV. If you’re using an Apple TV, make sure the device is up to date. Check for software updates and install it if available.
  • Restart the device. A restart can clear its memory and star the connection fresh.
  • Check the device’s audio. If AirPlay is only partially working – you see video but don’t hear audio, for instance – make sure the device’s audio isn’t muted. Also, make sure your iPhone or iPad isn’t set to mute.

Wi-Fi router troubleshooting

  • Restart your router. If the source of your trouble appears to be your Wi-Fi or internet connection, restart the router. Unplug it, wait two minutes, and then plug it back in.
  • You may need to update your router. Check your router to see if it needs a firmware update. Many modern routers are easy to update via a mobile app; if your router is older, you might need to log into its web console (see the router’s user guide for details).

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