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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6 ways to troubleshoot Chromecast audio issues and get your sound working again

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Audio issues aren’t unheard of for the Google Chromecast.

  • You can fix your Chromecast’s audio issues in several easy ways.
  • If your Chromecast is having audio issues, check your TV’s settings, and restart the app you’re playing from.
  • Google also offers an interactive tool to help diagnose and troubleshoot Chromecast audio issues.
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Google’s Chromecast allows users to easily stream media from other devices onto their TV. All it takes is an HD television and an internet connection.

It’s a pretty clever device, but it’s not without its issues and glitches. Users have reported problems with audio cutting out or simply not playing despite the video playing perfectly, for example. When this happens, it’s up to the user to troubleshoot these issues – luckily, they’re usually easy to fix.

How to troubleshoot a Google Chromecast’s audio issues

Here are five ways you can troubleshoot your Chromecast sound and audio issues before you go out and buy a replacement device.

Check your TV or other device’s settings

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Adjust your device’s sound settings to fix Chromecast audio issues.

It’s important to make sure the speakers on the device you’re casting to are set to enabled, and that your volume is turned up.

Some modern TVs will disable their internal speakers to use external speakers or sound systems. Check to see that you have the correct settings turned on. If you’re not sure how to find this or the usual method doesn’t work, consider resetting your TV to its default or factory settings. That should restore the internal speakers.

Ensure your Chromecast is working correctly

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Double-check that your Chromecast is updated and plugged in properly.

To rule out any hardware issues, you should always check to see that your Chromecast is plugged in properly – both to your TV and to the power socket on your wall.

You can test this further by plugging your Chromecast into a different wall socket or HDMI jack on your TV. You can also try switching out the HDMI cord for the micro-USB cord and plugging that in to see if it solves the issue.

Reboot your Chromecast device using the Google Home app

Rebooting your Chromecast could iron out any issues, audio-related or otherwise, and takes only a few seconds. Here’s how to do it.

1. Launch the Google Home app on your device.

2. Select the Chromecast device on your home screen that you’re experiencing issues with.

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Select the Chromecast device you want to reboot.

3. Tap the cog on the upper right-hand corner of your screen to open the Settings option.

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Open your Chromecast device settings.

4. Choose the three-dotted “More” icon to open your extra settings.

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The three-dot icon is vertical on Android and horizontal on iPhone.

5. Select “Reboot.”

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Tap Reboot to restart your Chromecast device.

6. Wait for your Chromecast device to restart and confirm your sound issues have been resolved.

Restart your selected media

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Try stopping and restarting your media to see if the audio glitch is fixed.

Sometimes Chromecast audio issues are simply a random glitch that can be solved by stopping and restarting the media you wish to play. Try disconnecting from the Chromecast device in question, then reconnecting before restarting the video or music you’re listening to.

Use the Google Home app’s sound settings to fix sound delays

Sometimes sound issues arise because your sound system is more advanced. The Google Home app has a tool to help you get your audio synced when you’re casting to a group of devices, like a set of speakers.

To fix the issue and your Chromecast audio, select the Chromecast device you’re using from the Google Home app’s main screen, tap the gear icon to access your settings, and then choose “Group delay correction.”

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You can fix Chromecast sound delays with grouped speakers in the Google Home app.

From here, Google suggests you cast music to your “group” of speakers or devices, stand by the device where you hear the delay, and using the slider, move it left or right until the audio is synced.

Follow Google’s interactive walkthrough to troubleshoot your issues

Google offers an interactive, step-by-step tool to diagnose and fix issues with either your Chromecast or Chromecast Audio devices.

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Google offers an interactive troubleshooting tool for Chromecast users.

You can get tips and fixes for the most common problems you might experience, though they also have a community where you can ask questions and receive answers from fellow users.

And if all else fails, you can contact Google customer support.

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How to play Jackbox games on a TV, whether you’re using a gaming console, computer, or streaming device

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Jackbox makes hosting in-person or virtual game nights through your TV fun and easy.

  • There are several ways you can play Jackbox games on a TV. 
  • You can download Jackbox on gaming consoles, such as the Nintendo Switch, or connect your mobile device or computer to a TV, or stream a game with services like Apple TV.
  • You’ll need to determine what devices a Jackbox game or party pack is compatible with before you choose how to connect it to your TV for gameplay. 
  • Additional apps and equipment like Chromecast or an HDMI cord may be necessary to play Jackbox games on your TV. 
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Jackbox, a purveyor of party games, is best seen on a TV for the excitement of watching your silly drawings, clever wit, and inside jokes play out on the big screen. And whether you realize it or not, you likely already have access to one of many methods available for playing a Jackbox party pack or standalone game on a TV. 

But before you learn how to play through your TV, you’ll want to confirm which games are compatible with your device. This will help you make the best decision setting up play through your big screen. To do this, just click on the game or party pack you want to purchase and scroll to the compatibility section beneath the game or pack’s description. If you see your platform or device listed, you’re ready to buy. 

Once you’ve made your purchase, ensure you also have a device like another iPad, computer, or smartphone available to log into Jackbox.TV, as that’s how you’ll enter your answers, make your drawings, and vote on the best of the bunch each round.

Here’s how you can play Jackbox on a TV.

How to play Jackbox on a TV with a gaming console

If you own a Nintendo Switch, Playstation 3, 4, or 5,  Xbox One, or Xbox Series S/X, these consoles all support hosting some or all of the games in the Jackbox catalog through their respective stores. Download Jackbox games to your console and, if an HDMI cable is required, connect it from your TV to your console to play – just like you would with other games.

How to play Jackbox on a TV with a streaming device

Jackbox can also be played directly on Apple TV and iPad with the app version. To play the game on your iPad, you want to mirror it to your Apple TV using AirPlay. For iPad users with Google Home, you can also cast the game on your TV through the app’s built-in mirroring tool. 

Amazon Fire TV users can simply purchase the Jackbox app from Amazon and play straight from their TV, while Android TV users can also purchase the Jackbox app in the Google Play Store and start having fun through their compatible TVs.

How to play Jackbox on a TV with a computer

The Steam, Humble, and Fanatical gaming platforms all have Jackbox available to download for PC, Mac, and Linux users. Epic Games also offers Jackbox for PC and Mac devices. Once purchased, you’ll be able to access the games from your purchase library. 

To play games from these platforms on your TV, you’d just need to connect your computer to your TV with an HDMI cord, use screen-mirroring tools from AirPlay on your Mac, or cast from your Mac or PC with Chromecast.  

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What is Google TV? Here’s what you need to know about Google’s new streaming interface

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Google TV lets you browse through all of your streaming services at once.

  • Google TV is a new interface for Android devices like the newest Chromecast and Sony Android TVs. 
  • The software combines all content from multiple streaming channels into one searchable interface, and makes viewing recommendations based on your history and searches. 
  • It’s currently available in just a few devices, like the new Chromecast with Google TV and Android phones via the Google TV app, but will grow over time. 
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Google has recently introduced a new service called Google TV. And while you’d be forgiven for assuming it’s a new streaming video device or set-top video product like Roku or Chromecast, in reality it’s software that you’ll find in a variety of places, such as Android phones and Android TVs

What is Google TV?

You can think of Google TV as a software component that runs on top of a number of Android TV devices. It’s an interface that aggregates all the content from within Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, Peacock, Disney+, and dozens of other popular streaming services. Instead of searching for Netflix content on the Netflix app and Hulu content on the Hulu app, Google TV mixes all the content together in one interface so you can search across all streaming services at once.

In addition, it’s a smart recommendation engine that suggests content you might want to watch based on your viewing habits and searches. The bottom line is that Google TV is the interface you use to interact with Android TV

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Google TV for Android phones is one place you can experience the new Google TV.

Can you buy Google TV?

Not exactly. You can think of Google TV as a software component of the newest Chromecast device, called Chromecast with Google TV, which in fact can be purchased for $50. It’s also being used as the interface for some Android TV set-top systems. Currently, Google has only mentioned Sony TVs by name for the Google TV upgrade, but it is reasonable to assume that the software will arrive on other Android TVs and devices in the future. You can read Google’s announcement about Google TV for more details. 

Google TV itself isn’t something you can purchase or install on its own; it comes as the interface with specific, supported devices. With one exception: The Google Play Movies & TV app, which is found on most Android phones and tablets, was recently renamed Google TV and contains a version of the full streaming service aggregation and recommendation engine found in other streaming media devices.  

What devices will Google TV run on?

Currently, there is no complete list of Google TV devices, but here are the devices and services we know are running, or will soon run, Google TV:

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