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.
2. Under the “Manage Your System” section, select whether you want to access available Music, Video, Podcast, or Radio services.
3. In the list of available apps, tap “Link” under the service you want to add to your iPhone’s Google Home app.
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.
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.
8. Select the name of your Chromecast from the list of available Chromecast devices and begin watching.
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
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
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.
3. Tap the cog on the upper right-hand corner of your screen to open the Settings option.
4. Choose the three-dotted “More” icon to open your extra settings.
5. Select “Reboot.”
6. Wait for your Chromecast device to restart and confirm your sound issues have been resolved.
Restart your selected media
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Androidphones 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.
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: