A few Chromecast tips to get you started

You have more than a few options when it comes to cutting cords and streaming movies and shows onto your TV. And a relatively inexpensive and simple way to do that is with a Google Chromecast.

For a mere $35, you could pick up a Chromecast to call your very own. But aside from streaming Netflix and YouTube, what else can this little guy do? Well, quite a bit.

Here are a few suggestions to get you headed in the right direction.

Watch Facebook Live.

Fancy yourself a little Facebook Live? Well don’t you worry. Chromecast can stream any live video onto the big screen for you. All you have to do is open up a broadcast on your phone and then hit the cast icon. It should only take a second or two for the video to cast onto your TV.

Change your background.

If you store your photos on Google Photos, then you can cast these photos (or specific albums) onto your screen. So instead of viewing the same backdrop over and over again, you can adjust it to show pictures from Christmas morning or last summer. To do that, you’ll need to visit Backdrop Settings from the Menu. From here, you can ask it to cast photos from your Google account or even a Facebook Album.

Pump up the jam.

Stop playing music on your phone. Cast it onto the big screen and blast it for all your neighbors to hear. If you’ve got yourself a Spotify playlist 873 songs long, put that bad boy on shuffle and cast it. To do this, tap on Devices Available (which you can find at the bottom of your phone’s screen) and then select your Chromecast.

Put Google Home to work.

Google Home is Google’s aesthetically pleasing version of Amazon Echo. At this point, Google Home might be limited in comparison to Amazon’s device, but it still does a pretty good job of getting things done. And one really neat thing it can do for you is turn on Netflix and YouTube. But it won’t just turn it on… it will play whatever specific show or movie you want it to play. All you have to do is ask.

Share your Desktop

If you’re on a laptop or PC, you can share your screen with your TV. And it really doesn’t even take that much work. Just click on the menu at the top right corner of your browser (must be Chrome to work), and select Cast from the dropdown menu. After you do this, you will have the option to select your Chromecast.

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