How to Use Chromecast on TV for Beginners

New to the TV streaming game? Google Chromecast is an affordable option that facilitates streaming to multiple rooms simultaneously. This makes it an ideal church media software option for churches with several screens, making content-sharing a breeze.

Chris Holland
October 3, 2022
Church Software

Setting Up Chromecast for Church Media

New to the TV streaming game? Google Chromecast is an affordable option that facilitates streaming to multiple rooms simultaneously. This makes it an ideal church media software option for churches with several screens, making content-sharing a breeze.

This all-in-one guide outlines how to use Chromecast in a step-by-step format for Android and iPhone users alike. Find all your answers to frequently asked questions here like “how to use chrome cast without internet?” and “can you use chrome cast without WiFi?”. 

Get set up with Chromecast, and start streaming at your church.

To What Kinds of Devices Can a Chromecast Stream?

TV compatible with chromecast

The list of compatible devices is much longer than what is included in all of Google’s support materials for Chromecast, which only mentions connecting the dongle to your TV. But all you need for Chromecast is a power source and an HDMI connection—it really is that simple. 

That’s why any screen with an HDMI input functions with Chromecast, including standalone monitors, projectors, and classic TVs. Remember that you can’t use a Chromecast dongle to view material on any device with an output-only port, whether Android or iOS.

Chromecast Ultra is a different story. You need a high-speed internet connection and a 4K HDR TV for it to function seamlessly. 

If prime-quality streaming is a priority at your church, leveling up with the Ultra could be the way to go. Check out how the Chromecast Ultra is changing the game.

Step One: Connect to WiFi

Connecting to wifi on your phone

Connect your device to the same WiFi network you want your Chromecast to work with. From your phone or pad, download the free Google Home app and select Set Up New Device. Follow the on-screen instructions to finish connecting your device. Use a phone as you can’t use a laptop or desktop to set up Chromecast.

Step Two: Streaming

streaming chromecast from phone and laptop

From PC  

Streaming from your PC starts by opening Chrome > More > Cast. Select the required Chromecast device connected to your network on the new window that pops up. The Sources tab allows you to choose whether you want to cast a tab, file, or entire desktop.

Selecting a single tab means you can keep using your other Chrome tabs while sharing content. It won’t interfere with the casting process or disclose what’s on your screen to anyone viewing the chosen Chrome tab output. Just make sure you leave Chrome running in the background.

From Mac 

Streaming from Mac is very similar to PC. Select whether you want to share your whole screen (with sensitive information hidden) or a single tab, and choose your desired output location. Open Chrome > More > Cast and choose a destination. Leave Chrome running in the background.

From Android 

How to Chromecast from Android is simple, as it lets you cast an entire screen, offering more flexibility. It means you can share content from apps that don’t support Chromecast, as long as they are visible on your Android screen. 

Open the Settings app, go to ‘connected devices,’ select ‘connection preferences,’ and choose ‘cast’. Your device of choice should be on the list if you are both connected to the same WiFi network.

While some apps like YouTube have an automatic casting button inbuilt (that tiny TV option), all you need to do is tap. Only the chosen video will stream, keeping your phone’s interface (like notifications and messages) hidden and boosting your privacy. 

From iPhone

iPhone users can only share their screen if the chosen app supports it, but there are third-party apps that work as a middle ground, allowing screen mirroring to be shared directly. Check out this article to find an app that works for you and more details on how to Chromecast from iPhones.

How to Use Chromecast Without Internet

Android device

Android devices can use Chromecast without a WiFi connection, and it functions in a very similar way to when it is connected. Your Android will search for nearby Chromecasts without a network, tap on the name when you see it. You will see a four-digit PIN on your TV or screen, enter it into your Android to complete the connection. 

The answer to the question “can you use Chromecast without WiFi?” depends on your device. Android allows it to work without the internet, but Apple doesn’t offer you the same flexibility. As you can’t Chromecast without internet from an iPhone, investing in a router might be worth it for Apple users.

Media for Churches

Media devices like chromecast and apple tv that can be used for church

If you are still wondering how to use Chromecast or if Google Chromecast is right for you, check out this guide for Amazon Fire Stick and Apple TV. Whichever streaming device you choose for your church media is entirely up to you, but if your church media currently runs off iPads and Apple Macs, choosing Apple TV will be the most intuitive way to share your content.

Opting for a streaming stick gives you unparalleled advantages for seamless sharing of kids’ ministry curriculum and impactful digital signage solutions. Connect to any screen in your church and get creative with the materials you share, from engaging and dynamic videos featuring members of your congregation to upping your game with ministry curriculum videos.

Set up Chromecast at your church and effortlessly transfer your videos from screen to screen.

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