Before the arrival of Google Chromecast it was necessary to install additional software to wirelessly send photos, audio, and videos to your television through your Mac. Chromecast setup on Mac is easy and changes everything in regards to digital media streaming. This article will show you the A-Z of Google Chromecast and teach you how to Chromecast from Mac. Using this Chromecast setup on mac it will be possible to view content on a big screen in the comfort of your home or even at the office.
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What are the requirements for setting up Google Chromecast?
To broadcast audio or video wirelessly from your Mac to the big screen (TV), you will need a Google Chromecast, a Television or projector, Chrome web browser (free for Mac), a WiFi network, and of course a Mac computer. These simple steps take just a few moments and will have you on the way to wireless content streaming.
Step 1: Getting started
Before we get started, this is what is packaged in your Google Chromecast box: The Google Chromecast, USB Type-A to USB Micro-B cable (for charging), Chromecast HDMI dongle, HDMI short extension cable, and a power supply. Before you can use the Chromecast app from Mac, the physical setup (manually connecting your Google Chromecast to your TV without the use of WiFi network) and the software setup (with the help of WiFi network) needs to be done.
Connecting your Chromecast
Connect your Google Chromecast to the HDMI socket on the back of your TV. Insert your USB Micro-B connector into your Google Chromecast dongle, and connect the USB Type-A connector into a spare USB port on the TV. If your TV does not have a USB port Google has included a power cube to plug the power portion of the Chromecast into a nearby electrical outlet. You can even use chromecast without wifi also. Search Techy.com wrote a detailed goude about it.
Hard to reach spaces? Don’t worry, use the short HDMI extender cable to extend the range of the Chromecast connection and gain more clearance in tight spaces.
Now you are ready to turn on your television. Ensure your input source to the HDMI channel corresponds to the HDMI socket which the Google Chromecast is connected. Many modern TVs will automatically switch inputs once they detected a new device connected.
Easy isn’t it? Now let’s move on to the next step…
Step 2: Google Chromecast setup
To successfully set up the Google Chromecast you need to connect to a WiFI network on your Mac, this needs to be the same WiFi network you want your Chromecast to connect to and use. Remember that Chromecast requires a constant network connection to function properly and does not work properly offline.
Open your Chrome web browser and go to http://www.chromecast.com/setup, download the Chromecast DMG by clicking the blue Download button and install the Chromecast app for Mac. Make sure to agree to the license terms (after reading them) and click the ACCEPT button.
After clicking the accept button the app will search for available Chromecast devices on your network.
NOTE: If you have an iOS or Android device available setup is much faster and easier with the Google Home app which is available via a free download in the App Store (or Play Store), we suggest this method when possible.
Is the search taking too long? Make sure the Chromecast is connected to the same WiFi network as your Mac and is positioned within range of your router.
If your Mac is unable to find your Chromecast check your Wifi or switch your Mac’s WiFi network to 2.4 GHz mode instead of 5GHZ or mixed.