Chromecast PC setup: use a Chromecast via PC

The Chromecast PC setup: in just a few steps, it is possible to install the Google Chromecast on a computer running Windows 10 as operating system. You can read exactly how to do this in this comprehensive article, which includes a step-by-step plan and other tips.

Chromecast PC setup? Using the Chromecast on a PC is fairly simple: in the Chrome browser, press the three dots and then choose the option ‘cast‘. Actual installation of the Chromecast via a PC is no longer possible with the most recent models: this was only possible with the Chromecast gen 1 and 2.

Windows & Chromecast

The Windows operating system is the most widely used operating system worldwide. It can be found on millions of devices and is used by millions of people every day. So it is not surprising that people want to use that system in combination with a Chromecast.

The Google Chromecast is in fact one of the most popular media streamers of the moment. Millions of people have bought a Chromecast, one version or another, or have a television or media player with a built-in Chromecast. A link to Windows is therefore desirable.

By establishing a connection between your Windows PC and Chromecast, you can stream your media from one device to the other. Without fuss, provided of course that both devices are on the same network. You can find out how in this article.

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Chromecast PC setup

Before we can start with the Chromecast PC setup, it is useful to know exactly what you need for the setup. Fortunately, that’s very simple. You only need three things:

  1. A Google Chromecast or a media player or TV with Chromecast built-in
  2. A computer running Windows 10
  3. The Google Chrome browser

If you have not yet installed the Google Chrome browser, you can download the latest version.

Everything set up and ready to go? Good, then we can start.

  1. Plug the Google Chromecast into an empty HDMI port in your television.
    1. If you are using Chromecast built-in, you can skip this step and go straight to step two.
  2. Make sure that the television and the computer (or laptop) are on the same network. Only then can they find and see each other and communicate.
    1. If not, reset or install properly.
  3. Now open the Google Chrome browser on your computer.
  4. Click on the three dots at the top right to access the menu.
  5. Now click the option Casting…
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Content casting

Once you’ve clicked Casting…, you’ll see a list of Chromecast devices that are all present in your network. The default setting is that you only cast a single tab to another device, but fortunately there are three options in total.

  1. Casting a Tab: Casts the content of a single tab that is currently open.
  2. Cast Desktop: Casts your entire Windows 10 screen. No matter what you’re doing on your screen, that content will be displayed.
  3. Casting a File: Cast a single file, such as video or audio. After selecting this option, you also need to choose a file to cast.

You will find the three options at the bottom under the Sources button. That is the button with the blue text. Once you have chosen one of the three options, you can select a device to which the content should be broadcast. The connection is then established automatically.

Chromecast PC setup not possible (installation)

As you can see, it is not literally possible to set up your Chromecast from a PC. This was possible with the first two generations, which is why there can be a lot of confusion about this. Fortunately, you can still access and control the Chromecast from your computer.

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