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What is Chromecast?
Chromecast is a media streaming device that plugs into the HDMI port on your TV. Simply use your mobile device and the TV you already own to cast your favourite TV shows, films, music, sport, games and more. Chromecast works with iPhone®, iPad®, Android phones and tablets, Mac® and Windows® laptops and Chromebooks.*
An easy way to get video, music and games to your TV
Your phone is a simple, powerful remote. Open the mobile apps that you already know and love to quickly access things like your TV shows, your playlists, your queues. No new logins or downloads required.
Simply tap the Cast button to see your favourite content on the big screen.
By using your phone, it’s easy to browse, queue and control the TV from anywhere in the home. And you can still keep using your phone for other things without disrupting what’s playing or draining your battery.
Unlimited entertainment, all on your schedule With Chromecast, you’re in command. Choose from over 200,000 TV shows & films, 30 million songs, plus radio, sport, games and more. Discover a range of free, subscription or paid content from hundreds of apps.
FIND OUT HOW TO CAST TO YOUR TV
Get started in 3 easy steps
CONNECT TO WI-FI
Cast from your phone
Enjoy your favourite apps and entertainment on the big screen.
- Open a Cast-enabled app, like Google Play Movies, on your phone.
- Find a video to play.
- Tap the Cast button and select your Chromecast.
- Play, pause and adjust the volume, right from your phone
Cast websites from your laptop
Enjoy photos, videos, music and anything else from your favourite websites on the big screen.
- Open the Chrome browser on your laptop.
- Visit any website in Chrome.
- Click the Cast button in the Chrome browser and select your Chromecast.
Mirror your Android phone or tablet screen to the TV
See exactly what’s on your Android device by casting your screen to the TV.
- From your Android phone or tablet, open the Google Home app.
- Tap the left hand navigation to open the menu.
- Tap Cast screen / audio and select your Chromecast device.
Customise your TV screen
When you’re not casting, turn your TV screen into a beautiful backdrop filled with images.
- From your phone or tablet, open the Google Home app.
- On the Devices tab, tap the gear icon.
- From the device settings, tap Backdrop to turn it on.
- Select the topics you’d like to see on your TV.
Using guest mode
Guest mode makes it even easier for your friends to cast to your TV, after initial setup, using their phones without first having to connect to your Wi-Fi.
- Open a Cast-enabled app from a phone or tablet, without connecting to your Wi-Fi.
- The Cast button will automatically appear, even though you’re not connected to the Wi-Fi. Tap the Cast button and select “Nearby device”.
- Follow the prompts to connect automatically.
- If the phone can’t automatically connect, you can enter the 4-digit PIN displayed on the TV screen or on the “Device” tab of the owner’s Google Home app.
About voice assistant :-
You can use your voice to do things like search, get directions, and create reminders. For example, say “Ok Google, do I need an umbrella tomorrow” to see if there’s rain in the weather forecast.
How to do :-
- Open the Google app .
- At the top left, tap Menu Settings Voice “Ok Google” Detection.
From here, you can choose when you want your phone to listen when you say “Ok Google.”
Ways you can use your voice
If voice search is available in your language or your country, you can say most of these examples but some aren’t available in every language. Note: You need to have your Google app feed turned on for some of these examples to work.
Set an alarm: “Set an alarm for 7 AM” or “Set an alarm for every Friday morning at 7 AM.”
Set a reminder: “Remind me to call John at 6 PM” or “Remind me to buy Belgian chocolate at Ghirardelli Square.”
See SMS (text) messages: “Show me my messages from Brian about dinner.”
Create a Google Calendar event: “Create a calendar event for dinner in San Francisco, Saturday at 7 PM.”
See your upcoming bills: “My bills” or “My Comcast bills 2013.”
Check your schedule: “What’s my day look like tomorrow?” or “When’s my next meeting?”
Call a friend: “Call Lindsay Hampson” or “Call Mom.”
Text a friend: “Text Jason that I’m running 5 minutes late.”
Send a Hangouts chat message: “Send a Hangouts message to Bob” or “Start a Hangouts chat.”
Start a Hangouts video call: “Start a video call” or “Video call Jane using Hangouts.”
Send an email: “Send an email to Kristin, subject new shoes, message, I can’t wait to show you my new shoes, full stop.”
Check your voicemail: “Listen to voicemail.”
Post to a social network: “Post to Google+ that I’m going to be in Seattle for the weekend.”
Play music: “Play Macklemore” or “Play Can’t Hold Us.”
Identify a song: “What’s this song?”
Find new music: “What songs do Mumford and Sons sing?”
Play a radio station from Google Play: “Play some music.”
Watch a movie from Google Play: “Watch Frozen.”
Learn about a TV show you’re watching: “What’s on TV?”
Read a book from Google Play: “Read Ender’s Game.”
Find a movie: “What movies are playing tonight?” or “Where’s Hunger Games playing?”
Search for images: “Show me pictures of the Golden Gate Bridge.”
Take a photo or video: “Take a picture” or “Record a video.”
Get directions: “Navigate to Safeway” or “Directions to 1299 Colusa Avenue Berkeley California.”
Find nearby places: “Where’s the closest coffee shop?”
Plan your trip: “What are some attractions in New York City?”
Look up travel plans: “Show me my flights” or “Where’s my hotel?”
Book a table: “Book a table for 2 at Cascal on Wednesday night.”
Find the time: “What time is it in London?”
Check the weather: “Do I need a jacket today?” or “What’s the weather like tomorrow morning?”
Answer trivia questions: “Where was Albert Einstein born?” or “How old is Beyonce?”
Get stock prices: “What’s the Google stock price?” (Disclaimer about financial data)
Calculate the tip: “What’s the tip for 42 dollars?”
Translate words or phrases: “How do you say cucumber in Spanish?”
Define a word: “What does gluttony mean?”
Convert between units: “What’s 16 ounces in pounds?”
Solve a math problem: “What’s the square root of 2209?”
Track a package from your Gmail order confirmation: “Where’s my package?”
Search within apps on your device: “Search for thai food on Yelp.”
Wi-Fi: “Turn on Wi-Fi” or “Turn off Wi-Fi.”
Bluetooth: “Turn on Bluetooth” or “Turn off Bluetooth.”
Flashlight: “Turn on my flashlight” or “Turn my flashlight off.”
8. More apps you can use “Ok Google” with
You can say “Ok Google” to do voice actions with other apps on your device. This is currently only available on certain apps, and only certain phrases work.
More apps that work with “Ok Google”
- Flixster: “Show me Inception on Flixster.”
- Instacart: “Show instacart availability.”
- Lincoln: “Start my Lincoln MKZ.”
- NPR One: “Listen to NPR.”
- NextPlus: “Send a message with NextPlus.”
- Realtor.com: “Show rentals near me on Realtor.”
- Shazam: “Shazam this song.”
- Telegram: “Send a Telegram message to Mom.”
- Threema: “Send a Threema message to Kate.”
- TripAdvisor: “Show attractions near me on TripAdvisor.”
- Trulia: “Show homes for sale in Boston on Trulia.”
- TuneInRadio: “Open TuneIn in car mode.”
- Walmart: “Scan my receipt on Walmart.”
- WhatsApp: “Send a WhatsApp to Joe.”
- Wink: “Activate home mode on Wink.”
- Viber” “Send a message with Viber.”
- Zillow: “Show me open houses nearby on Zillow.
Google learns some of your preferred apps
For some of these voice actions, when you don’t mention the app name in your request (for example, you only say “scan my receipt”), you’ll see a card in the search results with a button that will allow you to launch the app. If you request this action several times and tap the button each time, Google will learn that you prefer launching the app and will not ask you again.
If you prefer to be asked each time before launching the app:
- Say or type the voice action.
- Cancel by touching .
- Repeat a few times.
The app will no longer launch automatically, and will appear in search results again, in some cases after a few minutes.
These actions are available in English in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Singapore, and South Africa.
Your device needs to have the Google app 4.0 or higher with Web & App Activity turned on.
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