Chromecast 101: How to Set Up Chromecast for the First Time

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Chromecast is a fun new way to watch your favorite movies, TV shows, videos, and music from Netflix, Chrome, HBO Go, YouTube and Pandora on your HDTV. Chromecast works with devices like Android phones, Android tablets, iPhones, iPads, Chrome for Windows and Chrome for Mac. If you recently purchased a Chromecast, here are instructions on how to set it up.

1. Plug Chromecast Into Your HDTV

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Okay so you’re ready to get this baby set up! Before you start the setup process, make sure you’re connected to a Wi-Fi network. Take the Chromecast out of the box and simply plug it into your HDTV and into a USB port. Once its all plugged in and ready to go, it should start flashing when it turns on.

2. Switch the HDTV Input

This next step is pretty simple. Change your HDTV input to the HDMI port in which your Chromecast is connected. Soon after you should see “Set Me Up” on your screen.

3. Download the Chromecast App

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By downloading the Chromecast app, you will be able to set up your Chromecast to work with your network Wi-Fi network, and you can manage all of your Chromecast settings. Chromecast has Android, Windows, and Mac apps available for setup. Go to Google’s Chromecast setup page and install the app for the platform you will be using.

4. Run the Chromecast Software

The app will list Chromecasts nearby in setup mode, and you can set them up to work with your Wi-Fi connection.

5. Make Sure the Chromecast Code Matches the Device in the Setup Software

Once you select the appropriate Chromecast, you will see a four-character code on the screen. This code should match the same code that shows on your device in the set up process.

6. Enter Wi-Fi Information

Enter the password for your network and Chromecast will connect to it. Enter the password for your network and Chromecast will connect to it. Once its connected, you’re ready to stream Netflix, YouTube, and google Play media.

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