Samsung’s smart TV virtually eliminates the need for external wireless connections. With the push of a button, you can stream your favorite shows and movies. You can even mirror your mobile device’s screen onto your big screen. But how do you set up Chromecast?
Chromecast comes pre-installed on many Samsung smart TVs. However, if you have a standard model, you will first need to plug in your Chromecast to a power source and your TV’s HDMI slot. Then, download the Google Home app and follow the prompts provided.
Make sure that your mobile device and Chromecast are on the same Wi-Fi network. Continue reading for more specific instructions on how to install Chromecast on your Samsung TV and how to improve your user experience.
How to Install Chromecast on Your Samsung TV
As noted, if you opted for the Samsung smart TV, it may already come pre-installed with Chromecast. To see if your product has this feature, consult your user manual.
With that being said, if your Chromecast is separate from your TV, here are some specific steps to take to install the device:
Plug in Your Chromecast
To set up your Chromecast, you must first plug it in. Insert the micro-USB cable into the Chromecast and connect the charging block to an outlet. Your Chromecast will come with an HDMI cable that you can directly plug into your TV.
Both of these items must be plugged in at the same time for them to work.
Download the Google Home App
You will not need to use the Google Home app every time you use Chromecast. However, you will need it for the initial setup and future configurations. You can download the Google Home app on the Google Play store or the App Store.
Note: You will need a Google account to use the app.
Follow the Prompts on the Screen
Once you reach this stage, you’re in the home stretch. To complete the setup process, navigate to the Google Home screen. From there:
- Select the “+” symbol
- Tap “Set up device”
- Choose “New Device”
At this point, follow the prompts on the screen. Depending on what generation Chromecast you have, it may ask you to enter your Wi-Fi credentials, along with other relevant information.
How to Use Built-In Chromecast on Samsung Smart TVs
If you purchased a Samsung smart TV that comes with Chromecast, the following steps will allow you to use this feature:
- Download the SmartThings app. This app will allow you to control your various Samsung-compatible devices. Once you log into it, it will automatically look for various devices, including your smart TV.
- Allow screensharing. From the user guide, select the mobile device’s screen that you want to mirror. Choose screen sharing, also called “Smart View.”
- Configure the Wi-Fi features. Make sure that your mobile device and TV are on the same network.
- Add your TV. On the SmartThings app, add your Samsung smart TV. If the TV asks for permission to share your mobile screen, allow it.
- Use SmartView. Once you have connected your phone to the TV, select the Smart View option to start mirroring content.
These instructions may be different if you are using a different smart TV or have an older model. While other TVs come with mirroring capabilities, they may not necessarily be the same as Chromecast.
Troubleshooting the Setup Process
Setting up Chromecast on your Samsung TV is easy. However, even the smallest setback can be frustrating. Here are some possible problems and solutions that could get your new entertainment system up and running:
Your Chromecast Is Not Connecting to the Internet
Technically, you do not need a Wi-Fi connection to operate your Chromecast. However, having one is ideal. If your Chromecast says that it does not have a connection, make sure that:
- Your log-in credentials were entered correctly on the Google Home app.
- Your Wi-Fi signal is strong enough to stream media.
- Your phone and your device are on the same network.
You can learn more about optimizing your connection by reading this article.
Your Chromecast Is Not Turning On
If your Chromecast is not turning on, first, make sure that you are on the right input. If you are, then:
- Try using another charging block
- Use another Micro-USB charger
- Reset the device
Your TV Doesn’t Have an HDMI Port
If you are using an older Samsung TV, it may not come equipped with an HDMI port. However, you could still use Chromecast.
This would involve purchasing an HDMI to AV converter. Here, you would insert your Chromecast’s HDMI into the device while inserting the RBG cables into the back of your TV.
You will need to use the Google Home app to install Chromecast on your Samsung TV. However, if your smart TV comes pre-equipped with Chromecast, you will need to follow a different set of instructions.
To learn more about installing Chromecast on your TV, click here.