How to Use Chromecast with iPad

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Using Chromecast with your iPad is easy. As long as you have a Google account and the Google Home app, the entire set-up process could take less than ten minutes. You can either connect your iPad to your Chromecast device using the Google Home app or using something called “guest mode.”

Continue reading to learn more about how you can use Chromecast with your iPad. This article will also discuss possible problems that you may encounter and how you can remedy them.

How to Use Chromecast with iPad

You will be able to configure your Chromecast by using the Google Home app, which you can get for free on the App Store. You will also need to create a Google account or use the one that you already have.

From there, you will need to:

Plug in Your Chromecast

Your Chromecast will come with one long cable. That is its power source. Connect the Micro-USB end into the slot above the reset button and plug it into the wall using a charging block.

Now, plug your Chromecast directly into your TV’s HDMI port. Select the right input and wait until your Chromecast has powered on.

Open the Google Home App

Once you open the Google Home app on your iPad, you’ll notice that in the top righthand corner, it says “Devices.” Tap “Devices” and select where it says, “Set up new devices.”

Choose your iPad. If your iPad does not show up as a discoverable device, make sure that your Bluetooth is on and that your devices are on the same Wi-Fi network.

Follow the Prompts on the Screen

The next set of instructions will depend on what generation Chromecast you have. For instance, if you have an older model, you may need to enter the four-digit passcode shown on the TV onto your iPad.

If you have generation three or later, though, you will need to follow the prompts on your screen. These prompts include selecting the blue “Settings” button and navigating the following instructions (which will, again, depend on your situation).

If successful, it will ask you to “name” your Chromecast.

Connect Your Devices to the Same Wi-Fi Network

Once you have completed the step above, go to the Google Home app on your iPad. From here, make sure that your devices are on the same network. If you are using your iPad’s wireless data, it will not let you connect to your Chromecast and mirror its screen.

Don’t forget to make sure that your Bluetooth capabilities are enabled on your iPad!

Go to Your Preferred Streaming App

Apple’s iPad allows you to use Chromecast for the following applications:

  • Hulu
  • YouTube
  • Netflix
  • Pandora
  • Peacock
  • HBO Go
  • Disney+

Now, navigate to the app you want to use. You should notice the little “cast” icon on your screen. This icon looks like a little white square with three curved lines in the corner. When you select this button, your iPad’s screen should connect to your TV.

How to Use “Guest Mode” on Your iPad

Chromecast can be used by anyone who is within range. This is possible by using the “guest mode” feature. This feature must be enabled by the “host” to allow others to connect to Chromecast.

You can use guest mode on your iPad by:

  1. Opening a Chromecast-compatible app on your tablet
  2. Pressing the cast icon
  3. Selecting your Chromecast device on the pop-up window

Here, your Chromecast will do one of two things. It will either play a noise that connects your two devices or ask you to enter a four-digit passcode. If the first option does not work automatically, enter the four-digit passcode into your iPad. This should allow you to mirror your screen.

Troubleshooting Your Chromecast and iPad’s Connection

Hopefully, you were able to connect your two devices on the first try. If not, however, here are some possible reasons why you cannot mirror your screen:

Your Devices Are Not on the Same Wi-Fi Network

Unlike your tablet, your Chromecast does not come with a screen. To ensure that it is on the right Wi-Fi network, you will need to check the Google Home app. You can learn more about making changes by clicking here.

You Do Not Have Guest Mode Enabled

You need to set up guest mode to allow others to use it. You can do this by following these steps:

  1. Open the Google Home app (it does not matter which device you use).
  2. Click on the “Devices” icon.
  3. Click on the three dots next to your Chromecast’s name.
  4. Choose “Guest Mode” on the drop-down box.
  5. Turn guest mode on by selecting the on/off button on the right-hand side.

You Are Using an App Not Compatible with Chromecast

Most streaming services have a Chromecast function on their apps. However, this is not necessarily the case for every service. The following apps, as of right now, do not allow you to use Chromecast on your Apple device:

  • Nebula
  • VidZone
  • TuneIn Radio Play

If you are trying to cast an app that you have mirrored in the past, make sure that it is on the newest version.

In Conclusion

If you are setting up your Chromecast for the first time on your iPad, you will need the Google Home app and a Google account. If you are using Guest Mode, however, this will depend on whether the feature is enabled.

To learn more about mirroring your Chromecast’s screen via an iPad, click here. If you also own an iPhone, click here to learn how to use Chromecast with your smartphone.  

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