How to connect a Google Home to your TV and stream anything with just your voice

You can connect a Google Home to your TV with a Chromecast.

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You can connect a Google Home to your TV with a Chromecast.
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The Google Home is a great device for linking up all of the smart devices in your home to one system. One such smart device you can connect to is a Chromecast, or Chromecast-capable TV.

The ability to do so is enormously convenient, as Chromecast devices allow you to stream dozens of video and audio apps, such as YouTube, Netflix, or Spotify, directly from your mobile device or tablet to your TV.

Linking a Chromecast to your Google Home allows you to start streaming with just the sound of your voice.

In order to perform any of these actions, you’ll need a TV with a Chromecast either built in, or plugged into one of the HDMI ports, and of course, a Google Home device.

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How to connect a Google Home to your TV using Chromecast

Connecting to a Chromecast that’s already set up

To do this, you’ll need to have a mobile device or tablet with the Google Home app downloaded.

1. Make sure the mobile device or tablet you’re using is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Google Home and your Chromecast, and make sure the TV is on and set to the right input for the Chromecast.

2. Open the Google Home app on your mobile device.

3. On the app’s home screen, tap the device you want to link – in this case, your TV.

Select TV under

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Select TV under “Nearby Devices.”
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4. Open Settings (the gear-shaped button in the upper right hand corner), then tap “Add to a home.” Select what home you’ll be adding to.

In the Settings menu, tap

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In the Settings menu, tap “Add to a home.”
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5. Tap “Next,” then choose the room your TV is in. Your TV should now appear on your home screen, under the name of the room you assigned it to.

Select the room that your TV is in.

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Select the room that your TV is in.
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Your Google Home now recognizes your TV.

Connecting to a new Chromecast

1. Make sure the mobile device or tablet you’re using is connected to the same Wi-Fi as your Google Home, and make sure your Chromecast is connected to the TV.

2. Open the Google Home app.

3. Tap “Add,” then “Set up device,” and finally “Set up new devices in your home.”

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Tap “Set up device.”
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4. Select which home you want to add the Chromecast to, then tap “Next.”

Select the name of your Google Home.

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Select the name of your Google Home.
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5. The app will take a moment to look for devices. After that, you should be asked what sort of device you want to set up – in this case, you’ll want to select the TV option. Tap it, then tap “Next.”

Select the device you want to set up.

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Select the device you want to set up.
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6. Both the TV and your mobile device should now show a code. Make sure that the code you see on the TV is the same as the one on your mobile device. If it is, tap “Yes.”

Make sure your device and the TV show the same code.

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Make sure your device and the TV show the same code.
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7. You’ll be asked if you want to send data from your TV to Google. You can pick yes or no.

8. Tap the name of the room that your TV is in, then tap “Next.”

9. Tap the Wi-Fi network you want to connect your TV to, then tap “Next.”

Select your Wi-Fi network.

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Select your Wi-Fi network.
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10. Tap “Continue.”

11. Choose what sort of video services you want to have – that’s things like YouTube, Netflix, and Hulu – and then tap “Next.”

You'll need to enter your username and password for each streaming service you want to link.

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You’ll need to enter your username and password for each streaming service you want to link.
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12. Tap “Next” twice to finish setup.

13. If you’d like to, you can also now name your TV. Select the device from the Google Home App and tap the Settings button – the gear-shaped icon.

14. Tap “Name,” then enter your desired name.

Name your new TV.

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Name your new TV.
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If you get a message that reads “Error when linking device,” you should factory reset your Chromecast and try again.

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