If you've come to this article looking for advice on using Chromecast with Google Home, we're going to make one of two assumptions. Either you haven't tried to set up the two together yet, or you're not quite sure what instructions to give Google Home.  (Also see our full Google Home review and Best Google Home tips & tricks)

The reason we say this is that you don't have to do anything special to actually connect Google Home to Chromecast. Both devices are individually configured and managed through the free Google Home app (available from the App Store or Google Play), which is itself linked to your Google account. You simply give Google Home instructions as to what to do with Chromecast.

We'll assume it's the Chromecast you have yet to set up in the Google Home app, and give you a quick rundown on how to set it up here before explaining how to use it with Google Home. If it's actually Google Home you have not yet set up see our separate guide on how to set up Google Home.

How to set up Chromecast

1. Plug the Chromecast into a spare HDMI port on your TV and power it via a USB port. If your TV doesn't have a USB port, you can use a wall adaptor. Switch the source to HDMI on the TV and you should see a blue Welcome screen.

2. Download and install the free Google Home app if necessary, though you should already have it on your device if you're using Google Home. Turn on Wi-Fi, then ensure the app is up to date and launch it.

3. Tap the Devices icon at the top right of the app window and you'll see your Chromecast appear as a card above your Google Home device. Tap the blue Set up link.

Set up Chromecast with Google Home

4. Follow the prompts to set up your Chromecast. This will first involve creating a temporary Wi-Fi hotspot on the Chromecast for your device to connect to.

Set up Chromecast with Google Home

5. You'll next need to check the codes you see on the TV screen and on your device screen match and give your Chromecast a name you will remember - you will need to specify which device you want to stream content to later.

Set up Chromecast with Google Home

6. Now connect Chromecast to your home Wi-Fi network.

How to set up Chromecast with Google Home

7. You'll be prompted to sign into your Google account.

How to set up Chromecast with Google Home

8. Chromecast is now good to go, and you'll be offered a quick tutorial of how to get started. You can use the Cast button within compatible apps to stream content directly to your TV, but below we'll explain how to initiate streaming to Chromecast using Google Home.

Now when you check the Google Home app Devices screen you should see both your Chromecast and Google Home listed.

How to use Chromecast with Google Home

To stream content from Chromecast to your TV using Google Home you simply need to know which command to use. And it's actually rather simple:

"Okay Google, cast [content name] to [Chromecast name]."

Google can serve up any content from YouTube provided you know the name of the video, or you can ask it for something less specific such as 'funny videos'. In this case the command would be "Okay Google, cast funny videos to [Chromecast name]."

If you ask it for a music video and have a Google Play Music account then you will have to specifically ask it to cast the video rather than the song if you want it to stream from YouTube rather than Google Play Music. So, say "Okay Google, cast [song name] video to [Chromecast name]" to get the YouTube stream, and "Okay Google, cast [song name] to [Chromecast name]" to get the Play Music stream.

There are various controls you can use while the content is streaming. Try any of the following:

"Okay Google, pause on [Chromecast name]."

"Okay Google, resume on [Chromecast name]."

"Okay Google, skip on [Chromecast name]."

"Okay Google, stop on [Chromecast name]."

"Okay Google, rewind [time] on [Chromecast name]."

"Okay Google, subtitles on" or "Okay Google, subtitles off."

Google Home can also stream content from video apps such as Netflix, provided you have an account, though you'll need to link it to your Google Home first. Open the Google Home app, tap the three lines icon at the top left and select More settings. 

Scroll down to and tap Videos and Photos, and you should see Netflix under videos. Tap the blue Link button to connect it to Google Home.

You can then use the following commands with Google Home:

"Okay Google, watch [film/TV show name] from Netflix on [Chromecast name]."

"Okay Google, next episode on [Chromecast name]."

"Okay Google, previous episode on [Chromecast name]."

"Okay Google, pause on [Chromecast name]."

"Okay Google, resume on [Chromecast name]."

"Okay Google, stop on [Chromecast name]."

"Okay Google, rewind [time] on [Chromecast name]."

You can buy Google Home for £129 from the Google Store, Argos, Currys, John Lewis and Maplin.

Chromecast costs £30 from the Google Store, Tesco, Argos, Currys, John Lewis or Maplin.

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