Here at MobileFOMO we have the very strenuous task of testing out new fun gadgets. It’s really a difficult job, but we are happy to do it for you. Just kidding! We love testing out the latest and greatest gadgets. We also love telling you about it. Streaming video on your phone to your tv is something that’s super convenient, but it’s not without a few bumps along the way.
First thing to note about Chromecast… You have to be cool with your phone being a remote, because two Android tablets and two different Apple laptops wouldn’t work with Chromecast. We are a bi-platform house, so it’s okay. Thankfully the chromecasting does work with an iPhone, but not an iPad or mac. Curious! Anyway, this is a recap of my experience with installing and using Chromecast.
First we install!
There were a few bumps in the process, entering of various codes and things, but we got it installed, no problemo.
While you’d think it was smooth sailing from here, it was definitely not. It took some amount of restarting, configuring and just messing with it to get my Android to become the Chromecast’s remote. Sometimes the Chromecast recognized the phone, sometimes it did not. There was no rhyme or reason to this. Thankfully, we had good help!
Once we did get the chromecast streaming to work we were sitting pretty with Hulu and Netflix! Again, we didn’t anticipate the fact that Apple’s products wouldn’t want to play nicely with Chromecast, so unfortunately only the iPhone will work with the device. Online there were many mentions of this by other folks as well.
If you’re looking to completely ditch your cable service like we did, that’s not a bad thing. Chromecast lets you use Netflix, YouTube and Hulu without any issues. You’ll need to get an antennae or other device to see your local tv stations, but otherwise it’s a nice substitute. The only thing I’m still missing that I’d really like is to be able to stream from the browser to my tv… However, no amount of trial and error allowed me to use the mobile browser with Chromecast. I even downloaded a few apps from Google Play, but no success.