You’ve no doubt heard about the popularity of voice-controlled technology. Did you know you can not only control speakers and lights by talking to them, you can also control your TV?
How To Connect Chromecast TV with Google Home
It’s becoming increasingly common to see voice-controlled TVs. You’ll find a few options:
- voice control is built into the remote; you’ll need to push a button to activate it; Examples: Apple TV
- voice control is built in to a smart TV. Just talk to it. Examples: Samsung Frame TV/smart TV and Android TV with Google Assistant
- voice control is added-on, usually via a streaming device like Google Chromecast, when connected to a smart home digital assistant such as Google Home. You may also see this with Apple TV and Siri via your iPhone too.
What can you do with voice controlled TV?
Depending which of the above scenarios you have, you can do different things. This article will focus on controlling a Google Chromecast device using Google Home. (There’s even a package deal on buying the two devices together. Check it out here.)
With voice control, you can ask the Google assistant to carry out several tasks like:
- Turn a Chromecast streamer on/off
- Play most streaming content by saying, “OK Google, Play (Show/movie name) on (streaming service, i.e. Netflix, YouTube) on (name of Chromecast device, i.e “Living Room TV”)
- Play music on the Chromecast to the TV’s speakers
Set up Google Home and Google Chromecast
If you haven’t already, plug in and set up/configure your Google Chromecast and/or your Google Home. Make sure you are logged into both devices using the Google Home app and ensure they are on the same Wi-Fi network. Each device will walk you through the set up in the Google Home app.
From there the next step is easy. Since I wrote this blog for Best Buy Canada, click here to read the rest of it! Or watch the video.