Chromecast and Mac(book): what are the options?

You can de Chromecast and Mac(book) just work together. You do need software from Google for this, because otherwise the connection will not work. That is not surprising, since the Chromecast is a hardware product of the search engine giant.

The Chromecast is one of the most flexible devices you can get (built-in or external). With such a device at home you stream content from all kinds of devices to televisions, media players, smart speakers and of course the smart displays of different manufacturers.

That sounds great, but there is a large product category that is basically already excluded from participation: Apple products. Without the help of additional software or sometimes detours, it is not possible to stream content from a Macbook or iMac to the Chromecast.

Chromecast and Mac(book): the basics

This was already apparent from our articles about the iPhone and video streaming service Apple TV+. But another important product from the Cupertino company is of course the Mac(book) line. Fortunately, there is also a method by which the Chromecast and Mac(book) can work together.

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The installation and pairing process should take no more than ten minutes. We’ll start with the Chromecast. Of course you have to install that device first. Have you already done that? Then you can skip this step. Plug the Chromecast into the HDMI port of your TV (or set up your TV with Chromecast built-in).

  1. Then go to the appropriate channel of the Chromecast. For people with a Chromecast built-in device, it doesn’t matter which channel the TV is on.
  2. Follow the on-screen instructions or (and keep this article handy). Or visit this page from Google, which will guide you through the installation process.

During the installation process, you will be prompted to download the Google Home app. It doesn’t matter if you’re using an Android or iOS device for this. Since we’re talking about Apple products here, we’ll assume you’re using Google Home on your iPhone.

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Chromecast with Google TV

During the installation, the Chromecast will automatically appear in the app, which is what it actually comes down to when you follow the steps in the screen. Most importantly, the Chromecast and Mac (and iPhone) are all on the same Wi-Fi network, so they can see and find each other.

Previously, you had to download a specific file for the Mac to install Chromecast via a Mac(book). Since the installation process now takes place entirely on a smartphone or tablet, that option is deprecated and is no longer in use.

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Chromecast and Mac(book): the browser

To be able to use the connection you have just created, you must use the Google Chrome browser. You can download that browser here. Do you already have it? Then it is important that you always keep it up-to-date. Chrome will automatically notify you when an update is available.

When you are sure that the Chromecast and Mac are on the same network, we can start with cast. Casting is the principle of forwarding content from the source to the target device. In this case you send a file from your Mac (source) to the Chromecast (target).

  1. Open the Chrome browser.
  2. Tap the three dots in the top right for the settings.
  3. From this menu, select Cast…
  4. Under the heading Resources you select exactly what you want to cast: the current tab, your entire desktop or a specific file. Make your choice.
  5. Now select the device (the Chromecast you just set up or the Chromecast that was already installed).
  6. The content will now be forwarded to your television or media player.

Some products and services offer Chromecast options as standard. Take, for example, the YouTube website. In a video window you will find the Cast button. That is a square screen with three WiFi stripes, in the left corner. Press it and select the device.

Image: JustStream

Casting with JustStream

It is also possible to use another application that allows you to stream from your Mac to a Chromecast: JustStream. This is seen as the best streaming app for Mac. The app works with Chromecast, Apple TV and all kinds of televisions with extensive DLNA options on board.

After installing, the app works as follows. Tap the JustStream app in the menu bar and then select the target device you want to cast to. You must already have installed your Chromecast. After that, you can start streaming content right away.

If you run into problems while installing the Chromecast, we’ve collected solutions here. Otherwise, you can read here how to set up the WiFi connection. Still unsure about a specific model? We’ve tested them all for you.

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