Chromecast PC setup: use a Chromecast via the PC

The Chromecast PC setup: with a few steps it is possible to install the Google Chromecast via a computer with Windows 10 as operating system. You can read exactly how to do that in this extensive article, with a step-by-step plan and other tips.

Chromecast pc setup? Using the Chromecast via PC is fairly simple: via the Chrome browser you press three dots and then choose the option cast. The actual installation of the Chromecast via a PC is no longer possible with the most recent models: this was only possible with the Chromecast gen 1 and 2.

Windows and Chromecast

The Windows operating system is the most widely used operating system worldwide. The software resides on millions of devices and is used by millions of people every day. It is therefore not surprising that people want to use that system in combination with a Chromecast.

The Google Chromecast is one of the most popular media streamers at the moment. Millions of people have bought a Chromecast, any version, or have a television or media player with built-in Chromecast. A link with Windows is therefore desirable.

When you establish a connection between the Windows PC and Chromecast, you can stream your media from one device to another. Without hassle, provided both devices are on the same network, of course. You can read how to do that in this article.

Chromecast with Google TV
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Chromecast pc setup

Before we can start with the Chromecast PC setup, it is useful to know what exactly you need for the installation. Fortunately that is very simple. Just three things:

  1. A Google Chromecast or a media player or TV with Chromecast built-in
  2. A computer with Windows 10 on board
  3. The Google Chrome browser

If you don’t have the Google Chrome browser yet, you can download the most recent version here.

Chromecast V3
Chromecast with Google TV

Do you have everything in house and installed? Great, then we can start.

  1. Plug the Google Chromecast into an empty HDMI port on your television.
    1. If you’re using Chromecast built-in, as it’s called in English, you can skip this step and skip straight to step two.
  2. Make sure the television and computer (or laptop) are on the same network. Only then can they find and see each other, after which they can communicate.
    1. If not, you’ll need to reset it or install it properly.
  3. Now open the Google Chrome browser on your computer.
  4. Click on the three dots in the top right for the menu.
  5. Now click on the Cast option…
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Cast content

When you click on Cast… you will see a list of Chromecast devices that are all present on your network. By the way, it is set to only cast a single tab to another device, but luckily there are three options in total.

  1. Cast Tab: Casts the contents of a single tab that is open.
  2. Cast desktop: This casts your entire Windows 10 screen. It doesn’t matter what you’re doing on your screen, that content will be displayed.
  3. Cast File: Casts a single file, such as video or audio. After you have selected this option, you also have to choose a file that you want to cast.

You will find the three options at the bottom under the Resources button. That’s the button with the blue text. When you have chosen one of the three options, you can click on a device to which the content should be cast. The connection is then established automatically.

Chromecast PC setup not possible (installation)

As you can see, it is therefore not literally possible to set up your Chromecast via a PC. That was still possible with the first two generations, which is why there can be quite a bit of confusion about it. Fortunately, you can still reach and operate the Chromecast from your computer.

You may not be able to communicate with the Chromecast, but luckily there are solutions for that. It is also possible to operate a Chromecast without WiFi. Do you want to change the WiFi network? Then you only have to go through a few steps, and then everything works again.