Fortunately, it’s easy Spotify via Chromecast to use. All you need is a smartphone, tablet or computer with the most recent version of the Spotify app on board, as well as a Google Chromecast linked to a TV or device with built-in Chromecast.
Spotify via Chromecast
If you want to use Spotify via Chromecast, you can do this in two ways. You can connect the music streaming service to televisions and other devices with HDMI ports via an external Chromecast. Otherwise, you can rely on built-in Chromecast technology.
Many media players and televisions with Android TV on board have the Chromecast built-in. This means that you do not have to purchase an external device. You can then effortlessly play all kinds of content on that device, from a smartphone, computer or tablet.
It doesn’t matter if you’re casting content from a video streaming service like Netflix or YouTube, or a music streaming service such as Spotify. In fact, once an app supports Chromecast and you have a target device, you can start streaming right away.
When you cast your content on Spotify via Chromecast, you actually turn your TV into a kind of modern jukebox. You can also hang such a Chromecast on a soundbar, receiver or monitor. As long as the device can process image and sound, then you’ll be fine with that link.
Have you not installed Chromecast yet? First read how you can do that. Is your Chromecast not working properly? Then you can also quickly reset it. The most important thing is that your smartphone and Chromecast are on the same WiFi network, otherwise the link will not work.
Chromecast and Spotify
In our example, we assume that you use Spotify on a smartphone. But in principle, all options apply to all versions of the music streaming service. The Windows version also has extensive Chromecast support, so the options are equal per platform.
If you are sure that your smartphone and your Chromecast device (an external or internal version) are on the same WiFi network, then proceed as follows.
- Open the Spotify app on your phone.
- The TV with Chromecast does not necessarily have to be turned on. If you run into problems, you can also switch on your TV and switch on the correct HDMI channel. There is a different HDMI format for every TV, so check carefully which port you have plugged the external Chromecast into.
- Your TV may have Chromecast built-in. In that case, you don’t have to take an extra step and you can activate the TV from standby mode via the app.
- You may have a receiver, amplifier or soundbar at home with built-in Chromecast support. In that case, you do not have to take any extra steps and you can activate the function from standby.
- The same actually applies to all WiFi speakers with Chromecast on board. The most important thing is that all devices are properly installed and on the same WiFi network.
- Within the Spotify app on your smartphone, you select a song you want to listen to. Of course you can also select a playlist, album or radio station. Otherwise you can turn on your favorite podcast. Content is supposed to be played.
- At the bottom left you will find a button that refers to devices within your network. Tap on that. You can recognize the button by its design: you see a monitor with a speaker in front of it.
- If you use Spotify on Windows, Chromebook or another computer, you will find the same functionality on the right, between the playlist and volume knob. It is the same icon.
- When you tap on that icon, you will see a list of options. In the list you will find all devices that are available in your network. Some devices may be duplicated. Those devices have support for Google Cast (as Chromecast support is called) and Spotify Connect. The speakers that you have included in a multi-room speaker network are also listed here.
- When setting up a speaker, television, media player or Chromecast, you also had to enter a name. Otherwise, you can change the name of the device afterwards in the Google Home app or via the settings on the device in question.
- Tap on the device. Spotify will then immediately start playing music.
Should you not hear any music or is your device not listed among the available devices? Then something went wrong during the installation. It is also possible that a speaker or television has problems, so that you may have to reset it or add it to your network again.
Do you use Spotify via Chromecast with an external HDMI dongle? And the connection is not working properly? Then you can reset the hardware once. That happened within minutes. Fortunately, you do not need to have any technical knowledge for this.
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