Ziggo Go Chromecast: that’s how it works (and you can’t do this with it)

Ziggo Go Chromecast: is that an ideal combination? For many users, yes, since you can view a lot of content via the free app. There are some conditions, advantages and disadvantages to the use of this, which we discuss in this article and you know exactly what you can not do with Ziggo Go and Chromecast.

What is Ziggo Go?

The Ziggo Go app is an application that turns a smartphone or tablet into a modern television, in a sense. You watch live television with it and you can record content with Ziggo Replay and watch it later. If Ziggo offers it in your package, you can view that content in the app.

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The app is available for smartphones and tablets, as well as for smart TVs. So if you don’t have Chromecast, that shouldn’t be a problem. In addition, you can also view the content of Ziggo Go in your browser via the provider’s website.

The app also offers access to the Movies & TV (XL) package. You can use it to watch all kinds of films and series that Ziggo offers. In addition, you can easily make content available offline, so that you can also view it without an active internet connection. That can sometimes provide a solution.

Ziggo Go and Chromecast: the basics

Before we can view content from Ziggo Go via a Chromecast (or television with built-in Chromecast), we must meet a number of conditions. For example, you must have a Chromecast installed and you must install the app on a smart device.

Ziggo Go app
Image: Ziggo (Google Play Store)

The Install Chromecast goes pretty fast. You plug it into the HDMI port of your TV and put the plug in the socket (or the USB cable in an open USB port on your TV, depending on the type of Chromecast). Then you go to the correct HDMI channel and follow the steps on the screen. Here you will find a comprehensive installation guide.

Then of course we need the Ziggo Go application. You can download it for both Android and iOS. Make sure the smartphone or tablet is on the same Wi-Fi network as the Chromecast device or television or media player where Chromecast is built-in.

Chromecast V3
Chromecast with Google TV

Ziggo Go Chromecast: the app

When you have downloaded the app, you need to log in with the account that is connected to Ziggo. So grab your username and password, because you need that information now. After logging in, you can search for the content you want to view on the big screen.

This can be, for example, a channel via live TV, recorded content via Ziggo Replay or films and series from the provider’s extensive package. At the top of the screen, tap the Cast icon. Can’t you see that? Then you can refer to this article for answers.

After pressing the Cast icon, a list of available devices will appear. Here you will see all installed Chromecast devices in your network. This concerns individual models, but also media players, speakers and televisions with Chromecast built-in.

For the sake of completeness, I have summarized it again below in a handy step-by-step plan.

Ziggo Go with Chromecast: a step-by-step plan:

1. Download the Ziggo Go app for iOS or Android

2. Then log in with the data that belong to your own Ziggo account

3. Search for the content you would like to stream to the Chromecast with Ziggo Go

4. Make sure your smartphone/tablet is connected to Wi-Fi and look for the Chromecast icon and then choose the correct target device.

5. After you have selected it, you can cast to start.

Ziggo Go Chromecast
Screenshot: Chromefans.nl

Ziggo Go and Chromecast: the website

It is also possible to stream content via the Ziggo Go website. You use the well-known PC method that works via the Google Chrome browser.

1. Open the Ziggo Go website in the Google Chrome browser.

2. Select the content you want to view. It doesn’t matter what kind of content this is.

3. You can now stream content in two ways:
→ Via the three dots on the far right in the Chrome bar. Then press the Cast button… and then choose the device you want to cast to.
→ Or you press the Cast icon in the Ziggo Go web player. Then the same menu will appear with a list of available devices within your WiFi network.

4. Keep in mind that you must always be logged in. If you are not logged in yet, there will be a large login button on the screen.

After going through these steps you can easily stream Ziggo to the Chromecast.

Ziggo Go website
Image: Ziggo, edited: Wesley Akkerman

Things to keep in mind: what can and cannot be done?

When you use Ziggo Go and Chromecast together, you have to take a number of things into account. For example, the connection between the two devices only works if you purchase both internet and TV from Ziggo (although this is not necessary in all cases, experience has shown).

Ziggo Replay does not work with the built-in Chromecast functions. Still, you can try viewing such content by, for example, setting the Google Chrome browser to cast the entire screen and not just a tab. You can arrange this under the button Sources after Casting…

This means that you cannot watch programs via the Chromecast in combination with the Ziggo Go app. So you really have a laptop here (or Chromebook of course) needed to cast from the browser. Fortunately that works.

It is possible to watch live TV via the Ziggo Go Chromecast combination. In this way you – in theory – no longer need a media box or CI+ module. However, it is a bit more laborious if you want to delete or zap channels.

You can use Ziggo Go and Chromecast within the European Union, but not outside it. Then make sure that both your smartphone and Chromecast have the same WiFi network. If there is no WiFi available, read how to circumvent this limitation with a network you set up yourself (a hotspot).

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. Do you have KPN and do you want iTV via Chromecast, we have a guide for that too!