How to Use Chromecast on Mac and how to Setup
The introduction of Google Chromecast has changed the way we consume entertainment. Being able to watch YouTube, Hulu, and Netflix on the television screen has reduced the relevance of cable connections. If you can use the Chromecast on your Mac, you will be able to watch anything you want on a large scale by ‘casting’ it.
The initial set up should not be difficult.
Step 1 – You have to connect the Google Chromecast to your TV using the HDMI socket located on the back.
Step 2– Now, insert the USB Micro-B connector into the Google Chromecast dongle and then insert the USB Type-A connector into the USB port on the TV.
Step 3– In case your TV does not come with a USB port, you can use the power cube provided by Google to plug the power portion into any nearby electrical outlet.
You will be able to use the short HDMI extender cable if you feel the need to lengthen the range of the Chromecast connection. This will give you better flexibility in tight spaces. Make sure that the input source to the HDMI channel matches the HDMI socket, which is connected to the Chromecast.
Setting up the Mac
Now that you are ready to switch on the TV, you have to set up your Mac.
Step 1– Connect the computer to the WiFI network that you want the Chromecast to use.
Step 2– Open the Chrome browser on your Mac and go to www.google.com/chromecast/setup, where you will be given a prompt to download Google Home from the App Store.
Step 3– You can only click the ACCEPT button once you agree to the terms and conditions. The app will then automatically search for all the available Chromecast devices on the Wi-Fi network.
Step 4 – The Chromecast should be placed in a close range of the router for easy detection. You can now configure the Chromecast based on your requirements by clicking the Set Up button.
Step 5– You will have to match the code that is displayed on your Chromecast app with the code appearing on the TV screen. After a successful connection, you will receive a confirmation message on both screens asking you to cast.
You can also choose to install the Chromecast browser extension so that you do not have to configure the device time and again. The Google Chromecast icon appears in the toolbar on the Chrome browser.
Casting From Mac
Once the Chromecast is connected to the Mac, you can mirror the screen easily.
Step 1– Open the View menu and choose Cast. The three vertical dots located on the right of the toolbar will also allow you to cast the screen.
Step 2– From the Sources dropdown, you will have pick whether you want to broadcast the open tab, the desktop, or any particular media file.
Step 3- When you are watching an online media file on the Mac, you will see three lines at the top that will give you the option to ‘Play on TV’ when you place the mouse pointer over them. You can also mirror your video calls or browse your gallery on the big screen.
Mac users can sometimes find it difficult to get smooth and seamless playback with the Chromecast because of a lack of processing power, weak Internet connection, or hardware limitations. Optimize your Mac when using the Chromecast. Monitor whether your Wi-Fi network is giving a stable connection and enough signal strength.
If you value an immersive experience, then you might have to invest in a soundbar or a surround-audio system because the sound produced by the Mac may sound flat. You can also use the equalizer system to figure out the best combination for yourself.