How to Watch Netflix on Your TV Using Chromecast

Since its inception, Netflix has grown rapidly, reaching over 200 million active subscribers by the end of 2020.  While watching Netflix shows and movies on a mobile device can be very enjoyable, by far, you will have the best experience if you watch Netflix on a large TV screen. You can do this easily if you have a newer Smart TV, but older Smart TVs can often run sluggishly, causing pauses, grainy images, audio problems and other issues that detract from your viewing experience. Fortunately, there is an easy fix.

While there are many ways to watch Netflix on a TV, this article will focus on how you can use Google Chromecast, a small hardware device that attaches to your TV and allows you to cast content onto the screen. In many instances, Chromecast will deliver superior performance when compared to older or lower-end Smart TVs. Costing just around $30, Chromecast is a very affordable yet powerful solution that can transform the way you watch Netflix.

chromecastHow to Set Up Chromecast

  1. Attach your Chromecast to your TV.
    Your Chromecast will come with a cable that attaches to an HDMI port. Select any available HDMI port on your TV and connect the cable to it.
  2. Connect Chromecast to a power source.
    You will also need a power source for your Chromecast. You can either use a USB port or a power outlet as the power source. We recommend hooking up Chromecast to a power outlet as this will ensure that sufficient power is being delivered to the device. This might not be the case if you use a USB port as your power source.
  3. Turn on your TV and choose the HDMI port where you connected your Chromecast.
    Most TVs have numbered HDMI ports, so use your remote to choose the port to which you connected Chromecast. (This will usually be something like HDMI 1, HDMI 2, etc.)
  4. Set up your device.
    If you are using a mobile device to connect to Chromecast, download the Google Home app, then follow the on-screen prompts to set up the device. If you are using a laptop or Chromebook, launch Google Chrome, enter chromecast.com/setup in the address bar, and follow the instructions.

How to Cast Netflix Shows and Movies

Now that you have Chromecast set up, you can cast just about anything that plays on your browser to the TV. Many sites like Youtube and Netflix are already cast-enabled, allowing you to cast content by simply tapping a button.

  1. Cast Content From Your Laptop
    Fire up Google Chrome, then go to Netflix.com and sign in. Once you find a video you want to play on your TV, simply click the cast icon cast, which is usually on the bottom right of the video. The video you select will begin playing on the TV, and you can pause, restart or skip to different parts of the video.1

Alternatively, you can cast the browser tab where the video is playing. To cast a browser tab, open up Chrome, go to the site that has the video you want to cast, then click the vertical ellipsis ellipsesiconon the top right corner of the browser and select cast.
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  1. Cast Content From a Mobile Device
    Another popular way to cast Netflix content onto your TV with Chromecast is by using a mobile device such as your phone. You will first need to download the Netflix app, and once that is done, you can launch the app, log in and choose the video you want to cast. There will be a cast button (usually on the top right of the screen), and you can simply tap the button to begin casting.

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