How to Play My Chromecast on an Xbox One

Chromecast with Xbox One

On the back of your Xbox One, there are two HDMI ports. One (as you probably already know) connects your Xbox One to your television so you can play video games there. The second HDMI port on the back of your Xbox, labeled “Sat/Cable,” can be used to cast your Google Chromecast through the Xbox One.

Here’s how you do it. Let’s start with hooking things up:

Connect Your Chromecast to the Xbox One

  1. On the back of your Xbox One, you will see a second HDMI port, labeled “HDMI in from Sat/Cable.” Insert your Google Chromecast dongle into that port.  HDMI in on Xbox One
  2. To power the Chromecast device, either connect your Chromecast AC adapter into a wall outlet, or insert the USB end of the power adapter into one of the USB ports on the back of the Xbox.   Chromecast using USB for power

Next, you’re going to turn on your Xbox One console.

Setting Up the Xbox One to Cast

  • After turning on your Xbox One, go to the TV app.  TV app on Xbox One
  • A screen should open, saying “Watch TV on your Xbox.” Select the option, “Set up your cable or satellite box;” this is the port where we plugged in the Google Chromecast.  Set up Chromecast on Xbox One as TV
  • Your Xbox One should now detect the Chromecast, and the next screen should say, “Let’s watch TV.” Go through the rest of the set-up screens to complete setting up your Xbox One to use the Chromecast.  Chromecast detected by Xbox One

You are now ready to start casting to your Google Chromecast through your Xbox One’s Sat/Cable port.

What makes plugging your Google Chromecast into the secondary HDMI port on the Xbox One a great option, is that you can now watch your Chromecast or play your Xbox One without having to switch any cables around or change to a new input selection.

You could Snap the OneGuide (TV/Chromecast) on the right side of your screen and play a video game in the remaining part of the TV screen—multi-tasking at its finest. Otherwise, just go to the TV app pinned to your Xbox One’s home screen to use the Chromecast in full-screen viewing mode.

Use your Google Chromecast as you normally would with an Android device, iOS device, or the Chrome Browser with the Google Cast extension. You can refer to our previous article on how to cast your desktop on Chromecast for those instructions.

Posted by Heather on May 6, 2016

6 thoughts on “How to Play My Chromecast on an Xbox One”


December 4, 2016 at 5:57 am

So if I get a Chromecast and plug it into my xbox one will I be able to access and play hoopla digital through that?



December 7, 2016 at 10:49 am

Hi Chris,
As long as the hoopla application lets you cast to your Chromecast device, it should be possible.



December 12, 2016 at 9:22 pm

Can the Xbox One Media Remote control the Chromecast for play/pause/FF/rewind or am I still limited to using only my phone as a remote for the Chromecast?



December 13, 2016 at 1:47 pm

Hi Andy,
I believe you’d still have to use your phone as the remote for your Chromecast. Though I don’t personally own a Xbox One Media Remote so, I can’t say for sure that it wouldn’t work.


Forklift jones

December 24, 2016 at 2:20 pm

Thank you.


Cameron Kessler

December 26, 2016 at 10:12 am

How do i hook up chromecast when im using the hdmi in sat,cable port to hook the x1 to the cable service. Im trying to figure out how to have it all and have it controlled by my x box


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