You would be forgiven for thinking Chromecast was all about movies and TV. It isn’t and it is capable of more. One seemingly underused feature is the ability to stream music through your Chromecast. If your TV has good speakers or you have surround or a sound bar, listening to music through your TV is a highlight of using this device.
You have a couple of ways to stream music to your Chromecast. You can use Google Play Music, you can use a different app and you can stream your local content through it.
Stream music through Chromecast
If you’re going to be streaming a lot of music, you may want to look at Chromecast Audio. It’s a dedicated device for streaming directly to a set of speakers. It connects to smartphones, tablets, computers and anything with a jack plug. If your phone still has one of these connectors, this may be more to your liking.
If you’re only going to stream occasionally, the standard Chromecast is capable of doing it. Casting music is the same as casting anything. Make sure the source device and Chromecast are on the same wireless network and can talk to each other.
To cast music from an Android or iPhone:
- Open the Google Play Music app.
- Select the Cast button.
- Select your Chromecast from the device list.
- Select music to cast.
- Select Play.
The audio should play directly from the app over your TV speakers.
To cast music from a computer:
- Open Chrome on your computer and navigate to Google Play Music.
- Select music to cast.
- Select Play.
- Select ‘Cast to’ at the bottom of the window and select your Chromecast.
As long as you leave the Chrome tab open you can continue doing other stuff on your computer while casting music. Doing other things that contain audio may interrupt casting though so be aware of what you’re doing.
Stream music using an app through Chromecast
If you don’t want to use Google Play Music, you don’t have to. There are a bunch of apps you can use to stream audio to your TV. You could use YouTube, Spotify, Deezer or other audio app to stream exactly the same as you would on your smartphone.
As I use Spotify, I’ll show you how to use that. Other apps like YouTube, Pandora and others will be very similar. Again, you need your device to be on the same wireless network as your Chromecast for this to work.
- Install Spotify on the device you’re going to cast from if you don’t already have it.
- Select the audio you want to play within Spotify.
- Select Devices and select the Chromecast from the list.
YouTube uses the cast icon whether you use the web version or the app. Pandora apparently works similarly to Spotify and other apps will likely be the same.
Stream your own music through Chromecast
If you don’t want to use an internet stream but would rather cast your own music collection through your Chromecast you can. You can either use the Google Play Music Manager to upload tracks to the cloud or use a third-party app.
Google Play Music Manager needs a little forethought to load the music first but can then play it on any device with an internet connection. It has the benefit of being simple and being able to sync files and folders to the cloud. It is free for basic use but there is a subscription if you want to take it further.
- Download and install Google Music Manager onto the device where your music is stored.
- Log into the app with your Google account.
- Follow the wizard to select your music folder and select the music you want to upload.
- Wait for the upload to complete.
- Play your music through the Google Play Music app as described above.
If you use Plex as a media center, you can cast your music from there too. You don’t need to use Google Play Music Manager and can cast directly from Plex as long as both Plex and Chromecast are on the same network. The advantage here is that you can cast any media to your TV from Plex. All you need to is install the Plex app on your phone, connect it to your Plex media server and cast from there.
It is refreshingly simple to stream music through your Chromecast and you have several options with how to do it. Got any other ways to do it? Tell us below if you do!