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How to watch Netflix on your Google Chromecast

You don't need a smart TV to stream the latest Netflix shows on the big screen.

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Most TVs sold these days are smart TVs, and some of those smart TVs come bundled with a dedicated app for watching Netflix from the comfort of your sofa. But what if you’re still rocking a perfectly-serviceable “dumb” TV with no built-in Netflix support to speak of? Is an expensive TV upgrade your only option for binge-watching The Crown on the big screen? Thankfully, the answer is a resounding no. There’s a far cheaper way to get your Netflix fix on your humble TV, and it involves a handy little device known as a Google Chromecast. By plugging this small dongle into the HDMI port on your TV, you can beam Netflix directly to the big screen from your phone, tablet or computer. How does this work? Let’s step through the simple set-up process.

How to set up Netflix on Google Chromecast

Regardless of which model of Google Chromecast you own, setting up Netflix is quick and easy. Just follow these simple steps:

  1. Plug your Chromecast dongle into one of the HDMI ports on your TV.
  2. Plug your Chromecast’s power cable into a suitable power socket.
  3. Switch your TV to the appropriate HDMI input.
  4. If you haven’t already configured your Chromecast, follow the on-screen prompts to connect it to your home Wi-Fi network.
  5. Open up the Netflix app on your mobile device or the Netflix website in the Google Chrome web browser on your computer.
  6. Find the “cast” icon netflix cast icon and click or tap it.
  7. Select the name of your Google Chromecast.
  8. Pick a TV show or movie and hit play to stream it to your TV.

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Once you’ve connected Netflix to your Chromecast (the “cast” icon will be coloured blue to indicate an active connection), your computer or mobile device will act as a remote for Netflix on your TV.

You can pause, resume, skip and choose new content from the Netflix app or website and your TV will respond accordingly, giving you access to all the options you’re used to with the benefit of a larger, sharing-friendly screen.

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Frequently asked questions

Have a look at these FAQs if you’re having trouble setting up or watching Netflix on Google Chromecast.

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