Google Chromecast phone

Google Chromecast has taken off all over the world. But what exactly is it and how much can it do? Carphone Warehouse takes a look at this exceptional value streaming dongle.

What is Google Chromecast?

Chromecast is a small device that plugs into your TV’s HDMI port. You can then send, or cast, things to it from your smartphone, tablet or computer over Wi-Fi. That means you can watch a YouTube video or Netflix movie on your TV without needing to invest in an expensive smart TV.

What can Google Chromecast do?

Connect to your smartphone or tablet

If you’ve got an Android phone or tablet, you might be able to cast everything you do on your device to your TV with Chromecast. Check the list of device that support Cast Screen here.

If your phone’s not on that list, or you have an Apple or Windows Phone device, you can still send a lot of great apps to Chromecast. You can watch videos through YouTube or Netflix, or play music with Google Play Music. Just search for Chromecast in your app store for everything with Chromecast support.

Connect to your computer

On a computer, you can send anything you do in Google’s Chrome web browser to Chromecast by downloading the Chromecast plugin. That’s fantastic because Chrome can open movies and photos that are stored on your computer. So you can cast all your home videos to your TV as well as anything on the internet.

What are the best apps for Google Chromecast?

Cast Store for Google Chromecast

Cast Store for Chromecast

This app is a handy little app store that brings together all the apps with Chromecast support on Android. It’s a must have if you’ve got a Chromecast.

Netflix for Google Chromecast


Normally if you want to watch Netflix on the big screen you need to get a games console or a smart TV. But the mobile app will send your movies straight to Chromecast.

Up Down Fish for Google Chromecast

Up down fish

It’s a rip-off of the scarily addictive and simple Flappy Bird game that went viral. Only this version has Chromecast support so you can waste your days in HD.

Where can I get Google Chromecast?

Chromecast is fantastic value. It only costs £30 and essentially turns your HD TV into a smart TV. And you can pick on up online at the Google Play Store or in Currys and PC World stores.