It’s here to stay, but for a lot of us, it’s stuck on our phones or laptops. Google’s Chromecast built-in system enables you to free your tunes and (or beyond), and even stream audio that follows you from room to room. You can use apps on your phone or just say the name of the tune you want out loud. just try to That With .
Devices with built-in Chromecast, such as, the receiver and The speaker can work alone or in concert throughout your home. You can group multiple devices and send music, news or any or all at the same time, using Giving voice commands to your phone or to the Google Assistant.
The best part about Chromecast built-in is that it works with almost every Google audio and video device, as well as a bunch of third-party devices. It’s free for bothand .
Similar systems exist, includingand , but the first one doesn’t run as well with Android and the second one requires a subscription fee. Sonos, on the other hand, makes one of the best multiroom systems out there, but the downside is that it’s proprietary and the components cost a lot. For compatibility across multiple brands of phones and audio systems, the Chromecast built-in is a great option, especially if you have Google speakers.
Here’s how to set it up.
Getting started with Multiroom Audio
First you need to connect your device to the network. Whether you bought a Google Nest or a third-party device like JBL Playlist, most Chromecast built-in devices can be set up using the Google Home app for iOS or Android.
Note that some third-party Chromecast products may require you to follow the setup instructions guided by the device first. This can mean using the device’s smartphone app or navigating to the setup routine under the device’s settings.
The new devices should appear on the main page of the Google Home app. Once discovered, just click on them and follow the prompts. However, if the app doesn’t see them, perhaps because they’ve been set up before, you may need to add them manually.
To do this, look for the little plus icon in the top left corner of the Google Home app. Pressing it will take you to a menu from which you can set up a new device or create a group (we’ll get to that shortly). Go to Add & Manage > Set Up Device > New Device and all compatible devices that need to be set up should appear here. The setup process guides you step by step; see our piecefor more information.
How to Create a Chromecast Speaker Group
A group consists of two or more Chromecast built-in components (for example a Google Nest speaker, a Vizio soundbar, and a Sony receiver) that when combined will act as a single speaker. to form a group,from the plus menu.
When the setup page appears you can choose from any Chromecast device on your network. After you’ve selected the speakers you want, you can name the group — for example, if they have three living areas you might call it a “house party.” As a result, the new House Party group will now appear in your list as if it were a single device.
Use Your Groups in Chromecast Apps
There are dozens of apps that support Chromecast, but here we’re going to focus on apps that are audio-focused. Apps include Spotify, Pandora, YouTube Music, TuneIn and more – go here for the full list. To stream from a supported app, open it and find the Cast button (a screen with three arcs in one corner). In the list that appears you’ll see all the available tools as well as any groups you’ve created, such as House Party. Choose a group, choose a song to play using the app and the music will play simultaneously on all included speakers and devices.
Use the Google Assistant to play music
If you have one or more Google speakers, or even the app on your phone, you can ask Assistant to play music on a specific speaker or group. You can also set a default speaker to play music – assuming you have a compatible receiver in the same room as the Google speaker.
To do this, click Speakers on the main page of the Google Home app — assuming you’re a . want to use, for example — then tap the Settings icon and then Audio. The third item is under “Default music speaker” and there you can choose the speaker you would like to listen to music/podcasts/etc. From. Then when you’re in that area and you tell Google Assistant to play something, it’ll play back on the speaker you chose by default. If you want, you can also make a group the default.
You can also choose your default music service for the devices used. It’s election now, , , and . To change the music service from the main page, choose Settings > Music.
Now, you can either play music on the default speaker when you issue a command like “Hey, Google, play pirate metal,” or you can ask Google to play it on a specific room or group: “Hey, Google, play pirate metal.” , Google, play Radio Paradise on the House Party.”
Is the Chromecast a Sonos killer?
While the built-in Chromecast is powerful enough, it doesn’t have the same level of third-party manufacturer supportor . As far as premium multirooms are concerned In its own right, but it is proprietary and much more expensive.
With the right components and the right app you can build a killer Chromecast built-in system. There’s a lot of software — like Spotify, YouTube and Tidal — and tools from brands like Vizio, Sony, Onkyo, and even Cambridge Audio. While most people will use the Chromecast built-in with a voice assistant (“Hey, Google, play dance music in Whole House”), there’s only one app I know that does it for Chromecast that Sonos for many services. does. that is service— Hands-down the best controllers for multiple Chromecast devices. But that said, it is mainly aimed at enthusiasts and is not really made for the casual user.
If you want to stream from your phone to (smart or other) speakers, the built-in Chromecast is an excellent, cost-effective system. If you’re looking to dip your toes into the house party waters for a very modest outlay, the Chromecast gives you plenty of room to grow in the future.