What is Chromecast Audio?
Chromecast Audio is a small device that plugs into your speaker for streaming music through WiFi.
Once set up, simply use your iPhone®, iPad®, Android phone and tablet, Mac® and Windows® laptop, or Chromebook to cast your favorite tunes to the best speakers in the house.
Easily cast music, without the hassle of pairing
Tap the Cast button from music apps to send the music instantly to your speakers. Search, play, pause, queue songs and change the volume right from your phone—anywhere in the house.
Listen to your favorites, anytime
Enjoy over 30 million songs from music services like Pandora, Google Play Music, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Rdio. We’re constantly adding new apps, so there’s no end to the music, radio stations and podcasts you can enjoy.
Enjoy higher quality sound
Enjoy your favorite artists the way they were meant to be heard. Chromecast streams straight from the cloud so you get continuous high-quality sound—even when you leave the room.
Jam out to your music without interruption
Casting won’t drain your battery or get in the way of other activities. Answer a call, surf the web, even leave the room—all without interrupting the tunes.
Chromecast Audio Specs
- Chromecast Audio
- 3.5mm analog stereo patch cable
- Power cable
- Power adapter
- A speaker system with an aux/line input, RCA or optical input (RCA and optical cables not included)
- WiFi network
- A compatible computer or mobile device. Minimum OS requirements are Android 4.1+, iOS 7.0+, Windows 7, or Mac OS X 10.7.
- Availability and performance of certain features, services and applications are device- and network-dependent and may not be available in all areas; subscription(s) may be required, and additional terms, conditions and/or charges may apply.
Learn how to cast to your speakers
Cast from your iPhone®, iPad®, Android device or laptop to your speakers.
Set up in three easy steps
Connect to Wifi
Cast from your phone
Enjoy your favorite audio apps on the best speakers.
- Open a music app, like Google Play Music.
- Pick a station or song to play.
- Tap the Cast button and connect to your Chromecast Audio.
- Turn up the volume and control the speakers, right from your phone.
Cast audio from websites
Enjoy music & audio streaming websites from the Chrome browser on your speakers. If it’s online, you can cast it.
- Open the Chrome browser on your laptop.
- Add the Google Cast extension from the Chrome Web Store.
- Visit any website in Chrome.
- Click the Cast button in your browser and select your Chromecast Audio device.
Mirror your Android phone or tablet music
Hear anything playing on your Android device on your speaker.
- From your Android phone or tablet, open the Chromecast app.
- Tap the left hand navigation to open the menu.
- Tap “Cast screen / audio” and select your Chromecast Audio device.
Using guest mode
Guest mode makes it even easier for your friends to cast to your speakers using their phones without first having to connect to your WiFi.
- Open a Cast-enabled audio app from a phone or tablet, without connecting to your WiFi.
- The Cast button will automatically appear, even though you’re not connected to the WiFi. Tap the Cast button and select “Nearby device”.
- Follow the prompts to connect automatically.
- If the phone can’t automatically connect, you can enter the 4-digit PIN found on the “Devices” tab of the owner’s Chromecast app.
Chromecast Audio FAQ
Setup and settings
Yes, your Chromecast Audio needs to be connected to a Wi-Fi network and have internet access. Your Chromecast Audio and your mobile device/tablet/laptop will need to be on the same Wi-Fi network to cast music.
Chromecast Audio support streaming playback from media servers through several Google Cast enabled apps. Please visit Chromecast Audio apps to find the app that fits your needs, such as Plex.
Chromecast Audio support several ways of playing local content stored on your phone or tablet, through different:
- You can use Android Audio Casting to play any locally stored music on your Android phone/tablet to your speaker.
- You can can upload your local music to Google Play Music.
- You can Cast music files from your Chrome browser to your speaker, by casting the tab’s audio.
- You can use one of many Google Cast-enabled apps that allow you to cast your local music files from your Android phone/tablet, iPhone, iPad or Chrome browser to your speaker. Please visit Chromecast Audio apps to find the app that fits your needs.
Chromecast Audio does not support streaming audio through Airplay at this time.
With Chromecast Audio the music is stream from the cloud to your speakers through Wi-Fi, providing many benefits compared to Bluetooth:
- Your phone is not tied to what is playing on the speaker. You are free to continue using it to play a game, take a call, and even move around the house without interrupting what’s playing on the speakers.
- Cast to Chromecast Audio won’t strain the battery on your phone, tablet, or laptop.
- You can leave the room and still control playback from anywhere in the house – no need to limit yourself to the Bluetooth range.
- Using Wi-Fi enables higher audio quality playback.
Yes, Chromecast Audio uses dual band 802.11ac as well as Bluetooth 4.1
Check out the router compatibility list to see if Chromecast Audio will work with your router.
No, use the provided power supply and a USB power cable to power Chromecast Audio. Note: You will need to be in the range of a wall outlet.
No, Chromecast Audio will not work in your car.
Yes, Chromecast Audio was built with portability in mind. You can bring it with you when you travel, but keep in mind that you will need Wi-Fi access to set up and use Chromecast Audio.
Please keep in mind: Chromecast Audio only works with networks which allow device to device communication. If the router/network on which you’re attempting to set up Chromecast Audio has AP or client isolation enabled (typical of hotel rooms, school networks, corporate environments), you will not be able to set up your Chromecast device properly. You will need to disable AP or client isolation on your router in order to set up Chromecast Audio. If you need assistance disabling AP or client isolation on your router, please contact your router manufacturer.
Yes, Chromecast was built with portability in mind. You can move it from room to room for use with other speakers. You won’t need to set up your device again, as long as your Chromecast Audio is connected to the same Wi-Fi network, you’ll be able to cast right away.
If you are hearing audio popping or distortions from your speaker, make sure the Chromecast Audio is plugged into the wall using the provided USB power cable and power supply. If that doesn’t work, try using longer cables to create distance between the Chromecast Audio and the speaker it is connected to.
During setup you have the ability to ‘name’ your Chromecast Audio in order to distinguish it from others, for example ‘Lulu’s Chromecast’ or ‘Living Room’. You can also rename your Chromecast Audio at a later time from the Chromecast Audio setup app.
- Chromecast Audio has an LED light on the side of the device that visually explains what the device is doing. The Chromecast Audio LED status indicators article explains the different LED status indicators and what the states mean.
Yes. You will need to disable AP/Client isolation, also known as client isolation, on your router. Please refer to your router documentation to learn how to disable AP isolation.
If you do not have access to your router settings, or if you are attempting to connect through a guest, hotel or public network with AP/client isolation, you will be unable to set up your Chromecast Audio.
If you are attempting to connect through a WiFi extender, please check your extender settings. You will need to disable AP isolation on your WiFi extender before setting up Chromecast Audio to work with your Wi-Fi network.
- Mobile Device: Open your Chromecast app > Select your Chromecast Audio device card > Touch the Settings wheel in the top right corner > Scroll down to the bottom to locate “Firmware Version: XXXX”
- Computer: Open your Chromecast app > Click “Settings” next to your Chromecast Audio device > Scroll down to locate “Firmware Version XXXX”
Chromecast Audio updates are rolled out gradually to users and your device will update automatically. Once an update is available, it can take up to two weeks for it to reach your device. It’s important that your Chromecast Audio is plugged into wall power and connected to your wireless network during this time. You can follow the steps below to try and activate an available update if you think your device may be eligible:
- Leave your Chromecast Audio plugged in and connected to your Wi-Fi network for at least one hour.
- We recommend that you plug your Chromecast Audio into wall power using the USB power cable and power adapter that was provided in the box.
After one hour, reboot your Chromecast Audio by following the steps below that match the mobile device you’re using:
- Mobile Device: Open your Chromecast app > Select your Chromecast Audio device card > Touch the Menu button in the top right corner > Touch “Reboot Chromecast”
- Computer: Open your Chromecast app > Click “Settings” next to your Chromecast Audio > Click “Reboot Chromecast”
To change the Wi-Fi network your Chromecast Audio is connected to, simply open up the Chromecast app on your phone, tablet, or computer and tap the gear icon on your Chromecast Audio device card. From the Chromecast settings page, select your current Wi-Fi network name and select a new network from the drop-down list.
Yes. To use Cast in Chrome incognito mode, type chrome://extensions into your browser bar, locate the Google Cast extension, and select ‘Enable in incognito’.
Typically the Cast icon is in the top right corner of Cast-enabled apps. For Spotify, you’ll find the Cast icon at the bottom of your screen below the Play button. Touch Devices Available to see your available devices. Choose the device you want to cast to. Here’s more on how to cast from Spotify.
To stop casting from Spotify, Touch Devices Available and select the name of the device that you’re casting from. You should now only hear music from your local device and not on your speakers.
Chromecast Audio only supports audio apps and this currently does not include YouTube.
Chromecast Audio only supports audio apps. Many video apps won’t show Chromecast Audio as a possible target for casting, but some still show it. When trying to cast from those video apps, casting will not be successful.
Here’s a complete list of Chromecast Audio supported audio apps.
Please turn off “Power Saving Mode” for the Android device you’re using to cast content. Enabling “Power Saving Mode” can limit the processing power of that device which could affect the performance of the Cast Audio feature.
Multiple users can cast to the TV provided they are both using Cast-enabled apps and are on the same WiFi network. The only way to prevent others from casting to your TV would be to password protect your WiFi network.
Please review the How to Factory Data Reset (FDR) your Chromecast article to reset your device correctly.
If you purchased your Chromecast Audio from Google Play or an authorized Chromecast Audio retailer and are in need of a replacement, please contact us for assistance.
- We can only replace your defective Chromecast Audio with a replacement Chromecast Audio that is authorized for sale/use in the same country where you originally purchased your Chromecast Audio and the replacement Chromecast Audio must be shipped to an address in that same country.
- For example, if you purchased your Chromecast Audio in the United States, we can only replace your device with one authorized for sale/use in the United States, and we can only ship that replacement to an address in the United States.
- Proof of purchase is required.
If you purchased your Chromecast from someone other than a Google-authorized retailer, your purchase is not covered by our warranty. Please review our Warranty policy here.
If you’re a developer interested in finding out more about developing for Chromecast Audio, please visit developers.google.com/cast.