Google Chromecast Audio
~ Stream Crystal Clear Sound via Wi-Fi ~
Google Chromecast Audio: Stream your favorite music with Google Chromecast Audio. Simply plug into your speaker’s auxiliary input and connect to your Wi-Fi network. Then just tap the Cast button from your favorite apps on your phone, tablet or computer to cast songs, radio stations and podcasts to your speaker.
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Setting Up Google Chromecast Audio
The first steps in setting up your Chromecast Audio would be figuring out which components you will need. If your speaker has a power source, then you can simply hook the double side aux cord to your speaker and the other end to the round disk which is the Chromecast unit.
If your speaker does not have a power source, you will also need to use the included power adapter and hook to the other end of your Chromecast unit via the mini micro usb end, and the standard outlet plug into your outlet.
Once you have your components set in place and a power source connected for your Google Chromecast Audio unit, you are ready to download the app.
You can find the app in your app store directly, or you can go to chromecast.com/setup to be directed to the current options for your listening device. Such as your phone or tablet. I used my Galaxy S7 Edge and it directed me to the Google Play store to download my app.
Using the Google Chromecast Audio App
The app name I was directed to was, Google Home. In the app store you will simply click Install and allow the app to download to your device. After you have fully downloaded the app, it will direct you to open.
The next screen indicates that the google home app needs location permissions to discover and set up nearby devices. You can choose to turn on location settings or skip. I chose skip.
The next screen asked me to sign in to the Google Home app for a better experience. The only option is sign in. I chose sign in. A new little box popped up asking if I wanted to continue as the sign in name I was already using on my phone. I clicked continue as…
The next screen was an email opt in screen. I did not allow emails and clicked continue. This is a personal preference.
The next screen to me to the full app. The first thing that popped up was a flashing blue and white half circle that said “Manage your devices”.
Managing Your Connected Devices
When you tap the icon in the top right section of your screen that says “Manage your devices” a new screen pops up scanning for devices.
At this point, I also had another little box pop up asking me to “Allow Home to access this device’s location?” If i click Deny the screen just kept searching and after about a minute it displays that no devices have been found. and offers help.
I went back a screen and it did nothing. No matter what I did it just would not find the speaker. Finally I decided I better allow location and tried to get the pop up to come back up or find that setting. I couldn’t. I ended up having to uninstall the app and reinstall.
This time when it came to location service I selected allow. After selecting allow, the screen went back to scanning for devices and instantly popped up with “Chromecast Audio found” and underneath it told me that my Chromecast Audio had a temporary name and the option below was continue. I clicked continue.
After I clicked continue a new screen popped up telling me I was connected to the device. The next screen told me they were about to play a sound to test the Chromecast Audio. I clicked “Play Test Sound”
It then switched to a new screen asking if I hear the test sound or not. I did not hear it, so I clicked “try Again”
At this point I realized the AUX cord I had connected between my speaker and the Google Chromecast Audio was not fully plugged into the Chromecast disk. Once I had it fully inserted, I clicked “Try Again” and instantly heard the sound. This time I clicked “I HEARD IT”
The next screen in the “Manage Device” Section of the App prompted me to name my Chromecast Audio. The name was displaying the temporary name it had previously given me. I tapped the name and it highlighted the whole thing and an X popped up to allow me to delete the temporary name and add one of my own choosing.
There were two check boxes already pre-selected with options to send data and crash reports automatically and one to enable guest mode. I disabled auto crash reports and left enabled guest mode.
The next screen in the set up process asked me to connect the Chromecast Audio device to my Wi-Fi. I allowed the connection and it prompted me to add my password.
This initiated the full set up to complete.
After a few minutes, the screen displayed that my Google Chromecast Audio was connected to my Wi-Fi and prompted me to continue. I did.
At this point, it asked me if I would like to sign into my google account to enhance the user experience. I was personally not ready to worry about all of that just yet so I selected the options to leave set up. The options were to sign in or leave set up. I was then redirected back to the home screen.
From here you can choose which way to use your Google Chromecast Audio. They have Google Play Music listed first to play music already on your device or you can use one of the many apps that they have pre-installed for use with Chromecast such as iHeart Radio, Slacker, Pandora, Spotify and many more!
Google Chromecast Audio allows you to play music on your speakers, new or old, wirelessly from your phone, laptop or tablet. Chromecast Audio uses WiFi instead of Bluetooth, you can stream crystal clear hi res sound.
Listen to your favorite tunes on your speaker: By using your phone, it’s easy to play, pause, or change the volume from anywhere in the home. And while streaming, you can still text or call without interrupting what’s playing or draining your battery.
Crystal clear sound, powered by the cloud: Use Chromecast Audio to stream over Wi-Fi which has many advantages over Bluetooth including higher sound quality.
Enjoy hundreds of your favorite audio apps: Stream millions of songs, radio stations, and podcasts through apps like Pandora, Spotify, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music. Find more at chromecast.com/apps
Play music everywhere with Multi-room: Now you can easily fill every room in your home with synchronous music. Simply group Chromecast Audio devices together so you can listen to the same song on multiple speakers.
The Google Chromecast Audio is pretty much googles version of a net box. While I like that it is a small and discreet little unit, I don’t like that you have to go through the sign in process and must use your location services to use the device. But aside from that it works great. The set up is not hard at all if you simply allow access from the start unlike I did, even though it told me explicitly before I clicked deny, that the program would not work without it. So my fault there, was hoping it would just work anyway. It did not. Go figure right.. lol anyway…
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