Google helps simplify your online life—from email and online storage to news and digital maps. But it can also take over your TV with Chromecast.
If you have a 4K TV, the Chromecast Ultra will set you back $69; the standard version is $35. Whichever one you choose, part of the Chromecast’s appeal lies in its portability and ease of use; just plug in, connect to Wi-Fi, and you’ll be streaming Netflix, Spotify, HBO, Hulu, and more from your mobile device or PC to the TV in no time. Not to mention apps for music, working out, and catching up on sports.
If you’re still holding onto the first-generation Chromecast, you won’t be able to take advantage of any new features going forward since Google will no longer be updating the firmware for that model, so now’s a good time to upgrade and get a refresher on what this gadget can do. While the ultraportable device is pretty much plug and play, there are a few tips and tricks that can make casting more magical. Check them out below.