How to Use Chromecast Audio

By Chris Pichereau, Abshier House

Chromecast Audio is a tiny device that streams music through Wi-Fi. You simply plug the device into your speaker. The Chromecast Audio is only $35 and works with devices you already own. It is compatible with the iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet, Mac, and Windows laptop, as well as the Chromebook.

Chromecast Audio has many features for streaming your favorite music. [Credit: ©iStock/Robert
Credit: ©iStock/Robert Fruehauf
Chromecast Audio has many features for streaming your favorite music.

All devices running Android 4.4.2 or higher support the Cast Audio feature.

Using the Chromecast Audio device

The Chromecast Audio plugs into the wall and is connected to a Wi-Fi device. Simply tap the Cast button from any of the music apps and music is instantly sent to the connected speakers. You can search, play, pause, and queue songs, as well as change the volume from your connected device.

To set up Chromecast Audio, simply follow the directions for your specific device.

Create a party by simply grouping speakers together. Family and friends can cast their favorite tunes using their own devices.

The Chromecast Audio needs to be connected to a Wi-Fi network and have internet access to cast music. All users need to be on the same Wi-Fi network.

Because Chromecast Audio requires a Wi-Fi connection and a power supply, it will not operate in your vehicle.

To change the Wi-Fi network your Chromecast Audio is connected to, follow these simple steps.

  1. Open the Chromecast app on your phone, tablet, or computer.

  2. Tap the gear icon on your Chromecast Audio device card.

  3. From the Chromecast settings page, select your current Wi-Fi network name.

  4. Select a new network from the drop-down list.

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 connected speaker.

Using Chromecast Audio instead of bluetooth

A few benefits of the Chromecast Audio include:

  • The phone is not tied to what is playing over the speaker. This allows for answering a phone call, continuing to play a game, and moving around the house without interruption.

  • The Chromecast Audio doesn’t strain the phone, tablet, or laptop’s battery.

  • Leaving the room isn’t a problem because there is no need to be physically limited to a Bluetooth range.

  • Chromecast Audio is able to achieve a higher audio playback.

Currently, the apps and content that are displayed is based on overall popularity. Chromecast is not yet personalized.

Chromecast audio uses dual band 802.11, as well as Bluetooth 4.1.