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Before you start binge-watching everything the Internet has to offer, though, you’ll need to get the device up and running. The Google Chromecast and Amazon Fire setup process are generally simple and intuitive, but if you find yourself stuck on any of the steps, our guide can clarify what to do next.
How to set up your Google Chromecast
1. Hook up the Chromecast to your TV.
This part of the process is pretty foolproof. Plug the Chromecast into your TV’s HDMI port and the USB wire into a compatible port or power outlet. Just keep in mind that if you’re using a 4K-compatible Chromecast Ultra, you’ll need to connect the adapter to an outlet; a USB port doesn’t supply enough power to sustain it.
2. Download the Google Home app.
3. Select Devices in Google Home.
It’s in the upper left corner. Note that you may get a prompt on the bottom of your screen to set up a new device; this will work, too.
4. Select Set Up.
The Google Home app will now set up the Chromecast. You don’t have to do anything except tap Continue when prompted.
5. Check the code against your TV.
You should see a code both on your app and your TV screen. Provided they match, select Yes.
6. Choose a name.
You can also adjust privacy and Guest options on this screen.
7. Connect the Chromecast to the Internet.
You can choose a network (or use Ethernet on an Ultra) and either get the password from your mobile device or input it manually. Keep in mind that you will need to use the Chromecast and your apps on the same network.
8. Sign in to your Google Account (optional)
While you don’t have to sign in, you’ll have access to all of your content on YouTube and whatever movies, TV and music you purchase through Google if you do.
9. Take the tutorial (optional)
If you’ve never used a Chromecast before, it couldn’t hurt to let Google Home demonstrate how Casting works. Select Learn How to Cast, and follow the instructions. (Long story short: Find a compatible app, press the Cast button. That’s really all you have to do.)
How to set up your Amazon Fire TV stick
Yes, that USB Micro cord and power adapter that came with the Fire TV Stick might not be necessary for getting the Fire Stick up and running, but you’ll want it to ensure faster performance.
Here’s everything you need to get the Fire TV Stick up and running and streaming all of your favourite content.