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Netflix on Chromecast: How to watch American Netflix on Chromecast?

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What is Chromecast?

Chromecast by Google is a simple method to stream the video directly to your TV. It operates by simply plugging into the HDMI port and is powered through a USB cable which is provided with it. With the help of your smartphone, computer or tablet as a remote control, you can access content from a range of services such as Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, Amazon, and many others. This article focuses on how to watch Netflix on Chromecast.

A few things to consider setting up Netflix on Chromecast?

Setting up Netflix on Chromecast is relatively easy. You will need to have your TV turned on and have the correct input setting for the relevant port in which your Chromecast has been plugged into; be it HDMI1 or HDMI2.

The device you wish to cast from must also be connected to the same network to which Chromecast is connected.

However, if you are unable to get a cast icon, reboot your device or update the app which you are using. Some users have experienced instances where the icon had disappeared until the user updated the phone or app that was being used. This constitutes a few basic things that you must ensure and keep in check before proceeding to set up Chromecast.

Setting up Netflix on Chromecast:

No matter which version of Google Chromecast you have, setting up Netflix on it is simple and does not take up much time.

Follow these steps to set up Netflix on Chromecast:

  1. Plug in the Chromecast dongle in any of the HDMI ports in the TV
  2. Plug in your Chromecast power cable in a functional power socket.
  3. Configure your TV for the appropriate HDMI input
  4. Plug the Chromecast power cable to the right HDMI input
  5. In case your Chromecast has already not been configured, follow through the on-screen direction to connect with your home Wi-Fi.
  6. Start the Netflix App on your phone or the Netflix site in the computer’s browser
  7. Identify the cast icon and tap on it
  8. Select your Chromecast’s name
  9. Select any TV show or movie and select the Play button to begin streaming it on your computer

Once you have connected your Netflix to your Chromecast, you will see that the cast icon will have become blue indicating an active connection and your computer or mobile will begin acting as a remote for Netflix on your TV. You will now be able to play and skip or choose any new content from the Netflix app, and your TV will be responding to it similarly, while giving you access to all of the options you need while having a bigger, sharing the friendly screen.

Unblocking USA Netflix On Chromecast via A VPN!

As we all know, various streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, etc., place geographical restrictions on certain content which means you cannot access a whole load of content if you don’t happen to be located inside the USA.

However, a Virtual Private Network or otherwise popularly known as VPN enables you to disguise your public IP address and thus unblock content that may be otherwise unavailable in your region. Thus, if you have set up a VPN, you could be able to watch US Netflix on Chromecast on a location outside of the USA with a Netflix VPN.

You can follow these steps to get the American version of Netflix on Chromecast outside of the USA:

  1. Sign up with a VPN service such as Ivacy
  2. Download and install the VPN application on your device
  3. Launch the VPN app and sign in with the login details you received in your E-mail
  4. Select and connect to an American server from the list
  5. Now, launch the Netflix app and watch American Netflix on Chromecast

Watching Netflix on Chromecast through an iPhone!

If you are like most streaming fans, you would love sitting on your bed and pulling up Netflix on your iPhone, discovering something new and exciting to watch and then playing it on the bigger screen.

When you set up your Netflix on Chromecast, you end up installing Google Home to make your connection to Chromecast over the wireless network. Using your phone for casting videos also enables your phone to function as a remote. All you need to do to watch Netflix on Chromecast is, install the Netflix app.

In case you do not already have the app, you can open up the app store and search for the keyword: “Netflix.” Now, download and install the app, sign in with your provided credentials, and choose any available show to begin streaming.

Unblocking Netflix on Chromecast on an iPhone with a VPN:

Here is how you can unblock Netflix on Chromecast on an iPhone with the help of a VPN:

  1. Plug in the Chromecast dongle in any of the HDMI ports in the TV
  2. Plug in your Chromecast power cable in a functional power socket.
  3. Configure your TV for the appropriate HDMI input
  4. Plug the Chromecast power cable to the right HDMI input
  5. In case your Chromecast has already not been configured, follow through the on-screen direction to connect with your home Wi-Fi.
  6. Start the Netflix App on your iPhone
  7. Identify the cast icon and tap on it
  8. Select your Chromecast’s name
  9. Select any TV show or movie and select the Play button to begin streaming it on your computer

Watching Chromecast Netflix on Windows

To watch Chromecast Netflix through Windows on your laptop, you will need to have Netflix Google Chrome installed so that you can cast Netflix on your TV. Chrome has an exclusive “cast” feature by default, which allows you to cast whatever content you are viewing in a tab to your Chromecast, including, of course, Netflix!

All you need to do for this is log in to Netflix, select a show or movie and then choose the “cast” tab located in Chrome. You can press F11 or click the “fullscreen” button to view the video on your TV in full size.

You have the option of controlling the video playback from your laptop just as you would in normal circumstances, make sure that you don’t close the lid.

Unblocking Chromecast Netflix on Windows with a VPN!

  1. Plug in the Chromecast dongle in any of the HDMI ports in the TV
  2. Plug in your Chromecast power cable in a functional power socket.
  3. Configure your TV for the appropriate HDMI input
  4. Plug the Chromecast power cable to the right HDMI input
  5. In case your Chromecast has already not been configured, follow through the on-screen direction to connect with your home Wi-Fi.
  6. Start the Netflix App on your laptop
  7. Identify the cast icon and tap on it
  8. Select your Chromecast’s name
  9. Select any TV show or movie and select the Play button to begin streaming it on your computer

FAQs: To watch Netflix on Chromecast

Here are some of the most common issues people incur and some solutions to troubleshoot those issues:

Why am I unable to see the Chromecast icon on Netflix?

If the cast icon is not visible in your Netflix app or your web browser, ensure the following:

  • Your Chromecast is connected to the same Wi-Fi Network as your mobile device or laptop.
  • The Netflix app on your mobile device has updated
  • The name of your Chromecast doesn’t contain special characters
  • If you happen to be running a previous Google Chrome version, ensure that you have installed the Chromecast extension and that your computer and Chromecast are on the same Network.

Why doesn’t my Netflix connect to my Chromecast?

If the cast icon is visible to you, but you are experiencing inconvenience in getting the Netflix app to connect with Chromecast, reboot both your mobile device and Chromecast.

Why doesn’t my Chromecast turn off?

Google Chromecast goes into standby mode by default whenever you turn your TV off or switch the HDMI input. However, to turn it off completely, you will need to unplug its cable completely.

How can I switch my Netflix back to the device?

If you want to stop streaming Netflix on your TV and go back to your devices’ screen, tap the cast icon and then select your device from the appearing list.

Can Chromecast be used on multiple TVs?

You can quite easily move the Chromecast dongle between different TVs so long as they have a free HDMI port that you can use to plug it in. So long as you have connected the Chromecast to the same Wi-Fi, you wouldn’t have to follow through the set-up process either.

Can the Chromecast be used while traveling?

You can take Google Chromecast with you while traveling and watch Netflix so long as the service is available in the country that you have traveled to. However, you may encounter a few issues whenever you are trying to stream Netflix to Chromecast, in a hotel since many of such establishments have their Wi-Fi configured such that, those settings prevent Chromecast from working seamlessly.

Why is Netflix encountering problems when connecting to Chromecast?

Here are a few things that you can take care of, to troubleshoot Chromecast connection problems:

  • Special characters in the Chromecast’s name:
  • If there are special characters in Chromecast’s name such as emoji’s or apostrophe’s this prevents Chromecast to be seen by the Netflix app.
  • To resolve these issues, launch the Chromecast app on your casting device, select the Chromecast name and then edit out the special characters if there are any!
  • After changing Chromecast’s name, restart the app and then look for the casting icon when streaming.
  • Update the Netflix app:
  • Check for updates in the app store or the Google Play store
  • Ensure that the Android device you have is version 2.4 or even higher
  • Ensure that the Apple device is running 4.2 or higher
  • Update the Chrome browser:
  • If you happen to be using Chrome browser, ensure that you have installed its most recent version. Visit Google’s support page to verify this.
  • Setting router or modem to multicast:

If your modem is not set to multicast already, look for a manual or the manufacturer’s instructions on how to enable multicast

 Can Chromecast be controlled with voice?

Before you needed to route your Chromecast commands via the Google home device, however now you can easily give your vocal commands, by using the Google Assistant directly. Google contains complete setup instructions towards this end. However, the functionality of this feature is self-explanatory. All you need to do to make this happen is to connect your Chromecast and your phone to a similar network. Thus, you can cast music and videos on your TV, by simply uttering a few words.

Can traveling be done with Chromecast?

Given its extraordinarily small size and incredibly easy setup, Chromecast can prove to be a really handy companion for people who travel frequently. But, there is a catch! You should know that Chromecast does not offer support for such networks that require browser-based logins. Thus, Chromecast doesn’t prove to be of much use when you are staying in hotels or similar establishments. However, if you do need to take Chromecast along with you, do make sure that you come across a Wi-Fi network that doesn’t contain a captive portal.

What are the alternatives to Chromecast?

There are a few alternatives to Chromecast, depending upon how much you intend on spending on it. For $30, Roku Express allows you to stream all kinds of content on your TV, for instance, content from services such as Amazon video. An Apple TV, on the other hand, costs $150 and functions similarly to Chromecast, except it also can stream different content such as games from your iPhone or iPad onto your TV. On the other hand, you can also stream content from a PS4 or Xbox, but that could cost you much more!

How does the Chromecast Audio work?

Quite similar to its video-based counterpart, the Chromecast Audio plugs in the speakers to stream music through the Wi-Fi network. It costs around $35 and works with Spotify, Pandora as well as Google Play and iTunes.