How to Chromecast Netflix

Easily cast Netflix to your TV

A Chromecast is a little different from other streaming devices. Instead of installing a Netflix app on your Chromecast, for example, you install the app on your phone, then cast Netflix to your TV with Chromecast. We'll walk you through the whole process, including how to change options like subtitles and how to stop casting when you're done.

To cast from your phone or tablet to your Chromecast, you need to be running Android 4.0 or later, or iOS 7.0 or later and have fully updated your Netflix app. Some Amazon Fire tablets are unable to cast Netflix unless you sideload the version of Netflix that's available on Google Play.

A woman casts Netflix to her TV with Chromecast
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How to Set up Chromecast to Work With Google Home

Before you can cast Netflix from your phone or tablet to your TV with Chromecast, you need to set up your Chromecast device to work with the Google Home app on your phone or tablet.

If you've already set up a Chromecast for use with Stadia, or for any other purpose, then you can skip this step.

  1. Plug in your Chromecast, connect it to your TV, and make sure your TV is set to the correct input.

  2. Download and install the Google Home app on your phone or tablet.

  3. Make sure your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network that you will use with your Chromecast.

  4. Launch the Google Home app on your phone or tablet, and set up your Chromecast as a new device.

How to Cast Netflix to Your TV With Chromecast

Once you've successfully set up your Chromecast, you're ready to start casting from Netflix and other video sources. Just download the Netflix app on your device, then use the following instructions to start casting to your TV:

  1. Plug in and power up your Chromecast, make sure it's on the same Wi-Fi network as your phone or tablet, and make sure your TV is on the right input.

  2. Open the Netflix app on your phone, and log in if necessary.

  3. Tap the Cast icon, which looks like a box with a Wi-Fi signal embedded in the bottom left corner.

  4. Tap the Chromecast device that you want to cast to. In this case, we tap Family Room TV, as the other devices aren't Chromecasts.

    All of your compatible devices will appear in this list, including non-Chromecast devices like Fire TV.

  5. Locate something you want to watch, and tap Play.

    Screenshots showing how to Chromecast on Netflix.
  6. Your content will start playing on your TV in fullscreen mode.

How to Control Netflix While Casting to Your TV

While casting Netflix to your TV with a Chromecast, the Netflix app on your phone functions as a controller. That means you use your phone to pause, play, change volume, and everything else. It's all accomplished right through the Netflix app.

Here's how to control your Netflix stream while casting to a Chromecast:

  1. While casting from the Netflix app to a Chromecast, tap the gray bar that displays the title of the content you're watching.

    You can pause and rewind your video directly from the control bar without opening the full menu.

  2. This menu displays the current play time and position of the content you're watching, and it allows you to pause, stop, and rewind in 30 second increments. Other options include audio and subtitles, changing the volume, and viewing other available episodes.

  3. To access subtitles and audio options, tap the speech bubble, choose your desired options, then tap Apply to return to the previous menu.

    Screenshots showing how to control audio on Chromecast Netflix.
  4. Tap the speaker icon to adjust the volume. This will adjust the volume of the cast, not your phone.

  5. Tap the stacked rectangles icon to select a different episode.

    Screenshots of Chromecasting Netflix.

How to Stop Casting Netflix to a Chromecast

When you're done casting, it's easy to stop.

  1. With the control menu open, tap the name of your Chromecast in the bottom center of the screen. In this example, we tap Family Room TV.

  2. Tap Disconnect.

    Screenshots showing how to stop casting Netflix.
  3. Your phone or tablet will stop casting to your Chromecast.