Apple TV and Chromecast: these are the options (+ explanation)

Apple TV and Chromecast are not an optimal combination. But that doesn't mean they don't work together at all. You can happily bring both things together. We immediately help you out of the fantasy that you don't immediately start from a Streaming iPhone or iPad content to a Chromecast.

Apple TV and Chromecast? If you want to stream content from Apple TV to Chromecast, you will find out that this is not just possible. Fortunately, there is a way to do this, although it is not entirely optimal.

To do this, you need to open Apple TV in the browser and then send it to the Chromecast via the built-in cast function.

Suppose you want to watch movies and series via the Apple TV Plus video streaming service. You need the Apple TV app for that, as well as the Apple TV media player or a television that supports it AirPlay. AirPlay is similar to Chromecast, but in the form of Apple technology.

What if you don't have a TV with AirPlay and you don't want to invest in an Apple TV media player? Apple TV Plus, the video streaming service, offers a number of cool shows, such as Ted Lasso. Reason enough to give that content a chance; that is also possible as an avid Chromecast user.

Apple TV and Chromecast: the basics

Let's start at the beginning. As an Android user (smartphone) you run into the disadvantage that there is no Apple TV app for your smartphone or tablet.

So if you want to cast content from your smartphone to your TV, you're out of luck. You can, however, download an app for your TV or media player with Android TV.

Apple TV Plus
Image: Apple (press image)

If you want to cast content from your iPhone or iPad to an Android TV without an Apple TV app or Apple TV media player, you have to rely on third-party apps such as AirReceiverLite of AirBeam. Such apps don't look like much and are very basic, but they do bring AirPlay features to your TV.

Chromecast with Google TV HD

Operate with remote control + app
Very affordable
Good value for money

Stream in full HD. Offer only available for a limited time!
4K Video (60fps)
HDR 10 +
Android TV
Remote control
Wi-Fi ac (2.4 and 5GHz)

Stream in 4K, offer limited availability.

After installation, your television with Android TV on board will appear – if all goes well – as an option for an AirPlay playback device. Please note that things can go wrong as this is not an official playback feature and the app is not made and maintained by Apple.

However, in June 2021, Apple opened access to TVs with Android TV, making streaming with these TVs possible.

Apple TV and Chromecast: cast from your browser

A more elegant solution is to bring Apple TV and Chromecast together through the browser on your computer. When using the Google Chrome browser, you can cast a tab directly to a device with a Chromecast or with built-in Chromecast functionality.

That works as follows. You go to the Apple TV Plus website, logs in and then plays a movie, series or documentary that you want to watch.

Then use the built-in Chromecast functions, which ensure that the opened content appears on your television.

Chromecast pc
(Image: Wesley Akkerman)

Although this option is accessible to most people, it does have some drawbacks. This may prevent you from accessing the highest image quality.

In addition, you have to operate all content from your computer or laptop, so you have to keep it close while watching.

Apple TV and Chromecast: The Apple device

Then there is another option that you can consider. For example, you can connect an Apple device directly to your television.

It does not matter whether it is a MacBook, iPad or iPhone. The easiest option, of course, is an Apple TV media player, but that aside.

The biggest disadvantage is that you must of course have an Apple device. And chances are you have one, since you're looking for an option to play the content from the video streaming service. If not, you can omit this option.

Connecting an Apple device is not easy in some cases. For example, if you want to connect an iPhone or iPad, you need an HDMI adapter.

A MacBook is somewhat easier to connect in that respect. And of course the same applies to the media player.

Apple TV media player
Image: Apple (press image)

Apple TV and Chromecast: the differences

After reading this article, are you considering purchasing an Apple TV media player to use alongside the Chromecast? Then it is useful to know what you are getting.

If you prefer not to, that's no problem: many Android TV TVs and media players support the app.

Such an Apple TV media player is really only useful for people who have already invested in the ecosystem of the Cupertino company.

The media player doesn't work with Android or with Android apps, and really only works with the company's other products, such as an iPhone.

Furthermore, the Apple TV and Chromecast differ little from Google TV in use and functionality. In both cases you play content from content providers, such as Netflix, Videoland, Amazon Prime Video and more. In addition, both players use a physical remote control.

Compared to the older Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra, there are more differences. Those devices don't offer their own software environment and just let you cast content to a TV, while the Apple TV has its own operating system and capabilities.

Apple TV and Chromecast: Finally

So if you want to view content via Apple TV and Chromecast, you're out of luck. Unfortunately, that functionality does not exist, without unofficial detours.

If you really want to watch the available content, download the Apple TV app on your smart TV or get an Apple TV media player.

The iPhone and the Chromecast are not the best of friends either, but fortunately they work something better together.

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