Casting YouTube: this is how you easily watch YouTube on TV

How can you cast YouTube to your television? YouTube is a popular video streaming service from Google where users upload their own videos. In this article, we explain everything you want to know about casting content that you find on YouTube. We tell you what you need and where you can find the necessary buttons to stream via the Chromecast.

The video streaming service YouTube has become an indispensable part of the daily lives of young internet users. It's where they get their entertainment, news, new music and more – similar to how television shows used to be.

The big difference between YouTube and linear television is that you can watch the programs, or videos, when it suits you. You can immediately check when the content is online or you can just look at what you find interesting, when it suits you best.

Google Chromecast with Google TV
Image: Google (press image)

YouTube on mobile devices

That sounds nice and nice, but how do you use the service? Many modern televisions, mainly equipped with Android TV, offer the app of the video streaming service as standard. Then you just open the app and immediately watch what you want to watch, just like you do on the website.

Also read: YouTube Premium price + this way it can be much cheaper

But what if you have a TV or media player without a YouTube app? Then you can purchase a Chromecast and connect it to your TV and simply cast the content. To be sure, check whether your television doesn't secretly already have built-in Chromecast support. You can see that on the box. And otherwise you have to look up the specifications on the manufacturer's website.

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.

You can cast YouTube from a mobile device or a computer. If you do it from the computer, you simply go to the website. If you do that from a mobile device, you need the YouTube app. You can download the app for free from the App Store and Google Play.

If you prefer not to install too many apps on your phone (we can understand that), there is another option available. When you simply go to the YouTube website on your smartphone or tablet, you will access exactly the same casting functions as within the application.

Cast YouTube to Chromecast

Before you can cast YouTube to your Chromecast, you will of course need to set up the Chromecast to install. Have you already done that, but can't find the device on your network? Then solve the problems of adjust the Wi-Fi network; perhaps that is the redeeming factor.

Now open the website or the app, on whatever device (that is on the same network as the Chromecast) and find a video you want to watch. Of course this could be anything. A video clip, news bulletin, a cool video from your favorite streamer or about a video game.

Cast YouTube
Image: Wesley Akkerman

On a computer:

  1. After opening the video, hover over the video window with your mouse pointer
  2. Now the interface appears
  3. You will see several options, including play
  4. The cast button is at the bottom right
  5. You can recognize the button on the TV with three WiFi-like lines in the left corner
  6. Tap that cast icon and then select the Chromecast you're using
  7. Now the video from your PC is cast to your television
  8. You can control the video with your remote control or the controls on your second screen

On mobile devices:

  1. Make sure you have the YouTube app on your phone (Android en iOS)
  2. After opening the video, tap the video window
  3. Now the interface appears
  4. You will see several options, including play
  5. The cast button is at the top right (see image)
  6. You can recognize the button on the TV with three WiFi-like lines in the left corner
  7. Tap that cast icon and then select the Chromecast you're using
  8. Now the video from the mobile device will be cast to your television
  9. You can control the video with your remote control or the controls on your second screen

If you want to stop casting YouTube, you press that same icon again. Otherwise, just close the browser or browser tab or click the cross in the YouTube app. So casting YouTube is not that hard and quitting is just as easy.

Are you looking for an alternative to the YouTube app? SmartTube Next an interesting option.

With your Chromecast you can stream many more types of content, of course. How about the live streams you find on Twitch? You can also stream locally stored files such as photos, videos and music via the VLC media player. And then of course we have the music streaming service Spotify yet.

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