Using Netflix on your TV with Chromecast is a very popular thing many Chromebook users will do. Chromebook users can stream Netflix content directly from the website using the power of HTML5 — including on ARM-based devices like the HP Chromebook 11 or the new Acer Chromebook 13. To make getting to Netflix easier there’s also an official Netflix app in the Chrome Web Store. Now, don’t get excited: it is just a glorified bookmark. But it is handy as you can get at it from the App Launcher or pin it to the App Shelf in Chrome OS.
Using Netflix with Chromecast
If you don’t have (or want) to use the mobile applications but still want to cast, you can do so through the Netflix website in Chrome via the official Cast extension when your Chromecast is turned on and connected to the same network. Now, when you hit play to stream a video you’ll see a ‘cast’ button next to the fullscreen button. Tap this and the content will be flung over to your TV.
How do I watch Netflix on Chromecast?
Launch the Netflix app on your Android device, Apple mobile device, or visit the Netflix website in your Chrome browser. Once you’re signed in, select the Cast icon in the upper right or lower right side of the screen. Select your Chromecast device from the list to launch the Netflix app on your TV.
General Chromecast Setup Guide
- Turn on your TV.
- Plug in your Chromecast.
- Using the Input or Source button on your TV remote, change the input on your TV until you see the Chromecast home screen.
- If you haven’t yet, sign in to your Chromebook.
- Install the Google Cast extension .
- In the window that appears, choose your Chromecast. The name you choose should match the name on your TV screen.
- Click Set up.
- Follow the instructions that appear.
To connect another Chromecast to your Chromebook:
- Click the Cast extension in your browser
- Click Options > Add Chromecast.
Netflix on Chromecast Troubleshooting
If you are having trouble, try rebooting your Wi-Fi router by unplugging and plugging the power source. Make sure that Chromecast and your devices are connected to the same network. Check that the network name displayed on the TV after the Chromecast boots up is the same as the currently-selected network in the computer’s available Wi-Fi list.
- Make sure the Chromecast’s name does not contain any special characters.
Special characters in the Chromecast name (like Emoji or apostrophes) will prevent it from being seen by the Netflix app.
Launch the Chromecast app on the casting device, select the Chromecast name, and remove any special characters.
After changing the name of your Chromecast, restart the Netflix app and look for the Cast icon when playing a movie or TV show.
- Make sure you have the latest version of iOS or Android installed on your mobile device.
Netflix on Chromecast is compatible with iOS 7.0+ iPhones, iPads, and iPods and with WiFi-enabled Android 4.0+ smartphones and tablets.
- Make sure the Netflix app is up to date.
You can check for updates in the App Store or in Google Play.
Android devices must be running Netflix app version 2.4 or higher.
Apple mobile devices must be running Netflix app version 4.2 or higher.
Multitask while watching Netflix on Chromecast
It’s never been easier to connect with your friends during your favorite TV shows or movies. With Chromecast, you can text and tweet while watching your favorite scenes without interrupting what’s casting on your TV. Chromecast’s multitasking capabilities allow you to continue using your laptop, tablet, or mobile device while casting videos or casting a Chrome browser tab. Once you begin casting, your device is available to open other apps, check emails and social media, create YouTube playlists, and even text. Plus, you’ll still have the ability to use your device as a remote, allowing you to stop, pause, rewind, and fast forward.