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Stream any movie file from your computer to Chromecast

How to stream any (well almost) any movie file from your computer to Chromecast. If you are like me, sometimes you want to stream a movie clip from your phone, a slideshow you put together or some old movie file from a wedding. You can do this easily but this simple trick.

First, enable Chromecast extension onto your Chrome browser. Make sure your PC is on the same WiFi as your Chromecast.

Next, cast the current tab on your Chrome browser to your Chromecast. If you don’t see your Chromecast, you may need to troubleshoot by turning on your TV first. Wait for it to load and get connected to your WiFi network.

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Once you see your tab on your TV, locate the file of the media you want to cast. I tried this with a .mp4 file. Click on it then drag it onto your Chromebrowser, let go and the file will play automatically. Your url bar should point to the file location on your PC.

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If you want to stream videos from your phone, first transfer the video from your phone to your PC then you can stream it using the same method. If you want to stream directly from your phone, there is an app which will allow you to do it. I will blog about it next time!

If you have any question, feel free to leave a comment or post on the Facebook wall and I will be glad to assist.

How to add Chromecast Extension on your Chrome Browser

How to add Chromecast extension onto your Chrome browser. By adding the Chromecast extension, you can stream from many websites such as ESPN, FOX, CBS, Netflix, Pandora, and even movie files straight from your PC. This is great for people who does not want to install individual apps onto your tablet or smartphone in order to stream content. In my personal experience, I found that casting from Google Chrome website seems to be more stable and reliable. Besides, I’m usually on my PC when I am working on a project so it is convenient to be able to stream right from where I am working!

  1. First, make sure your PC has WiFi enabled and is connected to the same network as your Chromecast.
  2. Launch Google Chrome browser. If you do not have Google Chrome browser, you can install it from here.
  3. Once you launch Chrome browser, click the three horizontal bars just right of the url bar at the top.

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4. Next, click ‘Settings’ and you will see the below options.
5. Select ‘Extensions’ from the menu on the left. chromecast extension 2







6. From the Chrome Web Store, search ‘chromecast’. Select ‘Google Cast’ offered by google.com. Do not install any other Chrome or casting extension or app other than from Google unless you trust the source.

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7. Click ‘add to chrome’. The below pop up will appear. Go ahead and select ‘add extension’.

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8. You will see a banner pop up saying Google Cast – Chromecast extension has been installed. Click onto the cast icon on your chrome browser and you will see a request to ‘Help Improve Cast’. It is enabled by default, uncheck it to disable this feature unless you are want to be a willing contributor.

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9. If you click on the cast icon, you will be able to select your Chromecast that is on the same WiFi network.

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10. Once you cast, you have options to mute volume, change quality of video, or to stop casting. Changing the video quality is useful if your Internet connection is not so great and you want to downgrade the streaming quality to prevent streaming issues.

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