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Starting with version 51, Google Chrome has the built-in ability to “cast” media straight from your computer to your TV. Well, actually, to any device that’s connected to a Google Chromecast device The 8 Best Devices for Streaming Movies to Your TV The 8 Best Devices for Streaming Movies to Your TV There are several ways to stream media to your TV, and deciding which way is right for you can be overwhelming. Let us help you explore what's currently available. Read More .

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It’s quite simple to do. Pull down the options menu (with the hamburger icon) and select the newly-available Cast action.

This brings up a selection menu where you can choose which device you want to cast onto, which is nifty if you have multiple Chromecasts in your house. In the future, you’ll also be able to cast into Google Hangouts!

With a device selected, you’ll see this:

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No matter what, you’ll be able to cast your current tab or your entire desktop screen. However, if the tab includes a video source, such as YouTube.com, then you’ll be able to specifically cast the video as well.

And that’s it. The nice thing about this update is that Chrome automatically handles everything behind the scenes, including resolutions, bitrates, and all of that jazz.

Google Chromecast was already awesome Chromecast 2.0: What's New? Chromecast 2.0: What's New? The aptly named Chromecast 2.0 is Google's first major revision to the device since it was first released all the way back in July 2013. What's new? Read More , but it’s advancements like these that make it worthy of being a home media center replacement How To Make Chromecast Your Smart Media Centre How To Make Chromecast Your Smart Media Centre At just $18, the Chromecast is an unmistakably great way to make your TV "smart", but it can feel a bit of a one-trick pony once the initial euphoria wears off. Read More .

Does this make you more likely to purchase a Chromecast? If you already own one, what’s your favorite way to cast media to your TV? Let us know in the comments!

  1. Zinc Whiskers
    July 22, 2016 at 3:29 am

    Windows 10 has a native "Cast to Device" feature...works with most smart TVs or DLNA boxes...

    It was also available in Windows 8 if you had the Media Center addon...

  2. wes
    July 21, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    no cast option 51 on chromebook

  3. Joseenocperez
    July 21, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    I use ALLCAST from my tablet

  4. Joe Womble
    July 21, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Running 52.0.2743.82 and still do not have the cast option.

  5. Johng
    July 21, 2016 at 11:47 am

    I have had a couple different 51 revisions and still no cast option.

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