How to Control Chromecast From a Phone With Google Assistant
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Google Assistant is great. Whereas cutting-edge folks can use a Google Home You Should Be Using the Google Home App and Here's Why You Should Be Using the Google Home App and Here's Why The Google Home app is the only app you need to control a multitude of smart home gadgets and settings. Navigate it like a pro with these tips! Read More  to control a Chromecast with voice commands, the rest of us only need an Android phone running Google Assistant to achieve the same thing.

Android Police recently discovered that all you have to do is pull up Google Assistant on your phone and use a voice command to watch TV or play music. For example, say “Play Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by the Beatles or “Play MakeUseOf videos.”

How to Control Chromecast From a Phone With Google Assistant Chromecast

If you have only one Chromecast-enabled device, that’s all you have to say. If you have multiple Chromecast-enabled devices, you can specify where you want the song or video to play. For example, you can say “Play MakeUseOf videos on the living room TV.”

Google’s list of voice commands that work with Google Home and YouTube include:

  • “Play general videos from TV show / YouTube Channel / artist”
  • “Play specific videos / songs”
  • “Play videos by category”
  • “Turn on subtitles/captions”

You can also use Google Assistant to control playback, with voice commands including “Pause,” “Resume,” “Skip,” and “Stop.”

It’s unclear if the feature is slowly rolling out to Android users or if it’s something that has specific requirements, but you should definitely keep an eye out for it and give it a try.

Have you been able to control your Chromecast using Google Assistant on your phone? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comments.

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  1. Karen
    December 13, 2017 at 11:21 pm

    I finally got this to work. I kept trying things like "OK Google cast music to livingroom" (livingroom is the name of my Chromecast"). I finally got it to work with "OK Google play to . I have the Google Play app associated with music in the Google Assistant settings. Note: I have only been able to get online music to play from the Google Play Music app (on my phone and from my phone to Chromecast). I can't get local music files to play using Google Assistant even though I have a playlist setup with local files on the Play Music app. Other online posts I found said the same thing. Google Assistant keeps launching online music instead of local music even when local music is specified. I submitted feedback about this to Google through Google Assistant. Having said that I'm happy I can finally play music (even if it's online) to my Chromecast through Google Assistant.

  2. Mark Palmos
    October 28, 2017 at 11:31 am

    No this does not work at all. If I've tried to ask it to play some music as you suggest it simply uses Google Play Music and play it on my phone.

  3. Tboss
    October 27, 2017 at 10:15 pm

    Aussie here, original pixel, Google assistant has never worked to cast to chromecast. Saw your article and got excited that there has been an update, nope.

  4. Neil
    October 27, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    I have the original pixel (and am in the UK, if that makes a difference...) and I can't do it.

    However, if I told my phone to "play " it would automatically play it on my phone. Surely? So how do you make it play it on the Chromecast as your article says you don't need to specify a device.... Or am I being stupid...!