15+ Insanely Useful Best Chromecast Apps for Android & iOS

How many times have you been fiddling around internet and apps store to find apps for chromecast device to cast media to your tv and often come across “oh! this doesn’t work” “what to use for that situation” .. so on. We have covered most of the situation with free chromecast apps.

First things first, if you don’t have chromecast yet you can get one from the official store.

Here are all the situations where you need to watch something on your beautiful tv without paying with free chromecast apps.

How to Setup Your Chromecast

First Install Google Home

Google Home
Google Home
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
‎Google Home
‎Google Home
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

It’s compulsory to have, else you can’t setup Chromecast with your tv.
Surprisingly Google Home is more than just a setup app for chromecast.

  • You can Cast your Entire screen with inbuilt Cast Screen
  • Cast Popular YouTube Videos from home screen of the app
  • Google Movies with just one tap
  • Setup multiple Cast devices and Manage within a single app smoothly

Easy Setup Process:

  • Connect your chromecast to your tv
  • Download and Open the App
  • You will see the device on your smartphone just follow the instruction it will setup the chromecast device to your wifi network
  • Next time it will automatically connect to that wifi network so make sure it stays on whenever you need chromecast

Google Home Android App

Best Chromecast Apps for Playing Video/Movies

Videostream

You must be having tons of movies and offline content on your desktop pc or laptop or external hard disks, Why not watch it on the big screen of your house.

  • Download Videostream Google chromecast extension from here or download native installed from here.
  • Connect to the same network on pc/laptop and chromecast
  • Launch Videostream it will open a tab in chrome browser
  • Open it and add directories where you have movies or media files.
  • Cast and Enjoy

Use the videostream android app to let the pc or laptop used by someone else,
Android app can be used as a remote control with all the media files listed and options like seek, rewind, play, pause.

VideoStream Android App

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Local Cast

Play any Video, Music, Pictures stored on your Android device to your Chromecast Device just one click.

It comes with the both free and paid version,
I’ve been using free version it just works, never felt the need to upgrade.

LocalCast for Chromecast
LocalCast for Chromecast
Developer: Stefan Pledl
Price: Free+
‎LocalCast for Chromecast
‎LocalCast for Chromecast
Developer: Stefan Pledl
Price: $4.99+

Local Cast Android app

Google Chrome

Yeah!! you read it right, Google Chrome browser works flawlessly to cast videos to your chromecast device

On Desktop or Laptop,
Press Three dot button on upper-right corner >> Cast Button(below print button)
Press Cast the tab
Drag and Drop any video in that video and It will play it straight away to your chromecast device connected tv

Google Chrome Desktop Browser

VLC Player

Finally, after a long time waiting they have added cast support into the app, you can download the app from google play store

Make sure to be connected to the same network and A cast button will show up, Cast whatever you have stored in your device onto your device, Just like you can do this with above mentioned Local Cast app but with your favourite media player.

VLC for Android
VLC for Android
Developer: Videolabs
Price: Free

YouTube

YouTube doesn’t need any introduction on how to use it,

Just be connected to the same network, Open the app and you will see a Cast button, Press it

And you are ready to go, Every video you select will be playing straight away on your TV

You can continue using your device for other work and apps, it will be playing in the background.

YouTube
YouTube
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
‎YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream
‎YouTube: Watch, Listen, Stream

Youtube Android App

Google Photos

Best app for casting all of your photos and videos without any hassle.

Exactly like YouTube on the upper part, there will be cast button showing, when you are connected to a network on which chromecast is connected.

Open any image or video it will be displayed on the screen, It’s that easy.

Any photos or videos you have stored on your device. You can cast them to your tv in just one click and it’s fast, no clutter and always works.

Google Photos
Google Photos
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
‎Google Photos
‎Google Photos
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free+

Google Photos Android App

Best Chromecast Apps for Playing Music

Spotify

The best music streaming service available with the limitless collection of songs curated and with the algorithm that gives you the next best songs you will probably like.

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Spotify is Google Chromecast enabled, you just need to tap play on other device and select device,

The best part is while playing any song, its shows lyrics and useful information regarding the song.

Which makes the listening songs on tv even better not just a plain simple music player.

‎Spotify: Music and Podcasts
‎Spotify: Music and Podcasts

JioSaavn

Most famous music streaming service in India because of the regional song’s availability.

Any song you are playing on the device can be cast to Google Chromecast by tapping the cast button which will automatically show up while being on the same network of chromecast.

User Interface Looks completely soothing and simple, to play songs and catch up with your friends, family.

Saavn Android App

Google Play Music

Every Google app talks to their products, no exception here.

You can stream any music you are streaming on your device,

Even if you have songs downloaded in your storage, you can upload them and then stream them,
without uploading your downloaded mp3 files you can’t stream them directly.

Google Play Music
Google Play Music
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free
‎Google Play Music
‎Google Play Music
Developer: Google LLC
Price: Free

Musixmatch

Beautifully designed music player with lyrics.

Just play any song and it will display lyrics on your device, whether it’s your offline mp3 files or Spotify.

You can cast your local stored music files directly to chromecast with lyrics on tv and beautiful design

A must-try app if you have chromecast in your house.

Musixmatch - Lyrics for your music
Musixmatch - Lyrics for your music
‎Musixmatch Lyrics Finder
‎Musixmatch Lyrics Finder

Musixmatch Lyrics for music Android App

More Music Players That supports casting:

Pocket Casts

Podcasts these days are going crazy viral. Everyone is starting podcasts to talk and discuss about specific topics. Pocket casts is one of the most used app which happens to support Google Cast as well. So you can play a podcast on your TV and keep working on anything you like.

‎Pocket Casts
‎Pocket Casts
Developer: Podcast Media LLC
Price: Free+

Best Chromecast Apps for Utilities and Fun

2048 Game

A fun game a lot of people enjoy playing. Now you can play in on your tv.

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After installing the app select play with chromecast and your device will become the pad to swipe in any direction.

Clocks on Chromecast

By default, you can select different kinds of wallpaper and details that appear on your TV when you are not using it to play something.

But if you like you can have different types of clock designs. You can select from 5 free available designs or pay 5$ to unlock more.

Scary Cast

A fun app if you want to scare someone by showing some scary faces on the TV.  This app is paid so only download if need to prank somewhere someone. You can cast it anywhere if you travel or visit your friend’s house it can be fun.

Scary Cast
Scary Cast
Developer: Brigasso
Price: $0.99

Apps for Chromecast

By using this app you can find most of the apps which support chromecast. Listing all the apps in one single post is not possible that’s why for discovering new apps try apps for chromecast.

You can browse all the apps on the website here: Apps for Chromecast

File Manager which supports Google Chromecast

Solid Explorer

Most widely used file manager among android users also comes with Google Cast support.

Solid Explorer File Manager
Solid Explorer File Manager
Developer: NeatBytes
Price: Free+

With these free chromecast apps, you can cast almost all types of content to your Google Chromecast Device.

However Here are Paid or subscription-based apps that can enrich your experience while watching TV:

  • Netflix – Watch your favourite web series or shows on TV
  • Google Play Movies – Most of the movies are available and ready to cast on your TV
  • BubbleUPnP for DLNA/Chromecast – Setup your server for all your media requirements and cast from any device
  • Plex – Manage all your media from one place and watch to anywhere you like

For a Huge list of all cast enabled Android apps on Google PlayStore.

Visit Google Playstore>>Categories>>Google Cast Section

Most of the chromecast supported apps mentioned above are also available on the App Store for iPhone users.

Did I forget any important app for any particular situation? Let me know in the comments what are the best chromecast apps according to your daily usage? I will try to update those here.

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Sumit Yadav
Hi, I'm Sumit, Being an introvert I have always been obsessed with technology-computers and spending time reading dozens of posts to learn, find answers out of my curiosity. I love to write as I explore more.

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