Imagine that you paid a subscription for Netflix. However, instead of watching Netflix on a mobile phone, you would like to curl up on a couch and watch it on TV. That’s where Chromecast kicks in!
So, what is Chromecast? It’s a device that you plug into your TV so you can stream videos (or only audio) from various services, using your mobile phone apps (such as Netflix). Note that you will need to connect both a mobile device and a Chromecast to the same WiFi.
The first generation of Chromecast was released on July 24, 2013. Being cheap and easy to set up, it attracted the attention of many Android users. A few years later, in October 2018, the third generation was released.
Best Chromecast Apps for Android
There are various apps that can be used with Chromecast. However, we have tested and reviewed the best Chromecast Apps for Android.
When talking about Chromecast, Netflix is the first app that comes to mind. It’s easy to connect and offers a wide variety of stuff to stream.
Usually, all streams will be in Full HD. If you have Chromecast Ultra, you can stream in resolutions up to 4K!
Of course, Netflix supports subtitles and alternative audio, such as other languages. The 5.1 Surround Sound is also available on some streams.
The app is free, and you can download it from the link below. However, you will have to pay subscription fees.
This is another, very useful app to use with Chromecast. It also allows you to play incompatible Chromecast media with transcoding.
Besides custom subtitles appearance, the app also has an integrated sleep-timer, full-screen image viewer and controller, and supports various shuffle modes.
As you can see on the screenshot, you can also stream music from popular HiFi brands, and save it to SD card.
You can also play media to your Android device, from other devices.
This is a very similar streaming service to Netflix. Many people even pay for both services. However, if you are looking for a way to cut down your expenses, you might want to consider a subscription only to 1 of these 2 services. So, which one is better?
At first, as Netflix subscription fees are going up, Hulu seems to be a better alternative. On the other hand, Hulu doesn’t support 4K. It doesn’t even support offline downloads. However, Hulu can give you live TV, which Netflix can’t.
Note that Hulu is available only in the United States. If you are not from the US, the decision is obviously to use Netflix.
After all, the number of supported devices is even. Both Netflix and Hulu support a wide variety of devices.
If you have decided to try Hulu app for your Chromecast, you can download it from the link below.
Obviously, this is a radio app, so there are no movies or TV shows to stream.
The app is free, without any hidden charges. However, you can choose to upgrade, which will cost you a little.
iHeartRadio offers around 20 genre stations, with more than 400,000 artists and 15 million songs. You can also create a custom station, according to an artist or preferred genre. However, you are not able to create a playlist of your favorite songs.
You can also upvote and downvote songs as they play, and see the current song score. Another bad thing is that you can’t record music while it’s playing.
However, the nice and intuitive interface, as well as tons of available music is what makes this app one of the best choices for radio streaming.
If you are an audiophile, you might be interested in The Best Google Chromecast Compatible Speakers.
Movies Anywhere is a digital bridge between movie vendors. What does it mean? Basically, you can buy a movie on iTunes, and once you link accounts through Movies Anywhere, the movie will be available on Google Play or Amazon apps on your phone. It’s like if you merged all accounts into one. Isn’t that great?
Also, you can watch movies in 4K and even download them to watch later. You can also watch a maximum of 4 streams at one time.
Note that Movies Anywhere is available only for US citizens. However, after you create an account with the US IP address, you can then use it anywhere. Also, the app seems to work perfectly, with no glitches or issues.
Pocket Casts is one of the world’s most powerful podcast platforms. You can enjoy your favorite shows without any kind of subscription.
The app algorithm automatically builds a playback queue, depending on the casts you listen to. You can also cut silences from episodes.
If you prefer, you can change the play speed anytime. The range usually goes from 0.5 up to 3x. There is also a Volume Boost option, which increases the volume while reducing the background noise.
There are various themes to customize your own interface. Colors will also automatically change, to suit the podcast artwork. The interface is intuitive, simple and very easy to use. If you like to listen to podcasts, this app is definitely the best choice for you.
Youtube and Youtube TV
Since Google is the owner of Youtube, it would be awkward if Chromecast was not supported. The setup process is incredibly easy – just connect mobile device and Chromecast to the same WiFi, tap the “Cast” button in the app, and that’s it.
Besides the usual Youtube videos, you can also watch Youtube TV. When you sign up, you can use it for free in the next 30 days. After the trial expires, you will have to pay a subscription fee of $49.99/month.
Youtube offers over 70 channels of sport, news, and entertainment. The interface is very nice and highly usable.
However, note that Youtube TV is available only in some regions of the United States.
Spotify is a great app for streaming music, video and podcasts. You can use basic functions for free, or upgrade for Spotify Premium.
Either way, you will have access to millions of songs from artists all around the world. There are also personalized features, like Discover Weekly, Daily Mix, and Release Radar. These features will give you great recommendations when you are not sure what to listen to.
You can also build collections of music, or even create your own radio stations.
Spotify is available on many devices, including computers, tablets, mobile phones, TVs and cars.
You can also use the “Cast” function on your Chrome browser. Besides casting tabs, you can cast your whole desktop to the TV. Or even cast music or video files.
It’s pretty easy to use. Just click on the 3-dots “more” button on the upper right side in your browser, and click on “Cast…”. If you are using this feature often, you might want to add a Cast button to the toolbar. When you click on “Cast…”, the button will be temporarily shown in the toolbar. Just right-click the button and choose “Always show icon”.
Twitch is the world’s leading streaming platform – but for gamers. There are tons of live streams in different game genres.
A few years ago, the most streamed games on Twitch were Counter-Strike and Dota 2. However, Twitch has evolved a lot, so you won’t feel that sameness among game streams again.
Streams are very reliable, and video issues are very, very rare. You can also broadcast yourself if you wish. Note that if you want Twitch to Chromecast from Web Player, you will need to install the Google Cast extension.
- What is the difference between Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra?
- Instead of maximum 1080p, Chromecast Ultra offers a 4K resolution and faster startup and streaming. However, the price is almost doubled.
- Why do I need a Chromecast?
- As mentioned, Chromecast can be very useful if you want to watch movies/listen to music or podcasts on a different device, then your mobile phone.
- Are There Any Chromecast Alternatives?
- Yes. Roku Streaming Stick+, Amazon Fire TV Cube, and Roku Ultra are great alternatives if you don’t want to use Chromecast.
Google Chromecast 3rd Generation
If you have decided to buy a Chromecast, be sure to check out the link below. Usually, the best products can be found directly on Amazon.
In The End
These are the best Chromecast Apps for Android. If you like to watch movies and/or listen to music, you should definitely check out Chromecast. After all, it’s not expensive and is really worth the money.
For all the podcasts lover, Pocket Casts is a perfect solution.
On the other hand, if you watch movies on a daily basis, you should definitely think about Netflix or Hulu subscription.
Have you used Chromecast before? What do you use it for? Please let us know in the comments below…