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Best apps for Chromecast and Chromecast Audio

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Chromecast and Chromecast Audio have been a big hit for Google. They both piggyback off of tablets, smartphones and other Wi-Fi devices to bring new experiences to your TV screens or speakers. Chromecast turns your 'dumb' TV into a smart TV, and Chromecast Audio streams audio to almost any speaker. Beam web browsers, streaming services and games from your device to your TV, or any audio to your speakers. The collection of compatible apps is growing too, so here's our list of the best Chromecast and Chromecast Audio apps.

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The Chromecast app collection is always growing, and here are the best of 'em. / © AndroidPIT

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Movie and TV subscription services

Netflix

Netflix was one of the first streaming services available on TV. It has gone through many changes over the years – for better or worse – but you have some slick options available to you now. Note that Chromecast for Netflix is limited to Android devices with Android 4.1 or higher.

With Netflix on your Chromecast you can stream the entire Netflix library of movies and TV shows, in 1080p depending on your Wi-Fi connection. You can get HD videos with the standard HD plan that costs around $10 a month. 

Netflix on your Chromecast includes some decent features. You can have subtitles, audio dubbing and Surround Sound. And while you do get a good selection of movies and shows, the price is pretty high and Netflix has been increasing its prices and will likely do so again in the future. 

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Netflix gives you a large variety of movies and shows to stream. / © AndroidPIT

Netflix Install on Google Play

Hulu Plus

Hulu, like Netflix, is a great TV show and movie-watching service, where you can stream unlimited amounts of either on your Android smartphone or tablet for $7.99 per month. It has received high acclaim for offering a great selection and the latest episodes of your favorite shows, such as Family Guy, Sons of Anarchy, and Gotham.

All of this, of course, can be beamed from your smartphone or tablet to your TV via the wonderful Chromecast.

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Watch an unlimited amount of movies and TV shows with Hulu Plus. / © Hulu

Hulu: Watch TV & Stream Movies Install on Google Play

HBO Now

HBO Now, like HBO Go, is a standalone streaming service that doesn't require a cable subscription package. For $14.99 per month with HBO Now, you can have access to your favorite HBO shows not just on your phone, but also through Chromecast. Enjoy shows like Game of Thrones or The Wire on the big screen, without paying for cable.

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Enjoy HBO's massive hits on the big screen without paying for cable. / © HBO

HBO NOW Install on Google Play

Apps for streaming from your smartphone to your TV

MegaCast

MegaCast is a unique and powerful Chromecast app. You can play any video without any restrictions, with real time transcoding. If Chromecast does not support the video, MegaCast will convert the video right there without a wait. There are no delays or geo-restrictions.

MegaCast is one of the first Chromecast players with real time conversion support. You don't have to worry about support for videos anymore. It allows you to watch any video for free with just one click. That includes any clip you have on your phone or tablet.

Once you have videos downloaded on your device, you can sort them into folders to make it easier to find them. There are lots of options in the Settings to enhance your experience. You can change the subtitles, the background transparency or choose the video quality to get the most out of the app.

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You can sort and find your media easily with MegaCast. / © AndroidPIT

MegaCast - Chromecast player Install on Google Play

AllCast

AllCast, from legendary developer Koushik Dutta, is one of the original and best Chromecast streaming apps. AllCast not only works with Chromecast, it can also be used to stream to your Amazon Fire TV, Xbox 360, Roku, Apple TV and more. Note that the free version has a five-minute viewing limit per session, so consider forking out the US$4.99 for the premium version.

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AllCast was one of the original Chromecast apps, and it's still one of the best. / © AndroidPIT

AllCast Install on Google Play

VideoStream

VideoStream is the VLC of Chromecast streaming: it plays everything. With no need for different codecs or plugins, VideoStream simply streams content from your laptop or PC direct to your Chromecast-equipped TV. That's right, this is actually a Chrome extension for your computer, but once it's installed, you just need to grab the VideoStream Remote app from the Play Store and you can control everything from your phone or tablet.

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From a phone, laptop or tablet, VideoStream just works. / © Team VideoStream

Videostream Chromecast: Mobile Install on Google Play

BubbleUPnP

The Chromecast already does a great job at streaming most things you throw it at directly from different devices, but BubbleUPnP acts as a great bridge to let you stream things from different DLNA devices, media servers and cloud storage services.

BubbleUPnP has some nifty Chromecast-specific features too, such as transcoding various media formats that are incompatible with Chromecast by default so that they work with the dongle. Rounding off the great features is a playback queue, which lets you line up media from various different devices to play on your Chromecast.

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BubbleUPNP is a great hub of all your DLNA and UPnP devices, whose content you can then stream to Chromecast. / © Bubblesoft

BubbleUPnP for DLNA/Chromecast Install on Google Play

Plex

Plex is a personal multimedia app that lets you stream your videos, music, photos and home movies to your Android phone from any computer which is running Plex Media Server. It enables media syncing from your phone, as well as from Google Drive, Dropbox and other cloud storage services.

And now it goes a step further with Chromecast support: you can enjoy the services Plex has to offer on your HDTV. The mobile app costs US$4.99 on the Play Store.

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Sync, organize and view your media with Plex. / © Plex, Inc.

Plex for Android Install on Google Play

Music streaming

Spotify

It was only in 2015 that Spotify support was added for Chromecast, but we're glad it was. Now we can enjoy our favorite music streaming service on our TV, with more than 30 million songs to choose from in an intuitive user interface. This is a must-have Chromecast app. 

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Now you can enjoy your favorite music-streaming service with Chromecast. / © Spotify

Spotify Music Install on Google Play

Pandora

Pandora needs little introduction as a streaming radio app, but it is Pandora's Chromecast support that earns it a spot on this list. The best thing is, you probably already have Pandora on your phone, so there's no need to install anything else since it works with Chromecast already. If you're not already using Pandora, then give it a try and access up to 100 personalized radio stations for free.

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Pandora needs no introduction, but did you know it already works with Chromecast? / © Pandora

Pandora® Radio Install on Google Play

Deezer

Offering a consistently excellent alternative to the likes of Spotify, Deezer is particularly great for those listeners who are into rarities and live albums. The interface recently underwent an aesthetic overhaul, too. Deezer's library varies between countries, but it actually comprises more songs (about 40 million) than Spotify (around 30 million).

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Deezer is a superb alternative to some of the more popular services. / © AndroidPIT

Deezer - Songs & Music Player Install on Google Play

iHeartRadio

With thousands of radio stations to choose from, this easy-to-use app lets you tune in and start listening to your favorite music for free. The iHeartRadio app also features sophisticated algorithms to create custom stations for you based on your favorite music, and also lets you tune in to live radio and the occasional live music event. It's designed to work with your Chromecast, making it the best music-streaming app currently available for the dongle.

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iHeartRadio is the best music-streaming app available for ChromeCast. / © iHeartMedia

iHeartRadio Free Music & Radio Install on Google Play

Games for Chromecast

Big Web Quiz

There are few games that feel as perfectly matched to the Chromecast as Big Web Quiz. Little wonder, considering it was developed by Google's in-house Creative Lab. With this app, you and four friends compete against each other in answering trivia questions as quickly as possible. Each of you answers them on your own device, while the questions and overall scoreboard are displayed on the big screen.

Questions are drawn from the Google Knowledge Graph, so are always up-to-date and refer to the most recent events happening in the world, as well as historical events, and other (sometimes crazy) categories.

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Big Web Quiz is the best game designed with the Chromecast in mind. / © Google Creative Lab

Big Web Quiz Install on Google Play

Just Dance Now

Ubisoft has made its popular Wii game available for the Chromecast. Keep a firm grip on your smartphone, get dancing, and Just Dance will evaluate your performance. The app features an online multiplayer mode, ads and in-app purchases.

Just Dance Now Install on Google Play

GamingCast

For $1.99, GamingCast brings some classic games to your television while using Chromecast and your mobile device. Choose from Snake, Pong, Xonix or Tetris and try it out for yourself on your giant screen. While the selection is rather limited now, the developer has promised to bring more classic titles to the app in the near future.

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Play Snake at a whole new level. / © Eli Sherer

GamingCast (for Chromecast) Install on Google Play

CastPad for Chromecast

While development of this app seems to have been all but given up on, and its full potential may never be fully realized, CastPad is the best sketching app around for the Chromecast. You're essentially given a blank screen to doodle, paint, draw, and spray-can to your heart's content.

Considering all the great drawing-based family games out there, like Pictionary, the potential for fun here is vast. It works a little erratically at times, but show your support by downloading it and maybe – just maybe – it'll receive another update at some point. The last update was in April of 2016.

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CastPad may be overdue for an update, but it's still the best sketchpad for the Chromecast. / © Hillman Works

CastPad for Chromecast Install on Google Play

Pocket Casts

Pocket Casts is one of the highest-rated apps on Android, and one of its finest no-nonsense podcast managers. You can not only stream, but download, all your favorite podcasts, then set up a playlist to beam to your Chromecast. It supports both audio and video streams, and has a neat interface that's in line with Lollipop's Material Design.

Amusingly, when we got in touch with the developers to ask about Pocket Casts' success story, they attributed it to a mixture of "blind luck" and "pure skill". There you have it, the formula for a successful app...

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Pocket Casts is a shining example of how good Android apps can be. / © Shifty Jelly

Pocket Casts Install on Google Play

Free streaming apps

Crackle

It may not be the highest-brow film streaming service out there, but Crackle has a great easy-watching selection available for free. You aren't going to find the latest and greatest content, but with films like Men In Black, Bad Boys, and Snatch, it's a great trip down memory lane for those of us who grew up in the Nineties and Noughties.

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Crackle is a free movie streaming service whose library is filled with some not-quite-Oscar-winning classics. / © Crackle

Crackle - Free TV & Movies Install on Google Play

Vevo

With VEVO, you’ll be the first to know when a new video relating to your favorite musical artists is out, at which point you can stream it from your device to your TV to enjoy it in all its full HD glory. It's not only official music videos that you can enjoy there, but also exclusive shows and live performances – all for free.

You can curate your own music video channels to share with others, or listen to video playlists created by other people with similar (or differing) tastes.

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VEVO lets you check out the latest music videos and then cast them to your TV. / © VEVO

Vevo - Watch HD Music Videos Install on Google Play

BBC iPlayer

For our UK audience, the BBC iPlayer app is one of the best you can use if you have bought yourself a Chromecast dongle. It lets you watch live TV, and stream the latest programs from one of the best broadcasters of television in the world. Expect plenty of nature documentaries narrated by honey-voiced David Attenborough, incisive documentaries, panel shows, and plenty of classy, understated mini-series. Unfortunately for our US audience, the app is geo-restricted.

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BBC's ubiquitous iPlayer works on Chromecast. / © Media Applications Technologies for the BBC

BBC iPlayer Install on Google Play

Other Chromecast apps

MyCastScreen

You can now add your own pictures to the Chromecast homescreen background, but if you’re looking for something with a little bit more functionality, check out MyCastScreen. The app itself costs $0.99 and lets you cast cards with the time and date, local weather and traffic information, as well as news headlines. While it is still pretty new, the developer promises that more options and customizations are on the way.

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The time and date, local weather, traffic information and news with MyCastScreen. / © musicalbigfoot

MyCastScreen Install on Google Play

Dayframe

Want to turn your television into a giant slideshow while entertaining? With Dayframe, you can cycle through your favorite social media photos and have them displayed on your television. The app connects to a bunch of different social media services, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Google+, among others. Not only can you search your own photos, but you can also have it choose a bunch of random topics for you.

The app itself is free, but shows a small logo at the top of the screen. In order to get rid of it, you’ll need to upgrade to the Prime version for $0.99.

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Rotate through your favorite social media photos and have them displayed on your TV. / © cloud.tv

Dayframe (Photos & Slideshow) Install on Google Play

Cast Store

Is our list not enough for you? Make sure to check out the Cast Store, which gathers all Chromecast-compatible apps together in easy-to-find categories, so that you don’t have to search high and low in the Google Play Store.

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Find out about all the different apps to use with Chromecast. / © GoKo

Cast Store for Chromecast Apps Install on Google Play

Have we missed your favorite Chromecast apps? Let us know what we're missing in the comments and maybe we'll include it next time round!

27 comments

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  • Plex is alright for a computer interface, but younity works better for mobile casting and is cheaper.

  • Bloomberg's business apps support Chromecast.

  • You Forget About RaysCast ,Its Can Play All Local And Server Content

  • Tunein radio is also pretty good

  • Erik Bye 8 months ago Link to comment

    My friend and I have developed a bunch of games for Chromecast. We'd love it if tried them and gave us some feedback - beardcocoon dot com

  • babubabu 9 months ago Link to comment

    I really would like to suggest you to install the Podcast APP “CastBox” onto your mobile phone through Google Play. It is a geogerous multi-channel radio product for your enjoying best audio as you like, no matter you need free music while you are on the way driving or the story during bedtime before a nice dream. You can find different sources of news English learning channels on a podcast app as well.

  • I would like to suggest our Pictionary style party game Cast-a-Draw (www.castadraw.com). Crafted to be kid friendly, and the picture taking instead of writing names makes it super quick to get to the game.

  • Chester 11 months ago Link to comment

    Great article. For those who live outside US like me, you can access Netflix, Hulu and similar media stations on your Chromecast by using UnoTelly or similar tools.

  • petardun 11 months ago Link to comment

    there is a new app for android that transcodes the files on the fly on the phone and can stream avi, mkv, 3gp and any other file to Chromecast, its called Megacast

  • Another great free app that uses Chromecast is CLIQUED.tv. It's a social display tool for restaurants and other businesses to engage with their customers. Check it out!

  • it's a shame given that this tech is available worldwide but the apps and content are geologically fenced....not the global village we all deserve...

  • RockIt Karaoke is definitely an amazing app for anyone who enjoys karaoke.

  • ScubaLisa Jan 23, 2015 Link to comment

    MemoryCast game. Simple and fun. Oh and the scramble and swap mode are not simple they are wicked hard and fun!

  • Appsman Jan 21, 2015 Link to comment

    One of the best apps for 2015 is RockIt Karaoke, it allows me to stream karaoke songs on my tv with chromecast and apple tv, The song catalog is one of the most largest I've ever seen and its very well organized by artists or music genres, another big advantage is that it doesn't require any subscription.

    Available on the app store

  • Tunein radio, 8tracks, and ES file explorer's chromecast plugin works great for downloaded files

  • Though I still have not created an app for my own project you might like to test it out!
    Check it out at www.seemiyah.com

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