10 reasons to buy a Chromecast without a second thought

10 reasons to buy a Chromecast without a second thought

The first generation of the device, which hit the market in 2014, was very successful among users. Currently you can already find in stores the second and third generations of the accessory that turns an ordinary TV into a mirror to transmit content from your smartphone. If you’re in doubt about whether or not to buy a Chromecast, we’ll give you 10 reasons to buy one without a second thought.

1. Simplicity

It may not seem like it, but Chromecast brings a lot more simplicity to your life. The installation of the device itself is simple and does not require advanced knowledge. The instructions on the screen are extremely clear.

It only takes a few minutes to get everything set up, and after that, streaming content from your smartphone to the TV is very, very, very simple. Just touch the “Cast” button, found in apps that support Chromecast. You can stream videos from YouTube, Netflix, or music and video files stored on your PC.

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This is the first Chromecast / © NextPit

2. Multiplatform

The main competitor of Chromecast is Apple TV and Amazon Fire Stick. But guess what: Apple TV is mostly compatible with Apple devices, while Amazon’s gadget is not compatible with YouTube mirroring.

Chromecast, in turn, is multiplatform, although it does not fully support Amazon Prime Video. It can be used with any smartphone or tablet running Android, as well as with iPhones and iPads. Not to mention Windows computers, Macs and even Chromebooks.

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Chromecast brings YouTube and forgets Amazon Prime Video / © NextPit by Stella Dauer

3. Mirroring the screen of the phone or browser

Remember that I said above that just touch the “Cast” button to pass the content from the cell phone to the TV? This function is great, but it only exists in compatible apps. And when the app is not compatible with Chromecast? Well, then you can mirror the phone’s screen and even the Chrome browser. We have a tutorial here on the site with tips for you to spread the screen of different equipment on Chromecast:

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Mirror your PC to Chromecast / © NextPit (screenshot)

4. Everyone can use it without difficulty

It is common for a house to have more than one person with a smartphone, especially Android. Chromecast, once set up, allows others to cast content to the device without additional configuration. This possibility is great if you want to include friends and family in the fun. Imagine putting together a playlist for a party? Everyone with a smartphone can collaborate at the same time. To do this, just set up different profiles and environments in the app that manages Chromecast, Google Home:

Google HomeInstall on Google Play

5. Survive your TV

Smart TVs, despite being popularized, have not yet reached every home. In many homes there are still ordinary TVs, or TVs with slow systems and outdated apps. If you want to have internet on your TV, you no longer need to buy a new one. Just buy a Chromecast. It will give a few more years of life to your television. In other words, you add resources by spending a fraction of what you would spend on buying a new TV.

6. Faster than a slow Smart TV

Even if you have a Smart TV, Chromecast will redefine your smart TV concept. Since the second generation, Google has started to equip the accessory with three antennas that support different Wi-Fi frequencies. A special algorithm decides which band is best to use at the moment. Apps load much faster and the buffering time is significantly less. That is, less time loss, if your TV system is slow.

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Chromecast extends the life of your TV / © NextPit

7. Many compatible apps

Most large apps are already compatible with Chromecast. Do you like Netflix? It is compatible. Can’t live without your Spotify, Deezer, Google Play Music playlists? All of them are also compatible with spreading. Want to show some photos from your last trip? Cast on Google Photos! In fact, there are many compatible apps. Just take a brief survey to see the full list.

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Chromecast and its various compatible apps / © NextPit (screenshot)

8. Personalize your TV

Chromecast also lets you personalize your TV with beautiful background images. The images are obtained from sites such as 500px and Getty Images, but you can also transmit photos from your Facebook or Flickr albums. This ambient display can be interesting to make your living room, bedroom or office more interesting, in addition to the weather information that is displayed.

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You can customize your TV screen / © NextPit

9. Can you play on Chromecast

Yes, Chromecast is also compatible with games. You can play both alone and in multiplayer. Titles like Angry Birds Go !, WGT Golf, Driver Speedboat Paradise, Just Dance Now and SCRABBLE Blitz are compatible with the device.

10. Portability

Chromecast 2 is quite small. In addition, its HDMI cable fits magnetically on the back of the device, making it even easier to transport. So, even if you’re traveling, Chromecast fits anywhere and you can take it with you almost anywhere.

Do you already have a Chromecast? If so, what do you like most about it?