With Chromecast, Google has increased the home theater experience and given users the ability to easily stream the internet to your TV. Not only is the device cheap and easy to use, it will also take up little to no space on your entertainment unit, allowing you to cast from your phone, tablet, or laptop by essentially using your device directly as a remote control. Even better, Chromecast supports a wide array of apps and services that will completely transform the way you entertain yourself.
With so many apps to choose from, it can be difficult to narrow down which are must-haves and which may just be a waste of time. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of the most useful Chromecast apps out there today.
You have the ability to add your own pictures to the Chromecast home screen background, but if you’re really looking for a more functional app, this is the one for you. While it does cost $0.99, this app allows you to cast local weather, traffic information, news headlines, and more. It may still be pretty new, but with more options on the way, this app will make your life much easier.
What began as a way to stream photos, videos, and music from your Android device to your TV has now gained the ability to stream media from cloud storage such as Dropbox as well. To top it off, Allcast even gives you the ability to stream to just about any receiver including Apple TV, Roku, Xbox, and many smart TVs. The free version of the app has limitations on streaming length, but the unlimited streaming option is only $5.
This handy app allows users to cast individual tabs to your Chromecast without forcing you to display everything else that may come across your screen. This is very helpful if you want to be able to use your device (check notifications, change apps, etc.) while everyone else can still see the tab you want.
Not only is this handy app is the best when it comes to streaming media from a computer to your phone, it may be one of the easier ways to stream to your TV as well. With just a couple of taps, your desktop can be displayed on your TV. The iOS app does cost $5, but you can use the Android version for free.
- Pocket Casts
If you enjoy podcasts, this app is for you! There may be many podcast apps out there, but Pocket Casts seems to be the front runner. The app does cost $4; however, this app is robust and so worth the price tag.
- Play Music
Google’s Play Music app serves as a subscription and a music locker. With this app, you can upload tons of songs to its cloud storage and stream to your Chromecast in no time.
In addition to these awesome apps, there are also some major apps with Chromecast support out there you must have:
- Hulu Plus
- HBO Go
- Google Play TV & Movies
- Watch ESPN
- iHeart Radio
Check out the Cast Store and stay up-to-date on all the exciting new Chromecast-enabled apps as they come out so you can be the first to try them out.