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What to do if you lose the remote for your Chromecast with Google TV – Review Geek



A photo of the Chromecast with Google TV Voice Remote.
Justin Duino

Oh, it looks like the bank has claimed another Chromecast with Google TV remote. Google sells replacement voice remotes for $ 20, but until it gets to you you̵

7;ll need to control your Chromecast with Google TV from a phone, tablet, laptop, or wireless gamepad. Here’s how to get it done.

Order a replacement first

Huzzah! Replacement voice remotes for the Chromecast with Google TV are available in all colors from the Google Store. You can buy one for $ 20 and have it delivered in a few days. The new remote should automatically pair with your Chromecast. If not, you can hold the “Home” and “Back” buttons to force it into pairing mode.

If you can’t wait for a new remote to arrive, you will need to control your Chromecast from a phone or tablet using the Android TV Remote Control app. You can also cast content directly from your phone, tablet or laptop via the Google Cast protocol, or use a wireless gamepad such as the Xbox or PlayStation controller as a remote control.

Use the Android TV Remote Control App

Screenshots of Android TV Remote Control app.
Google

While you’re waiting for your replacement Voice Remote, try controlling your Chromecast with the official Android TV Remote Control app. It has most of the features of a physical Voice Remote, including a D-pad, a Google Assistant button for voice commands, and volume control via your phone’s physical volume buttons. You can also type from the Remote Control app, which makes searching for shows and movies a little easier.

Download the “Android TV Remote Control” app from Google Play or the Apple App Store and connect to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast. Once you accept some terms and conditions, the Remote Control app will show you a list of available devices to control. Select your ‘Chromecast with Google TV’ then type the code displayed on your TV to pair your Chromecast with the Remote Control app.

Cast from your phone, tablet or computer

Screenshots from Netflix and Hulu with the cast button in the shade.
Hulu, Netflix

When all else fails, you can cast videos directly to your Chromecast from your smartphone using Google TV. Casting is easy, takes seconds, and it works on any Android device, iOS device, or computer with the Chrome browser. Plus, you don’t need any additional apps for casting, so it’s useful when you’re in a hurry.

To cast content directly to your Chromecast with Google TV, you must first make sure that your smartphone and Chromecast are on the same Wi-Fi network. Then start a streaming app such as Netflix or YouTube on your smartphone. You should see a ‘Google Cast’ button (pictured above) in the top or bottom right corner of your screen. Press it and select your Chromecast. Now any movie, show or video you select on your phone will be instantly cast to your TV.

If you want to cast from a computer, open ‘Chrome’ and press the ‘More’ button at the top right of your screen. Then choose ‘Cast’ and select which device you want to cast to. Keep in mind that this only works in the Chrome browser and your laptop or desktop must be connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast.

While casting from your phone or laptop may seem a little clunky, it has its advantages. For example, if you don’t have the Netflix app on your Chromecast, you can bypass the download and login process by casting the video directly from your phone. You can also cast your phone screen, your browser window or photos directly to the Chromecast – three incredible tricks that are impossible if you only use the Voice Remote.

Connect a gamepad

A photo of the PS5 and Xbox controllers.
Sony, Microsoft

If you don’t want to control your Chromecast from your phone or tablet, try a wireless gamepad. Your third-party Xbox, PlayStation, or game controller can connect to the Chromecast via Bluetooth and serve as a convenient replacement for your missing remote. You might even prefer the gamepad over Google’s oddly shaped Voice Remote.

Chromecast with the main Google TV settings button

Pairing a gamepad with your Chromecast is easy and the controller will automatically connect to the Chromecast when you turn it on. Unfortunately, we have to go to Google TV settings to set up a wireless controller. Since you have already lost your Voice Remote, it means that you need to download the Android TV Remote Control app on your phone or tablet. (Scroll to the previous section for information about the Android TV Remote Control app.)

Chromecast with Google TV Bluetooth menu

After you set up the Android TV Remote Control app, use it to scroll to the main menu on your Google TV home screen and select your profile picture on the right. Then open the ‘Settings’ shortcut, go to ‘Remote control and accessories’ and select ‘Add accessory’. Put your gamepad into pairing mode and select it when it appears on the screen. (To put an Xbox controller into pairing mode, press and hold the “Sync” button. If you’re using a PS4 or PS5 controller, press and hold the “PS” and “Share” buttons simultaneously.)




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