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How to watch Apple TV+ on your Chromecast

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So you're a fan of excellent Apple TV+ shows such as Severance, Ted Lasso, Palm Royale, and Silo, but on the hardware side of things, you're more of a Chromecast or Google TV kinda guy, and that's fine.

Whether you have a Chromecast dongle device, such as a Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra, or even the newer Chromecast with Google TV, or perhaps you have a smart TV or projector with Google TV or Chromecast built-in, rest assured you can watch all your Apple TV+ movies and shows without having to get an Apple TV set-top box. Here’s what you need and what to do!

Difficulty

Easy

Duration

5 minutes

What You Need

  • A Chromecast device, such as an Ultra or Chromecast with Google TV

  • Apple TV+ account

  • Apple TV app

  • Internet connection

An episode of Monarch: Legacy of Monsters on Apple TV+ playing in the Chrome browser.
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How to watch Apple TV+ through a Chromecast

Before we gat all fancy, let's start with how to cast Apple TV+ to a Chromecast device, such as a Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra HDMI-based dongle.

Step 1: The Apple TV app can't be cast to Chromecast — not from a smartphone or a desktop computer app — but Apple TV+ can be cast to a Chromecast from the Chrome web browser on a computer. It doesn't work from a Chrome browser on a smartphone, like an iPhone or Android device, unfortunately.

To do this, first connect the Chromecast dongle to the HDMI input you want to watch on, such as a TV, computer monitor, or even a projector.

Step 2: Make sure the Chromecast device is set up and connected to the same Wi-Fi network as the computer.

Step 3: In the Chrome browser, navigate to the Apple TV+ website and log in using your Apple ID account credentials.

Step 4: Next, find something you want to watch and play it — you might want to pause it while you carry out the next steps so you don't miss anything.

Step 5: Now you're going to want to "Cast" the program to your Chromecast, which can be done one of two ways. The first is to right mouse click in the browser and select Cast... from the menu. The second is to go to the three dots menu in the top-right corner and select Save and share and then Cast... (see the image below).

The Cast selections on the Chrome browser for playing Apple TV+ on Chromecast.
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Step 6: You then see and Chromecast (or Chromecast built-in) devices available to cast to. In our example below, "Abby's Bedroom TV" has a Chromecast Ultra connected to it. Select the Chromecast device you want.

Selecting the Chromecast device to cast Apple TV+ to.
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Step 7: The Apple TV+ content in the Chrome browser will appear on your Chromecast-connected device's screen, and you will control the playback through the Chrome browser.

Step 8: It's worth noting that this method will also work with devices like TVs and projectors (and even connected speakers) that have Google's "Chromecast built-in" feature baked in to them. If they are connected to your Wi-Fi network as well, you will see them and be able to select them from the device list in the Cast menu.

A Chromecast hanging from the back of a TV.
Google

How to watch Apple TV+ on a Google Chromecast with Google TV

Chromecast has come a long way since its earlier dongles that had to be controlled with the casting source device. Enter the Google Chromecast with Google TV, one of the best streaming devices you can buy that has the intuitive Google TV operating system built right into to. That means that, like Roku and tvOS and Amazon Fire TV operating systems, Google TV is a full-featured streaming platform that you can install streaming service apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and, yes, Apple TV+ to.

The Google TV OS is available on a growing range of TVs, and, of course, is the backbone of the Chromecast with Google TV.

To watch Apple TV+ on a Chromecast with Google TV, all you have to do is add the app to the device.

Google TV Search function.
Google

How to install the Apple TV app on Chromecast with Google TV

Step 1: If you haven’t already done so, head to the Apple TV+ website and sign up using your Apple account. Or, you can get it through your iPhone or other Apple device pretty easily too. It’s $10 per month, and you get a seven-day free trial when you begin. Apple generally offers at least a few free months if you buy a new Apple product like an iPhone, too.

Step 2: Now, go get the Apple TV app. In the Chromecast with Google TV's menu, head to the Apps section and select Search for apps (depending on your version of Google TV), or just Search for Apple TV and it should give you results for the app in the Google Play Store.

Step 3: Install the app and open it when done. You'll need to sign in with your Apple ID. That's it. Alternatively, you can also install the Apple TV (or any other app, for that matter) on a smartphone or tablet through the Google Play Store and select your Chromecast with Google TV when you install it there.

Apple TV+ home page with the show Physical.
Apple

Start finding shows you want to watch

Step 1: You should now be able to use the app just as you would from an Apple device. Scout out the shows that you are interested in and you can add them to your Google TV Watchlist to view later.

Step 2: Note that Apple’s recommendations can span across several services, so you may see recommendations from Hulu, Prime Video, and others appear here — much like how Google TV itself works.

Additionally, your Apple Family Sharing plan will work with Google TV as well, allowing up to six people to log in with their Apple IDs and watch shows on their own, all-on-one subscription.

Apple TV app on Chromecast with Google TV
Google

Use Google features to manage your Apple TV+ shows

A final note about watching Apple TV+ on a Chromecast — in addition to using Watchlist, you can also search and control playback with Google Assistant. You don’t lose any capabilities because you are watching Apple content!

Derek Malcolm
Derek Malcolm is a Toronto-based technology journalist, editor, and content specialist whose work has appeared in…
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