The ability for you to watch YouTube on your TV may not necessarily be limited by what kind of TV you have. Don’t be disheartened just because you haven’t gotten around to trading in your old TV model for a newer one. Whether it’s a non-smart, Smart, or Android/Apple TV, the action of casting your YouTube screen from your device to your television can be accomplished either way.
Casting may be necessary when you want to view a video that’s only available on YouTube with the benefits of a big screen. We all know how strenuous phones, tablets, and computer screens can be. By casting the feed to your TV, you can enjoy the visual and audio benefits that come with it.
Depending on the type of television you have, this is how you can cast YouTube to your TV.
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The fact that your television doesn’t have an in-built internet connection should not stop you from using it like one that does. Several streaming devices in the market can easily help you overcome this challenge. These include Chromecast, Roku, and Amazon Fire TV stick.
These devices are easy to set up and are readily available online. Do your research first to determine which one of the above meets your needs since they each come with their pros and cons.
Whether you have the Chromecast, Roku, or the Amazon Fire Stick, the mechanics are ideally the same. Start by connecting either of the sticks to the HDMI port on the back of your TV and powering them up through the attached USB cable (Setup instructions for all sticks come with the packaging). They should have internet connectivity when you’re done.
Once the newly converted smart TV is ready, click on the YouTube app on your phone to open it then tap on the Cast icon. The Cast icon is represented by a combination of a rectangle and the Wi-Fi symbol put together. As long as both your TV and phone/tablet are connected to the same Wi-Fi network, the Cast icon should be visible.
Roku and Amazon Fire come with their remote controls but for Chromecast, you can convert your phone and use it as a remote.
The good thing with using your phone as the remote control is that you can use it to scroll for the next videos you want to watch on YouTube and line them up without disrupting what’s currently playing on your TV.
Once you are done and wish to disconnect the TV from your phone/tablet/computer, tap again on the Cast icon and tap ‘Stop Casting’.
If your TV already comes with an internet connection, meaning that it’s a Smart TV, that’s already a battle half won.
To cast from your phone/tablet, start by connecting your smart TV to your Wi-Fi.
Some smart televisions come with pre-installed apps including YouTube and Netflix. If that’s the case, you can simply go to apps and select YouTube. That’s an easy option.
If this isn’t the case and you don’t have the YouTube app pre-installed on your TV, turn to your smartphone or tablet and open the YouTube app from there.
As long as both the TV and the phone are using the same internet connection, you should see a Cast icon at the top of your tablet or phone’s screen. Note that Casting can be accomplished on both Android and iOS devices so that shouldn’t worry you.
Next, tap on the Cast icon to see the screens sync up. This way, whichever app you play on your phone will be reflected on your TV screen.
Aside from the Smart and Android or Apple TVs which come with internet connectivity and therefore quick access to the YouTube app, you can settle for converting your older non-smart televisions models into smart devices.