The Chromecast is probably the most popular video streaming device of all time. Even though it’s a small piece of hardware, it allows you to connect your TV to practically anything else in the house with a processor in it and that includes your Android phone. Chromecast used to be a bit more niche, but it’s the most popular streaming stick on the market now. Most major music and video streaming services come with it by default and, to be honest, lists like this one aren’t as necessary as they once were. Basically, anything that deals with images (or pictures), music, or video content has Chromecast support.
Price: Free / $4.69
BubbleUPnP is an application that allows you to float your media literally all over your house. It’s compatible with most current game systems, Roku, Chromecast, mobile devices, tablets, and more. That means you’ll be able to cast your photos, TV shows, movies, and music to virtually any WiFi-connected device in your home.
It also comes with cloud support. That means you can cast things from your Google Drive and other platforms to your Chromecast. It’s one of the must-have Chromecast apps. You can download it for free to check it out before forking out $4.69 for the pro version.
Price: Free (first 15GB) / Varies
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Google Photos is probably the best cloud storage for photographs. The service uploads all of your photos as long as your Google Drive space supports it. Of course, the app has Chromecast support as well. You can put your photos up on the screen. Additionally, you can create collections in Google Photos and use them as your background when you’re not casting anything.
I have personally done this with a small collection of 4k wallpapers so that my TV always looks crispy and gorgeous. You can always buy more Google Drive space if you need it.
Price: Free trial / $7.99-$11.99 per month / $39.99 per month
Hulu is one of the most popular Chromecast apps. It features current and modern TV shows along with a few movies. It’s also a good spot for anime fans. You can put shows on a watchlist and stream it to your TV via Chromecast. They also recently launched a TV service for $39.99 per month.
It includes over 50 channels. The UI is a little clunky, but nothing too serious. The live TV subscription also includes regular Hulu content as well and that makes it a decent bargain. You could definitely do worse. The Chromecast support is excellent as well.
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
iHeartRadio is a streaming service. It operates a lot like Pandora. There are stations that you can listen to that play certain types of music. There are also real radio stations that you can tap into. Of course, it also has Chromecast support. iHeartRadio is particularly great around the holidays as their holiday stations are second to none in most cases. It’s completely free to use as long as you can tolerate some advertising. It’s one of the better Chromecast apps for streaming random music.
Price: Free / $2.49
MediaMonkey is about your best option for casting to Chromecast with your local music. The app supports it and does an excellent job, although it doesn’t keep the icon on the front page like most others. You have to hit the 3-dot menu button to find the cast option. In any case, we quite like MediaMonkey. The music app doesn’t have the latest UI elements, but it’s highly functional.
The real deal is the integration with the desktop client that is about as close as Android ever came to an iTunes syncing experience. The desktop app also includes support for streaming to devices on the same network as well, which may work better in some instances. In any case, MediaMonkey is fairly powerful as long as you don’t mind the older UI.
Price: Free / Movie prices vary
Movies Anywhere is one of the newer Chromecast apps. It’s a movie aggregate service. It integrates with Google Play Movies, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and Disney Anywhere. The app has some bugs. However, it works pretty well for the most part. You buy a movie on any of the aforementioned services and they become available on this app.
This is one of the few ways to cast Amazon content to a Chromecast. It also opens up the movie streaming industry a bit. You can shop the sales on any of the aforementioned services and watch it here. The app itself is free. Movies on the various services cost money, obviously.
Price: Free trial / $9.99-$19.99 per month
Netflix is definitely one of the must-have Chromecast apps. Everyone knows what Netflix is, what it has, and what it costs so there really isn’t much new information here. It has been continuously updated and improved over the years and the developers have done well with keeping with the latest design trends.
Streaming is almost flawless as long as your connection holds out. Their selection is among the best and their original programming is considered on par with the best out there. It’s worth a shot since you can usually get a free trial for signing up.
Price: Free / $4.99-$9.99 per month
Pandora Radio is one of the most popular Chromecast apps out there. People have been using it for years to discover new music, listen to random radio stations based on their tastes, and more. It’s simple, it works well, and it’s compatible with virtually everything. That includes the Chromecast. Pandora, along with iHeartRadio, are excellent apps to just toss on the TV and jam out for a while.
You can pay $4.99 per month to get rid of advertisements. Alternatively, you’ll soon be able to get Pandora Premium for $9.99 per month. That will allow for on-demand streaming of any song in their library. It’s a heavy hitter and it’s a must for Chromecast owners.
Price: Free / $0.99 / $3.99 per month
Plex has consistently been one of the best Chromecast apps available. Plex streams video content from your computer to almost anywhere. The app lets you stream it from your computer to your phone and then directly to the Chromecast. It takes a bit of time to set up because you need a home server on your computer, but it works great once you do.
You’ll be able to use most of the features with the free version. However, you will need to fork out a small, one-time fee to use the Android app. You can also get Plex Pass for $3.99 per month. That adds more services and features on top of what you can already do. It’s powerful and the best way to get video from your computer to your TV without a bunch of cables.
Price: Free / $4.49
Podcast Addict is one of the best podcast apps and it also has Chromecast support. The UI is a little basic, but it otherwise does everything you would expect a podcast player to do. You can search for, follow, and download over one million different podcasts. Additionally, the app works with audiobooks, live streams, YouTube, SoundCloud, and radio.
The Chromecast functionality works as expected and we had no problems using it during our testing. The app is free with ads or $4.49 for the full version. Pocket Casts and Doggcatcher are good alternatives with Chromecast support.
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Price: Free / $1.99
Solid Explorer is one of many file explorers out there. However, this one comes with Chromecast support. It’s also pretty awesome. You’ll get a Material Design interface, dual pane support, and all of the basic features you’d expect from a file manager. It even supports FTP, SFPT, WebDav, and SMB/CIFS protocols along with cloud storage support.
You can pick up a 14-day free trial by downloading the app. After that, it’s $1.99 to keep it for good. It’s a great way to stream your locally stored content and cloud storage content. It’s also great for file management. We recommend this as sort of a catch-all for anything on your phone the other apps on the list don’t cover.
Price: Free with ads / $9.99 per month
Spotify took its sweet time getting on the train when it came to Chromecast support. However, it finally did and now it’s one of the best Chromecast apps out there. The streaming service itself has over 30 million tracks along with various radio stations, video content, podcasts, and more. It’s currently the reigning king when it comes to popularity in the streaming business.
It’s also compatible with most devices. The $9.99 per month plan gets you in the door while the $14.99 per month plan is their family plan (supports up to six people). They also offer discounts for college students. Google Play Music is another excellent music streaming service with Chromecast support. There is a Lite version of this app. However, it’s not as good as the full version.
VRV and Funimation
Price: Free / $9.99 per month
VRV is one of the newer Chromecast apps. It’s a conglomeration of anime and cartoons streaming channels. Some of them include Crunchyroll, HiDive, RiffTrax, and Geek & Sundry. The app was quite buggy at launch, but has gotten more stable over time. The Chromecast support is pretty good and we experienced no problems during testing.
This is better than getting an individual subscription to any of these services, although you do miss out on some special rewards for things like Rooster Teeth First or Crunchyroll. This is an outstanding video service, especially for anime fans. You can pick up Funimation (also with Chromecast support) and have enough anime to keep you busy for years.
YouTube, YouTube Music, and Google Play Music
Price: Free / $9.99-$12.99 per month
The YouTube family is arguably the best video and music streaming combination on the Internet. They also all make for great Chromecast apps. YouTube has enough content for multiple lifetimes and YouTube Music is a music streaming extension of that. Google Play Music is kind of in the background these days, but its Chromecast support is still there and it still works well. Between these three apps, you should be able to find any song you could possibly want to listen to and find some fun and entertaining video content to go along with it.
You can use YouTube for free. The $12.99 per month subscription removes ads, unlocks all of Google Play Music’s features, and gives you better YouTube music support. We just wish YouTube would focus more on its users than its ad partners when it comes to promoting content, but you can’t win them all.
Any live TV apps
Price: Free / Varies
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Live TV apps are huge right now. The main competitors include Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu, PlayStation Vue, and DirecTV Now. We talked about Hulu earlier because it has a binge-watch service like Netflix. However, the other four all have Chromecast support as well. There are a variety of options. Sling TV offers an a la carte style while YouTube TV has a set number of channels for a single price. We have a video comparing all five of them just below if you want to see the differences. Their costs vary and their quality varies. However, they all work with your Chromecast.