Getting your hayu fix on the big screen doesn't require a smart TV.
hayu is a service that unfortunately isn't as ubiquitously available as Netflix. The latter is either included as standard on your average Smart TV or can be quickly downloaded onto said device via a trip to the manufacturer's in-built app store.
What do you do if a: your particular TV doesn't carry the hayu app, or b: you own a "dumb TV" that doesn't offer any kind of store at all to expand your viewing choices? You still have options. The fandangle device known as Google Chromecast can bridge the gaps and get you viewing in no time. Essentially, you hook it up to a spare HDMI port on your TV, then you can beam hayu directly to said screen from your phone, tablet or computer. How is this magic possible and is setting up Chromecast a difficult procedure? Let's find out together.
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How to set up hayu on Google Chromecast
No matter which model of Google Chromecast you have, setting up hayu is a cinch to do. Just follow these simple steps:
- Find a spare HDMI port on your TV (normally on the side or the back of the unit).
- Connect your Chromecast's power cable into a nearby mains outlet.
- Press the AUX or AV button on your remote to switch your TV to the appropriate HDMI channel.
- If this is a fresh install of Chromecast, you'll need to do the on-screen steps to locate and sign in to your home Wi-Fi network. Typically this requires the login details supplied by your ISP.
- Access the hayu app on your mobile device (it can be downloaded for free on the App Store or Google Play). Alternatively, load up the Google Chrome web browser on your desktop (Mac or PC).
- Locate the "cast" icon (it looks like this ) and tap or click it.
- In the pop-up that appears, tap your Google Chromecast.
- Select a movie or TV show and tap play to beam it on over to your TV.
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Frequently asked questions
Have a look at these FAQs if you're having trouble setting up or watching hayu on Google Chromecast.
Why can't I see the Chromecast symbol in hayu?
If the "cast" icon is playing hide-and-seek on you in the Google Chrome web browser or official hayu app, make sure of the following:
- Your mobile device or computer along with your Chromecast are all connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
- Make sure to have the latest version of the hayu app on your mobile device.
- When naming your Chromecast, resist the urge to throw in some emojis as it cannot contain any special characters.
- If you're running an older version of the Google Chrome browser, make sure the Chromecast extension is installed and that your computer and Chromecast are on the same network.
Why isn't hayu connecting to my Google Chromecast?
If the cast button is appearing on your device but the handshake between them isn't happening, try the IT professional's solution and reboot everything. If that doesn't work, double-check that all your devices are on the same Wi-Fi network and the hayu app is up-to-date.
How do I turn Chromecast off?
By default, Google Chromecast will enter into a low-power standby mode when you switch off your TV or change HDMI inputs. Yank out that Chromecast power cable if you want it completely off.
How do I switch hayu back to my mobile device or computer?
Click the "cast" icon and select your device from the list to stop streaming hayu to your TV and go back to watching it on your device's smaller screen.
Can I use Chromecast on different TVs?
Sure thing. As long as they have a free HDMI port to plug it into you can easily move the Chromecast dongle between TVs. If this new TV is on the same Wi-Fi signal as the previous one, Chromecast will work with no fuss. If it's a new network, get set to go through the set-up again.
Can I use my Chromecast when I travel?
You may absolutely jetset with it. Just be aware that some hotels or schools have unorthodox Wi-Fi set-ups that can stop Chromecast from working optimally.