If you want to get a Chromecast and you do not have a smart TV, this post will show you if it will be necessary for you to also have a smart TV and what the differences are between the two.
It is not necessary for you to have a smart TV in order to use Chromecast. As long as you can plug the Chromecast into the display’s HDMI port then it will be possible for you to use Chromecast with the display.
In fact, smart TVs have a lot of features that Chromecast offers. If you end up getting a smart TV, it may not be necessary for you to get a Chromecast.
On the other hand, getting a Chromecast, can effectively turn a non-smart TV into a smart TV and can save you the money of having to buy a smart TV.
Do you need a smart TV to use Chromecast?
It is not necessary to have a smart TV in order to use Chromecast. In fact, you can use most types of TVs, screens and monitors with Chromecast.
The way it works is you plug the Chromecast into the TV or monitor then you sync the Chromecast with the device you are using.
After that the Chromecast will act as an input into your TV or monitor and will display whatever is being streamed from your device to your Chromecast.
All that is necessary is that it is possible to plug your Chromecast into the TV or monitor you want to use. Ideally, it will have an HDMI port that you can directly plug the Chromecast into.
If it does not have a HDMI port, it is not such an issue because you can just get an adapter that will allow you to plug the Chromecast into the TV or monitor.
How to use Chromecast on a non-smart TV?
If your non-smart TV has a HDMI port, all that is necessary is to plug the Chromecast into the HDMI port and then to sync the Chromecast with the device you are using as shown in the instructions.
If your TV does not have an HDMI port, it will still be possible for you to use the Chromecast with the TV. However, it will be necessary for you to get an adapter so that you can plug the Chromecast into the TV.
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Do you need Chromecast if you have a smart TV?
If you have a smart TV, it may be the case that your TV can do most of what a Chromecast can do.
If your TV is able to stream your favorite services such as Netflix, Youtube or Disney Plus then it will be less necessary for you to get a Chromecast.
If the TV is also able to stream from your phone, then it will also be even less necessary for you to get a Chromecast and it will probably be a waste of money for you.
That is unless the TV is not able to stream from your device particularly well, in that case you may want to consider getting a Chromecast.
If you own other displays that you want to be able to stream to, then a Chromecast would become much more worthwhile since it will effectively allow you to use more displays like your smart TV.
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What can you use with Chromecast?
You can use Chromecast with most displays. As mentioned above, by plugging the Chromecast into a display, the Chromecast acts as an input source.
It receives the stream coming from your device and then inputs it to the display.
With that being the case, if you can plug the Chromecast, into the display, it will probably be possible for you to use Chromecast with it. It is even possible to plug Chromecast into computer monitors.
What is the difference between Chromecast and a smart TV?
A Chromecast is a device that you plug into a display which then allows the display to show the stream that is being sent to the Chromecast from the device that you have connected with the Chromecast.
Whereas, a smart TV is a TV that has built-in features that allow you to do things such as to watch shows on Netflix or to display what is being displayed on your smartphone or laptop.