22 best Chromecast apps for Android

by: Joe HindyJune 1, 2015

best chromecast apps
The Chromecast is quickly becoming a staple in most home theater set ups. 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. Here is a short list of the essential Chromecast apps that pretty much everyone should have.

allcast best chromecast appsAllCast

[Price: $4.99]
AllCast is an application that was developed specifically to stream your locally stored content to your TV. It is compatible with Roku, Apple TV, various game consoles, and, of course, the Chromecast. All you need is some stuff on your device such as movies or photos and you can immediately start streaming. It’s a bit expensive at $4.99 but you can get a free version to try it before you buy it to make sure it works for you.
Get it on Google Play

bubbleupnp best chromecast appsBubbleUPnP

[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. The way it works is you set it up on your computer and then play your stuff on your various devices. It also has support for some cloud storage sites and plenty of other features. There’s a free version and a paid version so you can try it out before you buy it.
Get it on Google Play
bubbleupnp best chromecast apps

Google Chrome best Chromecast appsChrome Browser

[Price: Free]
Chrome Browser was one of the first applications to get Chromecast support and remains one of the best out there today. The strength here is the ability to cast whatever you see in your web browser. That means video embedded in websites and other content can be easily sent to your TV without downloading an app or anything special. If you have a Chromecast, you should also have Chrome Browser.
Get it on Google Play
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best chromecast appsChromecast app

[Price: Free]
The Chromecast app was originally used only for setup but updates over the last year have given the app more control over the Chromecast. Included along with the setup process is the ability to customize your background with art, photos, news, and other stuff. You can also use it to manage your settings. Just because your Chromecast is set up and ready to go doesn’t mean this nifty little app needs to be buried in the app drawer, never to be seen again!
Get it on Google Play

Crunchyroll chromecast appsCrunchyroll

[Price: Free / Subscription]
Crunchyroll is considered one of the premiere anime streaming apps around. It features hundreds of titles, some of which are updated within hours of the show airing. You can watch content for free as long as you don’t mind advertising or you can buy a subscription and watch whatever you want ad-free. It also has apps available on most modern game consoles, the PS Vita, Apple TV, and Roku. If you like anime, it’s worth a shot, just beware of the occasional bugs reported by other users.
Get it on Google Play
Crunchyroll chromecast apps

es file explorer most useful aps for androidES File Explorer

[Price: Free]
ES File Explorer has a long history of being among the best file managers out there. It’s been totally free for years and there’s no signs that it’s stopping anytime soon. In the not-too-distant past, the developers released a Chromecast plugin. This allows you to cast video files to your Chromecast from your device. It’s a more simple solution, but it is totally free and since everyone should have a file browser anyway, this really kills two birds with one stone.
Get it on Google Play
ES File Explorer Chromecast plugin

Google Play Movies & TV chromecast appsGoogle Play Movies and TV

[Price: Free]
Google Play Movies and TV is Google’s app to manage the movies and TV shows you may have rented or purchased on Google Play. Of course, there is Chromecast support so you can watch your newly purchased/rented content directly on your TV. It’s considered one of the more positive video streaming experiences on the Chromecast with the only caveat being that you have to buy into the Google Play ecosystem to use it.
Get it on Google Play
best chromecast apps

Google Play Music Chromecast appsGoogle Play Music

[Price: Free / $9.99/month subscription]
Google Play Music is another Google app that works very well with the Chromecast. This one allows you to upload up to 50,000 songs to their servers that you can stream any web-connected device you own. You can also purchase their $9.99/month subscription and that gives you access to Google Play Music radio stations and all the songs on the service. You can stream your own stuff or their stuff directly to your Chromecast and it’s considered one of the best music experiences on Chromecast.
Get it on Google Play
Google Play Music Chromecast apps

Hulu Plus chromecast appsHulu Plus

[Price: Free app, $7.99/month subscription]
Hulu Plus is one of the better movie and TV streaming services out there and yes, it does have Chromecast support. It boasts a large library of TV shows and movies and is one of the few services that lets you watch currently running TV shows in the same season they’re currently airing. It also has a healthy supply of older movies and shows along with a decent selection of anime. It’s a good choice for Chromecast owners.
Get it on Google Play
Hulu Plus chromecast apps

iheartradio - best chromecast appsiHeartRadio

[Price: Free]
iHeartRadio is a streaming service that operates a lot like Pandora. You can listen to stations created by iHeartRadio and there is a selection of actual radio stations you can tune into also. It relies on data instead of an FM transmitter so you can listen wherever you have data. It has Chromecast support and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular “radio” streaming apps out there.
Get it on Google Play

localcast best chromecast appsLocalCast for Chromecast/DLNA

[Price: Free]
LocalCast is an interesting option for those who want to stream home media. It supports movies, pictures, videos, and even PDFs for those who need that functionality. You can also stream from your cloud storage if you use a supported cloud storage provider. It’s free to use which is good news and the developers have done a decent job patching up bugs over the last several months. It’s a good free alternative to AllCast
Get it on Google Play

mezzmo best chromecast appsMezzmo

[Price: Free / $4.80]
Mezzmo is kind of a competitor of Plex. It has its own server system that you can use to stream your home media over DLNA to various devices. One of those supported devices is a Chromecast. It also features a nice UI and a trial version so you can see if you like it before you buy it. It’s a good alternative for Plex if, for some reason, that service just isn’t working out for your and it’s one of the few ways to stream things from your computer to your TV without dedicated hardware.
Get it on Google Play
mezzmo best chromecast apps

Chromecast apps - NetflixNetflix

[Price: Free app ($8.99/month subscription]
Netflix was among the first to even have Chromecast support and it remains the streaming service of choice for many who love the Chromecast. Everyone knows what Netflix is, what it has, and what it costs so there really isn’t much new information here. It is worth noting that the latest seasons of Orange is the New Black and House of Cards are phenomenal!
Get it on Google Play
Netflix chromecast apps

Pandora Internet Radio Android appsPandora

[Price: Free]
Pandora is one of the most respected names in music streaming and it’s because they’re always on the forefront of technology. It’s playable on practically every device ever and that includes the Chromecast. If you use Pandora then chances are it’s already on your smartphone and it’s ready to be streamed to your Chromecast right now.
Get it on Google Play
Pandora Internet Radio Android apps

Plex best chromecast appsPlex

[Price: Free / $$3.99/month]
Plex has always been in the background of the Android video streaming scene but that doesn’t mean it lacks in features. With Plex you can create a home-based streaming server out of your computer and use Plex to stream to your Android device. With Chromecast support, you can stream anything you own to any TV in your house. If you pick up Plex Pass, you get even more features if you want them.
Get it on Google Play
Chromecast apps - Plex

Chromecast apps Pocket CastsPocket Casts

[Price: $3.99]
If you like podcasts and want to watch or listen to them on your TV, then Pocket Casts is your best option. It only has a large selection of podcasts available for consumption and has video and audio podcasts available too. The developer has been solid when it comes to adding updates and the app is just generally reliable. It also has a decent interface, playlists, cross-device syncing, and, of course, Chromecast support.
Get it on Google Play
Pocket casts - chromecast apps you can't miss this week

ted best Android apps for teachersTED

[Price: Free]
TED is a platform where very smart people go on stage and talk about very smart things. It’s considered the stage from which visionaries talk about their awesome feats and it’s a really good listen for those looking to learn something. The app is extremely well done and it also includes Chromecast support. It’s true that the mainstream probably doesn’t appreciate TED as much as they should, but there are some great talks on there worth listening to.
Get it on Google Play

TuneIn Radio best chromecast appsTuneIn Radio

[Price: Free with in-app purchases]
TuneInRadio is another radio-station style streaming app with one major difference. Unlike apps like Pandora, TuneIn has a very healthy selection of talk radio. This includes podcasts, talk radio shows, radio shows, and more that run the gambit on genres including sports, news, tech, and more. There is also some music there if you want. Some of the big names included are the BBC, NRP, CNN, and CBS. It’s a great app and it finally has Chromecast support.
Get it on Google Play
tunein radio best chromecast apps

Twitch best chromecast appsTwitch

[Price: Free]
Twitch is the premiere service for watching video games online. You can watch players play eSports with games like League of Legends, watch players play through regular games, and see all kinds of weird and phenomenal feats and challenges being completed. It’s the video play land of video gamers and it has Chromecast support! You can pick it up in the Play Store using the button below.
Get it on Google Play

videostream best chromecast appsVideostream

[Price: Free]
Videostream was a user suggestion and a really good one. This app lets you stream your local content from your computer to your Chromecast or Android TV. Unlike most apps like Plex, BubbleUPnP, and others, this requires a very minimal set up and it’s great for beginners looking to get into the local media streaming space. Its user friendliness makes a great option for most people and it even supports subtitles.
Get it on Google Play

best chromecast appsYatse, the XBMC/Kodi Remote

[Price: Free with in-app purchases].
Yatse, the XBMC/Kodi Remote is another user suggestion that turned out to be a really good application. XBMC/Kodi users are a bit niche but there is a way to integrate your setup with your Chromecast and this is it. The remote has a metric ton of features including voice commands, Android Wear support, Chromecast/AirPlay/UPnP support, and much, much more. If you use XBMC/Kodi, you should have this without question.
Get it on Google Play

YouTube best chromecast appsYouTube

[Price: Free]
We originally didn’t put YouTube on this list because it seemed too obvious but thanks to reader requests, it will adorn the list. YouTube has plenty of videos for your consumption that include reviews, news, music, webcasts, video podcasts, and all sorts of other stuff. It has been steadily evolving with support for 2K and 4K video and even some fun virtual reality stuff. If you grab up YouTube, don’t forget to subscribe to Android Authority!
Get it on Google Play

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  • JSo

    I use Plex almost on a daily basis. One of the best apps for Chromecast. One app that you didn’t mention that I feel needs to be is LocalCast. Along with playing files stored on your device, you can also add an html link to a video online and stream it. I don’t know if similar apps can do that. It also has material design like animations.

    • takpro

      I use Plex frequently also, but photo streaming has been an issue since day one. Plays movies flawlessly, but can’t stream 30 photos. Only reply is that it’s a ‘known issue.” Otherwise a great app.

    • adamhs

      I used to use Plex on my Roku but had some issues with it. First being that my old PC (since upgraded) probably wasn’t powerful enough to handle all of the transcoding. Second being that if I resumed a movie, oftentimes the audio/video would be out of sync. And third, depends on how much local content you have I guess but it literally stores gigs and gigs of metadata files to the point where it filled up my OS drive. As far as I’m aware there isn’t any option to change where these files go.

  • Luisinho Ulisses

    Shuttle+ (Music player with chromecast support)

  • MITM

    I’d add Showbox to that list. And I’d love to see TuneIn Radio get some Chromecast support

    • Yolanda

      I had a version of Showbox that actually worked with my chrome cast on my TV, but my phone had to be factory reset and ever since then I can’t find the proper showbox to work with my chrome cast. Can you give me the actual website in detail on how to get my showbox working back on my android phone to work with my chrome cast on my TV?

  • Bob F

    You can’t tell me YouTube isn’t awesome on Chromecast.

    • JosephHindy

      YouTube is kind of an obvious one and I didn’t want to artificially extend the list with someone most people have anyway :)

    • Android Developer

      It lacks a very important feature: to remember where you’ve left it.
      Try to disconnect from the Internet while it plays (could happen when there are issues with the Internet connection).

    • Chris Lawley

      Given that it comes pre installed on most new Android phones, it’s a bit of a no-brainer.

  • gmaninvan

    Seriously? How do you make a list about chromecast compatible apps and include dayframe but not YouTube? Fail

    • JosephHindy

      Again, because everyone already knows about YouTube. It’d be like me doing a list of “the best things you can use to decorate your lawn” and have one of them be “grass” lol.

      • gmaninvan

        Well not really considering you included Netflix which is just as ubiquitus. I think it should be there.

        • JosephHindy

          Netflix is not even on the same level as YouTube. YouTube has more users in one country than Netflix has worldwide. It’s not even close.

          • gmaninvan

            How is that relevant. The point is that it is one of the best and best supported chromecast apps with new features landing every other week and it was ignored for apps like dayframe and crunchyroll. Apps which a ton of people reading this won’t give a crap about.

          • JosephHindy

            It wasn’t ignored! It’s ubiquitous. It’s like getting angry at me because I didn’t mention that people require air to breathe. Everyone already knew that.

        • Carl Draper

          Netflix is not as ubiquitus as YouTube though, which is already installed on nearly every Android phone!

          • gmaninvan

            That logic makes no sense. Of course not. One is a paid service and the other is free. However, Netflix was responsible for 32% of US downstream internet traffic last year. I would definitely call that ubiquitous enough to get on this list. Especially considering the others that made it.

          • JosephHindy

            The fact that people binge watch TV shows all day every day on Netflix is not proof that it’s “ubiquitous”. Keep in mind that Netflix deals in high quality video content. Most high quality TV shows are between 200-800MB (depending on length) and movies are anywhere from 700MB to 1.5GB (depending on quality and length).

            So if someone leaves their Netflix streaming for 3 hours and watches 2-3 TV shows per hour, that’s 400MB-2.4GB per day. 30 days a month? 12GB-72GB of usage. Per person. It’s not hard to rack up data usage with that app with a relatively small number of users.

            Is it super popular? Yes. Is it “YouTube popular”? Not even close.

          • gmaninvan

            Ok lets put in perspective. Youtube is now capable of streaming up to 4k so quality wise, its a wash. There are also a lot of people who consume mass Data on Youtube.

            You can’t compare users of a paid service to one that is free. It is just an unfair comparison.

            With that said, the article is about “the best” chromecast apps. You are saying you didn’t include youtube because it is obvious but you included the official chromecast app?

  • Melad360

    screw allcast

  • Android Developer

    No word for BubbleUpnp :
    It’s the only app I’ve found that can stream video files And Hebrew subtitles correctly, without any limitation, for free.
    Only thing I don’t like about them is that they have a weird UI and they put junk files on the external storage, which won’t be removed when uninstalling the app.

  • tizayi

    Yay crunchyroll

  • KapteinStein

    Bubbleupnp is the center of my entertainment setup. It is much better than allcast imo.

  • roger’d

    What about LocalCast??

  • EvenInTheDarkestHour

    Screen mirroring from nexus 5 resolves many, but not all casting issues. Still really cool. I love Chromecast!

  • phillysdon04

    I would add Mirrorenabler Enabler(mirrors screen for all devices) , Web Video Caster, EZ Cast, Vget….

  • Jonathan Cerrillo

    You definitely missed TV portal and time4popcorn, by far the best streaming services for movies and series.

  • Federico Rojas

    YouTube, BubbleUPnP, Popcorn Time, Mezzmo… well, you missed a few.

    • Carl Draper

      BubbleUPnP is on the list, second one down….everyone knows about YT, it’s already on their device.

  • raultt

    I think Avia deserves a spot.

  • Fred

    Videostream is pretty good so far. However, it doesn’t play files off of your device, but rather broadcasts video from your pc to your chromecast, but you can use your phone as a remote to pick content on pc to choose from. So far I like it.

    • Fred

      Sorry for confusion. The app is called “videostream”.

  • john910

    You forgot to mention that Bubble Upnp let you setup server on PC in case transcoding is required by chromecast. Only downside is that if you have free version transcoding only works for i guess 10 mins or something. But I have paid version and can cast any torrent file to TV from bubble Upnp from PC and if it requires transcoding to work with chromecast it is done automatically on PC.

    And one more thing if you have rooted device Bubble has xposed module which let to steam any phone audio to TV even if your app do not support it.

  • Android Developer

    Many of the apps here are available only for specific countries… :(

    • Garrett

      This is something worth bumping up.

      Hulu is only USA Based. I think a number of other ones are also only USA based. Some are also only /North America based.

  • T4rd

    You forgot Cardcast. Easily the best fun you can have with a few friends and a Chromecast. Just sucks they haven’t ported it to iOS yet (feels kinda funny to say that though, hah).

  • Albin

    Thanks. I’m going to spend some time on these links. The Allcast model raises an issue I’ve noticed: the link is to an obvious “trial” version with a five minute viewing limit – which is a very good idea because you want to test these things out before paying for them – the problem is if you spend an hour or two configuring it with your media and whatever, is that time wasted when you go to the full version?

    I really prefer “in app” upgrades that respect the time and effort of setting up a limited version, instead of throwing your time all away to do a fresh install of the full paid version and beginning at square one.

  • Nathan B

    Videostream? Best chromecast app, period.

  • BigBlueSwami

    I’d have to say TV Portal with ShowBox a close and gaining 2nd. And while we’re throwing in those… if you want a videostreamer that outperforms AllCast purely as a Chromecast “helper”… look no further than LocalCast. Very well designed and the guy works his tail off updating to fix issues.

  • Sentsuizan

    I’d add Yatse for those who have XBMC. It lets you cast anything on your XBMC server, most of the content you’re likely to have on your phone (only thing that didn’t work for me was a .3GP file), and even some videos from the internet.

  • Eugenio Garza Rios

    So, any player that supports chromecast AND subtitles?

  • Ethan Orin

    There are some useful Chromecast tips you may not know yet: http://www.tuneskit.com/reviews/tips-to-stream-media-to-chromecast.html

  • Josh L

    I would definitely add Web Video Caster to this list, a browser app that can cast almost any video online to Chromecast.

  • elizabeth

    Thanks for the article. Netflix app, Hulu, or BBC is great on Android. If live outside USA, you can use tools like UnoTelly to get Netflix app, Hulu, or BBC on your Android.

  • ahmad

    Install (Apps For Chromecast) and explore apps that support chromecast. https://goo.gl/79XjGa

  • Tyrone Robinson

    Avia is one that’s a must have, I’ve tried many similar but Avia is the only one that allows you to cast to a TV and use a Bluetooth speaker or headphones.

  • http://www.sandroalvares.com.br Sandro Alvares

    netflix is best one place! work all chromecast, exist other app just member owner. But netflix not need just member owner, its awesome!

  • Pierre B. Metoyer

    Has anyone mentioned Cast2TV? media server, dlna AND streaming channels WITH instant subtitle search and addition to stream or your local content.

  • Christine Burke

    Another great free app that uses Chromecast is CLIQUED.tv. It’s a social display tool for restaurants and other businesses to engage with their customers. Check it out! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=tv.cliqued.cliquedremote

  • petardun

    there is a new app for android that transcodes the files on the fly on the phone and can stream avi, mkv, 3gp and any other file to Chromecast, its called Megacast, look it up