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. In most cases, it’s easier to use a Chromecast than it is finding a way to hook your devices up to your TV individually and its cheap price point makes it almost universally accessible. If you have a Chromecast, you’ll want to check out the best Chromecast apps for Android.


BubbleUPnP

Price: Free / $4.69
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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, etc 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.
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Crunchyroll

Price: Free / $6.95 per month / $11.95 per month
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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. Typically, you can pick it up for individual devices like Xbox One, PS4, Roku, etc. However, the official Android app also has Chromecast support. You can watch for free. However, the ads are fairly terrible for free viewers. The official subscription cost is $6.95. The other, more expensive subscription adds perks like convention benefits and store discounts. Really, that's only needed if you're a super huge fan of the service.
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Google Home

Price: Free
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Google Home is sort of the catch-all for Chromecast apps. It's the app you'll need to download in order to set up your Chromecast. Additionally, it helps you find other Chromecast apps and content. You can also use Google Home to cast your entire phone screen to the TV. This lets you use apps or games that normally aren't Chromecast compatible, including browsers. You'll already have this to set up and configure your Chromecast. You might as well keep it around for those other potential uses as well! It also works with Google Home, hence the name.
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Google Play Music

Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $14.99 per month
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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 to your Chromecast (and other places). 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 along with YouTube Red. The $14.99 plan is a family plan that can include up to six people. Finally, the app can also access and cast your locally streamed music to your Chromecast. This is a one-stop shop for music, even if the app still needs some work.
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Hulu

Price: Free / $7.99 per month / $11.99 per month
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Hulu 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 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. You can get a limited commercials subscription for $7.99 or plop down the $11.99 per month for no commercials at all.
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iHeartRadio

Price: Free
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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.
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LocalCast

Price: Free / Donation
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LocalCast is another great option for those who want to cast their locally stored media. It supports music, TV shows, movies, and images stored on your device. It works with Chromecast along with any other DLNA supported device. Like other options, it has cloud storage support so you can cast your cloud saved media as well. It can even cast PDF files if you need it to. It's ad supported, but you can donate an amount you choose to get the pro version. The rates are between $0.99 and $21.30.
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Netflix

Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $11.99 per month
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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.
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Pandora

Price: Free / $4.99 per month / $9.99 per month
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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. 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.
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Plex

Price: Free / $0.99 / $3.99 per month
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Plex has consistently been one of the best Chromecast apps available. It's an app that lets you stream video from your phone or computer to your TV via the Chromecast. It takes a bit of time to set up, 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.
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Pocket Casts

Price: $3.99
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Pocket Casts is probably the best out there for listening to podcasts. As it turns out, it also has Chromecast support. There are a ton of podcasts that you can subscribe to. It also supports video and audio podcasts. There are also some other features, including a dark theme, syncing support, playlists, auto-downloading, and more. There isn't a free version to try out. Thus, you'll need to buy it and test it out inside of the refund time. Otherwise, it's an exceptionally well done app and one of the must-get Chromecast apps for podcast fans.
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Solid Explorer

Price: Free trial / $1.99
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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. Obviously.
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Spotify

Price: Free / $9.99 per month / $14.99 per month
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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.
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TuneIn

Price: Free / $9.99 per month
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TuneIn Radio is a different kind of streaming app. It supports music like most do. However, you can directly stream tons of AM and FM radio stations, and even podcasts. It's mostly for fans of talk radio, although there is a little something in there for everybody. Those who go with the premium subscription can get live sports games (NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL), 80,000 audiobooks, and access to 600 radio stations that don't have advertising. It also removes the ads from the app. It's arguably one of the best Chromecast apps for fans of talk shows, radio, podcasts, and similar content.
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YouTube

Price: Free / $9.99 per month
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YouTube is pretty much where it's at for video streaming. You can find tons of channels (including ours!) that cover and show all kinds of content. You can find educational stuff, music, tech, entertainment, news, and all kinds of other stuff. The app is free to use although you can pick up a YouTube Red subscription for $9.99 per month. That also gives you access to Google Play Music's premium features and that makes them a one-two punch that's tough to beat. Everyone knows YouTube and it's definitely among the best Chromecast apps.
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If we missed any of the best Chromecast apps for Android, tell us about them in the comments!

Joe Hindy
Hi everyone! I'm Joe Hindy the Android Authority app guy!
  • 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?

          • alex

            Dude. You really need to chill.

  • Melad360

    screw allcast

  • Android Developer

    No word for BubbleUpnp :
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bubblesoft.android.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.

  • 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

  • Glad PLEX was on this list. Because if it wasn’t, I was going to stop visiting this site.

  • HotelQuebec

    BubbleUPnP is the best.

  • LeVvE

    I use Videostream for Chromecast to play all my stuff from the PC.

  • me_

    YouTube was nice at the beginning, you can put video in a queue.. Now, if you want to scroll the website while watching video you must have pay subscription

  • Google Play Music is shit

  • Steven Caudill

    Sling TV works well with Chromecast. It has a $20/ month subscription fee and has about 20 channels with more you can purchase individually.

  • Faslane

    Everyone bitching at the review about YouTube needs to stfu. Get.over it. Jesus…..YouTube doesn’t stream home media like many of these has so.e odd and unpopular full .movies but certainly is nothing near as good as Plex, Bubble and Netflix. Just something to bitch about…grow up.

  • A@E

    $4.99 expensive ?? That made me laugh.

  • Paul M

    Google play music WON’T stream music that’s only on your local device that wasn’t from Google Play

  • Ragnar Lodbrok

    thanks captain obvious