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Does the new Chromecast support Apple TV?

You can now use Apple TV Plus on your Chromecast with Google TV — even though Android phones still can't.

Published onMay 1, 2021

You still can’t use Apple TV Plus on an Android phone, but that isn’t stopping Google from bringing it to the company’s own media streaming device. The Apple TV app, which includes Apple TV Plus, is now available to download on the Chromecast with Google TV streaming media device.

You can now access Apple TV Plus originals like Ted Lasso and Greyhound, your Apple movie and TV show purchases, and any of your subscribed Apple TV Channels. Google TV will also put Apple’s originals in your recommendations, searches, and Watchlist.

See also: The best media streaming devices you can buy

How to add Apple TV to Chromecast with Google TV

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If you own the Chromecast with Google TV or an Android TV, it’s pretty simple to add the Apple TV app to the device

1. Download the Apple TV app from the Google TV app store. You can also download the app directly from the link below

2. Sign into your Apple account to access the app. You should be able to access all of your purchased movies and TV shows in the Library section of the app.

3. Finally, sign up for Apple TV Plus, if you haven’t already, to access the original content on the service. Apple TV does offer a free seven-day trial for new users.

Apple TV Plus was rolling out to Android TV before, but primarily to Sony sets. More Android TV devices will get support “in the future,” Google said.

Read more: Best Apple TV Plus shows

Google thinks this might give it an edge in the living room. With Apple TV Plus, the Chromecast with Google TV is one of the few streaming devices to support all the major services. 

The announcement might be frustrating for some people, though. While Apple TV Plus is available on a wide range of non-Apple gear, including game consoles, dedicated boxes, and smart TVs, you still can’t use it on an Android phone or tablet. That makes the service a tough sell if you don’t live in an Apple-centric household and sometimes watch beyond the TV.

Read more: Chromecast with Google TV: Everything you need to know

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