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The Google Chromecast has been around in some form or another since 2013, and it’s a hugely convenient way to consume Netflix, Disney PlusAmazon Prime Video and other streaming services. But despite hardware updates and the release of the 4K-ready Chromecast Ultra, you’re still stuck using your phone as a makeshift Chromecast remote.

Although Google doesn’t sell a Chromecast with a remote (although it might be time to release one), it is technically possible to use your standard TV remote to control your Chromecast, and it’s surprisingly easy. Here’s everything you need to know about how to get your Chromecast to work with your TV remote.

Read also: Hey Google, why can’t I buy a Chromecast with a remote?

How to enable Chromecast remote support with HDMI-CEC

In order to start using your TV remote to control your Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra, you first need to enable something called HDMI-CEC (or HDMI Consumer Electronics Control). This is what enables your TV to send signals from your remote back through the HDMI port and into the Chromecast.

HDMI-CEC is available on most modern TVs, but older models may not support it. To further complicate matters, many manufacturers have their own names for the tech. Here’s a short list of some of the most popular brands and their names for HDMI-CEC:

  • AOC: E-link
  • Hitachi: HDMI-CEC
  • Insignia: INlink
  • LG: SimpLink
  • Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI, Realink for HDMI
  • Onkyo: RIHD (Remote Interactive for HDMI)
  • Panasonic: Viera Link, HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync
  • Philips: EasyLink, Fun-Link
  • Pioneer: Kuro Link
  • Samsung: Anynet+
  • Sharp: Aquos Link
  • Sony: Bravia Link, Bravia Sync, Control for HDMI
  • Toshiba: CE-Link, Regza Link
  • Vizio: CEC

To start using your TV remove to control your Chromecast, all you need to do is find the option to turn on HDMI-CEC in your TV’s settings. It’s generally off by default, but once enabled your Chromecast will automatically accept certain commands from your TV’s remote.

What Chromecast commands can my TV remote handle?

Chromecast remote alternatives Nvidia Shield TV

Before you run off to binge the latest Netflix Original series, you should know that Chromecast remote support has some serious limitations. In fact, it only supports two commands: pause and play.

Chromecasts only support the pause and play buttons on TV remotes.

Although the HDMI-CEC protocol allows for full deck control (fast-forward, rewind, etc.), the Chromecast only allows the two most common commands. That said, there is a possibility that more commands will be added in the future.

If you absolutely must have full Chromecast remote support, consider buying an Android TV box. These devices are also capable of casting popular streaming services, but they come with a dedicated remote control. Our favorite is the 2019 Nvidia Shield TV, which comes with a remote and the ability to play games locally or via the cloud with GeForce Now. Another alternative is Xiaomi’s Mi Box S, which is significantly cheaper at just $69 and still supports 4K output.

Read also: 2019 Nvidia Shield TV review: The best Android TV box, again

That it for our guide on how to control your Chromecast with a TV remote. We’ll keep an eye out for any news on expanded HDMI-CEC support to keep this article up to date!

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