Harmony experience with Chromecast

It is not compatible with IR based remotes

It is compatible with Harmony hub‑based products*
* Harmony cannot initiate casting

Harmony and Chromecast

Please be aware

You may add Chromecast as a Harmony device; however, you may not navigate or control content through Chromecast directly. You may however, add your computer and use it as a control device for your Activity. For more information on how to add your computer, please refer to one of the following articles:


Harmony experience with Windows

Harmony experience with Mac

Prepare your home and set the mood before you stream, all at the push of a button. Include devices such as Philips Hue wireless lighting, Nest and Hunter Douglas to create an expierence to be remembered. As you start your Watch Chromecast Activity, your lights dim and your shades are lowered, the temperature adjusts to a comfortable temperature. It's time to start casting and enjoy the show.


Setup

Set up Chromecast
Set up and configure Chromecast using the Google Cast app on your iOS or Android device, make sure it's connected to the same Wi‑Fi network as your Harmony hub.
iOS Google
Connect Harmony and Chromecast
Once connected, you'll be able to create Activities that include your Chromecast. Start your Activity, which prepares your devices, then start casting from your PC or mobile device.

Add Chromecast to your Harmony setup

Print Mobile Steps

Adding Chromecast to your Harmony setup:

  1. Launch the Harmony mobile app and connect to your Harmony hub.
  2. Select MENU, then Harmony Setup > Add/Edit Devices & Activities > DEVICES.
Harmony app select devices

  1. Select ADD DEVICE at the bottom, followed by SCAN FOR WI‑FI DEVICES.
  2. Harmony will search for any connected Chromecast devices on your home Wi‑Fi network.
  3. Tap to the box next to Google Chromecast, followed by NEXT.
Scan Wi-FI
  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to create a Watch Chromecast Activity.
Print Desktop Steps

Adding Chromecast to your Harmony setup:

  1. Launch the MyHarmony desktop software, sign into your account and select your remote from the gallery.
  2. Select the Devices tab, then Scan for devices.
Harmony Desktop Softare - Auto Scan
  1. You will be prompted to connect your Harmony to your computer with the provided USB cable. Harmony will scan your home Wi‑Fi network for Chromecast. Ensure both Chromecast and your Harmony hub are on the same Wi‑Fi network.

Control

Only Harmony hub‑based products are able to recognize and add Chromecast, allowing you to include Chromecast devices in your Activities. Harmony cannot directly control Chromecast, so casting will need to be initiated separately from your Activity. When casting from a mobile device, you'll need to use that device to control media.

When casting from PC, you're able to control media by setting up your computer as the media control device when creating your Activity. In this scenario, Harmony offers the following control options while casting from PC:

Netflix

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Netflix app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast-Forward and Rewind commands work. Netflix allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony app.

Hulu

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Hulu app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast-Forward and Rewind commands work.

The Hulu app has an on screen keyboard you navigate using direction keys and does not accept keyboard text entry.

YouTube

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the YouTube app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast-Forward and Rewind commands work. YouTube allows you to navigate between videos using the Skip Forward and Skip Backwards commands.

The YouTube app has an on screen keyboard you navigate using direction keys and does not accept keyboard text entry.

Plex

Direction Pad Navigation will navigate the Plex app.

Media Keys such as Play, Pause, Stop, Fast-Forward and Rewind commands work. Plex allows you to move a frame forward or backward using the direction left and right arrows.

Text entry is possible using the Harmony app.

Other Channels

The behavior of other channels may vary depending on its design.


Looking for the * button?

This may be listed as "Options" or "Options*" on your remote or mobile screen.

If you don't see this button, you may customize your remote screen or your Harmony mobile app screen.

How Harmony integrates with Chromecast

All Harmony hub‑based remotes

Harmony Hub connects with Chromecast through your home's Wi‑Fi network allowing you to navigate and control using either your Harmony remote or the Harmony mobile app when using your PC as the media control device. Harmony cannot initiate casting, this must be done manually and separately from your Activity. Please ensure Chromecast is connected to the same Wi‑Fi network as your Harmony hub.

Harmony remotes without Harmony Hub

As Harmony and Chromecast connect through your home Wi‑Fi network, Harmony remotes without Harmony Hub will not be able to interact with Chromecast.

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