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Best Android Apps to Use With Your Chromecast in 2022

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Your Chromecast, small as it is, can do a lot thanks to a plethora of available apps. Play games with your friends in the living room, compete in dance competitions against people around the world, stream your latest vacation pictures to your big-screen, and keep up with the latest and greatest TV and music. There are a ton of apps to use with Chromecast in the Play Store; here are the best for whatever you're looking to do.

Just getting started

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Regardless of what device or service you sign up for, there's a jumping-off point. Whether it's to get your Chromecast set up, or just a super-basic app that everyone should have, you'll need to get started. These are a few apps that we suggest, and one that you definitely need.

Streaming Services

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Streaming services are taking over the world, one day at a time, and more services are coming out of the woodworks on a regular basis, with newcomers attempting to challenge Netflix's reign of dominance. Here's a few different options you should consider using with your Chromecast.

Next level content consumption

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It's one thing to have a streaming service curate content, but what are you supposed to do if you already have a library of your own? Well, these apps will help you manage and enjoy that content on your television with a Chromecast.

Watch, listen, do whatever

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This next group of apps is for those who just want to listen to music, podcasts, or just want to sit back and get lost. You can download a lot of apps, from Spotify to YouTube, and everywhere in between to satisfy many of your Chromecast streaming needs.

Many apps work, not all of them are great

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More and more applications have seen updates to support the ability to work with Chromecasts. Some of these are simply controllers for the content, while others seem to be like a dedicated Chromecast app.

However, while going through and testing out new apps to use, you may come across some duds. Whether it's because they haven't been updated, or they won't work with these new smartphones, you'll need to sift through the weeds to find the "best" apps for your wants and needs.