It’s a game changer to be able to control your TV using your smartphone or your voice. There’s no need to search for the remote hidden in the covers of the bed or under the couch.
You will need to turn off your TV with Chromecast by activating HDMI-CEC on the TV. Then, connect your Chromecast via the Google Home app to your Google Home. If you want your Chromecast to work, make sure it is plugged directly into a wall outlet and not the TV.
How to turn off Chromecast TV
Let’s first review the steps to turn off your TV using Chromecast. Let’s assume you have a smartphone or tablet and a WiFi connection.
1) TV with HDMI and CEC
A TV that supports HDMI CEC is the first thing you will need. You won’t be capable of turning off your TV using Chromecast if it doesn’t have this capability.
HDMI-CEC stands for HDMI Consumer Electronics Control. This feature allows your TV to interact with other devices and works well. It’s not called HDMI-CEC by most TV manufacturers. They call it something else.
This is a list listing the most popular TVs with HDMI-CEC. It also includes their associated brand names so you can easily identify them.
- AOC – E-link
- Insignia INlink
- LG SimpLink
- Mitsubishi NetCommand
- Onkyo RIHD
- Panasonic – VIERA Link or HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync
- Pioneer – Kuro Link
- Runco International RuncoLink
- Samsung – Anynet+
- Sharp – Aquos Link
- Sony – BRAVIA Link and BRAVIA Sync
- Toshiba – Regza Link and CE-Link
- Vizio CEC
2) Google Chromecast
After you have verified that your TV is compatible with HDMI-CEC, it’s time to order Google Chromecast.
The Chromecast device plugs into your TV’s HDMI port. This allows you to stream video content from YouTube TV, Netflix, YouTube TV and Hulu to your TV using your smartphone’s HDMI port.
You can turn off your TV with Chromecast in many different versions.
Do you already have a Chromecast? Great! Chromecast 3rd Generation is the best version.
- Chromecast ( Second generation ) – Sales discontinued: Oct 10, 2018
- Chromecast ( Ultra ) – Current generation – Published Nov 6, 2016.
- Chromecast ( 3rd generation) – Current version – Published Oct 10, 2018.
3) Google Home App
The “Chromecast” app is not to be confused. I’m not confusing you.
After you have set up your Chromecast, you can use the Chromecast app to screencast your tablet or phone directly to your TV. You can even “cast” photos and videos from these devices to your TV.
However, to set up the Chromecast device you will need the Google Home App.
4) Google Home
Google Home is a line of smart speakers that Google has developed. Newer products include an additional visual display in addition to the speaker.
You can use any of these versions to turn off your TV with Chromecast.
- The Original Google Home is a speaker
- Google Home Mini – Speaker
- Google Home Max – Speaker
- Google Home Hub (aka Nest Hub 7) in visual speaker and display
- Google Home Hub Max (aka Nest Hub Max ) – 10 in speaker and visual display
These are the steps to disable TV with Chromecast.
Once you’re confident that your TV is turned off with Chromecast, let us get started on the steps.
Step 1: Turn on HDMI-CEC in your TV
HDMI-CEC is disabled by default on most TVs. It will need to be enabled.
This can be done by going to the menu, options or settings of your TV and finding HDMI-CEC. Start by using the remote control of your TV, then click on “Menu”, and then scan the menu for the option you are looking for.
You might try a Google search for “model of your TV + how to enable HDMI-CEC” if you are having trouble finding it.
It was enabled on my Samsung TV recently by clicking “Menu”, scrolling to “System”, and then clicking “Anynet+” (HDMI-CEC).
There I was able to switch it to “On”.
Step 2: Plug your Chromecast
Once HDMI-CEC has been enabled on your TV you will need to connect your Chromecast to an HDMI port on the back.
Connect the HDMI cord from the Chromecast to your TV. Then plug the other end into an outlet on the wall.
This is very important! Plug the Chromecast directly into an outlet to power it. You won’t be capable of automating this task if you only use the TV USB port to power your Chromecast.
To recap, plug TV into the wall, plug HDMI cable from Chromecast into HDMI port on TV, and plug power cord into the wall.
Step 3: Configure your Chromecast
Now, it’s time for you to set up your Chromecast. Make sure that your TV is turned on before you start. You should see the screen telling you to “Get this app.” This screen should not be visible on your TV. Use your remote to click on “Source” then “HDMI”.
NOw open google home. You will be asked to create an account by the Google Home app.
After you have set up your Google Home account, click the + icon in the upper left corner.