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How to play Netflix shows using Google Home

by Todd Haselton | December 12, 2016December 12, 2016 11:30 am PST

Google quietly started rolling out a new feature to Google Home over the weekend, one that was promised when the smart home assistant was initially announced. It’s not yet live for everyone, but the foundation is in place to get you setup as it starts to roll out. When it does, you’ll be able to use Google Home to cast shows and movies directly from Netflix to your Chromecast or any other Cast-enabled TV.

We’ve already covered how to use the Google Home to control your Chromecast, so we’ll build on that with this guide on how to link up your Google Home with your Netflix account, and then cast to your already-configured Chromecast.

Let’s go!

  • We’ll get started with the basics. First you’ll want to make sure you already have the Google Home app installed on your device. You can find this right here in the Google Play Store. Link it up with your Google Home device.
  • Open Google Home.

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  • Tap the hamburger menu at the top left-hand side of the screen.

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  • Tap “More settings.” This opens up the Google Assistant settings. Odd it’s so buried, isn’t it?

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  • Scroll down to “Videos and Photos” and tap that option.

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This is where you’ll see Netflix listed, an option that wasn’t previously there. Tap the button to link your Netflix account. If your username and password aren’t automatically populated, you’ll need to type them in.

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Now you’ve officially linked Netflix to Google Home. If it’s live for you, you should be able to tell Google Home to “play “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt from Netflix on my living room TV,” replacing “living room TV” with whatever your Chromecast is titled. Obviously you can also swap out Unbreakable Kimmie Schmidt with any show or movie of your choice, too, so long as it’s currently in the Netflix library.

For me, Google currently says this feature is not yet active, which is a bit of a bummer. It is live for some folks, though, so give it a shot and see if you’re in the lucky bunch. Or just set it up now so you’re ready to go when Google does make the launch official.


Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...

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