Do Smart TVs Need Chromecast? (Quick Answer)

Chromecast has quickly become one of the most popular streaming devices in the market. Allowing you to quickly & easily stream content from your phone to your TV.

However, there’s still a lot of confusion among Smart TV owners wondering whether or not a Chromecast would be beneficial with a smart tv.

So do smart tv’s need chromecast?

Generally, you do not need a Chromecast if you own a Smart TV, the only reason you would need a Chromecast on a smart TV is if your Smart TV doesn’t have an App that you would want to watch on your TV.

Let’s take a look at this in detail as well as a few things you should be aware of before purchasing a Chromecast.

Do Smart TVs Need Chromecast?

Smart TVs offer similar functionality that can be used on Chromecast such as access to apps & the web. However not all smart TVs have similar Apps that can be found on your phone. For example, Samsung TV currently does not support the Twitch app, which means the only way to watch Twitch on your Samsung TV is to have a Chromecast.

Another reason to own a Chromecast even if you own a smart Tv is if you visit friends & family a lot who don’t own smart TV’s. A Chromecast works on any TV that has an HDMI port meaning you will be able to watch your favorite shows with friends & family who don’t own smart TVs or if your an avid traveler & would like to occasionally watch Netflix on your trips then a Chromecast will come in handy.

However, if you’re not going to be using your Chromecast outside your own home & if you’re only going to be watching popular Apps found on most Smart TVs such as Netflix & Hulu, then a Chromecast will not be necessary.

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A Chromecast will only be beneficial if your smart TV doesn’t have the App you would like to view on your smart TV.

Differences Between Chromecast & Smart TV:

Now let’s take a look at the differences between Chromecast & Smart TV’s & how they differ.


The first way a smart TV differs from the Chromecast is the remote control. Chromecast does not come with a remote control, meaning you will have to control your TV from your phone or tablet. This can be quite frustrating when using the Chromecast for the first time since you will need to revert back to your phone every time you would need to change what’s playing on the screen.

However, if you own a google home you will be able to fully control your Chromecast through your google assistant. You will be able to pause, play, stop & rewind your videos just by asking google assistant.


Smart TVs App selection differs from brand to brand, which means not all Smart TV’s will have the App you desire.

However, the Chromecast comes with a large set of built-in apps, which you can check out here. It features a plethora of different Apps in different categories such as TV shows & Movies, Music, Games, Sports & much more.

Here is just a few examples of the Apps Chromecast has to offer:

  • Netflix
  • Youtube TV
  • Disney +
  • Prime Video
  • Hulu
  • Spotify
  • Tidal
  • Pandora
  • Youtube Music
  • Google Play Music
  • Twitch
  • Fox Sports & Go
  • NFL Sunday Ticket
  • NHL
  • CBS Sports

That was just a few Apps Chromecast has to offer, the list is endless.


One of the major benefits of Chromecast is that it allows you to stream your favorite content on any TV with an HDMI port.

This allows you to bring along your Chromecast on travel, to different hotels, to a friend or family member’s house & stream your favorite shows & events quickly & easily.

Thing You May Not Know About The Chromecast:

It Requires a Power Supply

Your Chromecast requires a power supply, it can be powered in two different ways. The first is by USB, some TVs have USB ports designed specifically to power certain devices. However, some don’t provide enough power to the Chromecast & therefore you will have to opt for option two, which is using the power block & USB cable that comes with your Chromecast.

Ethernet Adapter

Currently, the only way to connect your Chromecast to the internet is through Wifi, however, Chromecast now has an ethernet adapter, which allows you to plug in your ethernet cable to the Chromecast for a faster more reliable connection.

Can Be Setup Through Smartphone Or Laptop

Chromecast can be set up in many different ways, one of which is by PC. All you would need to do is to open up your web browser & go over to the Chromecast setup page, you will then be required to install an application, follow the instructions & just like that you will be ready to watch your favorite movies & Tv Shows. which will then

Related Questions:

Can Chromecast be used on an old TV?

Yes, Chromecast can be used on any TV that contains an HDMI port. If you’re limited on HDMI ports you can simply add an HDMI switch to your TV.

Does Chromecast Require A Subscription?

No, Chromecast does not require a subscription Fee. However, you would still have to pay for services such as Netflix, Hulu, & other streaming services that are subscription-based.

Final Thoughts

So there you have it, a Chromecast won’t be beneficial on a smart TV that has all the Apps you typically use. However, if your preferred app isn’t featured on your brand of smart TV then a Chromecast can come in handy.

Another benefit to owning a Chromecast even though you own a smart TV is if you hang out with friends & family who don’t own smart TV’s this will to watch your favorite shows & events with friends & family member who don’t own a smart TV but have a TV with an HDMI input.

Steven Carr

Steven is a certified IT professional and gaming enthusiast. He has been working in the tech industry for over 10 years, and specializes in all things Tech-related. When he's not geeking out over the latest hardware or software release, he can be found testing out the latest video game.

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