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CHROMECAST BUILT-IN FAQ

What is Chromecast built-in™ technology?

Chromecast built-in is a technology that allows you to wirelessly stream your music from your phone, tablet, or laptop to your Bose smart speaker or smart soundbar. It’s easy to use. Within a cast-enabled music streaming service, like Spotify, select the Chromecast icon while you’re listening to music to send or cast your music to your Bose smart speaker or soundbar. You can only cast audio to your smart speakers, not video content.

Chromecast built-in logo

Why do Bose smart speakers and soundbars now support Chromecast built-in?

We want you to have access to your music and podcasts quickly and easily and to have as many ways to control that audio content as possible. Chromecast built-in is one of many tools Bose offers you to wirelessly stream your favorite music to your Bose smart speaker or soundbar. Other ways of streaming your audio to Bose smart speaker or soundbar include using your home Wi-Fi® network to stream music through the Bose Music app, via Apple AirPlay 2, or directly from a music streaming service, like Spotify. You can even stream music via a Bluetooth® connection.

Which content providers are compatible with Chromecast built-in?

You can use Chromecast built-in to stream music to your Bose smart devices using many of the most popular third-party music streaming services, such as Spotify, Pandora®, TuneIn, and iHeartRadio™. Having Chromecast built-in available on all Bose smart speakers and smart soundbars means you have access to even more content providers. These include music streaming services, like YouTube Music Premium, and other content providers, like Google Podcasts and Google Play Books. We are always updating the list of Chromecast-enabled content providers to give you more control over your music.

Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, TuneIn
Deezer, iHeartRadio, SiriusXM

Which Bose smart speakers and soundbars have Chromecast built-in?

With Chromecast capability on all Bose smart speakers and soundbars, you can use Chromecast built-in to cast your music or podcasts to the following devices in the Bose family of smart speakers.

Bose smart speakers: Home Speaker 300, Home Speaker 450, Smart Speaker 500 (formerly Home Speaker 500), Portable Smart Speaker

Bose smart soundbars: Smart Soundbar 300, Soundbar 500, Smart Soundbar 700 (formerly Soundbar 700), Smart Soundbar 900

Is Chromecast built-in automatically installed on Bose smart devices?

Yes. Chromecast built-in is available on all Bose smart speakers and soundbars. If you already own a Bose smart speaker or soundbar, your device will receive an automatic update over your home’s Wi-Fi network to support Chromecast built-in as a streaming option.

How do I activate Chromecast built-in on my Bose smart speaker or soundbar?

If Google Assistant is your voice assistant of choice, Chromecast built-in will be automatically enabled for your Bose smart speaker or soundbar, because you’ve accepted Google’s Terms of Service. If you use Amazon Alexa as your VPA, or you don’t use a voice assistant to control your Bose smart device, you can enable Chromecast built-in via the following steps:

1. Open the Bose Music app on your mobile device

2. Tap on the picture of your smart device to enter Device settings

3. Tap the Settings icon (upper right-hand corner)

4. Tap Chromecast built-in

5. Tap the Chromecast toggle button to the “on” position

6. On the next screen, tap Accept and Continue to agree to Google’s Terms of Service

To enable Voice Casting of your audio content, follow these additional steps:

7. On the next screen, tap Set It Up to begin enabling Voice Casting

8. Follow the steps in the Google Assistant app to complete setup of Voice Casting

How do I start using Chromecast built-in?

After Chromecast built-in is activated on your Bose smart speaker or soundbar, you can begin streaming music or podcasts via the following steps:

1. Open your favorite cast-enabled music streaming service (e.g., Spotify or YouTube Music Premium) or content provider (e.g., Google Podcasts or Google Play Books)

2. Within the content provider’s app, tap the Chromecast icon

3. Select the Bose smart device through which you’d like to stream your audio content

4. Tap Play to stream your music or podcasts to your Bose smart speaker or soundbar

1: YouTube Music logo, 2: Chromecast built-in logo, 3: Bose Smart Speaker 500, and 4: a play button

What’s the difference between Chromecast built-in and AirPlay 2?

Chromecast built-in and Apple AirPlay 2 are casting technologies that allow you to cast audio from your phone, tablet, or laptop to your smart speakers and soundbars. There are two main differences between Chromecast built-in and AirPlay 2. The first is that Chromecast built-in is available to both iOS and Android mobile users; AirPlay 2 isn’t available on Android devices. The second main difference is that once you cast music from your phone to a Bose smart device via Chromecast built-in, the music streams from the cloud, not your phone. This means if you’re streaming music from your phone it won’t be interrupted if you receive a call. You could even turn off your phone and the music would play uninterrupted. With AirPlay 2 the music streams from your phone, so it will continue casting only if your phone is connected to your Wi-Fi.

Can I use Chromecast built-in to control music with my voice?

If Google Assistant is your voice assistant of choice, Chromecast built-in extends your capabilities by enabling you to cast and control music with your voice (e.g., choose tracks, change volume, stop tracks). If Alexa is your voice assistant, you can still use Chromecast built-in to control music with your voice, but you can’t ask Alexa to stream a playlist from YouTube.

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Can I cast music to grouped Bose smart speakers and soundbars?

Yes. Use the Bose Music app to group multiple Bose smart speakers and soundbars together. Once your smart speakers are grouped, you can cast your music from a music streaming service of your choice. If you have Google devices, you can use the Google Home app to group them with Bose smart speakers and soundbars.

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