The Google Chromecast, a recently launched device Google announced at a company breakfast, is receiving a lot of buzz and is quite the hit. Too bad the Chromecast is only available in the U.S. for now. While the Americans are enjoying their Youtube, Netflix and Chrome casting, the rest of the world is sitting, wishing they could get their hands on one. Well you can. Many people have gone out of their way to get one, and here is how to set one up if you’re outside of the U.S.
To setup Chromecast, you would normally go into the Play Store on your Android device and search for a Chromecast setup app. Since that app is region locked, no one outside of the U.S. can get there hands on the app through the Play Store. Thankfully, some of our fellow Americans were able to post the app, or .apk file, to Dropbox.
Here is the really easy process you need to go through to get your Chromecast setup.
Step #1: Download this file from Dropbox (preferably directly from your Android device). It is important to know where you download the file to on your device. If you download the file to your computer, you will have to transfer it to your Android device.
Step #2: Install and open the .apk file on your Android device. To do this, find the .apk you downloaded from Dropbox using a file explorer or using the latest downloads app. Once you find it, tap on it to get the option to install it. If your device does not allow you to install from “unknown sources”, then go into your settings application and find the security section. In the security section , enable “Unknown sources”.
Step #3: Go through the setup process. This includes choosing a name for your Chromecast and configuring some other settings. Don’t worry, it’s really straightforward.
Step #4: Enjoy your Chromecast!
- In order to stream the Chrome browser from your computer, you need to have the Chromecast plugin installed.
- The U.S. Netflix is currently unavailable to people outside the U.S., but don’t worry, XDA developers are already on it!
- The testing and process of getting Google Chromecast to work was found in this thread on XDA Developers.
Got your Chromecast working? Here is a video explaining how to use it: