The Google Chromecast Audio could breathe new life into your old speakers. Plug it in, and it’ll let you stream music wirelessly to them from your phone, tablet or computer – even if the speakers themselves aren’t connected to the internet.

All you need is a compatible speaker, a home wi-fi network and a Chromecast Audio. So what are you waiting for - it’s time to free your music!

What is Chromecast Audio?

Chromecast Audio is a streaming dongle made by Google. A streaming dongle is a small device that plugs into a speaker or TV, that lets you wirelessly send music, video or photos to that device. It effectively turns your speaker or TV into a ‘smart’ version. Unlike the standard Chromecast, or the ultra-high definition Chromecast Ultra, the Chromecast Audio doesn’t stream video, only audio.

How does Chromecast Audio work?

It connects to your home wi-fi network and transfers data between the device containing the music (i.e. your smartphone, tablet or computer) and the speaker itself.

Why buy Chromecast Audio?

Because it opens up the potential of your speakers. Instead of having to plug in a sound sourceusing an audio cable, you can wirelessly send music from your phone, tablet or laptop from anywhere else in the house.

What speakers work with Chromecast Audio?

All manner of speakers can be used with Chromecast Audio, and because it adds wireless technology to them, they don’t need to be smart speakers. They can be mini hi-fi systems, wireless speakers for TVs, 5.1 surround sound systems, mobile phone speaker docks and more.

What connections does Chromecast Audio need?

Chromecast Audio works with any speakers that have a 3.5mm stereo input (which may also be labelled Analogue or Aux on some speakers). It can also use an RCA input (that’s the red and white sockets) and an optical input (which may be labelled Digital or S/PDIF on some speakers). To see if yours is compatible, just have a look around the back of it.

How do you power Chromecast Audio?

The Chromecast Audio comes with a USB power cable. Plug one end into the Chromecast Audio and the other into the provided plug. Then insert the plug into a power socket, and you’re good to go.

How to play Chromecast Audio through a phone?

It’s simple. You’ll need to fire up Google’s Play Music app on your phone, then select the Chromecast icon. Your Chromecast Audio dongle should appear as an option – select it, then start playing music on your phone. As long as the Chromecast Audio is plugged into your speakers, and into the power socket, the music will play through your speakers as if by magic.

Where to buy Chromecast Audio?

You can pick up a Chromecast Audio from the Google Play Store, as well as other retailers like Currys, PC World and Maplin. It costs £30.

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