The Chromecast with Google TV is the latest streaming device from Google, offering a revamped user interface and 4K HDR streaming for only $50. The Google TV UI also makes it easier for users to find what they want to watch by unifying the streaming catalog of several services.
However, many people are upset because of no support for the Stadia game streaming service yet. While Google has confirmed it to be coming next year for its Chromecast for Google TV and existing Android TV devices, there is no official date.
If you have got your hands on the new Chromecast and want to stream games on it using your Stadia subscription right now, check out our guide for a workaround.
Download the latest Stadia APK file
The first thing you should do is download the latest Stadia APK file on your Android phone. After that, you need to send the file to the Chromecast device, which we will discuss later. Here’s how you can download the Stadia APK:
- First, open up the Chrome browser from the app drawer on your Android device.
- Now go to apkmirror.com and tap the magnifying glass icon above to expand the search bar.
- Type in “Stadia” in the search bar, and tap the latest Stadia APK (v2.36 at the time of this writing) in the results.
- Tap the Download APK button, then tap OK in the Chrome pop-up box to download the APK file.
Once you have downloaded the latest Stadia APK file, follow the next section to learn how to send it to your Chromecast with Google TV device.
Send the Stadia APK file to Chromecast
Send files to TV is the best app you can use to send files from an Android phone to an Android TV or Fire TV device. It’s not only free but also works reliably compared to other options. Here’s how to get it on your Chromecast:
- Activate Google Assistant on your new Chromecast by holding down the Assistant (colored) button on the remote. After that, say, “Send files to TV app.”
- From the following results, select and click the Send files to TV app.
- Now click the Install button and wait for the app to get installed. Click Open once the installation finishes.
- The ‘Send Files to TV’ app will ask you to allow it access to the internal storage. Click Allow to continue.
- Skip the quick start guide, then click Receive in the app.
Once you do this, you will have to get the same app on your Android phone. Simply go through the following steps:
- First, launch the Play Store app on your phone.
- Now tap the search bar and type “Send files to TV.” The app should show up in the search results. Tap it to proceed.
- After that, tap Install. Make sure to open the app when installed successfully.
- Skip the introduction once again, and tap Allow to give the app access to your phone’s internal storage.
- Tap Send in the app, then select your Chromecast from the list of devices. Ensure that both your phone and Chromecast are sharing the same network connection.
- Next, go to your Download folder and select the Stadia APK file you downloaded earlier. It should begin transferring immediately.
Now that you have the Stadia APK file on Chromecast, click it and select Open from the action menu. In case the installer doesn’t open, follow the next set of instructions below.
Sideload the Stadia APK on Chromecast
If you couldn’t sideload the Stadia APK file on your Chromecast via the ‘Send Files to TV’ app, use a dedicated file browser instead, such as FX File Explorer or File Commander. You can install it on your Chromecast the same way you installed the SFTV app earlier.
Once installed, launch your preferred file browser app and go to the Download folder. You can now select the Stadia APK file and click Install.
After the installation, return to the My apps section from the Google TV home screen to launch the Stadia app.
Set up Stadia on Chromecast with Google TV
Setting up Stadia on your Chromecast with Google TV device is straightforward. Click the Get started button and choose the Google account linked to your Stadia subscription.
After that, click your profile on the top-right corner of the Stadia app window, then scroll down the page and select Experiments. Now click the ‘Play on this device’ option and make sure that the slider is toggled ON.
Finally, you can return to the main screen of the Stadia app and start playing any of your games from the library. Note that the Stadia app on Android TV is still in a development phase, so the performance might be a bit laggy. Still, it works as intended, and you can also pair either the Stadia controller or other Bluetooth controller to play the games.
Whenever there’s a new update for the Stadia app, make sure to download the APK file and sideload it to your Chromecast the same way, as shown in this guide. It might not only improve the performance but also give you access to new features.
With Stadia installed on your new Chromecast device, you can now turn your living room into a gaming arena whenever you want.
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