If you have a smart TV, you can probably easily control it using its mobile app. But if this is not the case, you can also do it with the help of a Chromecast.
And, in addition to playing content from our smartphone on the TV, the popular Google gadget can also be connected to Google Assistant, allowing us to perform various options through voice control. And among them, one of those that may be more attractive to us is the possibility of turning the television on and off without touching the remote.
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Steps to turn the TV on and off with your Chromecast
Use the Chromecast charger
When you plug the Chromecast into your TV, you have two options. Either plug it into the TV’s USB port or plug it into a socket through the charger. Well, if you want to turn on the TV using voice control, you should use this second function.
The reason is quite simple. In the event that you have connected it to the USB of the TV, your Chromecast will stay off as long as the TV is too. It will not be receiving current, so it is impossible for it to respond to you. So if what you want is that it can help you turn on the television, it must also have power when it is off.
Enable HDMI CEC on the TV
HDMI CEC is a mode that televisions have that allow you to give commands to the television from any device that is connected to a port HDMI. It is the same system that we use, for example, to control a Home Cinema from the remote control.
The process that you must carry out for this will depend on the model of television you have. You will have to enter the configuration menu of your television, probably in the advanced settings. But in the end finding it is usually quite intuitive.
Ask Google to turn on the TV
The last step is to ask Google Assistant to turn on the TV. To do this, you will simply have to open the application, either manually or using the OK command, Google. Simply by saying «Turn on the Tv»Your TV should turn on. And, of course, you also have the option to turn off the TV whenever you want.
Of course, remember that for this you will have to first have the Google Home application on your mobile connected with the Chromecast, but it is something that we normally do automatically when we configure the device, so it should not be a major problem.
Have you ever turned your voice control TV on and off through the Chromecast? Is it comfortable or do you think it is not too worth it? We invite you to tell us about it in the comments section that you will find at the bottom of the page.