Picture of the original packaging for the Google Chromecast Audio receiver, front view.

Unboxing and Connecting Google Chromecast Audio Receiver




The Google Chromecast Audio receiver is a streaming audio media player, that acts as a line level audio output device for Chromecast enabled applications on phones, tablets, and desktop computers.  While Bluetooth is not supported currently, this wireless media receiver is about as useful in that so many streaming apps on Android, iOS, PC, and Mac platforms can play on it.  This streaming receiver also provides line-level audio output, allowing you to play your streaming Chromecast audio on most any external, amplified speakers and headphones.

In this piece, we demonstrate how to unbox it and perform its basic connections.

 

1. First, turn the box onto its side such that the orange arrow tape is facing you, as illustrated in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver package, side view, showing orange sealing tape.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver package, side view, showing orange sealing tape.

 

2. Remove the tape by grasping the tab with the large arrow on it, and pulling it down the length of the box.

 

3. With the orange arrow tape removed, lift open the flap on the box, as shown in the next picture, as pointed at by the pink arrow.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver package, back view, showing flap open.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver package, back view, showing flap open.

 

4. With the flap disengaged from the box, lay it out flat.  This exposes a brief set of “Getting Started” instructions, along with an inner lid.  It’s the white flat piece with the Chromecast logo on it, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver package, flap open, showing the -Getting Started- instructions.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver package, flap open, showing the -Getting Started- instructions.

 

5. Remove this lid.  Doing so reveals a tray that holds the Chromecast Audio receiver along with a short 3.5mm to 3.5mm stereo patch cable, used for connecting the Chromecast receiver to a set of external amplified speakers or some sort of high fidelity home theater / entertainment system.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver package, showing inner box top open.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver package, showing inner box top open.

 

6. Remove the yellow patch cable and Google Chromecast receiver from the plastic tray, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver, held in hand.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver, held in hand.

 

7. Lift the tray out of the package.  This reveals the USB power adapter and micro USB power cable, as shown next.

Picture of the USB power adapter for the Google Chromecast Audio receiver.
Google Chromecast Audio Receiver USB power adapter.

 

8. Remove the power adapter and cable from the box, as shown next.

Picture of the power adapter for the Google Chromecast Audio receiver, held in hand.
Google Chromecast Audio Receiver USB power adapter, held in hand.

 

9. Remove the “wire tie” from the power cable and uncoil it.

10. Locate the micro USB port on the Chromecast Audio receiver, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the USB power port on the Google Chromecast Audio receiver.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver USB power port.

 

11. Insert the micro USB end of the power cable into this port.

12. Plug the A end of the cable into the adapter.

13, Locate the 3.5mm audio port on the Chromecast Audio receiver, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the 3.5mm stereo audio output port on the Google Chromecast Audio receiver.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver, showing its 3.5 MM stereo audio output port.

 

14. Plug one end of the yellow audio cable into the audio port on the receiver, as shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver with its audio and power cords connected.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver with its audio and power cords connected.

 

15. Plug the power adapter into an AC outlet.  This activates the Chromecast Audio receiver, as indicated by the pilot lamp that illuminates when the unit boots.  Shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver, powered up with its pilot lamp glowing.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver, powered up with its pilot lamp glowing.

 

16. Your Google Chromecast Audio speaker is now ready for setup.  Use the Google Home app to connect it to your Wi-Fi network and connect it to your favorite streaming audio services.

17. After setup, connect the Chromecast receiver to your amplified speakers or home stereo system using the included yellow audio cable, or a cable that works best in your particular situation.  Enjoy!

 

Revision History

  • 2017-03-29: Originally published.