How to Get Tidal Chromecast/Chromecast Audio Work Together

By Miley Swift Updated on 2024-02-21 / Update for Tidal Tips

The latest news announced that the Tidal 'Cast' function supports Tidal casting on Google Chromecast for phones and computers. That's to say, with the Tidal Chromecast integration, Tidal subscribers are able to directly stream Tidal on Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. You can use the Tidal app on your mobile devices to do that. On the computer, you can use both the app and web player.

In this article, we will share the successful experience with you to cast Tidal to Chromecast/Chromecast Audio in 3 ways. You will get the official way and use a powerful Tidal downloader, AudFree Tidal Music Converter, to help you.

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Part 1. How to Make Tidal Connect Chromecast Devices via Google Cast

Using the Chromecast Tidal integration can enjoy Tidal MQA songs on your Chromecast devices simply. This part will tell you how to use this way on your phone or computer. Please follow the below steps to stream Tidal with Chromecast for playback with ease.

See also: How to Download Tidal MQA Files on Desktop/Mobile

📱 Cast Tidal to Chromecast with Google Cast from Phone

Step 1. Please connect your mobile devices and Chromecast under the same WiFi network.

Step 2. Open the Tidal app and play a Tidal song on your phone. And then tap the 'Now Playing' bar, there will be a small 'Cast' icon.

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Step 3. Just click the 'Cast' button from the lower corner of the screen. And then select your Chromecast device as the target device.

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Step 4. When Chromecast is connected to mobile Tidal, the music content will be played on Chromecast.

🖥 Cast Tidal to Chromecast with Google Cast from Computer

If you are using a Mac or Windows computer, just go to your Tidal on the desktop app or use the Chrome browser to navigate to (Tidal web player). The next steps are basically the same as on the mobile devices.

Step 1. Make sure your computer and Chromecast/Chromecast Audio are connected to the same WiFi network.

Step 2. Go to your Tidal and sign in to your account. Browse and choose the music or playlist you want to play.

Step 3. On the Tidal desktop app, look for and click a button labeled 'Sound Output' in the 'Now Playing' section. It will display a list of nearby Chromecast devices.

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Alternatively, on the Tidal web player, you should click the 'three-dot' from the Google Chrome browser's top right corner. Then, select 'Save and share' > 'Cast...'.

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Step 4. From the list of devices that appear, choose the Chromecast device you want to cast the music to. Once you've selected the target device, Tidal will start casting music on the device.

Part 2. How to Play Tidal on Chromecast Devices via YouTube Music/Plex

If you can't find this function on your Tidal or have other issues in casting Tidal on Chromecast devices, you are recommended to use the alternative way, transferring Tidal music to YouTube Music or Plex and then playing them on Chromecast/Chromecast Audio from your local music folder.

To do this and block Tidal Chromecast issues, the first thing you need to do is to use AudFree Tidal Music Downloader to download and convert Tidal music to MP3, FLAC, WAV or other Chromecast compatible audio files. This tool will download and save Tidal songs as local files so that you can easily upload them to YouTube Music and Plex. Besides, please don't worry about the output audio quality as it can keep nearly lossless audio quality with all ID3 tags preserved.

AudFree Tidal to Chromecast Converter

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  • Download Tidal songs and playlists offline losslessly
  • Convert Tidal to MP3, FLAC, WAV, M4A, AAC, etc.
  • Keep original ID3 tags and 100% lossless audio quality
  • Play Tidal on Chromecast, Roku, and other streaming sticks

Now, the following is the step-by-step tutorial on how to use Tidal on Chromecast Audio and others with the help of AudFree Tidal Music Converter. Please install the free trial version of this tool on your Mac or Windows computer in advance. This version supports converting the first minute of each song. It's worth mentioning that you can purchase the full version to unlock the conversion time limitation.

2.1 Download Tidal Music and Playlists Offline for Chromecast Audio

Step 1Load Tidal Songs to AudFree Tidal Chromecast Converter
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To upload Tidal songs that you will play on Chromecast to AudFree Tidal Music Converter, you can discover them by opening Tidal and clicking the 'three-dot' icon to choose 'Share' > 'Copy Playlist Link' to copy Tidal songs's link. Now you can paste them to the search box of AudFree Tidable and simply press the '+' button to add them.
Step 2Customize Tidal Audio Output Format and Parameters for Chromecast
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To get high-quality local Tidal streams, Chrome Audio-supported lossless FLAC and WAV are the primary output formats you can define. Just hit the top menu bar and click the 'Preferences' from the drop-down list. Now in the 'Convert' option, you can start to customize the output format, sample rate, audio channel, bit rate, conversion speed, etc.
Step 3Download and Convert Tidal for Casting on Chromecast
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When all settings are ready, you can click the big 'Convert' button at the main interface to launch the conversion process. You can see the real-time converting process in this window. Wait several seconds, you can make it to download music from Tidal at a fast 5X speed. After conversion, please click the 'history' > 'Search' icon to locate all plain Tidal files.

2.2 Play Converted Tidal HiFi/Master Music on Chromecast/Chromecast Audio

To play Tidal HiFi, Hi-res or MQA downloads on smart speakers or TVs from Chromecast, there are two methods you can choose, respectively uploading converted Tidal songs to YouTube Music or to Plex. Here are the simple guides below:

Method 1: Cast Tidal to Chromecast via YouTube Music

Step 1: Navigate to and tap the top-left 'profile photo'. From the drop-down menu, select 'Upload music'. Then Finder or Windows Explorer will launch automatically.

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Step 2: Choose the converted Tidal music from them and then hit the 'Open' button. Afterward, play one of the uploaded music on 'Library' > 'SONGS' > 'Uploads' and click the 'Cast' button to select the Chromecast device you want. After that, you can cast Tidal to smart TVs and Android or iOS devices without any problem.

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Method 2: Make Tidal Connect Chromecast via Plex

Step 1: You can download Plex Media Player on your computer and log in to your Plex account. After that, please click the 'Add Library' > 'Music' > 'Browse from media folder' to add Tidal songs to Plex.

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Step 2: Now, there is a 'Cast' button in the Plex app and it will let you stream Tidal songs to Chromecast for playing.

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Part 3. How to Fix Tidal Chromecast Not Working Issue

In this part, let's get started troubleshooting the Tidal Chromecast Audio not working issue. You can fix the problem with the following solutions.

Check Your Chromecast Devices: To avoid Chromecast Tidal integration not working, obviously, Chromecast support shouldn't be too far away. Besides, please make sure that other music streams can work well with Chromecast.

Check Your Tidal: Please try to uninstall and reinstall the Tidal app to see whether it works. Also, verify that your Tidal subscription is active and there are no issues with your account.

Check Network Connection: The Chromecast device and the device running Tidal must be connected to the same WiFi network.

Reconnect Chromecast: Open the Google Home app on your mobile device. Go to the 'Devices' tab and select your Chromecast device. Tap the 'Settings' > 'Forget Device' icon. Set up your Chromecast device again by following the on-screen instructions.

See also: How to Play Tidal on Google Home

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Part 4. More FAQs About Chromecast Tidal

Q1: Tidal Connect VS Chromecast: Is Tidal Connect Better than Chromecast?

A: Tidal Connect serves as a wireless way to stream the catalog of Tidal on other compatible players or devices directly from Tidal's servers. In terms of better sound quality, Tidal Connect does well. It features playing Dolby Atmos, and MQA Master audio on other devices, which Chromecast cannot.

Chromecast can also wirelessly stream Tidal Music but in Hi-res sound quality compared with Tidal Connect. And Chromecast cannot play Tidal Dolby Atmos or 360 Reality Audio directly. However, you can prepare an extra third-party player or streamer to play Tidal music.

Q2: What Bit Rate Chromecast Can Use for Tidal?

A: You only can enjoy Tidal Chromecast audio quality at up to 24-bit/96 kHz.

Q3: How to Fix Can't Cast Tidal Master Quality to Chromecast Audio?

A: Chromecast Audio cannot offer 24-bit/192kHz Hi-res audio while casting Tidal to Chromecast Audio on PC, Androids, or iPhone without a Tidal HiFi Plus account. So to enjoy the lossless Tidal Master quality, you have to use Tidal Connect with Tidal HiFi Plus subscription or apply the third-party tool AudFree Tidal Music Converter to download and keep the original Tidal Master audio forever.

Q4: Is Chromecast Or Chromecast Audio Better for Casting Tidal?

A: Here is a comparison chart for you to overlook the differences between Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. Please check out now.

  Chromecast Chromecast Audio
Design With a HDMI output interface With 3 audio cables:
3.5mm stereo cable
3.5mm to RCA cable for analogue output
Mini TOSLINK to TOSLINK optical cable
Support Output
Support Input

Own Digital-to-Analogue Converter

Sound Quality Versatile and depend on the device connected to Chromecast



Inside Storage


In brief, providing that you want to enjoy higher-quality audio, Chromecast Audio is a better choice for you.

Part 5. In Conclusion

Now, you can find the best solution to stream Tidal to Chromecast and Chromecast Audio. That is to use the AudFree Tidal Music Converter. This tool helps you download 100% original Tidal HiFi, Hi-res and Master music to Chromecast-supported formats and keep the local files forever. Then, you can play Tidal on Chromecast devices or other devices and players you want directly with Tidal ads blocked. Give it a shot!

Miley Swift

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Miley Swift is a professional content creator in the field of music entertainment and tech. Passionate about Tidal streaming technology, she is adept in offering and updating relevant tech skills and tools of Tidal music.

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