Chromecast Guides (All About Chromecast) is a community for owners of all Chromecast devices: Chromecast (Chromecast 2013), Chromecast 2nd Gen (Chromecast 2015), Chromecast Audio, and Chromecast Ultra (Chromecast 2016).
Detailed how-to style guides show you how to use Chromecast devices effectively.
The Chromecast guides are organized in following categories.
You can find detailed how-to guides for using Chromecast, Chromecast 2nd Gen and Chromecast Ultra.
For example, how to reset Chromecast, how to change/switch Chromecast WiFi, how to stream local videos in Chromecast, how to use Google cast app, how to use Android screen mirroring, how to use Plex media server for Chromecast, how to use Videostream extension, differences between Miracast and Chromecast, how to use Chromecast guest mode, Chromecast vs Fire TV, how to check and redeem Chromecast offers….
Chromecast Audio guides are organized separately so that Chromecast Audio owners can find the relevant guides easily without fiddling around other guides that are not relevant to Chromecast Audio..
So far, we covered most aspects of using Chromecast Audio. For example, the difference between Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, why Chromecast Audio is better than Bluetooth speakers, how to set up and reset Chromecast Audio, how to stream music with Chromecast Audio, how to choose the correct audio cable for your Chromecast Audio, how to use Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback….
Chromecast setup manual explains the detailed steps to setup Chromecast.
Chromecast 101 is a series of eBooks on how to setup, use and troubleshoot Chromecast.
Currently, there are two titles available in Amazon:
- Chromecast 101: the Unofficial Chromecast Setup Manual (Kindle Edition, released Feb. 2014, ASIN: B00ICGDDY4). Most contents can be found in Chromecast setup manual page.
- Chromecast 101: How to stream local media files with Chromecast (Kindle Edition, released November 2014, ASIN: B00Q7TSL3G)
List of recent Chromecast guides
Here is the list of most recent Chromecast guides. The complete list of Chromecast guides can be found in Chromecast Guides.
If you are not aware of it, Google quietly released the $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast early this month. You can get it from Google devices store for $15.
This guide will show you how to use Ethernet adapter for Chromecast to get best connections for your Chromecast.
Who need Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast?
The Ethernet adapter is a lifesaver for those Chromecast owners:
- Who do not have a wireless router at home.
- Whose wireless signal is poor near the TV.
- Whose wireless signal quality is not good.
- Whose router is configured with AP isolation.
- Who are streaming very high quality 1080p videos with Chromecast. Please follow this guide if you want to stream local media files.
- Who are not satisfied with the WiFi connection quality for their Chromecast.
What are in the box of Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast?
In the box, you can find:
- One Ethernet adapter for Chromecast, which will replace your current power adapter. It is essentially an 850mA power adapter with an Ethernet port.
- One 1-page quick start guide. It illustrates you how to connect Ethernet adapter for Chromecast to Chromecast and the router.
- One 36-page safety, regulatory and warranty information in many languages. You
Chromecast backdrop feature was officially released early this month. Now you can customize the TV screen when you are not casting contents through Chromecast.
What contents can be used for Chromecast backdrop?
Essentially, Chromecast backdrop allows you to fill the TV screen with the following contents:
- Your photo albums (private or public) in Google+. You can enable or disable albums one by one.
- Artwork from galleries and museums around the world via the Google Cultural Institute.
- News and lifestyle images from The New York Times, The Guardian, Saveur and other provides. This currently is for US users only possibly due to content distribution restrictions.
- Satellite imagery of some of the hardest-to-reach places on Earth from Google Maps.
- Photos from the Google+ community
You can enable or disable these contents individually from your Android devices or iOS devices.
More interestingly, you can even learn more about the current images shown on TV by asking questions in Google voice search directly.
How to setup Chromecast backdrop to customize the TV screen?
In your Android device, start Chromecast app.
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What is AllAboutChromecast.com?
AllAboutChromecast is a community for Chromecast owner to help other owners. We are NOT affiliated to Google in any means.
All guides and articles in AllAboutChromecast.com are free to access for all users. No subscription is needed. You can also post your questions in comments section of each guide or article.
Chromecast is a unique device.
It is easy to setup and use, only if you know how to use it.
Like most modern gadgets, Chromecast has so many features and possibly different usages. It is impractical to cover them in one user guide.
For most Chromecast owners, you only need to know “how can I use it for bla bla bla”.
This is what our Chromecast How-to guides and Chromecast Audio guides will do for you.
We simply have the best how-to guides on using Chromecast (including Chromecast, Chromecast 2nd Gen and Chromecast Ultra) and Chromecast Audio.
All our guides were tested on our own devices before they were released. No BS.
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Chromecast 101 is a series of eBooks on how to setup, use and troubleshoot Chromecast, the most innovative gadget in 2013.
This is the official page of Chromecast 101 eBooks published by AllAboutChromecast.com. Some of these Chromecast guide books are given free through newsletter links.
Chromecast 101: the Unofficial Chromecast Setup Manual (Kindle Edition, released Feb. 2014)
This small (27 pages in PDF including cover) Kindle eBook is the simplest Chromecast setup guide. It was written specially for absolutely-new Chromecast owners.
Chromecast 101: the Unofficial Chromecast Setup Manual (ASIN: B00ICGDDY4)only solves one problem: setup your Chromecast. Nothing else. There are no advanced topics.
Most of the contents of this book can be found freely on our website (Chromecast Manual page). We compiled it in Kindle format with some added info and added screenshot and photos.
For advanced topics and Chromecast tips, please check our Chromecast how-to guide page.
Here is the TOC of the Kindle eBook: Chromecast 101: the Unofficial Chromecast Setup Manual
Chapter 1: Contents in the box
Chapter 2: Connect Chromecast to TV
Chapter 3: Setup Chromecast
3.1 Chromecast setup from a Windows PC
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Chromecast support was finally introduced in VLC media player 3.0. So, you can now easily use VLC media player on PC to stream music and video to Chromecast and Chromecast Audio.
This adds one more method to stream local media files to Chromecast and Chromecast Audio.
Please note, Google Home, Google Hoem Mini, and Google Home Max also support Chromecast. This means you can also use VLC media player on PC to stream music to those Google Home devices. Therefore, this guide also applies to Google Home devices.
The advantages of using VLC media player on PC to stream music and video to Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, and Google Home
If you have an extensive collection of music and movies in the hard drive, you can stream them to TV with Chromecast or Chromecast Audio with various methods.
Chromecast is officially supported in VLC media player 3.0. So, you have one more method to stream local media (music and video) to Chromecast and Chromecast Audio.
Compared to other six methods of streaming local music and video to Chromecast and Chromcast Audio, the VLC media player method has several advantages including:
- Open source. If the development
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Very likely, Google will reveal the 4th Gen of Chromecast on September 30, 2020. But the details of the Chromecast 4th Gen (aka Chromecast with Google TV, or Chromecast 2020) were leaked. A few retailers have released the product inadvertently.
Google TV here simply means Google-branded Android TV (not the old Google TV). It is not a new platform. Instead, it is a new form factor (dongle) for Android TV.
This post will summarize the key features of the Chromecast 4th Gen (Chromecast with Google TV) compared to the 3rd Gen of Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra.
Chromecast 4th Gen converges Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra
The new Chromecast (4th gen, Chromecast 2020) is a natural successor for the 3rd Gen of Chromecast (Chromecast 2018).
But Google worked an extra mile. The Chromecast with Google TV also converges the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra.
The 4th Gen of Chromecast supports 4K and HDR, which were the exclusive features of Chromecast Ultra. So, the new Chromecast with Google TV surely will replace not only Chromecast 3rd Gen but also Chromecast Ultra.
In other words, Google simplifies the Chromecast product line into one.
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Google just announced and released the 2nd generation of Chromecast on September 29, about 2 years after the initial release of Chromecast.
You can order the new Chromecast through Google Store or Best Buy now.
You may wonder what’s new in the new Chromecast (Chromecast 2015) and whether you should update to the new Chromecast.
In this post, I will share with you the top 5 new features and improvements of the new Chromecast (Chromecast 2015).
Detailed how-to guides for the new Chromecast will be added gradually.
1. Chromecast Audio: a new member of the new Chromecast family:
In addition to the normal Chromecast with HDMI interface, Google released the new Chromecast Audio for your speaker.
You can connect Chromecast Audio to a speaker (or a soundbar or even your home theatre system) through the 3.5mm audio cable.
Chromecast Audio instantly turns your speakers or soundbar into a “smart” and “connected” device. It can stream music from the cloud or from your phones or other devices. Please check Chromecast Audio guides here.
It is better than a Bluetooth speaker:
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If you want to stream 4K contents, among Chromecast family (Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, and Chromecast Ultra), only Chromecast Ultra (update: and the Chromecast 2020, aka Chromecast with Google TV) has this capability.
But a lot of Chromecast Ultra owners found they cannot stream 4K contents with Chromecast Ultra.
What are the possible causes? What are the solutions?
This Chromecast guide first explains the requirements of using Chromecast to stream 4K contents, then show you the solutions for some problems related to streaming 4K contents with Chromecast Ultra.
The 6 requirements of using Chromecast Ultra to stream 4K contents
Chromecast Ultra is a very powerful streaming gadget.
You can use Chromecast Ultra to stream 4K Ultra HD contents with HDR. While normal Chromecast (Chromecast and Chromecast 2nd Generation) can only stream full HD contents (1080p) without HDR.
Although Chromecast does not require a 4K TV, there are a few requirements to meet if you want to use Chromecast Ultra to stream 4K contents, including:
- a 4K TV;
- fast internet connection (at least 10-20Mbps);
- HDCP 2.2 support;
- the original power adapter;
- a high-speed HDMI cable;
- 4K contents.
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When do you need to reset Chromecast (factory data reset)?
Most of the time, it is not necessary to factory reset Chromecast (factory data reset). The device update itself when connected to internet. It seldom gives problem.
But in the following two scenarios, you probably have to reset Chromecast:
- You change your wireless router. Chromecast can only remember one network. If you changed your router, you can either re-do the setup (you may follow this Chromecast setup guide) if the old network is not in range, or simply reset Chromecast.
- Chromecast hangs or freezes. You can try to plug out the USB power cable, then check whether Chromecast works after plugging the cable back. But if this doe not work or Chromecast hangs frequently, it is good idea to reset Chromecast (factory data reset) before calling Google support or returning the unit.
How to reset Chromecast (factory data reset)?
It is quite simple to factory reset Chromecast. There are two ways to factory reset Chromecast.
Method 1: Use the button on Chromecast to reset Chromecast
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Although it is not complicated, some new Chromecast Audio owners may still have problems to use Chromecast Audio to stream music properly.
Some may have no idea on how to control Chromecast Audio from their mobile devices.
This Chromecast Audio guide shows you how to use Chromecast Audio to stream music, and how to control Chromecast Audio from your mobile device.
Please note, I assume you already setup your Chromecast Audio. If not, please follow this guide to set up Chromecast Audio first.
How to use Chromecast Audio to stream music?
To use Chromecast Audio to stream music to your speaker, you may follow these steps.
Step 1: Connect your Chromecast Audio to the speaker, and power on both the speaker and Chromecast Audio
Make sure the audio cable is inserted into Chromecast Audio and the speaker tightly.
Chromecast Audio does not have a power button. You just connect the USB cable to Chromecast Audio and power adapter, then plug the power adapter to electric socket to power on … Continue to read the post....
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