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.
Update 1: Now there are six methods. The new approach is to use Android screen cast.
Update 2: Added the image illustrating the differences of the six methods to stream local media files with Chromecast from the book: Chromecast 101: How to stream local media files with Chromecast (Kindle Edition, released November 2014, ASIN: B00Q7TSL3G).
Update 3: with the release of VLC 3.0 on February 9, 2018, Chromecast is now supported.
You can use VLC media player to stream local media files from a PC or an Android phone without using any additional apps or servers. On Android phones, you may check this guide on how to use VLC for Android to stream local media files to Chromecast device.
Chromecast can not only stream internet contents, e.g., YouTube, Netflix, but also can it stream local contents, your videos, music, and photos to your TV. It can also turn your TV into your remote monitor for your PC!
There are several methods for streaming local media files to Chromecast. Each has its strength and weakness.
A lot of Chromecast owners get confused on these methods after we illustrated different possible ways.
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With the announcement of the new Chromecast (Chromecast 2015) and Chromecast Audio, Google also dramatically updated the Chromecast app for Android and for iOS.
The new Chromecast app not only adds support of the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, but also introduces new features to help you find apps and contents that can be used with Chromecast devices. The new Chromecast app works with all Chromecast devices: the new Chromecast(Chromecast 2015) Chromecast Audio, the old Chromecast (1st generation of Chromecast).
This guide shows you the new features in the new Chromecast app and how to use them.
This guide is based on Chromecast for Android. It works similarly in iOS devices.
How do I know whether I have the new Chromecast app?
The new Chromecast app for Android refers to Chromecast app version 1.12.32, which was officially released on September 29, 2015.
You can easily know whether you have the new Chromecast app with one of the following methods.
Method 1: Check Chromecast app icon.
The icon for the new Chromecast app is blue Google cast (as shown below in the left). The old icon is a Chrome logo on a TV as shown in the right below..… Continue to read the post....
You can rename Chromecast at any time as you like.
During the initial setup, you are given a chance to name your Chromecast so that you can distinguish it from other Chromecast devices. You can use anything to name your Chromecast. You can use up to 24 characters for the name of your Chromecast.
After the initial setup, you can still rename Chromecast if you want. For example, the name of your ex-girlfriend probably is no longer the right choice when you enjoy the device with your new girlfriend. Sometimes, you may want to rename Chromecast to something meaningful if you forget to change the default name during the initial setup.
It is very straightforward to rename Chromecast from your mobile phones or tablet. Here is the step-by-step guide on how to give a new name to your Chromecast.
In the following example, I will show you how to rename a Chromecast device from “Chromecast2013” to “AllAboutChromecast.com” from an Android phone.
Step 0: Make sure your Chromecast is powered on
To rename Chromecast, your Chromecast must be powered on, and you must be able to connect to it from your mobile devices.
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As a proud owner of the $35 Chromecast device, you already know the software in the dongle is always updated automatically. Google never asks you to update, or reboot to update.
So, you can enjoy the Chromecast without wasting any time on updating the firmware/OS.
On September 13, 2016, Google released Chromecast Preview Program for opt-in Chromecast owners to enjoy the new features and new version of software before such updates are broadly available.
In other words, Chromecast Preview Program, if opt-in, puts your Chromecast device in a special channel that receives software udpate before Google makes the update available for all other devices.
The update you get through Chromecast Preview Program is NOT beta software. It will be the final update (preview). In most cases, you just get it a few days (or one or two weeks) earlier than others,
For modern software udpate, it is impractical to push out updates immediately to tens of millions devices. Most companies roll out update in batches so that the update will not crash the server. And at the same time, quick feedback can be gathered before a full-scale roll-out.
Chromecast Preview Program is just to … Continue to read the post....
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You can launch Videostream just like other Chrome apps
It is both powerful enough and simple enough for most Chromecast owners. We also published a detailed guide on how to use Videostream extension to stream local contents to Chromecast.
But one of the most common questions asked is how to launch Videosteram after initial installation.
Videosteram for Google cast is just a normal Chrome app. So, you can launch Videostream just like launching other Chrome apps.
This is a simple job for Chromebook users, or seasoned Chrome users.
But for many new and casual Chrome users, it can be very confusing about how to launch Chrome app after the installation.
This guide will show you how to launch Videosteram for Google cast app easily. You can even create a shortcut of Chrome apps on desktop.
There are at least 3 different methods to launch Videostream for Google cast from your PC. We will cover all of them one by 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 sound bar or even your home theatre system) through the 3.5mm audio cable.
Chromecast Audio instantly turns your speakers or sound bar 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.
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Chromecast Audio was introduced on September 29, 2015, together with the new Chromecast (Chromecast 2015, 2nd generation of Chromecast).
Although Chromecast Audio shares almost identical hardware specs with the new Chromecast, the designed usage of Chromecast Audio is substantially different from Chromecast.
This may confuse many users.
Chromecast Audio guides will include a series of guides to help you better understand Chromecast Audio (e.g., differences between Chromecast Audio and Chromecast, Bluetooth vs Chromecast Audio…) and use Chromecast Audio.
For Chromecast, including 1st generation of Chromecast and new Chromecast (Chromecast 2015), please check this Chromecast how-to guide page.
This is a live page: more guides will be added regularly after we test them one by one.
If you have any questions on Chromecast Audio, please feel free to leave them in the comment box below, we will try to find the solution for you.
Here are the Chromecast Audio guides.
Chromecast or Chromecast Audio? If you have any questions on the difference between these two Chromecast devices, you can find the answer in this guide. This Chromecast Audio guide explains to you the output format, targeted usages, audio quality, under-hood differences
Chromecast guest mode allows your guests to cast to Chromecast without connecting to your WiFi network.
This Chromecast guide explains everything you need to know about the Chromecast guest mode: what the guest mode is, how it works, how to enable or disable it, how to cast in the guest mode, and the limitations of the guest mode.
What is Chromecast guest mode? When will you need it?
By default, the only way to use Chromecast is by joining your device to the same network as Chromecast.
This is part of the security consideration: you don’t want your neighbor to mess up your TV screen.
Sometimes, you have some guests in the house and they want to share something interesting from their devices through Chromecast. In this case, you have to connect their devices to your network to use the Chromecast.
If you have some sensitive files in your home network, you probably are reluctant to have them connected to your network. You may trust your friends, but you cannot trust their devices which may have nasty malware.
Chromecast guest mode comes to solve your dilemma. Thanks to the recent update in Chromecast.
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Update 1: there are several other methods of streaming local media to Chromecast. The desktop sharing method illustrated below is mainly for turning your TV into your second screen of your PC. It is not good for video streaming (at least, for video streaming, there are some other better methods). You may check this guide: Comparison of 5 methods for streaming local media files to Chromecast.
You can share the whole desktop screen to Chromecast (and watch it on TV)
Almost every Chromecast owner knows you can cast any Chrome browser tab to your TV through Chromecast. What you need is just the Google Cast extension.
You can even stream local video, music or photos to the TV as I showed you in this guide: How to stream local video to Chromecast?
But you may not know you can share the whole desktop to Chromecast, and watch it on the TV. Even better, the audio output can also be transferred to TV!
When will you need desktop sharing to Chromecast?
Sharing your desktop with Chromecast is not only for fun. It solves a lot of practical issues.
Scenario 1: Media format is not supported by Chrome browser
If the … Continue to read the post....
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