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.
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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.
Any most importantly, we (the whole … Continue to read the post....
Update: with Chromecast app update to 1.9.6, Android screen casting (screen mirroring) is available in ALL Android devices with Android KitKat 4.4.2 or later versions.
Screen mirroring with Chromecast Arrives: cast your Android screen without relying on apps
As announced in Google I/O 2014, Chromecast would get some nice update and new features. We will discuss these new features in later posts once they are available;e publicly
One of the most exciting new features of Chromecast is screen mirroring (or screen casting) for Android devices. You can mirror whatever on your Android devices to a TV without using any apps (of course, for non-Nexus devices, you need Chromecast app) including audio.
Now, with Chromecast app update (to 1.7.4), screen mirroring with Chromecast is now fully working on some selected (models) Android devices.
Please note, screen mirroring is different from wireless display that has been introduced to Android since Jelly Bean 4.2. Wireless display in Android is using Miracast technology. To use this feature, you need a receiver (usually a TV) that supports Miracast. Currently, only some high-end smart TVs support Miracast. Otherwise, you need get a Miracast dongle/adapter (for example, Netgear Push2TV Wireless Display HDMI Adapter… Continue to read the post....
This guide will show you how to use an Android app to stream local media files to Chromecast. It is intended mainly for streaming contents saved in your Android devices.
Using an Android app to stream local media files (on your Android device) is one of the 5 major methods of streaming local media files for Chromecast. For a detailed comparison (advantages and limitations) of these 5 local media streaming methods, please check this guide: Comparison of 5 methods for streaming local media files to Chromecast.
Update (Jan 2018): VLC for Android now also supports Chromecast. It offers a better way to stream local media in Android to Chromecast. You may check the guide here. It also supports 4K streaming to Chromecast Ultra.
How to find an Android app to stream local media files to Chromecast?
There are many Android apps that can stream local media contents to Chromecast. In other words, in Google Play store, you can easily find an Android app to stream local media files to Chromecast. But some work poorly. Normally, if the average review score is less than 3, you should avoid that app.
Google Play store now has a special Chromecast … Continue to read the post....
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Update: a mini user guide is available on how to use Ethernet adapter for Chromecast.
Google quietly released a $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast in July 8.
The adapter will not only improve the network performance of Chromecast especially if your WiFi network signal (strength and quality) is not so good, but also may introduce new usages for Chromecast.
I will share with you why this $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast actually is a big thing for the e .
Will $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast drag you back to wired era?
The is supposed to be very simple to setup and simple to use.
Most of the time, it is. But not always.
Some Chromecast owners have faced such problems:
- weak WiFi signal or poor WiFi signal quality near TV.
- no idea how to connect the Chromecast to the wireless network.
- very old wireless router only supporting 802.11b.
- no WiFi in office.
- poor network performance of Chromecast.
Ethernet adapter for Chromecast will surely solve these problems.
- Ethernet connection is far more stable than WiFi. Even the 10M/100M Ethernet ports in some aged routers usually can offer better and smoother streaming than 5G Hz wireless AC connection
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You can setup Chromecast Audio from any one of the following devices:
- Android phones or devices with Android Jelly Bean 4.1 or later;
- iPhone or iPad with iOS 7 or higher;
- PC with Windows 7 or later;
- Chromebook with Chrome OS 28 or later;
- Mac computers with Mac OS 10.7 and later.
In this guide, Android device is used to show you how to setup Chromecast Audio.
To setup Chromecast Audio, please follow these steps.
Step 1: Connect your Chromecast to the speaker or AV receiver
Before you try to setup Chromecast Audio, you need connect Chromecast Audio to the speaker or AV receiver
You can use one of the following 3 audio/optical cables to connect Chromecast Audio to the speaker or AV receiver:
- 3.5mm stereo cable (which is included in your Chromecast Audio box) for analog output.
- 3.5mm to RCA cable for analog output.
- Mini TOSLINK to TOSLINK optical cable for digital output.
If your speaker does not support any of them, you cannot use it for Chromecast Audio and therefore you cannot proceed to setup Chromecast Audio.
Anyway, almost all speakers and AV receivers support at least one of the three input options.
If you speaker or AV … Continue to read the post....
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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When the 2nd generation of Chromecast was announced, two Chromecast products were announced: Chromecast (Chromecast 2015) and Chromecast Audio.
Although it sounds simple, it is actually not so easy for many potential buyers, especially, for those who are new to Chromecast, to decide which Chromecast is for them.
This page will show you the major differences between Chromecast and Chromecast Audio so that you can make a correct decision.
Chromecast vs Chromecast Audio: HDMI output (audio and video) vs audio cable output only
The major difference between Chromecast and Chromecast Audio is the output interface and output signal.
Chromecast has an HDMI output interface. You can connect Chromecast to the HDMI port in the TV or AV receiver.
Chromecast will output both audio and video to the connected devices.
As a comparison, Chromecast Audio can only output audio through one of the 3 audio cables (depending on your speaker input options):
- 3.5mm stereo cable (which is included in your Chromecast Audio box) for analog output.
- 3.5mm to RCA cable for analog output. It should be very cheap and you probably can find it in your old DVD box.
- Mini TOSLINK to TOSLINK optical cable for digital output. It should cost
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But what holds most enthusiasts from ordering the device is that only limited apps are supported before the Google Cast SDK is open to public. Only selected partners (e.g., Hulu, HBO, Plex…) are allowed to release apps with Chrome cast support.
The Google Cast SDK (it is branded as Google Cast in most situations, although the product name is still Chromecast) was initially for preview only: developers are not allowed to release their apps per the terms.
This week, Google finally officially open the Google Cast SDK to the public. All developers now can make their apps work with Chromecast officially.
This brings infinite opportunities for our Chromecast, and for our mobile devices
We will see more and more apps work with Chromecast. For example, if you want to stream local contents to a TV, currently, you have to use Chrome browser (with Google Cast extension) in a laptop or a PC (you may refer to this guide if you still want to know how to do it). But since the Google Cast … Continue to read the post....
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Update 1: there are several other methods to stream local video to Chromecast. Some work better. You may check this guide: Comparison of 5 methods for streaming local media files to Chromecast.
Although there are a few apps that can stream local video to Chromecast, they are NOT free, and not intuitive. If you are curious, you may try Avia Media Player (Chromecast), or Plex, or the RealPlayer Cloud.
Actually, you can use Chrome browser to stream local video to Chromecast. Any videos that can be played on your PC can be played on your TV now.
You do not need any apps (except the Google Cast extension for Chrome). Of course, there is one downside: the streaming quality is limited to 720p with high bitrate, no 1080p at this time. But this quality usually is sufficient for most videos.
What you need to do is to install the Google Cast extension from Chrome store. Once this extension is installed, you can cast any tabs of your Chrome browser to the TV.
So, how to stream local video to Chromecast (and watch onTV)?
It is simple. In the address bar, instead of typing http bla-bla, … Continue to read the post....
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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