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.
There is no update for Chromecast Ultra or Chromecast Audio this year.
This Chromecast guide explains the new features of Chroemcast 2018 (3rd gen of Chromecast), and whether it is worth to update your Chromecast.
What are the new features in Chromecast 2018 (3rd gen of Chromecast)?
Chromecast 2018 is a minor update to Chromecast 2015 (2nd gen Chromecast). So, there are no jaw-dropping new features in Chromecast 2018.
Because Chromecast is so unique that there are no serious direct competitors in the market, it is hard to judge whether Chromecast 2018 is behind or ahead of the industry trends.
But one thing is sure your $35 will be well spent if you do not own a Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra now.
As Google stopped selling the 2nd gen Chromecast, you will get the latest Chromecast 2018 if you purchase the Chromecasr from now on.
The new features discussed in this post are “new” to Chromecast 2015 (2nd gen Chromecast) owners. If you are new to Chromecast, or currently own the first generation of Chromecast, you … Continue to read the post....
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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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What is Chromecast Audio companion device?
Chromecast Audio is not a standalone device: it requires a Chromecast Audio companion device to initiate the streaming.
The companion device usually pass the streaming location and streaming info to Chromecast Audio. Chromecast Audio will then take over the streaming. You may check this guide on how to use Chromecast Audio to stream music and how to control Chromecast Audio from your Chromecast Audio companion device.
If the streaming source requires a membership/subscription, the Chromecast Audio companion device needs to authenticate itself first, then pass the streaming source to Chromecast Audio.
This requirement of a Chromecast Audio companion device is by design.
Chromecast Audio does not have its own dedicated input interface in Chromecast Audio.
Chromecast App and Apps with Chromecast support are required to use Chromecast.
The apps (Chromecast App and individual apps with Chromecast support) must run on a device, which acts as a Chromecast Audio companion device.
Chromecast Audio companion device is not exclusive. There is no “master” device: all devices are equal.
Any devices that can run these apps can control Chromecast Audio. No Chromecast Audio companion device can hog on Chromecast Audio.
What are supported systems for Chromecast Audio
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What is Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback?
If you have two or more Chromecast Audio devices, you can let them play exactly the same music simultaneously.
This Chromecast Audio feature is named as multi-room group playback (multi-room support).
Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback was announced when Chromecast Audio was announced. About two months later, in December 2015, this feature was released through a firmware update (and Chromecast app update).
Essentially, Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback allows you to play music on all of your Chromecast Audio devices in the same WiFi network.
Currently, Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback feature is available for Chromecast Audio only. You cannot add a Chromecast device to the group. You may read this page on differences between Chromecast and Chromecast Audio.
Update: Group playback is available for all Chromecast (Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, and Chromecast Ultra) and all Google Home speakers (Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, Google Nest Mini aka Home Mini 2nd Gen).
The requirements of Chromecast Audio
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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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Only one audio output port, but you can use 3 different types of audio cables for Chromecast Audio.
Chromecast Audio, like Chromecast, is very simple in design and use.
There are only two ports: one micro USB port for power adapter. The other port on the opposite side is for audio cables.
So, there is no reason to insert the audio cables for Chromecast Audio in the wrong port.
But you may not know the single 3.5-mm audio port can be used for 3 different types of compatible audio cables for Chromecast Audio:
- 3.5-mm stereo cable for analog output. The yellow audio cable is included in your Chromecast Audio box
- 3.5-mm-stereo-to-RCA cable for analog output. This audio cable is NOT included.
- Mini TOSLINK-to-TOSLINK optical cable for digital output. This optical audio cable is NOT included.
Although you can use 3 different audio cables for Chromecast Audio, you cannot use them simultaneously because there is only one port.
Even if you use audio jack splitter, the audio output format is determined by the audio cable inserted into the output port.
What are the differences between the 3 compatible audio cables for Chromecast Audio?
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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....
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.
It is not necessary to power on the … Continue to read the post....