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.
This is the online version of Chromecast manual. You can get the Kindle eBook version of this book on Amazon Kindle Book store.
The Chromecast manual here is to help you set up and enjoy the $35 HDMI dongle. I try to make it as simple as possible. Of course, the PDF version of the Chromecast manual will be more comprehensive.
If you want to include more contents or topics in this online Chromecast manual, please let us know in the comment box below. We will update this Chromecast manual regularly.
Update 2: Google discontinued the support of setting up Chromecast through the Chrome browser on the PC/Mac. So, you have to set up a new Chromecast on an Android or iOS device through the Google Home app.
But this does NOT affect the casting functions of Chrome browser on a PC or Mac. You can still cast a tab, or the desktop, or a file from the browser directly as explained in this guide. In fact, you do not need to install any extensions on the PC/Mac.
Update 1: Chromecast app is renamed as Google Home app, which manages both Chromecast and Google Home devices.… Continue to read the post....
Update 1: Videostream for Chromecast is now named as Videostream for Google cast following Google’s naming convention changes. Google now refers software as Google cast, and hardware as Chromecast. We don’t think it is necessary to update the page for such a name change.
Update 2: If you are not sure how to launch Videostream after initial installation, you may check this guide.
To stream local videos to Chromecast, here is another (4th) simple method using a Chrome extension: Videostream for Chromecast.
This method of using a Chrome extension (Chrome app) is a compliment to the other 3 methods of streaming local media to Chromecast: Chrome browser tab casting, desktop sharing, and using Plex media server (and a web app).
Advantages of Videostream extension for streaming local media to Chromecast
The advantages of using Videostream extension to stream local media files to Chromecast include:
- Simple to setup and use, compared to using the Plex media server.
- Support more video formats (with some sort of trans-coding), compared to Chrome browser tab casting.
- Very reliable and stable, compared to desktop sharing.
- Remote control for Android (currently it is free).
- Works just like a local media player
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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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When Chromecast Audio was announced, a lot of people want to know the advantages and disadvantages of Chromecast Audio vs Bluetooth.
This is a natural question because Bluetooth speaker is readily available in all countries and regions. Most families have a few Bluetooth speakers, which may be given free when purchasing some expensive home appliances.
Chromecast Audio is new, although Chromecast is about 2 years old. Even, some Chromecast owners may have some misunderstandings on Chromecast Audio.
If you are not sure about the difference between Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, or you are not sure about how Chromecast Audio streams music, you may check our Chromecast Audio guides page.
This post focuses on comparing Chromecast Audio vs Bluetooth to help you understand the advantages and limitations of Chromecast Audio. And therefore, you can make a better decision on whether you should get a Chromecast Audio, or whether you can live with Bluetooth, or whether and how you can use both of them within your budget.
Chromecast Audio vs Bluetooth: audio quality
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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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It also shows time (and date) on the TV screen. Sometimes, you may want to change the time format from 12-hour format to 24-hour format for your Chroemcast. Or, you may find the time is not correct because the wrong time zone was used.
This guide shows you how to change Chromecast time format and time zone from your Android devices using the Chromecast app.
Step 1: Turn on the TV and power up your Chromecast device
You should see the normal Chromecast screen with photos, your WiFi network ID and time on the TV.
Step 2: Install Chromecast app in your Android device
To change Chromecast time format or Chromecast time zone from an Android device, the Chromecast app is required. Of course, the Chromecast app has some other functions.
You can start Play store in your Android device, then search for “Chromecast”.
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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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Chromecast VS Miracast: everything you need know about Chromecast, wireless display and screen mirroringsimon
Update 1: Android screen mirroring through Chromecast is available! Please read this post for details.
Chromecast was hailed by Time Magazine as the most innovative gadget in 2013. This affordable HDMI dongle changes the way people consume contents, especially online video and music.
Most people now have multiple screens: smartphones ( normally 3.5-7″), tablets (normally 7-12.2″), laptops (normally 10-17″), PC (normally 19-34″) and of course TV (normally 34-80″). Different size gives different experiences, and some contents., for example, full-length movies, are preferred in a larger TV screen.
How to unify these screens?
There are different answers from different vendors. But most of them are vendor-dependent. In other words, the solution only works for some specific-branded devices. For example, Apple has AirPlay (which requires Apple TV); Samsung introduced AllShare Cast since Galaxy S3 (which requires certain Samsung Galaxy devices).
Chromecast delivered an answer that is independent of hardware vendors!
Another hardware-independent answer is Miracast.
Because Android supports Miracast natively since Jelly Bean 4.2, a lot of Chromecast owners confused Chromecast with Miracast.
I will try to explain to you Chromecast vs Miracast: the difference between Chromecast and Miracast (Miracast enabled devices), the advantages, and disadvantages … Continue to read the post....
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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