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.
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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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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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.
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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
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”.
Tap the Chromecast, then tap install as shown below.… Continue to read the post....
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What is the Google Home and Chromecast casting notification?
One of the new features in Google Home app (through Google Play services on the phone) is the Google Home and Chromecast casting notification (remote control notifications) in all mobile devices that are connected to the same network as the casting devices.
This means, by default, all mobile devices (with a Google account and the latest Google app) in the same network as casting devices now get the casting notification (remote control notification) when any of the casting devices is casting.
Here casting devices include Chromecast, Chromecast 2nd Gen, Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast Audio and Google Home.
For example, when Google Play music is playing music to Chromecast Audio, you will see the notification in other Android phones as shown below.
This notification appears not only on the device you initiated the casting, but also all other mobile devices in the same network, by default.
So, any devices can control the playback remotely through … Continue to read the post....
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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 streaming 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 local … Continue to read the post....
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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.
The purpose of this comparison is to guide … Continue to read the post....
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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 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 2 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.
The requirements of Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback
The requirements of Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback are straightforward:
- Two or more Chromecast Audio devices. Chromecast is NOT supported.
- Chromecast Audio devices are connected to the same WiFi network.
- Latest Chromecast App on your mobile device.
- Latest firmware for Chromecast Audio. Chromecast Audio will always update itself automatically. If you didn’t root your Chromecast Audio and blocked the update, you should not worry about this.
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You can rename Chromecast at any time as you like.
During the initial setup, you are given the 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 Chromecst if you want. For example, the name of your ex-girlfriend probably is no longer a good 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 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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