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.
If you have two WiFi networks at home for different purposes, for example, one for normal usage, and the other connecting to a VPN server, you may sometimes want to switch Chromecast WiFi network.
This tutorial will show you how to change Chromecast WiFi network if you have more than one WiFi network at home.
Please note, this tutorial assumes you can access both WiFi networks. If you no longer have the access to the old network, you have to reset your Chromecast as shown in this tutorial.
Chromecast can only remember one network at any time. Changing Chromecast WiFi network means that the old network info will be deleted from Chromecast device.
Chromecast can only access 2.4GHz WiFi network. But your mobile devices or PCs that are on 5GHZ network or on Ethernet can still find and connect to this Chromecast device, as long as your devices and Chromecast are connecting to the same router.
To switch or change Chromecast WiFi network, you need:
- 2 or more WiFi networks in the same location (otherwise, why switch?)
- your mobile devices can access both networks
- Chromecast can access both WiFi networks (2.4G only)
- mobile devices with Chromecast app installed
In the latest update (June 27) for Microsoft OneDrive for Android, Chromecast support is added. This means you can stream photos and videos on OneDrive to Chromecast.
This is a compliment to streaming local media files as detailed in this guide, as more and more Chromecast owners save contents in the cloud.
The current limitations of Google Photos
For Android users, the most popular cloud photo storage is probably Google Photos, which was recently revamped with many nice features (e.g., unlimited storage).
However, Google photos for Android does NOT support Chromecast currently. FYI, the old Google+ photos (the predecessor of Google photos) supported Chromecast.
So, although Google Photos can back up your photos and videos perfectly to the cloud, it is not easy to enjoy them on the TV.
For photos saved in Google Photos, you can create albums. Then add the albums to the Chromecast backdrop. In this way, you can enjoy your photos on the TV screen through Chromecast automatically.
Please follow this guide on how to set up and use Chromecast backdrop to stream your Google Photos.
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Both gadgets share a similar form factor, share a similar price (less than $40). Both are from reputable tech companies.
It is usually not helpful to read reviews for these two products. It is all about your needs: what do you want to do with the HDMI Stick?
This guide will try to help you decide which one is suitable for YOU: Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV Stick?
I have no intention (possible?) to make a judgment on which one is better because the better one is not always suitable for you. What you need is Mr. or Ms. Right.
Chromecast VS Amazon Fire TV Stick: 2 similar but fundamentally different products
Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick have a similar size and weight. They both need external power through a Micro USB port. They both must be inserted into an HDMI port on the TV.
They both can turn your TV into a connected entertainment device.
But Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV stick are fundamentally different:
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
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Very likely, Google will reveal the 4th Gen of Chromecast on September 30, 2020. But the details of the Chromecast 4th Gen (aka Chromecast with Google TV, or Chromecast 2020) were leaked. A few retailers have released the product inadvertently.
Google TV here simply means Google-branded Android TV (not the old Google TV). It is not a new platform. Instead, it is a new form factor (dongle) for Android TV.
This post will summarize the key features of the Chromecast 4th Gen (Chromecast with Google TV) compared to the 3rd Gen of Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra.
Chromecast 4th Gen converges Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra
The new Chromecast (4th gen, Chromecast 2020) is a natural successor for the 3rd Gen of Chromecast (Chromecast 2018).
But Google worked an extra mile. The Chromecast with Google TV also converges the Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra.
The 4th Gen of Chromecast supports 4K and HDR, which were the exclusive features of Chromecast Ultra. So, the new Chromecast with Google TV surely will replace not only Chromecast 3rd Gen but also Chromecast Ultra.
In other words, Google simplifies the Chromecast product line into one.
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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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Where is the Chromecast Audio LED indicator
You may notice that next to the micro USB port (which is for power), there is a small LED.
Don’f overlook this tiny LED.
This is the Chromecast Audio LED indicator.
The status of this LED indicator tells you the status of Chromecast Audio device.
Why Chromecast Audio LED indicator is so important?
Unlike Chromecast which can show status on the TV screen, Chromecast Audio can only output audio.
But Google has not implemented any audio notifications on Chromecast Audio.
So, Chromecast Audio relies on this tiny Chromecast Audio LED indicator to tell you what it is doing or going on, for example, booting, updating, casting.
If there are any problems with the device, the LED will give you the corresponding signals.
So, it is important to know the meaning of Chromecast Audio LED colors when Chromecast does not work as expected.
Meaning of Chromecast Audio LED colors
There are two colors of the LED: white or orange.
And there are 2 statuses : solid or pulsing (flashing).
So, in total, Chromecast Audio LED indicator can indicate 4 statuses.
1. Pulsing orange: not ready
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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.
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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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Android screen casting for Chromecast is now supported on all Android devices with KitKat 4.4.2 or latersimon
Android screen casting makes the TV your second screen!
The latest Chromecast app (1.9.6) update brought Android screen casting (screen mirroring), one of the most anticipated features of Chromecast, to all Android devices with Android KitKat 4.4.2 or later.
If you are new to this feature, you may refer to this post.
Essentially, Android screen casting (screen mirroring) through Chromecast will make your TV the second screen of your Android devices.
You can enjoy videos, games, music, and everything on the TV with Android screen casting through Chromecast.
Anything displayed on your android screen and the audio can be mirrored on your TV through Chromecast.
This makes your $35 Chromecast more values.
Previously, screen casting feature is only supported on a few selected (high-end) devices.
How to start and stop Android screen casting?
After you update Chromecast app to 1.9.6 or later, you can find the cast screen option as shown below.
If your device is not among the supported device list (see this post for the updated officially supported devices), you will see the following warning messaging
“Screen casting is not optimized for this device, your experience may vary.”
Tap OK to continue as shown below.
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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.
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