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 are not aware of it, Google quietly released the $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast early this month. You can get it from Google devices store for $15.
This guide will show you how to use Ethernet adapter for Chromecast to get best connections for your Chromecast.
Who need Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast?
The Ethernet adapter is a lifesaver for those Chromecast owners:
- Who do not have a wireless router at home.
- Whose wireless signal is poor near the TV.
- Whose wireless signal quality is not good.
- Whose router is configured with AP isolation.
- Who are streaming very high quality 1080p videos with Chromecast. Please follow this guide if you want to stream local media files.
- Who are not satisfied with the WiFi connection quality for their Chromecast.
What are in the box of Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast?
In the box, you can find:
- One Ethernet adapter for Chromecast, which will replace your current power adapter. It is essentially an 850mA power adapter with an Ethernet port.
- One 1-page quick start guide. It illustrates you how to connect Ethernet adapter for Chromecast to Chromecast and the router.
- One 36-page safety, regulatory and warranty information in many languages. You
Google just announced and released the 2nd generation of Chromecast on September 29, about 2 years after the initial release of Chromecast.
You can order the new Chromecast through Google Store or Best Buy now.
You may wonder what’s new in the new Chromecast (Chromecast 2015), and whether you should update to the new Chromecast.
In this post, I will share with you the top 5 new features and improvements of the new Chromecast (Chromecast 2015).
Detailed how-to guides for the new Chromecast will be added gradually.
1. Chromecast Audio: a new member of the new Chromecast family:
In addition to the normal Chromecast with HDMI interface, Google released the new Chromecast Audio for your speaker.
You can connect Chromecast Audio to a speaker (or a sound bar or even your home theatre system) through the 3.5mm audio cable.
Chromecast Audio instantly turns your speakers or sound bar into a “smart” and “connected” device. It can stream music from the cloud or from your phones or other devices. Please check Chromecast Audio guides here.
It is better than a Bluetooth … 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
3.2 Chromecast setup from Android phone or Android … Continue to read the post....
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.
You can turn on guest mode … Continue to read the post....
But a lot of Chromecast Ultra owners found they cannot stream 4K contents with Chromecast Ultra.
What are the possible causes? What are the solutions?
This Chromecast guide first explains the requirements of using Chromecast to stream 4K contents, then show you the solutions for some problems related to streaming 4K contents with Chromecast Ultra.
The 6 requirements of using Chromecast Ultra to stream 4K contents
Chromecast Ultra is a very powerful streaming gadget.
You can use Chromecast Ultra to stream 4K Ultra HD contents with HDR. While normal Chromecast (Chromecast and Chromecast 2nd Generation) can only stream full HD contents (1080p) without HDR.
Although Chromecast does not require a 4K TV, there are a few requirements to meet if you want to use Chromecast Ultra to stream 4K contents, including:
- a 4K TV;
- fast internet connection (at least 10-20Mbps);
- HDCP 2.2 support;
- the original power adapter;
- a high-speed HDMI cable;
- 4K contents.
Among these 6 requirements, 2 are related to the TV: 4K resolution and HDCP 2.2 support. The other 4 are … Continue to read the post....
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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
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.
Now tap … Continue to read the post....
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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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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