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 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
Update: a mini user guide is available on how to use Ethernet adapter for Chromecast.
Google quietly released a $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast in July 8.
The adapter will not only improve the network performance of Chromecast especially if your WiFi network signal (strength and quality) is not so good, but also may introduce new usages for Chromecast.
I will share with you why this $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast actually is a big thing for the e .
Will $15 Ethernet adapter for Chromecast drag you back to wired era?
The is supposed to be very simple to setup and simple to use.
Most of the time, it is. But not always.
Some Chromecast owners have faced such problems:
- weak WiFi signal or poor WiFi signal quality near TV.
- no idea how to connect the Chromecast to the wireless network.
- very old wireless router only supporting 802.11b.
- no WiFi in office.
- poor network performance of Chromecast.
Ethernet adapter for Chromecast will surely solve these problems.
- Ethernet connection is far more stable than WiFi. Even the 10M/100M Ethernet ports in some aged routers usually can offer better and smoother streaming than 5G Hz wireless AC connection
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You can launch Videostream just like other Chrome apps
It is both powerful enough and simple enough for most Chromecast owners. We also published a detailed guide on how to use Videostream extension to stream local contents to Chromecast.
But one of the most common questions asked is how to launch Videosteram after initial installation.
Videosteram for Google cast is just a normal Chrome app. So, you can launch Videostream just like launching other Chrome apps.
This is a simple job for Chromebook users, or seasoned Chrome users.
But for many new and casual Chrome users, it can be very confusing about how to launch Chrome app after the installation.
This guide will show you how to launch Videosteram for Google cast app easily. You can even create a shortcut of Chrome apps on desktop.
There are at least 3 different methods to launch Videostream for Google cast from your PC. We will cover all of them one by one.
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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....
When do you need to reset Chromecast (factory data reset)?
Most of the time, it is not necessary to factory reset Chromecast (factory data reset). The device update itself when connected to internet. It seldom gives problem.
But in the following two scenarios, you probably have to reset Chromecast:
- You change your wireless router. Chromecast can only remember one network. If you changed your router, you can either re-do the setup (you may follow this Chromecast setup guide) if the old network is not in range, or simply reset Chromecast.
- Chromecast hangs or freezes. You can try to plug out the USB power cable, then check whether Chromecast works after plugging the cable back. But if this doe not work or Chromecast hangs frequently, it is good idea to reset Chromecast (factory data reset) before calling Google support or returning the unit.
How to reset Chromecast (factory data reset)?
It is quite simple to factory reset Chromecast. There are two ways to factory reset Chromecast.
Method 1: Use the button on Chromecast to reset Chromecast
Hold down the button (next to the micro USB port) on your Chromecast for at least 25 seconds or until the solid light begins … Continue to read the post....
Why do we need one more solution (robust and free) of streaming local media to Chromecast?
To stream local media to Chromecast is not as simple as many expected. Google intends to make Chromecast an internet thing, not a local media player.
If you used Chromecast for online streaming, you probably are very happy with this $35 device. It works with more and more services, and the online streaming quality is quite impressive most of the time.
But if you have a lot of media files in the hard drive of your PC, you may feel the pain to stream local media to Chromecast (to watch on the big screen).
In the Chromecast how-to guides section, I shared two methods of streaming local media to Chromecast:
- Stream local video to Chromecast through a Chrome browser tab.
- Share the whole desktop screen (and audio) to Chromecast through desktop sharing.
Both of the methods are not robust, with obvious limitations.
Using a Chrome tab to stream local media to Chromecast is the simplest method. But it is severely limited by the media formats that you can play through Chrome browser. Very often, the user has to install additional software or … Continue to read the post....
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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.
You can turn on guest mode … Continue to read the post....
So, we decided to start a new community for Chromecast owners and enthusiasms.
AllAboutChromecast.com will cover Chromecast news and updates. You will get the latest info on Chromecast.
Chromecast how-to guide section will teach you everything on using Chromecast for all occasions.
Chromecast manual section gives you the best guide on setup, using and troubleshooting Chromecast.
Chromecast Forum is a public forum for you to share your views on Chromecast, and discuss anything related (or even unrelated) to Chromecast.
We will also discuss the technology behind Chromecast. A lot of people confused Chromecast with Miracast or screen mirroring in Android 4.2 or later versions. For screen mirroring, you may check this screen mirroring guide.
If you have any questions or want to leave a feedback, please leave comments in the relevant pages/posts, or use the contact us page to send your message.
Of course, the most valuable assets for you is the Chromecast Tips and Tricks, our free newsletter. You should subscribe now!… Continue to read the post....
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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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With the announcement of the new Chromecast (Chromecast 2015) and Chromecast Audio, Google also dramatically updated the Chromecast app for Android and for iOS.
The new Chromecast app not only adds support of the new Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, but also introduces new features to help you find apps and contents that can be used with Chromecast devices. The new Chromecast app works with all Chromecast devices: the new Chromecast(Chromecast 2015) Chromecast Audio, the old Chromecast (1st generation of Chromecast).
This guide shows you the new features in the new Chromecast app and how to use them.
This guide is based on Chromecast for Android. It works similarly in iOS devices.
How do I know whether I have the new Chromecast app?
The new Chromecast app for Android refers to Chromecast app version 1.12.32, which was officially released on September 29, 2015.
You can easily know whether you have the new Chromecast app with one of the following methods.
Method 1: Check Chromecast app icon.
The icon for the new Chromecast app is blue Google cast (as shown below in the left). The old icon is a Chrome logo on a TV as shown in the right below..… Continue to read the post....