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 support was finally introduced in VLC media player 3.0. So, you can now easily use VLC media player on PC to stream music and video to Chromecast and Chromecast Audio.
This adds one more method to stream local media files to Chromecast and Chromecast Audio.
Please note, Google Home, Google Hoem Mini, and Google Home Max also support Chromecast. This means you can also use VLC media player on PC to stream music to those Google Home devices. Therefore, this guide also applies to Google Home devices.
The advantages of using VLC media player on PC to stream music and video to Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, and Google Home
If you have an extensive collection of music and movies in the hard drive, you can stream them to TV with Chromecast or Chromecast Audio with various methods.
Chromecast is officially supported in VLC media player 3.0. So, you have one more method to stream local media (music and video) to Chromecast and Chromecast Audio.
Compared to other six methods of streaming local music and video to Chromecast and Chromcast Audio, the VLC media player method has several advantages including:
- Open source. If the development
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As a proud owner of the $35 Chromecast device, you already know the software in the dongle is always updated automatically. Google never asks you to update, or reboot to update.
So, you can enjoy the Chromecast without wasting any time on updating the firmware/OS.
On September 13, 2016, Google released Chromecast Preview Program for opt-in Chromecast owners to enjoy the new features and new version of software before such updates are broadly available.
In other words, Chromecast Preview Program, if opt-in, puts your Chromecast device in a special channel that receives software udpate before Google makes the update available for all other devices.
The update you get through Chromecast Preview Program is NOT beta software. It will be the final update (preview). In most cases, you just get it a few days (or one or two weeks) earlier than others,
For modern software udpate, it is impractical to push out updates immediately to tens of millions devices. Most companies roll out update in batches so that the update will not crash the server. And at the same time, quick feedback can be gathered before a full-scale roll-out.
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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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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
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 the 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 … Continue to read the post....
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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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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 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 (August 2019): an updated guide on install Google Play store and apps from Play Store on Amazon Fire tablet
If you are using an Amazon Fire tablet from 5th gen to the current model (8th gen), it is now easier to install Google Play Store on the Fire tablet.
Please check this updated guide on how to install Google Play Store on Fire tablet.
Update (July 2019): Amazon Prime Video app now supports Chromecast
As explained in this guide, Amazon Prime Video app on Android and IOS now supports Chromecast.
However, the Prime Video app on Fire tablets still does NOT support Chromecast.
Update (2016/02): Android screen mirroring works on Fire tablet 5th generation
For Fire tablet 5th generation ONLY (you can check yours in Settings– Device options–Device model), you can also use screen cast for Chromecast (Android screen mirroring). You can run the Play Store and update Play services. Please follow this guide to run one ADB command.
For all previous generations of Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire HDX tablets, you cannot run Google Play store app. Screencast does not work either. If Chromecast does not work after install the 4 APKs, you can … Continue to read the post....
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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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