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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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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With version 2.9.1, you can now use VLC for Android to stream local media to Chromecast. Videos and music files of all formats supported by VLC media player now can be streamed to Chromecast. Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast Audio, Google Home, Google Home Mini and Google Home Max. In this guide, I will try to use Chromecast to represent them all, instead of listing them all.
For PC users, you can stream local video and music files to Chromecast very easily with VLC media player version 3.0 RC2 or later.
This Chromecast guide shows you how to use VLC for Android to stream local media to Chromecast: installing the app, enrolling in the Android beta program, streaming local media with VLC for Android, and Chromecast streaming controls for VLC for Android.
Update: with the release of VLC 3.0, Chromecast is officially supported. Therefore, it is not necessary to join the beta program to use VLC for Android to stream local media to Chromecast. For PC users, you can use VLC media player to stream local music and videos to Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, and Google Home devices as detailed in this guide.
What is VLC for Android?
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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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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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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 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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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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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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