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 backdrop feature was officially released early this month. Now you can customize the TV screen when you are not casting contents through Chromecast.
What contents can be used for Chromecast backdrop?
Essentially, Chromecast backdrop allows you to fill the TV screen with the following contents:
- Your photo albums (private or public) in Google+. You can enable or disable albums one by one.
- Artwork from galleries and museums around the world via the Google Cultural Institute.
- News and lifestyle images from The New York Times, The Guardian, Saveur and other provides. This currently is for US users only possibly due to content distribution restrictions.
- Satellite imagery of some of the hardest-to-reach places on Earth from Google Maps.
- Photos from the Google+ community
You can enable or disable these contents individually from your Android devices or iOS devices.
More interestingly, you can even learn more about the current images shown on TV by asking questions in Google voice search directly.
How to setup Chromecast backdrop to customize the TV screen?
In your Android device, start Chromecast app.
Tap the menu key (3 vertical dots) in the top left as shown below to call out the menu items.… Continue to read the post....
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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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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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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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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.
For videos, you are probably out of lack. Currently, there is no direct way to stream Google … Continue to read the post....
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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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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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You can setup Chromecast Audio from any one of the following devices:
- Android phones or devices with Android Jelly Bean 4.1 or later;
- iPhone or iPad with iOS 7 or higher;
- PC with Windows 7 or later;
- Chromebook with Chrome OS 28 or later;
- Mac computers with Mac OS 10.7 and later.
In this guide, Android device is used to show you how to setup Chromecast Audio.
To setup Chromecast Audio, please follow these steps.
Step 1: Connect your Chromecast to the speaker or AV receiver
Before you try to setup Chromecast Audio, you need connect Chromecast Audio to the speaker or AV receiver
You can use one of the following 3 audio/optical cables to connect Chromecast Audio to the speaker or AV receiver:
- 3.5mm stereo cable (which is included in your Chromecast Audio box) for analog output.
- 3.5mm to RCA cable for analog output.
- Mini TOSLINK to TOSLINK optical cable for digital output.
If your speaker does not support any of them, you cannot use it for Chromecast Audio and therefore you cannot proceed to setup Chromecast Audio.
Anyway, almost all speakers and AV receivers support at least one of the three input options.
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Update 1: Now there are six methods. The new approach is to use Android screen cast.
Update 2: Added the image illustrating the differences of the six methods to stream local media files with Chromecast from the book: Chromecast 101: How to stream local media files with Chromecast (Kindle Edition, released November 2014, ASIN: B00Q7TSL3G).
Update 3: with the release of VLC 3.0 on February 9, 2018, Chromecast is now supported.
You can use VLC media player to stream local media files from a PC or an Android phone without using any additional apps or servers. On Android phones, you may check this guide on how to use VLC for Android to stream local media files to Chromecast device.
Chromecast can not only stream internet contents, e.g., YouTube, Netflix, but also can it stream local contents, your videos, music, and photos to your TV. It can also turn your TV into your remote monitor for your PC!
There are several methods for streaming local media files to Chromecast. Each has its strength and weakness.
A lot of Chromecast owners get confused on these methods after we illustrated different possible ways.
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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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