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 organised into the following categories.
Chromecast How-to guides
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
Chromecast Audio guides are organized separately so that Chromecast Audio owners can find the relevant guides easily without fiddling around with other guides that are not relevant to Chromecast Audio …
So far, we have 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
Chromecast setup manual explains the detailed steps to set up Chromecast.
Chromecast 101 series eBooks section
Chromecast 101 is a series of eBooks on how to set up, use and troubleshoot Chromecast.
Currently, there are two titles available on Amazon:
- Chromecast 101: the Unofficial Chromecast Setup Manual (Kindle Edition, released Feb. 2014, ASIN: B00ICGDDY4). Most of the contents can be found on the 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 the most recent Chromecast guides. The complete list of Chromecast guides can be found in Chromecast Guides.
How to use Videostream extension to stream local videos for Chromecast?simon
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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How to stream photos and videos on OneDrive to Chromecast?simon
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.
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Chromecast VS Amazon Fire TV stick: which one is for you?simon
When considering buying a streaming device for the TV, a lot of people may have a hard time deciding between Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV Stick.
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 is a
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How to use Chromecast backdrop to customize the TV screen?simon
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.
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How to reset Chromecast (Factory Data Reset,FDR)?simon
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
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All About Chromecast: a community for Chromecast ownerssimon
Although the Chromecast is simple to setup and simple to use, you may encounter this issue or that issue. Google’s support is robotic.
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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How to use Ethernet Adapter for Chromecast?simon
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
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How to use Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback?simon
What is Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback?
If you have two or more Chromecast Audio devices, you can let them play exactly the 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 two 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.
Update: Group playback is available for all Chromecast (Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, and Chromecast Ultra) and all Google Home speakers (Google Home, Google Home Mini, Google Home Max, Google Nest Mini aka Home Mini 2nd Gen).
Also, you should not confuse the group playback with the Google Home speaker group. The differences between the group playback and speaker group are explained here.
The requirements of Chromecast Audio
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How to factory data reset Chromecast Audio?simon
Like any other electronics devices, sometimes, Chromecast Audio may not work properly.
In this case, you need reset Chromecast Audio. This guide explains two different methods to factory data reset Chromecast Audio. The methods also applies to Chromecast.
Please note, when you reset Chromecast Audio, the device will then return to “factory” state as a new Chromecast. This means you need setup the Chromecast Audio as a new device after the factory data reset (FDR).
When you need reset Chromecast Audio?
For most owners, it is not necessary to reset Chromecast Audio. You may consider to reset Chromecast Audio:
- when the Chromecast Audio LED color is solid orange;
- when you change your wireless router;
- when you change wireless network settings (e.g., SSID) on the router;
- when you bring your Chromecast Audio to your friends home;
- when you want to pass the Chromecast Audio to other people;
- when Chromecast Audio works oddly.
Corresponding to these scenarios, you have two methods to factory data reset Chromecast Audio:
- hard reset (using hardware button);
- soft reset (using Chromecast App in mobile devices or Google Cast extension on PC);
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Chromecast Audio vs Bluetooth: advantages and disadvantages of Chromecast Audiosimon
When Chromecast Audio was announced, a lot of people want to know the advantages and disadvantages of Chromecast Audio vs Bluetooth.
This is a natural question because Bluetooth speaker is readily available in all countries and regions. Most families have a few Bluetooth speakers, which may be given free when purchasing some expensive home appliances.
Chromecast Audio is new, although Chromecast is about 2 years old. Even, some Chromecast owners may have some misunderstandings on Chromecast Audio.
If you are not sure about the difference between Chromecast and Chromecast Audio, or you are not sure about how Chromecast Audio streams music, you may check our Chromecast Audio guides page.
This post focuses on comparing Chromecast Audio vs Bluetooth to help you understand the advantages and limitations of Chromecast Audio. And therefore, you can make a better decision on whether you should get a Chromecast Audio, or whether you can live with Bluetooth, or whether and how you can use both of them within your budget.
Chromecast Audio vs Bluetooth: audio quality
Bluetooth usually has terrible audio quality because Bluetooth is designed as low power, short-range personal area networks (PANs). The speed is far lower than that of … Continue to read the post....
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