Google'sis one of the simplest and most cost effective ways to wirelessly transfer content from your phone, tablet or computer to your TV. Although it does not seem to be fully functional on the interfaces, Chromecast can do many things that are not immediately obvious.
Here are 20 tips and tricks to help you better understand the Chromecast platform.
Use your photos as wallpaper.
When you're not using your Chromecast, it turns your TV into a giant digital photo frame, displaying photos of beautiful landscapes.
If you'd like to use your own photos, download the Google Home app to your Android or iOS device, tap your Chromecast in the list of your devices on the tab on the tab , and tap the gear icon to open the settings. In Device Settings tap Ambient Mode and select Google Photos followed by a slide show to be displayed.
You also have the option to optimize the speed The new photos display from 5 seconds to 10 minutes, and display more information on the screen, including the current weather and time.
Browsing Chromecast-enabled apps
You know the default apps that are supported Chromecast – YouTube, Netflix, Pandora, and so on. But what else can you stream to your TV? To find out, just open the Google Home app on your phone and select the Discover tab. Scroll down the feed to see articles for Chromecast – Sports Chromecast – News and Chromecast Audio – Music . You can swipe through these elements to install any Chromecast-compatible app you want to add.
Flipping Android Devices
The highlight feature of Chromecast is streaming video from YouTube, Netflix, and other applications that support it. However, if you're an Android user, you can mirror your device's display on any TV. Just pull down the notification screen and tap Cast . Choose which Chromecast you want to use, and the entire screen will be transferred to the TV.
Unfortunately, this does not work well when streaming local video, as the frame rate is usually very low and the sound falls off the clock very quickly. It works well if you show your locally stored photos to a room full of people or surf the Internet on a larger screen using the phone as a controller.
Mirror your desktop
If you want to do the same with your desktop, you only need Chrome. Casting features are now embedded in Chrome so you no longer need the Chromecast extension. To mirror your entire computer desktop to a TV using Chromecast, open Chrome and click the Cast button to the right of the URL bar and select your device to start mirroring.
Stream local content
There's usually a desktop since mirroring your desktop The frame rate is pretty awful. You'll need to use another method to stream local video and content from a desktop to your Chromecast.
On a Mac, drag a video file to a Chrome tab or press Command + O and find a video. In Chrome on Windows, go to File> Open or press Ctrl + O and find a video file to open in Chrome. Activate the cast function from there as usual. As a result, frames will sometimes fail and audio may become out of sync with the video. However, using a third-party solution that costs money or uploads everything to a private YouTube channel is the easiest way to stream your local videos or pictures through Chromecast.
If you've made a TV in the last 10 years, it probably has a USB port on the back. Because the Chromecast is powered by USB, you can simply plug that cable into the free USB port on your TV instead of plugging the power cord into a power outlet. In most cases, this USB port will be enough to power your Chromecast.
Turn on your TV
You can use a Chromecast to turn on your TV if HDMI-CEC is supported. Just activate this in the settings menu of your TV. Then, if you line up with your phone or computer and your TV is turned off, Chromecast will turn on the device before you start streaming.
The confusing thing is that every manufacturer calls HDMI-CEC something else. You can find all the different names and more about.
If you want to use this feature, turning on your Chromecast by plugging it into the TV (as mentioned above) is probably not the right choice for you. Most TVs will cut off power to the USB port when the TV is turned off. To use HDMI-CEC, you'll most likely need to run the Chromecast independently of the TV.
Get an Ethernet adapter
If you're not lucky with Chromecast streaming over Wi-Fi, you can opt to use Ethernet. Google offers an Ethernet adapter for the Chromecast for $ 15 (about $ 10 or $ 20), which is included by default in the Chromecast Ultra.
This adapter replaces the original power supply of a power supply with an Ethernet connection. Plug the micro USB end into the Chromecast and connect an Ethernet cable to the power supply and an empty port on a nearby. Your Chromecast will be connected to the network.
Enable guest mode
If you have friends or relatives and you want to send something to your TV, you can make it easy for them. Just enable guest mode by opening the Google Home app, switching to your Chromecast device settings, tapping Guest mode and turning on the feature. Nearby devices should connect to the Chromecast without being on the same network.
Chromecast sends a four-digit PIN to nearby devices using an audio tone that you can not hear. If guests' phones do not recognize the audio tone, they can simply type in the PIN manually.
Play / Pause Control with a TV Remote Control or Google Home
The worst thing about streaming a video or movie from your phone to your TV is that you need to unlock your phone just to unlock the video. If your TV remote has playback and pause controls, you can easily use them to control the Chromecast without having to pick up your phone.
If you have a Google Home speaker, you can use it as an added benefit to steer Chromecast (or Chromecasts) using your voice. Just say "OK, Google, Pause [Chromecast name]" or "Hey Google, Mute [Chromecast name]".
Queuing Your Casts
When casting from the YouTube app, you can use your phone to queue videos while you watch them. Find a video, tap it, and you'll see buttons Play and Queue . You can also tap the with three dots next to a video and then tap Add to Queue . You can view your queue by tapping the Now Playing bar at the bottom of the screen. Unfortunately, you can not rearrange the videos in your queue. You can only remove videos or add them to your Watch Later list.
Cast on the go
If you're going on vacation and you do not want to deal with the indescribable hotel cable selection, you can expand your options by bringing along your Chromecast, a travel router or laptop, and an Ethernet cable.
If you are in the hotel room, connect your router or computer to the Ethernet jack in the room,and connect your Chromecast. Then you can watch YouTube, Netflix, or anything you normally see on Chromecast on vacation.
Facebook video cast
A live video from Facebook can easily be viewed on your TV. Or a Facebook video. If you're watching a live broadcast from Facebook, just click or tap the Cast button at the top of the screen.
If you have an impressive set of speakers connected to your TV then you can use them wisely by using them from music services like Google Play, Pandora, and Spotify. (Or trim your TV with adongle from the equation.) In Spotify, tap on Devices Available at the bottom of the Now Playing screen and select your Chromecast Device off. Just tap the Cast button  cast presentations
You could always use Chrome to stream your Google Slides presentations from a computer to Chrome. But now the Google Slides app also supports Chromecast. So, when you create a slideshow presentation, you can quickly and easily view a slideshow or presentation on your phone.
You can also play some mobile games with your Chromecast. To find games that support Chromecast, open the Google Home app and search for apps under the tab or open the Google Play Store mobile. Go to Apps & Games> Categories> Google Cast> Games and tap more .
If you have a Chromecast-compatible game installed and open, search for and tap the Cast logo to stream it to your TV. You can then use an Android or iOS device as a controller. For multiplayer games, you can use multiple phones as gamepads.
Play videos from YouTube, Netflix, and others with your voice
If you're the proud owner of a Google Home speaker, you can cast content into the Chromecasts scattered around your house. You can stream music from supported streaming services, photos from your Google Photos account, and videos from Netflix, YouTube, HBO Now, and other sources. However, for Netflix and HBO, you must first link.
Make sure you've renamed your Chromecasts something easy to say. Remember and say "OK, Google, Parks and Rec play on [Chromecast name]" or "Hello, Google, play The Tallest Man on Earth" on [Chromecast name]. "
Showing Weather Forecast with Google Home
Google has a useful Chromecast feature for Google Home owners, so if you want to see the weather forecast instead of just hearing it, just say" OK, google, show it to me. " Weather on my TV. "The volume is temporarily lowered and the current conditions with a forecast of five days are displayed in addition to all active games.
Viewing Security Cameras on the TV
Have a Nest Security ($ 399 at Walmart) – Camera? You can stream the live feed from the camera through your Chromecast through Google Home, make sure you add a new device in the Google Home app on Home Control> Devices and tap the plus sign below, then you can say things like:
- "OK, google, what's going on [camera name]?"
- "OK, Google . Show [camera name]. "
- " OK, Google, [camera name] play on [camera name]. [Chromecast]. "
- " OK, Google, [camera name] at [Chromecast]. "
- " OK, Google, [camera name] at [Chromecast].
Factory Reset or Restart
Next When setting up your Chromecast for the first time, you typically do not have to worry about settings or hardware, but if something goes wrong, you may need to do a Factory Reset (FDR) of the device. This can be done in two ways:
- Press and hold the button on the edge of the Chromecast for about 25 seconds, if it's a first-generation Chromecast, release the button if the light turns off permanently The second or third generation Chromecast LED will start flashing orange, release it when the LED is solid white.
- In the Google Home app, select your device, tap the gear icon to open the device settings, then scroll down and tap device it removed from the home app and reset at the factory.
Before doing a factory reset, you may want to try the less drastic approach of restarting your Chromecast if it behaves. On the Device Settings screen in the Home app, tap the triple-digit button at the top right, and then Reboot .
Originally published on September 3, 2016.  Update dated December 17, 2018: Added new Chromecast features and tips.