Google Chromecast is a popular transmission dongle this allows for an easy and affordable way to launch content from your smartphone, tablet, or computer to your wireless TV.
You can do as many things as simply stream Netflix, Hulu, Spotify, HBO and more from your mobile device and computer to your TV. Our guide to How Google Chromecast works explains more about what the device can do.
The seemingly simple and ultraportable plug and play device has some tricks up its sleeve that aren’t immediately obvious.
Here’s a rundown of some of Chromecast’s hidden tips and tricks that you may not know can make casting more magical.
Chromecast tips and tricks you didn’t know
1. Activate guest mode
2. Make presentations
3. Play many games
4. Stream videos with your voice
5. Play real-time security camera feeds on your TV
6. Watch Amazon Prime Video on your TV
7. Create a casting queue
8. Plex distribution
9. Connect the headphones
10. Share the view of the virtual reality headset with other users
11. Cast on the fly
12. Turn on the TV
13. Get free movies and other benefits
Activate guest mode
If you have guests in your home, whether you’re hosting a family reunion or having a party, you can let them stream their favorite music or TV shows to your TV, without giving your WiFi password.
To do this, go to Chromecast settings and turn on guest mode. This way, anyone with a Google Cast Ready app can stream it to a screen as long as the option is available on their device and within 25 feet of the Chromecast. If not, they can manually enter the four-digit PIN displayed on the TV in the application settings of phones, tablets, or computers.
Chromecast lets you sync your presentation with any TV so you can enhance your presentation skills whether you’re in the office or at home. Just plug the dongle into your TV, upload the Google Slides presentation to a compatible device, and click Present at the top right of the presentation.
Select Present on another screen, select your Chromecast and start the slide show.
Play a lot of games
Need some fun family time or just want to launch your favorite game on a larger screen? You can do this with Chromecast. Google Play has over 100 games for Chromecast, but if you’re a Nintendo fan, you can download CastNES, the NES emulator, and enjoy a nostalgic journey down the memory lane.
Download the games to your mobile device and easily play them on your TV using the device as a controller while running the game on your TV.
Once you’ve downloaded, installed, and opened a Chromecast-enabled game, search for and tap the Cast logo to begin streaming it to your TV. If you have multiplayer games, you can use multiple phones as gamepads.
Stream videos with your voice
You can stream music from Netflix, YouTube, and other supported streaming services, as well as photos from your Google Photos account with your voice. If you have a Google Home speaker, you can send content to other Chromecast devices in your home, as long as it’s easy to say and remember.
For example, you can say “Okay, Google, play eat. Pray. Love. A (Chromecast name)” or “Hi, Google, play My Family Reunion a (Chromecast name).”
Note: For Netflix and HBO, you must first link your accounts before you can use your voice.
Play real-time security camera feeds on your TV
If you have a Nest Security camera, you can use Google Home to view live feed from security cameras using your Chromecast. Just add your device to the Google Home app and control it by voice.
For example, you can say “OK, Google, show camera name) to (Chromecast)” and it will show the live feed.
Watch the Amazon Prime video on your TV
Finally, the years of struggling to watch Amazon Prime Video on TV with another device are over. Amazon and Google reached an agreement, which added Prime Video to the list of supported apps for Chromecast.
You can now play Amazon Prime Video by opening the app and tapping the sharing icon to watch your favorite content on your TV.
Create a casting queue
Ever wanted to watch YouTube videos without constantly grabbing your phone or tablet every time you want to watch the next video? Chromecast lets you enjoy your content on YouTube by streaming content to your TV and selecting the videos you want to watch.
Once you play the first video, you can play the later videos you want to watch and then select them Add to the queue instead of touching Play. To see the queue, just tap Now playing at the bottom of the screen.
Note: There is no way to reorder videos in the queue. You can only add it to the View list later or remove it altogether.
Plex is a media management application that allows you to organize and play multimedia content such as movies, photos, and music so you can watch them from your mobile devices, TVs, and more. Google allows you to stream Plex because Chromecast does not support playback of local media.
Do this, sign up for Plex, download and open your app, then send the content you want to view to Chromecast.
Connect the headphones
Not everyone likes the same content as you, so Chromecast lets you stream videos to your TV from any compatible device and keep the audio on your device. Just tap the button Send audio to phone option in the file Now play screen, connect the headset, and start listening.
It can also be downloaded LocalCast for Chromecast to watch something on TV without disturbing others in the same room.
Share VR headset views with others
If you have one Google Daydream View VR Headphones and you want to share with others what you see or experience while carrying google, you can use your Chromecast and headphones to project content to your TV. Make sure your Chromecast and Daydream View headset phone is on the same WiFi network as your Google Home app.
Open Google Home, tap Cast and select the Chromecast to which you want to send virtual reality images. Plug your phone into the headset and others will see (practically) what you are experiencing.
Note: You can stream your display with a VR Gear as long as you have the latest version of the Oculus app.
Cast On The Go
Google Chromecast is an ultraportable device, which means you can go with any vacation or business trip. If you don’t like the huge selection of cables in your vacation hotel, you can use the Chromecast cable, laptop and router or Ethernet and stream your favorite content.
Simply connect your laptop to the Ethernet jack in your hotel room, or connect your router, set up a wireless network, and connect your Chromecast to start streaming.
Turn on the TV
Another useful Chromecast tip: You can turn on the TV with a Chromecast device as long as it supports HDMI-CEC. Turn this option on in the TV setup menu, and as long as the TV is turned off, Chromecast will turn it on when you use your phone or computer to broadcast something.
However, HDMI-CEC adopts different terms depending on the manufacturer, so check the manufacturer’s website or manual for instructions on how to operate it. Also, you’ll need to power the Chromecast from a different source, not the TV, because the power on the USB port will be turned off when the TV is turned off.
Get free movies and other benefits
In addition to showing the latest and greatest a la carte TV shows, owning a Chromecast also has advantages, such as getting free on-demand movies and TV. Google rewards its users with great deals and other great benefits Chromecast Deals page. Here you can see what offers are currently available, as well as the best deals you can get on other Google devices.
You can also find accessible content by searching for it in the Google Cast app. It will show you the Chromecast-enabled apps that currently stream the movie or TV show you want to watch, as well as buttons that let you go directly to the service or download the app that lets you access it.
Life is a current
Your Chromecast can do a lot for you other than just streaming music and movies from YouTube or Netflix. Try any of these 13 Chromecast tips and tricks for a more magical experience. If you have other interesting things you have used the Chromecast for, we’d love to hear your recommendations. Share them with us in a comment below.