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27 Things You Didn't Know Your Chromecast Could Do




Google improves your online life—from email and online stockpiling to news and computerized maps. In any case, it can likewise assume control over your TV with Chromecast, a gushing dongle that got a beautiful makeover in 2015 and a 4K "Ultra" update in 2016.


The Chromecast Ultra will set you back $69, yet it's truly for the individuals who have a 4K TV; make certain to look at the contrasts between the two gadgets previously lifting one up.

Whichever one you pick, some portion of the Chromecast's allure lies in its unadulterated movability, but on the other hand there's the cost: only $35 to remotely stream Netflix, Spotify, HBO, Hulu, and more from your cell phone or PC to the TV. Also applications for music, working out, and making up for lost time with sports. At the point when the Chromecast was discharged in July 2013, it rapidly sold out, is as yet going solid. Deals have now beaten 55 million and bits of gossip propose a Bluetooth Chromecast may be underway.

While the ultraportable gadget is basically attachment and play, there are a couple of tips and traps that can make throwing more otherworldly. Look at them beneath.

1 Mirror

Watching somebody encounter virtual the truth is amusing...for a couple of minutes. When you can likewise observe what the individual wearing the goggles sees, however, it's better for everybody. With Google's $99 Daydream View headset and a Chromecast, you can send what's on the headset to a TV.

Simply ensure the telephone you have in the Daydream and the Chromecast are on a similar Wi-Fi arrange and that you have the Google Home application (Android, iOS) introduced. Open Google Home, select Cast, and after that pick the Chromecast gadget to which you need to send the VR pictures. Put the telephone into the headset and everybody can perceive what you're doing, for all intents and purposes.

On the off chance that you have a Gear VR, you can do a similar thing. Ensure you have the most recent rendition of the Oculus application and get your Gear going, hit the Cast catch, and select the gadget on which you need to see your VR travel.

2 Live Wire Act

There's a lot of extraordinary substance on Facebook Live that would profit by being on the wide screen (like, ahem, PCMag's 1 Cool Thing). To send a Facebook Live communicate to a TV, ensure the gadget you're throwing from and the TV are on a similar Wi-Fi arrange. At that point open a Facebook Live communicate and hit the Cast symbol that shows up on the screen.

3 Adapt to Change

The Chromecast is a helpful contraption for gushing Netflix, YouTube, and other substance from cell phones to your TV, yet it requires a solid Wi-Fi association with convey streams that don't cradle. Not every person has a super-quick Wi-Fi organize, however, and for those individuals, Google has an Ethernet connector for Chromecast.

The connector resembles the current Chromecast control line, yet the attachment end presently incorporates a little Ethernet port. Associate an Ethernet link that is likewise associated with your modem to that port, plug the USB end of the connector into the Chromecast, append the Chromecast to the HDMI port on your TV, and you're prepared to go. It's $15 in the Google Play store.

4 Sliding By

In the event that you utilize Google Slides, you can demonstrate your introduction with Chromecast since Google Cast is incorporated with Chrome. Tap the "Present" choice on the upper right of your introduction, select "Present on another screen," and pick your Chromecast gadget.

5 Game Time Decision

It is anything but a PlayStation 4, however the Chromecast can be utilized to play some fun family recreations. Get your depression on with Just Dance Now or serve up some wistfulness with Sonic Jump Fever. Download amusements to your Android or iOS gadget to utilize your telephone or tablet as a controller, while the diversion keeps running on your TV.

6 Pictionary This

Disregard observing a scratch pad sufficiently enormous to be seen over your condo. You can play Pictionary on your wide screen by downloading CastPad to an Android gadget and afterward simply throwing the screen.

Lovely As a Picture

7 Pretty as a Picture

Utilize your own photographs—or look over Google's choice of excellent craftsmanship, scene photography, and satellite pictures—to switch up your Chromecast foundation. In the Google Home application, go to the Devices tab and select the Chromecast you need to alter. In the upper right corner, tap the cheeseburger menu () and select Backdrop Settings. There, you can pick a photograph from Google Photos, Facebook collections, or Flickr, or select to show news, climate, craftsmanship, or satellite pictures.

8 Photo Finish

Correspondingly, Chromecast can fill in as a current contrasting option to old fashioned slideshows; no projectors here. Google Photos has Chromecast bolster, so you can cast your pics from Google Photos on iOS, Android, and the PC to your TV. Search for the Cast symbol on the highest point of the Google Photos symbol and tap to associate.

9 Command Center

Transform your Chromecast home screen into gadget focal with Dashboard Cast, which gives you a chance to include a clock, logbook, climate, RSS peruser, podcasts, and that's only the tip of the iceberg.

10 TV As a DJ

To play music through your TV with Chromecast, download Google Play Music (Android or iOS). Open the application, select the cast symbol, pick Chromecast from the gadget list, and select what you need to play. For more than your own music, join Google Play Music for $9.99 a month or $14.99 for a family design, which likewise incorporates free spilling radio and YouTube Red, where accessible (destined to be known as YouTube Premium).

In the event that you need sound that your TV speakers can't give, Google's $35 Chromecast Audio gadget guides into your speakers and streams music from close-by gadgets by means of Wi-Fi.

11 Premium Sound

In case you're a Spotify Premium supporter, you can cast tunes through your Chromecast. Ensure your gadget is on a similar Wi-Fi arrange as your Chromecast. Open the Spotify application, play a track, select Devices Available, and after that select your Chromecast. It should work with new and old Chromecasts. Pandora is additionally a choice.

12 Quiet Time

On the off chance that you need to watch something on your TV however don't need the sound to irritate others in the room, at that point download LocalCast for Android. It gives you a chance to cast video to your TV while keeping sound on your gadget. Tap "Course sound to telephone" on the "Now playing" screen, and module a few earphones. Note: the application portrayal cautions that it's in beta and may be surrey.

13 Drive-In Movies

One of the main protests about the Chromecast is that it doesn't bolster nearby media playback, so you can't take advantage of substance you have spared in the cloud. However, with media administration application Plex, you can stream music, motion pictures, and photographs by means of the Chromecast. Plex arranges your scattered substance and gives you a chance to watch it from tablets, TVs, telephones, and that's only the tip of the iceberg. Agree to accept the administration, at that point download the Plex application, open it, and send your substance to the Chromecast.

14 Android Selfie

You can reflect your Android gadget to your TV, implying that you can cast whatever you see on your telephone to the TV. It's at present accessible on a few gadgets with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat MR1) or more; see the Chromecast bolster page for a full rundown.

15 Can I Stream That?

The Google Home application (Android, iOS) causes you find prominent substance from Cast-empowered applications. Suppose you need to get up to speed with Start Trek: Voyager, for instance, however don't know where it's spilling. Open up the Home application, type the name of the film or TV demonstrate you need to watch in the hunt box, and tap your coveted substance. The application will disclose to you which Chromecast-empowered applications are gushing that substance, and give you the choice to bounce to that administration or download an application that does.

Applications, in the interim, are being included constantly. To discover what its most recent traps are, visit Google's Chromecast page.

16 Make Yourself at Home

On the off chance that you truly need to make your Chromecast feel at home, match up it up with your Google Home to control some TV content by means of voice. Open the Google Home application and ensure the gadget, Chromecast, and Google Home are all on a similar Wi-Fi arrange. In the application, go to the menu, select More Settings, and after that TVs and Speakers. Discover the Chromecast you need to connect and select the in addition to sign.

Presently interface the video or music applications you need to play to your Google Home gadget. Open the Google Home application once more, select the Menu, at that point pick Videos and Photos, and select an application like Netflix that you would need to connect. Select Link Account. Presently you can state things like, "alright, Google, play Narcos from Netflix on Chromecast."

17 Google Assistant Director

You would think, in the mean time, that Chromecast would get along with Google Play Movies, however the organization just barely included that usefulness. Ask your Google Home gadget to play films and shows you've leased or obtained, and additionally content shared through Family Library

18 TV Time

In case you're a DirectTV Now supporter, you can observe live TV or anything you've spared to the administration's Cloud DVR by means of your Chromecast. Simply open the DirectTV Now application, select the Cast symbol, and afterward pick the Chromecast gadget you need to utilize.

19 That Vudu That You Do

Your Chromecast can play DVDs. All things considered, kind of. On the off chance that you have stacks and piles of DVDs and nothing to play them on or simply need the accommodation that accompanies spilling, at that point you can utilize Vudu to change over old media to new. Download the Vudu application (Android, iOS), sign in or agree to accept a record, at that point go to the menu and select Disk to Digital, and examine the UPC code from the plate. At that point you can watch your DVDs as a stream on the Vudu application on Chromecast. It will cost you $2 per title for standard definition and $5 per title for top quality.

20 Queue Up

The main irritating thing about viewing YouTube recordings on a Chromecast is that you need to get and put down your telephone or tablet each time you need to watch another. Or on the other hand isn't that right? Open the YouTube application, tap the Cast catch, select your Chromecast gadget, and pick a video to watch. Rather than choosing play, tap TV Queue. Discover another video and do likewise and rehash until the point that you have a full playlist. Hit Play on the main video in the line to begin viewing the playlist.

21 Kid 'n Play

YouTube Kids gives junior watch a chance to age proper recordings from the Google-possessed video site. The application confines content on the application, even on inquiry, and technically knowledgeable children would now be able to cast their most loved recordings to the TV.

22 Conquer the Amazon Video

You can watch Netflix easily on a Chromecast, yet there's no simple method to stream Amazon Video since Amazon has its own gushing dongle. There is a workaround, however, as long as you keep a PC with the Chrome program convenient while you're viewing on your TV.

Open the program and explore to Amazon Video and whatever you'd jump at the chance to watch. Select the menu on the upper right (). Select "Cast" and a fly up window will request that you select the gadget to which you'd get a kick out of the chance to Cast. The drawback is that you'll need to go into the program to control the video.

The quality is likewise not perfect. Google is trying a superior affair, however. Go to chrome://banners/#media-remoting, empower the featured banner, at that point restart the Chrome program, type in the URL of a video you'd get a kick out of the chance to play, select Cast in the Chrome menu, and make a point to grow it to full screen.

23 Get Fired Up

The Google Home application isn't accessible in the Amazon Appstore, however that doesn't mean you can't cast from your Kindle Fire. On your Kindle Fire, go to Settings, look down to Allow Installation of Applications, and turn it on. At that point on your Fire go to market.1mobile.com in a program and download it. Presently open a program on your Fire and go to chromecast.com/setup. Select Get It On Google Play and when you are asked, finished the activity utilizing 1Mobile. You'll be conveyed to the Chromecast page on 1Mobile Market; select Download. Once the application is introduced, turn on your TV and take after the establishment guidelines on the Fire.

24 Be Our Guest

Regardless of whether you have houseguests for a week or gathering visitors for a night, you should need to give them a chance to choose what to look without giving the device access to your device Wi-Fi. Visit the gadget settings to turn your Chromecast into Guest Mode in device gadget settings, and anybody with a Google Cast Ready application that is open inside around 25 feet of the Chromecast will have the capacity to cast once the alternative appears on their gadget. On the off chance that this comes up short, the client can physically enter the four-digit PIN that will be shown on the TV into the application's settings on their gadget.

25 Room Service

On your next get-away, disregard watching the restricted channels accessible on the lodging's TV. Utilizing your Chromecast in a hurry isn't exactly as basic as it is at home, however it's feasible. Try to pack a convenient remote switch and connect it to the Ethernet port in the divider. At that point connect your Chromecast to the HDMI port on the TV and associate it and the gadget you're utilizing to cast to it. (In case you're at a Marriott, you may have the capacity to get Netflix without the Chromecast, however.)

26 Not for All Audiences

In the event that spoilers never deter you, at that point you'll need to join the Chromecast Preview Program. This will get you the most recent Chromecast includes before they're discharged to the general population. Google says the program isn't beta but instead only a see of stable highlights.

To join, open the Google Cast application on an Android or iOS gadget. Tap Devices, find the one that you need to use for the program, and select it. Presently select Device Settings, at that point Preview Program. Utilize the slider to choose regardless of whether you need to get email notices of updates as they are pushed to your Chromecast gadget. When you're set, select Join Program, at that point audit all that you've chosen and tap OK, Got It.

You may not be effective in selecting; should you not see Preview Program under settings, at that point Google isn't tolerating individuals right now and you can attempt again later.

27 Acting Remote

You've most likely utilized your telephone as a remote for your link or Chromecast, however you won't not realize that you can utilize it to sidestep the way toward changing the contribution to cast if your TV bolsters HDMI-CEC. Google the model of your TV and the exchange name of HDMI-CEC which matches the brand:

Sony - BRAVIA Link or BRAVIA Sync

Samsung - Anynet+

Sharp - Aquos Link

AOC - E-interface

Hitachi - HDMI-CEC

Pioneer - Kuro Link

Onkyo - RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI)

Toshiba - Regza Link or CE-Link

LG - SimpLink

Runco International – RuncoLink

Philips - EasyLink

On the off chance that you have it, at that point utilize the TV remote and go to Settings and select the HDMI-CEC choice and empower it. Presently when you cast to your TV, you don't need to change the info. You can begin throwing to your Chromecast from another gadget and the Chromecast will send a flag to the TV, constraining the TV to change to the Chromecast. The TV remote control will now likewise work to stop, play, rewind, and quick forward whatever you're viewing on the Chromecast.

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