All About Chromecast http://allaboutchromecast.com Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:19:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.1 62069815 How to disable Google Home and Chromecast casting notification? http://allaboutchromecast.com/how-to-disable-google-home-and-chromecast-casting-notification/ http://allaboutchromecast.com/how-to-disable-google-home-and-chromecast-casting-notification/#comments Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:19:07 +0000 http://allaboutchromecast.com/?p=2098 What is the Google Home and Chromecast casting notification?

With the release of Google Home, the Google cast app was renamed as Google Home app.

Now, Chromecast (including Chromecast Ultra), Chromecast Audio and Google Home are all managed by the same Google Home app.

One of the new features in Google Home app (through Google Play services on the phone) is the Google Home and Chromecast casting notification (remote control notifications) in all mobile devices that are connected to the same network as the casting devices.

This means, by default, all mobile devices (with a Google account and the latest Google app) in the same network as casting devices now get the casting notification (remote control notification) when any of the casting devices is casting.

Here casting devices include Chromecast, Chromecast 2nd Gen, Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast Audio and Google Home.

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What is the Google Home and Chromecast casting notification?

With the release of Google Home, the Google cast app was renamed as Google Home app.

Now, Chromecast (including Chromecast Ultra), Chromecast Audio and Google Home are all managed by the same Google Home app.

One of the new features in Google Home app (through Google Play services on the phone) is the Google Home and Chromecast casting notification (remote control notifications) in all mobile devices that are connected to the same network as the casting devices.

This means, by default, all mobile devices (with a Google account and the latest Google app) in the same network as casting devices now get the casting notification (remote control notification) when any of the casting devices is casting.

Here casting devices include Chromecast, Chromecast 2nd Gen, Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast Audio and Google Home.

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About AllAboutChromecast.com http://allaboutchromecast.com/about-allaboutchromecast-com/ http://allaboutchromecast.com/about-allaboutchromecast-com/#respond Fri, 07 Oct 2016 13:53:01 +0000 http://allaboutchromecast.com/?page_id=2023 What is AllAboutChromecast.com?

AllaboutChromecast.com is a community for owners of Chromecast devices: Chromecast, Chromecast 2nd Gen (Chromecast 2015), Chromecast Audio, and Chromecast Ultra (Chromecast 2016).

AllAboutChromecast is a community for Chromecast owner to help other owners.  We are NOT affiliated to Google in any means.

All guides and articles in AllAboutChromecast.com are free to access for all users. No subscription is needed. You can also post your questions in comments section of each guide or article.

Why AllAboutChromecast.com?

Chromecast is a unique device.

It is easy to setup and use, only if you know how to use it.

Like most modern gadgets, Chromecast has so many features and possibly different usages. It is impractical to cover them in one user guide.

For most Chromecast owners, you only need to know “how can I use it for bla bla bla”.

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What is AllAboutChromecast.com?

AllaboutChromecast.com is a community for owners of Chromecast devices: Chromecast, Chromecast 2nd Gen (Chromecast 2015), Chromecast Audio, and Chromecast Ultra (Chromecast 2016).

AllAboutChromecast is a community for Chromecast owner to help other owners.  We are NOT affiliated to Google in any means.

All guides and articles in AllAboutChromecast.com are free to access for all users. No subscription is needed. You can also post your questions in comments section of each guide or article.

Why AllAboutChromecast.com?

Chromecast is a unique device.

It is easy to setup and use, only if you know how to use it.

Like most modern gadgets, Chromecast has so many features and possibly different usages. It is impractical to cover them in one user guide.

For most Chromecast owners, you only need to know “how can I use it for bla bla bla”.

This is what our Chromecast How-to guides and … Continue to read the post....

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Chromecast Ultra vs Chromecast 2nd Gen http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-ultra-vs-chromecast/ http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-ultra-vs-chromecast/#respond Wed, 05 Oct 2016 14:03:06 +0000 http://allaboutchromecast.com/?p=2017 Chromecast Ultra vs Chromecast 2nd GenOn October 4, 2016, Google announced a new $69 (not $35) Chromecast device: Chromecast Ultra.

This actually the 3rd generation of Chromecast. Chromecast (1st gen) was released in  2013. Chromecast 2nd gen and Chromecast Audio were announced in 2015.

This post will try to help you understand the differences between Chromecast 2nd Gen and Chromecast Ultra, and help you decide whether you need a Chromecast Ultra.

Is Chromecast Ultra for 4K TV only?

One of the most prominent features of Chromecast Ultra is support 4K video streaming.

But this does NOT mean Chromecast Ultra is only for 4K TV owners.

If you only have a Full HD (1080p) TV, compared to Chromecast 2nd gen,  Chromecast Ultra can still offer some nice new and improved features:

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Chromecast Ultra vs Chromecast 2nd GenOn October 4, 2016, Google announced a new $69 (not $35) Chromecast device: Chromecast Ultra.

This actually the 3rd generation of Chromecast. Chromecast (1st gen) was released in  2013. Chromecast 2nd gen and Chromecast Audio were announced in 2015.

This post will try to help you understand the differences between Chromecast 2nd Gen and Chromecast Ultra, and help you decide whether you need a Chromecast Ultra.

Is Chromecast Ultra for 4K TV only?

One of the most prominent features of Chromecast Ultra is support 4K video streaming.

But this does NOT mean Chromecast Ultra is only for 4K TV owners.

If you only have a Full HD (1080p) TV, compared to Chromecast 2nd gen,  Chromecast Ultra can still offer some nice new and improved features:

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Chromecast Preview Program: Everything you need to know http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-preview-program-everything-you-need-to-know/ http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-preview-program-everything-you-need-to-know/#respond Wed, 21 Sep 2016 14:00:43 +0000 http://allaboutchromecast.com/?p=1988 Chromecast Preview ProgramWhat is Chromecast Preview Program?

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,

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Chromecast Preview ProgramWhat is Chromecast Preview Program?

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 … Continue to read the post....

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How to launch Videostream (and other Chrome apps as well)? http://allaboutchromecast.com/how-to-launch-videostream-and-other-chrome-apps-as-well/ http://allaboutchromecast.com/how-to-launch-videostream-and-other-chrome-apps-as-well/#respond Sun, 14 Aug 2016 06:35:30 +0000 http://allaboutchromecast.com/?p=1938 You can launch Videostream just like other Chrome apps

As explained in this page, Videostream for Google cast is one of the best solutions to stream local contents to Chromecast.

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.

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You can launch Videostream just like other Chrome apps

As explained in this page, Videostream for Google cast is one of the best solutions to stream local contents to Chromecast.

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.

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How to play games on Chromecast from mobile devices (Android and iOS)? http://allaboutchromecast.com/how-to-play-games-on-chromecast/ http://allaboutchromecast.com/how-to-play-games-on-chromecast/#respond Sun, 24 Jan 2016 09:00:49 +0000 http://allaboutchromecast.com/?p=1727  play games on Chromecast from mobile devicesYou can play games on Chromecast from Android or iOS devices

Two of the new features for Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are multi-room group playback for Chromecast Audio  (for Chromecast Audio only) and playing games on Chromecast through Android and iOS devices (for Chromecast only, including 1st generation Chromecast). Please refer to this guide on how to use Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback.

For Chromecast-enabled apps, you can cast the game to the TV through Chromecast. Your mobile device then can act as a game controller and can display other info.

You can also challenge your friends or family members with multi-player games.

Please note, playing Chromecast-enabled games on Android and iOS devices is fundamentally different from Android screen mirroring (Android screen casting).  When you play Chromecast-enabled games on Android and iOS devices, you get split view of the game, not simply mirroring the screen.

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 play games on Chromecast from mobile devicesYou can play games on Chromecast from Android or iOS devices

Two of the new features for Chromecast and Chromecast Audio are multi-room group playback for Chromecast Audio  (for Chromecast Audio only) and playing games on Chromecast through Android and iOS devices (for Chromecast only, including 1st generation Chromecast). Please refer to this guide on how to use Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback.

For Chromecast-enabled apps, you can cast the game to the TV through Chromecast. Your mobile device then can act as a game controller and can display other info.

You can also challenge your friends or family members with multi-player games.

Please note, playing Chromecast-enabled games on Android and iOS devices is fundamentally different from Android screen mirroring (Android screen casting).  When you play Chromecast-enabled games on Android and iOS devices, you get split view of the game, not simply mirroring the screen.

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How to use Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback? http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-audio-guides/how-to-use-chromecast-audio-multi-room-group-playback/ http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-audio-guides/how-to-use-chromecast-audio-multi-room-group-playback/#respond Sun, 10 Jan 2016 10:00:15 +0000 http://allaboutchromecast.com/?page_id=1707 What is Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback?

If you have two or more Chromecast Audio devices, you can let them play exactly 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 2 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.

The requirements of Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback

The requirements of Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback are straightforward:

  1. Two or more Chromecast Audio devices. Chromecast

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What is Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback?

If you have two or more Chromecast Audio devices, you can let them play exactly 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 2 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.

The requirements of Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback

The requirements of Chromecast Audio multi-room group playback are straightforward:

  1. Two or more Chromecast Audio devices. Chromecast
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How to factory data reset Chromecast Audio? http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-audio-guides/how-to-factory-data-reset-chromecast-audio/ http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-audio-guides/how-to-factory-data-reset-chromecast-audio/#respond Sun, 20 Dec 2015 13:45:16 +0000 http://allaboutchromecast.com/?page_id=1671 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:

  1. when the Chromecast Audio LED color is solid orange;
  2. when you change your wireless router;
  3. when you change wireless network settings (e.g., SSID) on the router;
  4. when you bring your Chromecast Audio to your friends home;
  5. when you want to pass the Chromecast Audio to other people;
  6. when Chromecast

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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:

  1. when the Chromecast Audio LED color is solid orange;
  2. when you change your wireless router;
  3. when you change wireless network settings (e.g., SSID) on the router;
  4. when you bring your Chromecast Audio to your friends home;
  5. when you want to pass the Chromecast Audio to other people;
  6. when Chromecast
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What are supported systems for Chromecast Audio companion device? http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-audio-guides/what-are-supported-systems-for-chromecast-audio-companion-device/ http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-audio-guides/what-are-supported-systems-for-chromecast-audio-companion-device/#comments Fri, 30 Oct 2015 13:30:47 +0000 http://allaboutchromecast.com/?page_id=1620 chromecast_audio_companion_device_supported_osWhat is Chromecast Audio companion device?

Chromecast Audio is not a standalone device: it requires a Chromecast Audio companion device to initiate the streaming.

The companion  device usually pass the streaming location and streaming info to Chromecast Audio. Chromecast Audio will then take over the streaming. You may check this guide on how to use Chromecast Audio to stream music and how to control Chromecast Audio from your Chromecast Audio companion device.

If the streaming source requires a membership/subscription, the Chromecast Audio companion device needs to authenticate itself first, then pass the streaming source to Chromecast Audio.

This requirement of a Chromecast Audio companion device is by design.

Chromecast Audio does not have its own dedicated input interface in Chromecast Audio.

Chromecast App and Apps with Chromecast support are required to use Chromecast.

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chromecast_audio_companion_device_supported_osWhat is Chromecast Audio companion device?

Chromecast Audio is not a standalone device: it requires a Chromecast Audio companion device to initiate the streaming.

The companion  device usually pass the streaming location and streaming info to Chromecast Audio. Chromecast Audio will then take over the streaming. You may check this guide on how to use Chromecast Audio to stream music and how to control Chromecast Audio from your Chromecast Audio companion device.

If the streaming source requires a membership/subscription, the Chromecast Audio companion device needs to authenticate itself first, then pass the streaming source to Chromecast Audio.

This requirement of a Chromecast Audio companion device is by design.

Chromecast Audio does not have its own dedicated input interface in Chromecast Audio.

Chromecast App and Apps with Chromecast support are required to use Chromecast.

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Chromecast Audio vs Bluetooth: advantages and disadvantages of Chromecast Audio http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-audio-vs-bluetooth/ http://allaboutchromecast.com/chromecast-audio-vs-bluetooth/#comments Mon, 26 Oct 2015 09:06:46 +0000 http://allaboutchromecast.com/?p=1606 chromecast_audio_vs_bluetoothWhen 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 … Continue to read the post....

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chromecast_audio_vs_bluetoothWhen 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 … Continue to read the post....

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