Casting any website to the TV through Chromecast. One of the best feature of Chromeast is the ability to cast any website to the TV from your computer. This is handy when you want to display a particular website to your TV. Example may be a a website which doesn’t support Chromecast. For example, I can watch the Los Angeles Lakers through casting a tab on Google Chrome browser with no problems. I get audio and the video quality is decent at HD. It helps that I have a fast Internet connection and within range of my WiFi router. Here are some requirements:
-PC or Laptop that is WiFi enabled
-Google Chrome browser (version 28 or later)
-Chromecast extention on your Chrome browser
-May have issues if the website uses a plugin such as Silverlight, Quicktime, or VLC.
For the time being, you may only cast from Google Chrome browser from PC and not from iOS or Android.
iPhone and iPad users can stop being jealous of their Android counterparts. AllCast has finally enabled iOS users to cast their photos, music, and videos to their TV screen. Previously, if you had an iPhone or iPad, your only option to share your screen to the TV was through Apple TV. Now you can launch Allcast and show people photos, share music, videos with a click of a few buttons. What you can also do is to use your iOS device and access a shared folder on the network and stream a movie file.
First, you install AllCast app and select your Chromecast device.
Once your Chromecast is recognized by the app, you can immediately access your content. If you choose to, you can access your profile on Google+, Instagram, files on Dropbox, Media Server on your network, and Google Drive.
Upgrading to AllCast Premium will remove ads, splashscreen, and the video limit.
You can also select the preferred video size at the options page.
Below is an example of a photo being shared through AllCast from an iPhone 6. Very easy!
Have you been having issues with Netflix on your Chromecast and get a 16003 error? Well you are not alone. It is reported that the update build 14975 pushed by Google may be the culprit. Users have been reporting issues when trying to cast Netflix onto their Chromecast device. Netflix is indicating at their site that this is due to a clock issue between Netflix, Chromecast, and your device. Follow the below instruction to get this fixed.
1) Sync up your clock on your device to the Internet through settings / data and time. Ensure it is on the same timezone as your location.
2) Open your Netflix app from your device. Go to app settings, force stop, and clear all cache.
3) Reboot your device and open only Netflix app to cast.
If you were wondering how you can project a presentation such as Powerpoint only your Chromecast enabled TV, you now have an option. Google launched an update to Chromecast where you will be able to cast presentations from your Google Drive. You can upload any Microsoft Office Powerpoint file and it will be ready to be casted. Follow these steps.
1) Open Google Drive from a Wi-Fi enabled PC with Google Chrome.
2) Navigate to your ppt file which you have uploaded.
3) Open the ppt file with “Google Slides”
3) From Google Slides, go to “Present” button at the upper right of your screen. A drop down menu will appear, hover over “Present on another device” then select your Chromecast.
As we have all ordered the wrong item from Amazon at times, you may also wanted to switch the WiFi network on your Chromecast. Unfortunately, there is no easy way to change this once the Chromecast is set up. The only way to change your WiFi network on your Chromecast is to perform a factory reset. There are two ways to perform a factory reset on your Chromecast.
First – go to your Chromecast app and allow your app to discover your Chromecast. Remember, your TV needs to be on and input set to the HDMI your Chromecast is connected to.
Scroll down and you will find ‘Factory Reset’ button.
Once you click Factory reset, click continue and you are done! Perform setup on your new WiFi and you are good to go.
The 2nd way to do a factory reset is by holding the power button of your Chromecast for 25 seconds until the solid light starts flashing.
See July 19, 2014 update here. Casting is now supported on Chrome browser on iOS devices.
A lot of people may ask how you can Chromecast from an iPad. The answer is simple. Only apps supported by Chromecast may be used from an iPad. Once you purchase your device, install the Chromecast app from iTunes and plug in your Chromecast onto your TV and setup per instructions given here. Once you have that set up, test it on apps such as youtube. You should see the blue ‘Cast’ tab similar to below:
From the dropdown, select the name you chose for your Chromecast. You should be able to cast the content onto your TV. Here are some of the apps which you can install onto your iPad and cast onto your TV (YouTube, Netflix, Google Play Movies, Google Play Music, Hulu Plus, HBOGO, Pandora). The apps should automatically detect that you have Chromecast app installed on your iPad and the icon appear. If not, you may need to update the icon. Remember your iPad WiFi must be on and connected to the same network as Chromecast.
This is the same for all versions of iPad whether you are using iPad, iPad 2, iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad mini, or iPad Air.
I have been watching House of Cards by casting it from any nearby device whether it is my LG G2 Android phone, iPad, or just my WiFi enabled PC using a Chromebrowser. It is amazing!! The same instruction works for iPhones.
This morning as I was listening to Pandora music app on my Android phone, I was pleasantly surprised by the Chromecast icon on the bottom right of the screen. If you have a good sound system, this can easily connect to Pandora. For those who are not familiar, Pandora is a free app which allows you to select radio station based on artists, genre, or songs. For a mere $3.99 / month, you can listen to it without any ads. The only downside is that you cannot select the particular song you want to hear at that moment. However, it does do a pretty good job in giving you a mix based on the song title or artist. You can also associate your Pandora account with your social network and share with others your favorites, likes, and activities. I also enjoy being able to listen to Pandora on my PC so I can use it when I work. Give it a try!
Google made it official. Chromecast SDK has now been made public inviting Google developers to create their own apps as they wish with one caveat – no porn. This should be no surprise to everyone since they also blocked efforts of people using Google Glass for porn.
If you want to start creating your own Chromecast app, start here: https://developers.google.com/cast/docs/downloads. It will describe what you need to create a Chromecast app. First, you need a sender application and a receiver application. Details are found here https://developers.google.com/cast/docs/developers
For the sender application, obtain files needed to start building your Android, iOS, or Chrome API. For the receiver application, you will need to first determine which media type your application needs to support.
More details can be found at the above links. For users, you can rejoice! Chromecast will be a lot more fun very very soon!
Stream Amazon Prime content to your Chromecast
Setting up Chromecast on a Windows 8 device is similar to how you would set up with a Windows XP or Windows 7 Machine.
1) First, you need to ensure you have a WiFi enabled PC or Laptop. If you don’t, you can purchase one similar to the one below to enable WiFi.
2) Next, ensure you have Google Chrome web browser installed on your PC. If not, navigate to this page to install it. http://www.google.com/intl/en/chrome/browser/#eula
Click ‘Accept and Install’.
3) Next, go to Chromecast Setup – https://cast.google.com/chromecast/setup
Download the app for Chromecast and install.
4) Follow the instructions on the TV set to enable your Chromecast with your pc.
5) If you want to cast your Chrome browser onto your TV and allow you to watch Amazon Prime content through Chromecast, download and install the extension as well.
6) You should get the below pop up to add the extension to Chrome.
7) Once it is installed, go to a site like youtube and and click the cast icon and you should be able to see a menu such as below. Select the name you designated for your Chromecast to watch the content on your TV.