Chromecast has a few trips & tricks up its matte black sleeve. Even if Chromecast is pretty simple, it has a few available advanced features that you may not have seen yet, and we’re here to introduce them to you.
Enable the guest mode
If you enable the guest mode, your friends can also send content to the stick, as they’ll be able to interact with the dongle via a PIN code. This won’t work yet on iOS devices.
Get to know your wallpaper
When you’re not using it, Chromecast will display some cool pics from different sources. You can ask Google “what’s on my Chromecast?” if you want to know more about a certain source.
Showing off personal photos
You can replace Chromecast choice of pictures with the ones of your own collection. Go to Devices in the Goolge Home app, tap Backdrop and then turn on the Personal Photos switch.
Turn the TV into your very own dashboard
As Chromecast has already proven to be a multitasking tool, it can now also turn your TV into your personal dashboard that can include daily news, a calendar, weather updates and important notes. All you have to do is install the Dashboard Cast app on your phone. You don’t even need a Smart TV to set this great feature, but you do need a HDMI input. You can add items to your dashboard, and you can also customize it by rearranging the widgets.
Once you have your dashboard all set, you’re going to be able to tap in the Streaming icon at the top of the app. Select your desired Chromecast and don’t forget that you have to make sure that both your Chromecast and your phone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network for this to work.
Use Chromecast via 3G or 4G
You can use your mobile data on Chromecast through 2 phones: one will create a WiFi network and the second will set up Chromecast.
A huge number of Android apps work with Chromecast, and Google has even created a special page for them. When you’re in a compatible app, you’ll see a Chromecast icon in the interface, and you’ll be able to sling the content to your dongle.
Transfer your VR content to your TV
You can do this using Chromecast and you’ll need a smartphone, a TV and a compatible VR headset, such as Google Daydream, Google Cardboard or Samsung Gear VR.
Open the Google Home app, choose Cast Screen/Audio. After you see the screen casting page, tap on Cast Screen/Audio to select your device. Anything on your phone’s home screen will also show up on the TV.
Try these cool tips and tricks and let us know how they worked.