Google ChromeCast Hands-on FAQ & User Guide Tips & Tricks

ChromecastGoogle ChromeCast can be put for some good use, especially when there’s a need for streaming the content to a larger HD television which can connect to the Wi-Fi network, with the smart features. We’ve shared how you can setup Chromecast to stream the content, but the doubts don’t end there because being a totally new, many don’t even know what could be done to take the full advantage of the Chromecast device.

Read below for all the different Frequently asked questions about the Chromecast dongle, and the different tips one has to follow to get the right use of the dongle.

What can Chromecast do?

The main purpose of the Chromecast is to stream the content. Now, to be precise on what content can be sent across, here’s it – Netflix, Google Music, Google Play movies or YouTube. The content can be streamed even from the HDD through the Chrome browser on the laptop.

My Netflix doesn’t work with Chromecast, Why?

The only reason we found why the Chromecast didn’t work with the Netflix app is the version of the app. We initially were not prompted about it, but later found a notice that the Netflix app has to be updated through the Play Store to make the Chromecast run.

How to Setup my Chromecast?

To setup, we have shared a screenshot guide to make it easier for you to understand, but when you are trying to access it through your Google Chrome browser, there is a specific URL you need to go to set things up.

Youtube gives any restrictions to play through Chromecast?

It’s probably because Chromecast and Youtube being both from Google, the company did work quite well to run everything without an issue. There are restrictions for a few Blu players and the Xbox, Playstation devices but with Chromecast, there is no issue at all and you can play all kinds of content from Youtube to the larger screen devices like the HDTV.

Is Chromecast streaming similar on the Apple iOS / Mac as on Android?

Yes it’s almost the same, because all in all it’s the similar app you get for the iOS devices through the iTunes store, and the Mac would need you to use the Google Chrome browser which is well available.

Is Chromecast a perfect replacement for all the other Streaming devices?

We would be too early to judge this, because Chromecast is still not totally huge, and devices such as Roku or the PS3 or XBox have got some extra compatibility and options to run content from other sources, but Chromecast has a limited functionality right now. In the coming future, it should be able to support the other browsers too like the PS3 which has got support to the Amazon Prime and other browsers.

Does the TV really need Wi-Fi to get the content from ChromeCast?

There for two ways for this. If at all your TV has got the Wi-Fi, which is a feature in the smart TVs, you can take advantage of it, but if there’s no WiFi then you can stream the content using the HDMI port because the actual device which needs the Wi-Fi here is the ChromeCast which is the receiver from the smartphone on the same network.

Only video content can be streamed from Google Chrome browser?

Use the Google Cast chrome extension and there would be no limitation on the content you are sharing through the browser, even the normal web pages can be streamed and shared.

Is a smartphone or tablet device necessary to run the ChromeCast?

Not at all. As said above, the Google chrome from your laptop, i.e. either Windows or Mac OS would be able to run and stream the content to the ChromeCast device, thus there’s no need for an Android / iOS smartphone or tablet to run it.

Would the data from my phone be used if I am streaming to ChromeCast?

The mobile device would basically act as a remote control, thus it would work only on the same WiFi network and thus if you are trying to view content through your mobile data network connection, that won’t be possible, and thus your network data won’t be eaten by ChromeCast.

Changing the TV volume is possible through ChromeCast using my phone?

It is to some extent, where the phone’s volume can make changes to the actual volume of the TV, and if your TVs volume is set to low earlier, then you might have to use the actual TV remote to make the volume higher than what it has been set to.

What’s the best resolution I can stream through ChromeCast?

Although we are expecting a higher resolution streaming later on, the current best streaming resolution from Google ChromeCast is 720p, which still is pretty good and to have this too continuous you need to ensure that you have a good internet connection which can provide lag-free streaming of the video content.

Is it possible to stream not just the tab but entire screen of my computer?

The one that we tested was a beta feature and still into testing, but yes there would be a possibility for you to stream the entire screen of your computer, i.e. desktop using the ChromeCast and the Google Cast extension for the Chrome browser. In short, Google is working well on making a lot of possibilities by combining ChromeCast and Google Chrome.

Where does the ChromeCast keep itself ahead of Roku?

Roku although has got some extra and better features than ChromeCast, we don’t expect anything much in the future but ChromeCast is expected to provide a lot more. First advantage of this dongle over Roku is the small size, which makes it easier to carry, and the other one is the pricing where the Roku costs around $75, but the ChromeCast is priced at $35 in the US market.

Will the support for ChromeCast extend from other Video streaming sites?

As of what we read on USA Today news piece, the following video streaming sites have shown an interest in providing support for the dongle – Pandora, HBO GO, Redbox, Hulu, Vevo, Vimeo, Songza, TWit.TV, and Plex. So we might be seeing a lot in the coming future.

Do comment below if you have any other questions about the ChromeCast, it’s functionality and if you wanted any help regarding the installation and usage of it.

8 comments

  1. When trying to cast Pandora music through my Chromecast to my TV, the audio is jumpy, slowed down or otherwise stopping. Any suggestions?

  2. Will captions ever be available for this device?

  3. While I get netflix streaming on my iphone with volume when I switch to tv set there is no volume, even when I put tv volume on high. does box need to be set to aux or tv or what can be the problem. Better yet, what might be the solution?

  4. I am considering turning off my cable completely and using netflix and/or hulu plus. However, some shows are only available on the networks website, with Chromecast can I log into that website and watch the show on my TV?

  5. With smartphone/tablet available today, generally provision is available to connect micro HDMI to HDMI cable e.g Nexus 10, Galaxy Note etc . Hence, it is possible to start streaming video on smartphone/ tablet and transer signal to HD TV by cable. As I understand, with such type of Googlecast device, signal is transferred by wi-fi and cable connection is not required. Am I right in understanding?

  6. When trying to install the Google Cast extension on my smartphone/galaxy tablet, I get a message saying it is not available for this version. I can install it fine in my laptop/desktop Chrome browser.