The Google Chromecast is really a great device which you can connect to the HDMI port of your TV to stream videos, live TV, music, and screen mirror your Android or iOS devices through the Google Home app. Other than streaming services, Chromecast can also stream content like photos, videos, and music that are stored on your device.
Here are a few things to make use of the Google Chromecast the best way with just simple hacks.
Best streaming apps
There are a lot of streaming apps on the Play Store and App store which has the built-in Cast feature which when clicked simply allows you to cast it on your TV. There are a lot of apps you can choose from such as Youtube, Google Play Movies, Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video which allow casting.
News headlines and weather as backdrop
When no content is playing on your TV through casting and your phone is connected, you can enable a customizable Backdrop which shows you headlines and local weather forecast. All you have to do is, go to your Google Home App, tap on ‘Devices’ and click on ‘Edit Backdrop’ option, turn it on and select your preferences.
Customized slideshow as backdrop
In the same scenario, when no content is playing through Chromecast and you are connected to it, you can make a slideshow on the screen of your selected photos from your phone. All you need to do is, go to the same Google Home app, go to ‘Devices’ and click on ‘Edit Backdrop’.
Now, you have to turn off all the options listed except for the photo-related ones. Now, select ‘Google Photos’ and select the photos or the album that you want in your backdrop when idle. You also get to change the speed of the slideshow in the same settings.
Open files from your PC or Mac on your TV
In order to cast your PC or Mac screen to your TV, you don’t always need that HDMI cable. As long as you have the Chromecast and your PC or Mac connected to the same network as the Chromecast, you can play video files that are stored on your computer seamlessly and simultaneously on your TV and Computer screen.
For that, open Google Chrome on your computer. And then open the file you want to play in the files explorer and then drag and drop into your Google Chrome browser and then click on play option. That’s it, you’ll have the video file playing simultaneously on your PC and TV.
Play Google Slide presentation on your TV
With the Google Slides app on your mobile or on your PC, it’s as easy to stream it on your TV as it is to create animated slide presentations. Also, you can import Microsoft’s PowerPoint presentations to Google Slides which makes it a whole lot easier.
So, to play slide presentations on your TV, first make sure that both the devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Then, launch the Google Slides on your device and open an existing presentation or import one from the PowerPoint presentation. Then click on ‘Present’ icon, select ‘Cast’ from the three-dot menu and click on ‘Present on Another Screen’. So it’s all office work done easy.
Stream video to your TV but use headset to listen
Yes, you can be able to listen to your headphones, wired or wireless which are connected to your mobile device while streaming video on your TV through the Chromecast. You need to download the app LocalCast for Chromecast to do that.
Now, open the app and choose the content that you wanna stream either from your device or from streaming services. When the selected content starts to play, tap on Cast icon to carry the stream to your TV and then click on ‘Route Audio to Phone’ which will make the music come out through your headphones.
Chromecast at a hotel
Whenever you are traveling on a trip, make sure to carry your Chromecast device because the TV streaming fee is quite expensive in some hotels. So, you can connect your connect your Chromecast to the TV and start streaming content from your mobile.
Control Chromecast with your voice
If at all you have a Google Home device by any chance, you will have the Google Home app linked to your Chromecast as well as your Google Home. So, while you are watching video content via Chromecast, you can use verbal commands to navigate the content.
If you have any other best ways that you use your Chromecast, let us know in the comments section below.