Google recently launched the Chromecast in India, and it's already seems to be the winner. The tiny, insanely inexpensive HDTV dongle has been our favourite gadget these days. And there's a valid reason why Google's Chromecast has been a major success globally.
While Apple's TV had some major serious issues in India; and in case of Google Chromecast, the tiny streaming stick has managed to solve fundamental issues in a cheap way.
So what exactly is Google Chromecast, and how does it work?
The Chromecast doesn't look too different from a USB pen drive. It plugs into your TV using an HDMI port, connected to your home's Wi-Fi network, and acts as a media hub for content on your smart devices to be cast onto your TV.
Although we gave you just a brief introduction about the Google Chromecast, there are lot of things that still need to be told. Anyways, we've managed to list out 10 simple tips and tricks to get maximum from Google Chromecast.
Cast Your Desktop
Cast Your Desktop Within Seconds
You can cast your entire desktop within the Google Cast extension. Click on the Cast button in Chrome, choose the small arrow in the upper-right corner, and you will see three to four other options. This way you can cast your desktop using the Google Chromecast.
Now Play Games Using Google Chromecast
Well, don't expect high-quality games using the Google Chromecast. But you can play motion-controlled games using your smartphones. Super Sync Sports is one such example. All you need to go to Super Sync Sports in your Chrome browser, then cast the page from your device, and later sync your Android device to your PC.
Stream Movies from Google Drive
Access Movies or Videos From Google Drive
If you actively access Google Drive, and are keeping some movies there, you can cast them on the TV. You can take advantage of the third-party apps, though the entire set-up could be a daunting task.
Adjust Streaming Quality
Configure Streaming Quality To Get Best Video
You can always configure the streaming quality to send a tab across to the Chromecast. You will again options for Standard (480p), High (720p), or Extreme (720p high bitrate).Extreme is for users with super-fast Wi-Fi.
Stream Local Files
Access Local Files Easily
Now you can mirror your Android device to the TV, meaning you can stream apps or photo or videos, by selecting Cast Screen from the navigation drawer in the Chromecast app. You'll also need to select you Chromecast device. Initially this function was missing; however, Google later added this must requested feature.
Factory reset your Chromecast
Reseting Your Google Chromecast
If you are facing some issues using the Chromecast, then the best bet is to restart your device all over again. As usual, there are certain ways to perform a full factory reset. You can either reset the device using an app or press the tiny button on the front of the dongle until the light starts to flash solidly.
Loads of Apps Waiting To Get Downloaded
There are tons of apps being compatible with Google Chromecast. While apps like Netflix are not available in India. However, Google has added three to four local Indian apps for full on entertainment.
Casting From Nexus 6
Use Your Nexus 6 To Cast Videos and Images
If you have got the Nexus 6, then casting the content is even simpler. Pull down the notification tray, select the Cast screen and choose your Chromecast from the list.
Casting From Android 4.4.2 Devices
Use Your Android Device To Mirror Web
If you own a device running Android 4.4.2 or later, go to Chromecast app, select the Cast Screen icon, followed by the Chromecast. Now check out the apps and start mirroring to the main TV.
Make Your Android Device Chromecast's Best Companion
The Chromecast doesn't come with a remote control, like the Apple TV; instead it's controlled with the pair of device being compatible with it. For instance, if you open the YouTube app using an Android-based device, you'll see the Chromecast icon on the top corner. Now connect your Chromecast and start streaming your multimedia content to the TV.