Google Chromecast is a very useful device to make any TV smart. Beyond its usual uses, it allows you to do curious and unusual things that you are interested in knowing.
If you have an older TV, Google Chromecast is a must-have device for you. You just have to put it on your TV and connect to WiFi, and you can instantly turn your old TV into a Smart TV.
Currently you can find two Chromecast models for sale in the Google Store: Chromecast Ultra for 39 euros and Chromecast 2020 with Google TV for 69 euros. Although the main function of the two is the same, to receive content by streaming from your devices, the new Chromecast with Google TV (analysis) that was presented last year has a remote control and other additional functions, and here we tell you what their main differences are.
Beyond the usual uses to which we are accustomed, The Chromecast lets you do other curious and unusual things that you are interested in knowing. Here are some of them:
- Big screen video calls. Now that teleworking has become popular, you would surely like to be able to hold video call meetings on the big screen. If you have a Chromecast and use Google Meet, you can do so by selecting the Cast this meeting option.
- Play your presentations on TV. Another little-known Chromecast feature that you will find useful is that it allows you to play your Google presentations on the TV, something that you can put into practice both at home and in the office. To do this, open the Google presentation that you want to reproduce, click the arrow next to the presentation button and select the option Present on another screen.
- Chromecast guest mode. If you have a pre-Chromecast 2020 model with Google TV, you can take advantage of guest mode, which allows visitors to decide what to watch without giving them access to WiFi. Open the Google Home app, select your Chromecast, tap the gear icon, and look for Guest Mode to activate it.
- Restrict the sending of information to Google. If you are concerned about privacy, you can prevent your Chromecast from sending device statistics and error reports to Google. To do this, select your Chromecast in the Google Home app, access the settings by tapping on the gear and uncheck the Help to improve Chromecasdt box.
- Play the sound in your headphones. If you want to stream something on your TV but don’t want to disturb others, you can listen to the audio on your headphones. To do this, download the app LocalCast to TV, which allows you to transmit video to the television but keep the audio on your mobile.
- Ask the Google Assistant for help. If you have the Chromecast 2020 with Google TV, you may have noticed that there is a button on the remote control to invoke the Google assistant. Press it and use it to ask it to open apps or play Netflix movies without having to touch the smartphone.
- Create a YouTube video queue. If you want to watch a series of YouTube videos, you have the option of creating a play queue so you don’t have to hit play on each video. Open YouTube, press the Cast button, select the Chromecast in the devices section and choose the video you want to watch. A pop-up window will appear with an option to add the video to a play queue. Add all the videos you want and that’s it.
- Enjoy experimental features in the Advancement Program. If you want to try Chromecast features before anyone else, join the Preview Program where you have the chance to experience experimental features. You can join through this link.