Devising a smooth, easy-to-use streaming platform that supports many different applications is not an easy task. However, after three successive generations, Google’s Chromecast has become the market leader.
If you’re new to Chromecast or wondering if you should get one, we’re here to help you understand how Chromecast works.
How to tell if your Chromecast is charged
LED indicators can sometimes be confusing for first-time Chromecast users. They can sometimes be mistaken for battery life indicators, which they are not. On the Chromecast, the indicator light indicates a change in status, connectivity, idle status, errors, or device updates.
In fact, Chromecast is always charged as it doesn’t run on batteries.
If you are interested in learning more about what light signals mean, here is what they mean:
- Solid White – Device is connected and ready.
- Flashing white – Device is offline and needs to be configured.
- Flashing orange – The device is receiving an update and is not active.
- Flashing orange: If your TV is not working or is not receiving a signal, you may need to plug it in and unplug it to try to solve the problem.
- Solid orange (or solid red for the 1S t Chromecast generation): There is an error on your device.
Chromecast connection to your TV
Chromecast connectivity is very simple and comes down to a few simple steps:
- Plug the Chromecast into your TV and plug the power cord into a power outlet.
- Install the Google Home application on your mobile phone or tablet.
- Configura Chromecast.
- Start watching your favorite shows.
Cast an Android screen with Chromecast
One of the benefits of using Chromecast is that you can easily mirror your phone’s screen to the TV. There is a list of requirements that you need to pay attention to, but if your phone is not more than a few years old, you will have no problem managing it. Before connecting your phone to Chromecast, you need to disable “Power Saving Mode” and enable “Microphone” permission in Google Play Store for everything to work.
Once you’ve set everything up, you can open your Google Home app, find the device you want to cast the screen on, and that’s it.
Send music with Chromecast
Since music is an important part of our daily lives, Chromecast and Google Play allow you to stream music from your devices to your TV or speakers. After setting up Chromecast, here’s how you can play your favorite music album or latest podcast episode:
- Connect your device to the same wireless network that the Chromecast uses.
- Open the Google Play application.
- Touch the “Cast” button.
- Select your Chromecast from the available devices.
- Select what you want to play.
- Tap “Play” and enjoy it on your big TV and big speakers.
How to factory sleep your Chromecast
If you run into some issues while using your Chromecast, especially if the LED is stuck orange, you need to do a factory reset. It is a simple process that requires a few simple steps in the Home application:
- Open the Google Home app.
- Click on your Chromecast and open “Settings.”
- In the upper right, find the three dots and tap.
- Go to “Factory Reset” and tap on it.
Sometimes users find it easier to do a factory reset directly on the Chromecast device. If you have the 1S t Next-gen Chromecast, you’ll need to leave the device connected to a TV and press and hold the power button for 25 seconds.
in a 2North Dakota generation device, you just have to press and hold the button until it changes color. When the LED indicator changes from red / orange to flashing white, the reset sequence will begin. Your device will then be fully restored and ready to stream great content.
If you want to enjoy the latest and newest features on your Chromecast device, you need to make sure that it is always up to date. Usually the update is an automatic process that happens from time to time. However, keep in mind that Chromecast will not work during the update. If you’re not sure what will happen to Chromecast during the update, here’s a quick overview:
- Check the status of the LEDs to see if the installation process has started.
- Open the Google Home app to follow the progress of the setup.
- You can also turn on your TV and see how the update is progressing.
- If the update takes more than ten minutes, you may need to restart the device.
Chromecast’s minimalist hardware isn’t very conspicuous and doesn’t take up too much space. Although small, the device is powerful enough to connect different Google-compatible devices and appliances around the house. And with a Google Home app, your phone can become a control center for all of them.
Now that you know how to tell if your Chromecast is charged, you will be able to use one of the best streaming devices to the fullest.
Do you often send your tablet or phone with Chromecast? Or do you prefer to release music?
Let us know in the comment section.