We’re betting that a lot of people that have Chromecasts just aren’t aware of what these powerful little pieces of technology can really do. So, we’ve compiled a list of some of the helpful and fun things that you can do with your Chromecast that you might not have known about.
- Use it with an Ethernet adapter.
Yep, you’re no longer at the mercy of your WiFi network’s speed or strength. Now, Google has provided an option to make your Chromecast wired. It’s a simple Ethernet adapter available in the Google Play Store.
- Get free stuff.
Google “Chromecast offers” to find Google’s official page of free and discounted deals for your Chromecast.
- Put on professional presentations.
Next time you have to give a presentation, save it as a “Google Slides” file first. Then go into the app to view it, and open the “Present” drop down menu—yep, you can ‘cast it!
- Play games.
No, the Chromecast doesn’t rival the PS4, but it does have some neat games. Play Jeopardy with the whole family, or hit up Sonic Jump Fever for a dose of the good ol’ days. There’s already about 100 games available, and more to come!
- Use it as a photo frame.
You can change the “Backdrop” in the Chromecast app to custom images. It’s a great way to view your favorite photos throughout the day.
- Listen to music.
You can use your Chromecast to listen to music via your Google Play Music collection, or you can use a streaming service like Spotify.
- Keep it down.
If you have roommates or your sleep schedule doesn’t match someone else’s in your household, this is invaluable. You can cast from your mobile device, but use the LocalCast feature to keep the audio on the device you’re using to cast. Pop in your headphones, and there you go! Polite and effective.
- Mirror your device.
This is a great option for playing anything on your phone or tablet that you can’t cast normally, as long as you have an Android device running KitKat 4.4.2 or newer.
- Use it on the go.
With the help of a travel router, you can even use your Chromecast on the go. Just make sure that your casting device and your Chromecast are both connected to it, and you’re golden.
- Keep kids safer.
YouTube Kids is a kid-friendly app that curates the content to ensure that it’s okay for little ones to watch. Now you don’t have to micromanage their casting!
- Engage guest mode for great hosting.
Want to give someone access to your Chromecast without spilling your WiFi password? You can put your Chromecast in guest mode, which will allow anyone within 25 feet to use it, no WiFi access required, on their end.
- Use RabbitTV Plus.
This is service that compiles most of the most popular online television and movie streaming services into one easy to use UI. Once upon a time, you could only use it on smaller devices and computers, but it’s now available for Chromecast.