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When you configure a new Chromecast for the first time, you have the option to give it a name. In this way, Chromecast identifies itself with the network and the casting equipment, so that you know which unit you are pouring into. But if your Chromecast started with “Living Room Chromecast” and you have moved it to another room, it makes sense to change its name. It’s a quick and easy process – learn how to do it here.
If you do not have the Google Home App application on your phone or do not want to use this route, you can rename Chromecast using the Google Chrome browser on your laptop or desktop computer.
- On your computer, open the Chrome browser > Click on the 3-point icon > and select the Cast option from the drop-down menu.
- In the window that appears, click on the current name of your Chromecast.
- Then right-click on the icon that now appears in the upper right corner of your screen, and click Manage Moulded Devices in the drop-down menu.
- On the next screen, click on the speed icon.
- On the Chromecast Settings screen, enter a new name for your Chromecast and click the Apply button to save this change.
When not in use, Chromecast displays a rotating slideshow with images from the Web. To learn more about a particular image, open the Home application and select Devices from the menu – you can then touch the photo to see who took it and where it came from.
To send photos, videos, music or anything else to your Chromecast, in Chromecast-compatible applications, you must click the Cast button, which is most of them today (Apple’s default iTunes video player is one of the latest failures).
For example, if you start streaming to Netflix, you will see a Chromecast icon in the upper right corner of your phone or tablet. Touch it, select your Chromecast, and your video will appear on the large screen. Your phone becomes a remote control that you use to control playback, change the volume, activate subtitles, etc.
Now ask one of your friends to open a Chromecast-compatible application and press the Chromecast button. Your device should recognize your Chromecast in a few seconds. Press the Connect button, then a) wait until your friend’s handset automatically connects to the Chromecast (via an ultrasonic audio handshake, a process that has never worked on my Motorola G) or with a PIN (displayed in the lower left corner of the screen).
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