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The Chromecast is a handy little device. For just $35, you get a simple hub that can serve as a media center How To Make Chromecast Your Smart Media Centre How To Make Chromecast Your Smart Media Centre At just $18, the Chromecast is an unmistakably great way to make your TV "smart", but it can feel a bit of a one-trick pony once the initial euphoria wears off. Read More . From casting YouTube videos to mirroring your PC’s screen, there are lots of clever ways to use your Chromecast.

Recently, Google released an update for the Android Chromecast app (now called Google Home) that introduced a new annoyance. Whenever someone on your network is casting to a Chromecast, every Android device receives a notification about it.

This is a problem for many reasons. For one, everyone in your house probably doesn’t care what you’re watching, and having a constant notification about it is a pain. This is even worse if you’re casting something you’d rather not share 4 Chromecast Mistakes That Could Be Embarrassing or Worse 4 Chromecast Mistakes That Could Be Embarrassing or Worse The great thing about Chromecast is that it's simple, fast and easy to use. However, as you'll see, this is also its achilles heel when it comes to privacy... Read More . Second, anyone can use this notification to control playback, which could interrupt your stream.

You’ll have to turn this notification off on every device individually, but it isn’t hard to do. If there’s a notification on your screen, swipe down from the top of the screen to open your notification drawer. Pull down on the Chromecast entry with two fingers, and tap the gear on the left side. The only option here is Show remote control notifications, which you can disable.

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Another way to do this, if you don’t currently have a Chromecast notification, is through your Android’s settings. Open Settings > Google > Google Cast and you’ll see that the only option is also Show remote control notifications. Shut that off to stop the notification.

This could potentially be a useful feature if you want to use a dedicated device for a Chromecast remote or want multiple viewers to have control of the stream. By default, however, it’s annoying and intrusive.

Got a Chromecast but don’t know where to start? Here’s how to set one up How to Set Up Your New Google Chromecast How to Set Up Your New Google Chromecast If you own a brand new Chromecast but have no idea how to use it, let our easy-to-follow guide help you get started in mere minutes. Read More .

Did this notification confuse you? Let us know if you’re glad to turn this off in the comments!

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  1. Andrew
    December 26, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    Actually, the hulu 4k service is better than Netflix because it allows you to load part of the show instead of how Netflix is. Netflix keeps you at the best quality for streaming. If it allowed you to load part of the show first, then stream, it could give you 4k with even a 3mb connection.

    My connection is about 6mbs and the 4k on hulu is comparatively better than Netflix quality 4k with my connection. If I try to play a 4k movie on Netflix, it will downgrade it to 1080.

    You may want to actually try the service before you write an article on it.

    • Ben Stegner
      December 26, 2016 at 8:15 pm

      Andrew, I think you scrolled down too far and left this comment on an unrelated article.