The Chromecast is a handy little device. For just $35, you get a simple hub that can serve as a media center. 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.
I'm not sure why I get a notification any time the one other Chromecast owner in my building is watching something.
— Livali (@beinfisk) November 30, 2016
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. 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.
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.
Did this notification confuse you? Let us know if you’re glad to turn this off in the comments!
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