How to Use a Remote Control for Chromecast

Introduction

Chromecast lineup: Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast, and Chromecast Audio.

Chromecast devices allow you to stream video and audio content to a TV or home audio system from the internet. You can initiate and control playback through compatible mobile or web apps, or even regular remote controls.

This guide will explain what options you have to remotely control what you are streaming with Chromecast.

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  1. Chromecast-enabled App
  2. TV Remote Control

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Chromecast lineup: Chromecast Ultra, Chromecast, and Chromecast Audio.

Chromecast devices allow you to stream video and audio content to a TV or home audio system from the internet. You can initiate and control playback through compatible mobile or web apps, or even regular remote controls.

This guide will explain what options you have to remotely control what you are streaming with Chromecast.

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Chromecast is designed with simplicity in mind. To control remotely what you are streaming with Chromecast you just have to use the interface of the website loaded in the Chrome browser on a computer or the Chromecast-enabled app on a mobile device. It is left to the website or app developer on how their interface controls the media you wish to stream over Chromecast.

  1. Simply start streaming by tapping on the cast button in the Chrome browser on a computer or any Chromecast-enabled app on a mobile device.
    Google Cast button.
  2. Controls are present within the interface itself.
    Cast controls highlighted on streaming video.
  3. On Android devices, you can also swipe down from the top edge of the screen to get get the controls of the streaming app.
    Swipe method shown on mobile device screen.
  4. For devices running Android 5.0 and above there is an additional feature that lets you allow others, who have Android devices connected to the same Wi-Fi as the Chromecast device, control the media that your device is casting. They will get Cast media control notifications on their devices like this:
    Cast controls highlighted on Android notification.

To allow or prevent others on your Wi-Fi network from controlling your media casting:

  1. Open the Google Home app on your mobile device.
    Google Home app.
  2. In the top right corner of the Home screen, tap Devices to see available Chromecast devices.
    Devices icon in Google Home app.
  3. Scroll to find the device card for the Chromecast or Google Home you'd like to make changes to cast notifications.
  4. In the top right corner of the device card, tap the device card menu.
    More icon.
  5. Under Device info turn on or off Let others control your casted media.
    Device settings with Let others control your casted media selected. Screenshot.

Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) is a feature of the HDMI standard that allows your HDMI-connected devices to work better together. By exchanging information such as the current volume, which device is providing audio and video, and which remote-control buttons are pressed, devices can often be controlled over HDMI with a single remote control.

CEC is known by several manufacturer-specific trade names. Below is a list of common trade names used for HDMI-CEC:

  • AOC: E-link
  • Hitachi: HDMI-CEC
  • LG: SimpLink
  • Mitsubishi: NetCommand for HDMI or Realink for HDMI
  • Onkyo: RIHD (Remote Interactive over HDMI)
  • Panasonic: HDAVI Control, EZ-Sync or VIERA Link
  • Philips: EasyLink
  • Pioneer: Kuro Link
  • Runco International: RuncoLink
  • Samsung: Anynet+
  • Sharp: Aquos Link
  • Sony: BRAVIA Link or BRAVIA Sync
  • Toshiba: CE-Link or Regza Link
  • Vizio: CEC

HDMI-CEC allows you to Play or Pause a stream on Chromecast devices from a TVs remote control, without having to use a computer or mobile device.
Chromecast connected to back of TV.

In order for CEC to work, it needs to be enabled in the TVs settings.
HDMI-CEC feature enabled in TV settings.

To toggle this feature on or off you need to access your TVs menu, options or settings using the buttons on the side of the unit or using its remote. This varies by manufacturer and TV model. The feature also comes under a variety of different names. Please consult your TVs documentation to find out what its name is and how to toggle this feature on or off.

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