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How to Use Guest Mode on Chromecast

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Introduction

Chromecast is an excellent way to share your movies and music to your television, and it even allows casting by guests, without having to share other information such as your Wi-Fi username and password.

Guest Mode will allow you to share your Chromecast with your houseguests, making it easy for them to share music and video from their phones with everyone, without having to 'setup' anything!

Google Chromecast.

1 Enable Guest Mode

Your phone or tablet needs to be connected to the same network as your Chromecast while you set up.

  1. Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.
    Google Home.
  2. Select Devices in the top-right corner.
    Google Home with Devices highlighted.
  3. Select the menu for the Chromecast itself.
    Devices with Chromecast menu highlighted.
  4. Select Guest Mode.
    Chromecast device menu with Guest Mode highlighted.
  5. Select the toggle switch to turn Guest Mode On.
    Chromecast Guest Mode options with Gust mode toggle on and highlighted.

2 Using Guest Mode

  1. Open any Chromecast-enabled app and tap the Cast button.
    Chromecast cast button.
  2. Select Nearby device and follow the prompts to connect.
  3. The device will listen for special nearly-inaudible tones from the television, make the connection automatically, and start casting.
  4. If the connection fails, you'll be prompted to use a PIN instead. Continue below to discover what PIN to use.

Locate PIN

  1. If the connection fails, look on the television screen while the Chromecast shows wallpaper. There will be a 4-digit PIN listed.
    Chromecast screen with PIN magnified and highlighted.
  2. If you are unable to locate the PIN on the screen, the owner (or host) of the Chromecast, can use the Home app on their phone to provide it.
    1. Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.
      Google Home.
    2. Select Devices in the top-right corner.
      Google Home with Devices highlighted.
    3. The PIN is found under the device name.​
      Device list with PIN highlighted.

This PIN will change regularly, about every 24 hours, to keep you safe. There is no need to reset it, or write it down; simply look it up each time it is needed.

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Chromecast is an excellent way to share your movies and music to your television, and it even allows casting by guests, without having to share other information such as your Wi-Fi username and password.

Guest Mode will allow you to share your Chromecast with your houseguests, making it easy for them to share music and video from their phones with everyone, without having to 'setup' anything!

Google Chromecast.

Your phone or tablet needs to be connected to the same network as your Chromecast while you set up.

  1. Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.
    Google Home.
  2. Select Devices in the top-right corner.
    Google Home with Devices highlighted.
  3. Select the menu for the Chromecast itself.
    Devices with Chromecast menu highlighted.
  4. Select Guest Mode.
    Chromecast device menu with Guest Mode highlighted.
  5. Select the toggle switch to turn Guest Mode On.
    Chromecast Guest Mode options with Gust mode toggle on and highlighted.
  1. Open any Chromecast-enabled app and tap the Cast button.
    Chromecast cast button.
  2. Select Nearby device and follow the prompts to connect.
  3. The device will listen for special nearly-inaudible tones from the television, make the connection automatically, and start casting.
  4. If the connection fails, you'll be prompted to use a PIN instead. Continue below to discover what PIN to use.

Locate PIN

  1. If the connection fails, look on the television screen while the Chromecast shows wallpaper. There will be a 4-digit PIN listed.
    Chromecast screen with PIN magnified and highlighted.
  2. If you are unable to locate the PIN on the screen, the owner (or host) of the Chromecast, can use the Home app on their phone to provide it.
    1. Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.
      Google Home.
    2. Select Devices in the top-right corner.
      Google Home with Devices highlighted.
    3. The PIN is found under the device name.​
      Device list with PIN highlighted.

This PIN will change regularly, about every 24 hours, to keep you safe. There is no need to reset it, or write it down; simply look it up each time it is needed.