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How to Make Chromecast Private | 4 Ways

How to Make Chromecast Private
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We’ve been using Chromecast for a couple of weeks but we feel like we have a decent handle on how most intricate things work with the new Chromecast. 

You must be using Chromecast at your home with your family and children. But you want to ensure that Chrome cast content on your TV should remain hidden and nobody should access that without your permission. So, you must make your Chromecast private and only keep its access to yourself.

How To Prevent Others Control My Chromecast Device?

You can stop others from controlling your Chromecast device and ensure that your privacy is not breached in 4 different ways.

  1. By turning off Guest Mode in your Chromecast.
  2. By turning off notifications on devices being screencast.
  3. Through a VLAN
  4. Through a Travel Router

Guest Mode

Guest mode is relatively a new feature that allows others (guests) to cast media to TV without being connected to your Wi-Fi that way you don’t need to tell them your password and they don’t have access to other stuff on your network. So, you ensure that none other than you have access to your Chromecast Device.

How to Make Chromecast Private with Guest Mode

  • First of all, go to your Chromecast app from your mobile phone.
  • Select the device which you want to exit from your Chromecast and turn off Guest Mode.
  • Now, click on ‘Guest Mode’ and turn it off.
  • You will see ‘Pin Number’ will be removed from your TV’s left bottom corner.
  • You can test your Chromecast by turning off your Wi-Fi and checking your TV.

Turn off notifications 

How to Prevent Remote Control Notifications from Appearing on Your Phone

Whenever you use the Chromecast feature on your Android device you will get some controls in the notification panel for other Android devices that are also connected to that same wireless network. 

But, it is very annoying because if I am casting to my TV from one of my devices, I don’t want to get any kind of control separately. It may be helpful for some people. You can prevent those notifications from popping up on your screen.

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  • Click on the Gear icon on your notification and go to the main settings of your device.
  • Now, toggle off ‘Remote Control Notifications’.
  • Remember, you can remove the notification temporarily but every time when you Chromecast your screen, the notification bar again appears on your screen. 

How to Disable Chromecast Media Controls in Google Chrome on Windows

Whenever your Chromecast is enabled in your Windows,  its icon will appear on the top right corner of your screen.

  • Now, first of all, write “chrome://flags”.
  • It will take you to the search area inside chrome.
  • Now, you will search “Global Media Controls for Cast”
  • You can disable this feature.
  • Now,  you can relaunch your browser.
  • You will see that the screencast icon will disappear.

How to Disable Casting in Google Home

When you want to ensure that no other person uses Chromecast and accesses your device, you should follow the steps mentioned below.

  • First of all, install the Google Home app on your device.
  • Then, go to settings in the Google Home app.
  • Now, click on ‘Rooms and Groups’.
  • Here, all of your connected devices will appear on your screen.
  • You will find an option, ‘Let others control your Device’ which you can click on ‘Never’

Travel Router

A travel router is designed to simplify the process of connecting and managing devices primarily in public places like hotels and airports etc.

Netgear, D-Link, and other major networks have travel versions as well. You can connect your device with travel routers and you don’t have any need to attach your device to various networks. This is relatively a cheap option to ensure privacy in terms of Chromecast connection.

How to Make Chromecast Private with Travel Router

  • Get a Travel Router Router (TP-Link Device-TL WR702N)
  • Plug the cable into the Ethernet Port.
  • Now, you can plug the Chromecast into the HDMI of the TV.
  • Make sure that you have plugged your Chromecast into the power outlet.
  • It will switch from your Chromecast Adapter to your Chromecast Home Screen.
  • Now, download and install the Google Home app.
  • After completing the setup of the Google Home app, turn on Wi-Fi here.
  • Now, your Travel Router device internet will be shared on your Google Home app.
  • Connect and enjoy your favorite seasons on TV.

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Chromecast with VLAN

You can take your Chromecast to a separate VLAN to ensure that privacy has been prioritized in all terms and there is no chance whatsoever to get snooped on by others in your home. Your family members or friends won’t get any notifications or any activity updates on their devices and they won’t be getting disturbed by your Isolated Network.

How to Make Chromecast Private with VLAN

You can watch the video below in order to set up your separate VLAN to keep all of your devices grouped in one single Network.

How to stop people from using Google Home?

  • Open your Google Home app on your mobile.
  • Now, go toward your settings, and you can see a gear icon.
  • Here, you will Select “Recognition and Sharing”
  • Now, you can turn off “Let others control your cast media”.

How do I make Google Home secure?

You can make your Google Home secure in many ways.

  1. Setup 2-Factor Authentication in your Google Home.
  2. Mute Google Home on your device.
  3. Enable Voice Match.

Can others see what I Chromecast?

Chromecast is a product to enable everyone in the home to be aware of and enjoy their favorite content on larger screens. Your activity and other data can be viewed by other members through their devices.

You can turn off your history managed by Chromecast or you can use Incognito mode. Follow this article completely to ensure your privacy is secured.

How do I move Chromecast from one house to another?

You have to reset your device before moving Chromecast to another home.

  • First of all, download and install the Google Home app.
  • Here, you will go into the home where your device is currently in.
  • Tap the device Settings Device information. Home.
  • Now, you can move your Chromecast into any home wherever you want.

Can my neighbors see my Chromecast?

Your VLAN Network is the one that allows Chromecast to share content information and activity performed with everyone who is within your VLAN network. So, people using your Wi-Fi can also see your Chromecast.

How do I change Chromecast settings?

  • First of all, make sure that both of your devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
  • Now, open your Google Home app.
  • Now, you will see your connected devices in the app.
  • Now, you go to your settings and forget your Wi-Fi network.

Is screen casting safe?

Yes! Screen casting is safe. Because it is basically a transfer of data in the form of a wireless HDMI connection which is encrypted before it goes to its destination and the connected device decrypts the encrypted data and you see an output on your screen.

How to Chromecast an Incognito Window

If you don’t want to save your browser history with Chromecast, you can use Incognito Window with your Chromecast.

  • First of all, launch Chromecast.
  • Then go to Three Dots in the right corner > Tools > Extensions.
  • Allow Incognito Mode.
  • Now, you can Chromecast your device and use it anonymously.

How to hide private items while casting?

  • Go to Connection and Sharing on your device.
  • Click on Cast and turn it on.
  • You will see that this cast provides many features and one of them is “Hide Private Items”
  • It will not show your notifications, incoming calls, and other private things.

How to listen privately with Chromecast?

Pairing your Bluetooth headphones with Chromecast private listening is a very easy process.

  • First of all, go to settings.
  • Scroll down to ‘Remote and Accessories’
  • Click ‘Pair with Remote’
  • If your headphones are in pairing mode, they will be connected to them automatically.

How to Lock down the Chromecast for children?

You can turn on App Only mode, which would lock down the device in conjunction with the few other settings to ensure that your kids go into the apps only that you have given them access to. You can set the PIN here.

About Author

Hamza Munir

Originally from Pakistan, being a young lad in Tech industry, Hamza has a keen interest in PC games, and Windows OS Security Systems. He loves technology and Alexa products and he has used multiple automated gadgets at home, with almost every version of the Echo and Rumbas especially. He is recently studying advanced AI and Machine Learning at ITU Pakistan. Now, He has also involved himself in Aurdino products to study advanced Robotics. His degree is Bachelor's in Computer Science but his Specialization has taken him to a higher positions at various job positions. Now, He writes detailed information on every issue and feature of Alexa, Echo, and other smart and automated gadgets and also reviews them according to my use and personal utility experience. Hamza has been providing people with different troubleshoots related to robotics, and AI since 2020 and He has attached himself with <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">smarthomehut</a> in 2022 You can find him @ <ol> <li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Facebook</a></li> <li><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</a></li> </ol> More Info <a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">About Smarthomehut</a>

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