Chromecasts Add A Notification To Every Device On Your Network, Here’s How To Turn It Off

Chromecasts Add A Notification To Every Device On Your Network, Here’s How To Turn It Off

Recently, Chromecasts have developed a strange quirk. When you cast something from your phone to your TV, every single device on your network will get a notification to control it. If you find this annoying, here’s how to turn it off.

The network-wide notification is presumably a solution to a problem that Chromecasts have had since they first arrived on the scene. Namely, you don’t have a remote control you can just pick up and pause with. If one person’s device is connected to the Chromecast, you can control it with that, but they have a nasty habit of disconnecting if you don’t use them for too long. To remedy that problem, this new network-wide notification gives everyone basic controls.

The downside to this solution is, well, everyone has the notification. Even if you’re not watching TV, you get the notification, which is annoying. You’re also handing control over your stream to anyone in the house. While technically anyone on the network can take over the Chromecast at any time, this makes it easier to mess with other people’s streams, and it broadcasts to everyone that you’re watching something unnecessarily. To turn this feature off, follow these steps:

  1. When the network-wide notification appears, swipe down on it with two fingers.
  2. Tap the Settings icon.
  3. Disable the toggle that reads, “Show remote control notifications.”

Alternatively, you can disable it entirely under Settings > Google > Google Cast in your phone’s Settings app. Both methods will remove the notification entirely.

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  • This is a seriously frustrating feature that should not be on by default… it is useful for a home scenario and thats it.
    I encountered this the other week when i hooked my chromecast up to a hotel wifi that uses a single SSID over the entire building.
    As a result i was having my casts killed after a few seconds (or muted) as people would see a new notification and look to dismiss it … usually by hitting the “x” on the notification instead of swiping it away.
    The problem with the suggested fixes, this is to be done by users who might not have ever used a chromecast to even begin to understand why its there, let alone know why netflix or youtube is “casting” to something.
    They probably thought their device was being hacked
    They are unlikely to know to expand the notification and amend settings on something they have never seen… especially when there is a big ‘x’ that seems to do the job (until it returns).
    The solutions are not possible in a hotel environment.

    This should be turned off by default, and within the Google Home App a user (likely device owner) can decide to allow the global notification to be on.

    I recently saw the new movie I.T., near the start Pierce’s big business presentation is hijacked /fails to an extent that an I.T. guy is required to get a it back up and running (terminal commands were flying).
    I was thinking “how can a powerpoint get to a point that an I.T. guy is required”… now i know… they must have been using a chromecast!

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