You’re done watching your favorite show, and now you’re wondering how to turn off Chromecast on iPhone? Worry no more.
Chromecast is a device that allows you to stream media on your TV. It is also used for the video chat feature on Google Home.
This article seeks to explore different ways on how to disable Chromecast on iPhone. Read on to find out.
To turn off Chromecast on iPhone, tap the Chromecast icon at the top of your device while the video is playing and tap “stop casting.”
Your TV can access your device as long as it is connected. It also keeps access to the Internet, which is necessary for it to do some background activities.
All of this is done by the stick in standby mode, which is activated when you turn off your television.
Your Chromecast will always be ready to use when you need it if you leave it on.
HDMI-CEC Turn on feature
While not all TV sets support HDMI-CEC, which is a control protocol that permits television and peripheral device control over HDMI connections, most recent HDTV televisions do.
That means your Chromecast can use the HDMI connection to turn on your television. This feature is only available if the Chromecast is turned on.
Reasons Why You Would Switch Off Chromecast
Some people find it necessary to turn off Chromecast for the following reasons:
Some users express concerns about staying connected to the network without using the device.
2. To Keep off Trolls
There are other ways of keeping off trolls but turning off your device is the easiest solution.
3. To Remove “Always Working Status” on TV
Chromecast runs in the background even when not in use. The only way to get rid of that status tag is to switch it off.
4. To Save Power
Though it consumes very little power, some people prefer to turn off this device especially if they are planning to stay for long periods without using it.
But doing so makes very little difference in your electric bill.
5. To Transfer your Device
When you need to transfer your device to another TV set, it would be necessary to switch off Chromecast.
How to Turn Off Chromecast on iPhone – Best Methods
There are multiple ways of turning off Chromecast, but these methods may vary depending on the version of Chromecast you have.
Below are some of the methods to turn off Chromecast on iPhone:
Method #1: Unplugging from TV
There are two ways of doing this; you can just yank it from the TV or follow this procedure:
As long as the TV is turned off and the device isn’t updating, there’s nothing wrong with simply unplugging it out of the HDMI connector.
Nonetheless, you should follow these instructions to avoid any mishaps or errors:
1. Switch off your TV
You should start by turning off the TV your Chromecast is attached to. Ensure it has gone to standby before proceeding.
2. Stop Broadcasting
Take the iPhone you use to control Chromecast media content and tap on “Stop casting/Disconnect”
3. Unplug from TV
After disconnecting your device, unplug Chromecast from the HDMI port on your TV.
There’s a downside to unplugging your device. Due to its size, you can easily lose, misplace or even damage it.
You will miss out on regular updates (the device updates even in standby mode).
The longer the stick is turned off, the more updates it will miss. When you finally plug it in, you may have to wait a long time for it to update to the current settings.
You won’t be able to stream anything while it’s doing this. The more you plug and unplug the device, the more the HDMI connection is stressed.
Note: Even if you’re dead set on only using your Chromecast or other streaming stick when it’s on, it’s advisable to disconnect it from the power socket rather than the HDMI socket.
It won’t use any power just sitting there.
Method #2: Using the Google Home App
To use the google home app, install the app and ensure your Chromecast and iPhone are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.
You have to add Chromecast to your google home app to be able to control it.
To add Chromecast to Google Home App:
- Launch Google Home app
- Tap on menu icon on the top left corner of your screen
- Select more settings then TVs and speakers
- A list of your linked devices will appear. To add chromecast tap the + icon on the bottom right corner of your screen
To stop Chromecast using the Google Home app follow these steps:
- Open the Google Home app on your iPhone
- Tap on the device you intend to stop
- On the device screen, tap stop casting to turn off chromecast
Method #3: Using A Smart Plug
A smart plug is a small adapter that can be plugged into a regular power outlet.
It can be controlled using an app that you install on your iPhone. The device connects to your iPhone via Wi-Fi.
Once configured, any device connected to the smart plug can be switched on or off by using your iPhone.
It’s a very straightforward process:
- Plug the smart plug to a power outlet
- Plug your chromecast to the smart plug
- Download the smart plug app on your iPhone to connect to the smart plug
- Use the smart plug app to turn chromecast off
Method #4: Using Google Chrome
Google chrome browser can end a cast and turn off Chromecast. First, you need to install the google chrome browser to access this feature.
Follow these steps to turn off your Chromecast stream:
- Open the Google Chrome browser on your iPhone
- Tap the three dots on the upper right corner of your window to open the browser settings.
- Select cast
- The active chromecast device appears in blue
- Tap it to stop the cast
- If Google chrome is properly linked to the device, it will stop the cast.
There you have it! Now you know how to turn off Chromecast on iPhone. Use any of these methods to turn off casting at your own convenience.
This is especially helpful if you are switching between devices and want to keep the same settings.
All you need is Chromecast and your iPhone will be turned into a one-stop shop for entertainment.
Finn Wheatley holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Science from UCL, London. He helped small data science consultancy firms, helping large corporations to grow their data capabilities, deploy advanced machine learning-based analytics and troubleshoot tech-related issues. Check out more about him here.