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Google rolling out a fix for buggy Android TV casting notifications

Luckily, Google is issuing a fix for this new Android TV bug.

Published onApril 3, 2020

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Android TV devices like the NVIDIA Shield TV and Xiaomi Mi Box S allow users to either stream content directly onto the device or use Chromecast functionality to throw media to it from their handsets. Unfortunately, somewhere along the way, these two features have gotten their wires crossed. According to Android Police, users have been reporting that their Android TV devices have been sending their mobile devices media notifications when it shouldn’t be.

When users cast content on their Android TV devices, they can use media control notifications on their phones to pause, fast-forward, and rewind the content. Lately, Android TV has been mistakenly sending these notifications to Android handsets on the same network even when content is streamed directly on the set-top box.

Popular Android TV apps like Disney Plus, Kodi, Netflix, Plex, TIDAL, YouTube, and YouTube TV are some of the notable culprits. Thankfully, Google is now rolling out a fix.

If you just can’t wait for Google’s fix to roll out, you can easily sidestep it by simply disabling these Chromecast notifications. There are a couple of ways you can do this as laid out on Google’s support pages. There is one pretty big trade-off to doing this, though. It removes the ability to manage media playback when you’re actually trying to cast it, so you’ll have to decide if that’s worth it for you or not.

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