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How to disable Chromecast and stop casting on Android devices

Need to turn off or stop casting from your Chromecast device? Here's how.
September 24, 2022

Chromecast devices are nifty when you want to cast a YouTube video from your phone to your TV. Chromecast makes it easy to swap media back and forth between devices quickly. But you don’t always want your Chromecast enabled, and sometimes you want to turn it off entirely. But can you do that? This article will tell you how to stop casting in the middle of a stream and how to disable Chromecast when you’re not using it.

Read more: How to set up Chromecast for Android and iOS devices

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You can tap the cast icon on your app and then tap the stop button to end casting on your television. You can also open the Google Home app and tap on the selected device to end casting. You can also disable the Chromecast from within the Google Home app.


How to stop casting to the TV

If you want to stop a cast that’s currently running, that’s easy. You can do this one of two ways.

First, you could go into the currently casting app, tap the cast icon, and then tap the stop button. The cast button looks like a box with three curved lines coming from the bottom left corner.

Related: Chromecast with Google TV vs the “old” Chromecast series

Second, you can stop the cast through the Google Home app. Open the app and tap the device you want to stop casting to. You should see a screen that allows you to control the cast. At the bottom of that screen, tap Stop Casting, and your stream will stop.

These options will accomplish the same goal and stop casting from your phone to your TV instantly. You’ll be able to resume where you left off on the device you were casting from.

How to turn off Chromecast

Unfortunately, it’s not simple to turn Chromecast devices on and off. There’s no on/off switch you can toggle.

Google Chromecast with Google TV search tab
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You can disconnect power completely. You can either disconnect the Chromecast device or your TV from its power source. And if you don’t want to worry about unplugging something every night, you could invest in some smart plugs and turn things off from your phone.

Check out: How to use Google Home with a Chromecast

If you decide to unplug your TV every night with a Chromecast device still plugged in, your Chromecast device will still show up as an active device on your network. People won’t be able to cast to it.

How to disable Chromecast

If you want to disable Chromecast for yourself, you’ll have to use one of the above options to turn it off. However, if you’re trying to disable who can affect your video while casting, there’s an easy toggle switch.

Open the Google Home app. Select the room your Chromecast device is in, and then select the device you want to change settings for. You should see the settings icon for that specific device; once you tap on it, you can customize how much control you want others to have over your Cast when you’re streaming.

You can also prevent notifications from showing up on your phone for Cast devices.

On your Android device, go to SettingsGoogleDevice connectionsCast media controls. Here, you can toggle Media controls for Cast devices on and off. This will stop the notification bar from popping up every time something is streaming to a Cast device.

It may be frustrating that there’s no easy way to disable Chromecast without unplugging it, but hopefully, Google will make updates soon that enable this feature. If they do, we’ll be sure to update this article with that information.

Also read: Chromecast with Google TV: Everything you need to know