Set up guest mode for Chromecast Audio

Hosting a social gathering? Guest mode makes it easier for your friends to cast their favorite media to your Chromecast Audio from a mobile device without connecting to your Wi-Fi network.

Step 1. Host sets up Guest mode 

As the host, you can keep your password private! Guests can cast from their mobile device as long as they are in the same room as the Chromecast Audio device.

To set up guest mode,  

  1. Make sure your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast Audio. 
  2. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  3. Tap your Chromecast Audio device.
  4. At the top right corner, tap Settings .
  5. Scroll down to "Device settings," then tap Guest mode.
  6. Turn Guest mode on or off.

Step 2. Guest connects to Guest mode 

​As the guest, you can cast content without being connected to the host's Wi-Fi network. Note: You must be connected to the internet. This may be via a different Wi-Fi network or your mobile data connection

  1. Open any Chromecast-enabled app and tap the Cast button Active cast extension.
  2. Select Nearby device and follow the prompts to connect.
  3. If audio pairing fails, you'll need to enter the 4-digit PIN that your host provides. See the instructions below on where the host can find the PIN.

Where to find the Guest mode PIN

A 4-digit PIN is required for connecting to a Chromecast Audio in guest mode. When a device nearby tries to connect, the Chromecast Audio automatically transfers that PIN using short, inaudible audio tones. If the audio tone pairing fails, your guest will be given the option to connect manually by entering the 4-digit PIN.

  1. Open the Google Home app Google Home app.
  2. Tap your Chromecast Audio device.
  3. At the top right corner, tap Settings .
  4. Scroll down to "Device settings, Guest mode.
  5. The PIN is located below Guest mode. Give this PIN to your guest to manually enter when they're trying to connect. 


Setting up:

Hosts and guests using Guest mode can: 

  • set up (i.e. turn on or off) Guest mode on any mobile device that supports the Google Home app


The guest using guest mode can:

  • on Android:
    • cast content using Android 4.3+ on Google Home devices
  • on iOS
    • cast content using iOS8+ 
    • Note: Bluetooth must be turned on in order to cast content using Guest mode 

Guest mode is an opt-in feature that you can choose to turn off any time from the Google Home device settings. You can access and manage (turn on or off) guest mode from the Google Home app on your Android device and iOS device.

Guest mode settings will be reset when you perform a factory reset on your Google Home.

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