Set up guest mode for Chromecast Audio

Guest mode makes it easier for your friends to cast their favourite 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. 

  1. Make sure that your mobile device or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast Audio. 
  2. Open the Google Home app .
  3. Tap and hold your device's tile.
  4. At the top-right corner, tap Settings  and then Sharing.
  5. Turn on or off guest mode.

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 four-digit PIN that your host provides. 

Where to find the guest mode PIN

A four-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 .
  2. Tap and hold your device's tile.
  3. At the top-right corner, tap Settings   Sharing.
  4. Tap 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 (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 5.0+ 
  • On iOS
    • Cast content using iOS 11.0+ 
    • Note:
      • Some iOS apps might not support Guest mode.
      • 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 at any time from the Google Home app. 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 Chromecast.

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