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Casting to Hangouts and Cast for Education Cloud Services from Chrome

Share content with other Google Hangout participants or Cast for Education users using Chrome. Here's more about Cloud Services and steps to get started:


About Cloud Services
Cloud Services allow you to share the contents of your browser tab or your desktop with other users through services like Google Hangouts and the Cast for Education receiver application. It is only available if you are signed into Chrome.

Turning this option on will result in Chrome showing you other services you can share your screen to, including:

  • Hangouts that you're currently participating in or have scheduled on your Calendar.
  • Cast for Education receivers that you manage or have been made available to you (receivers are devices that are connected to the classroom projector). 
To set up casting to Cloud Services (like Hangouts or Cast for Education) from Chrome
  1. If you're not already running Chrome, download Chrome. 
  2. Ensure you're running the latest version of Chrome. If you're having trouble, here's how to get Chrome updates.
  3. Sign in to the Chrome browser.
  4. Pin the Cast button to your Chrome toolbar.
  5. Make sure your laptop/computer is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast device.
  6. If you pinned the Cast button Inactive cast extension ,
    1. Find the the Cast button Inactive cast extension in the top right corner of your browser window.
    2. Right-click (Control+click on Mac) the Cast toolbar button Inactive cast extension and make sure the Enable Cloud Services option is checked:
To disable casting to Cloud Services from Chrome
Support for Cloud Services is automatically enabled when you sign into Chrome.  If you’d like to disable this feature, follow these steps:
  1. If you haven’t already, pin the Cast button to your Chrome toolbar.
  2. Find the the Cast button Inactive cast extension in the top right corner of your browser window.
  3. Right-click (Control+click on Mac) the Cast toolbar button Inactive cast extension and make sure the Enable Cloud Services option is unchecked:
  4. You can re-enable it by repeating steps 2-3 above and making sure Enable Cloud Services is checked. 
To start casting to a Hangout or Cast for Education receiver from Chrome
  1. To see available Hangouts you can cast to from Chrome,
    1. Schedule a Hangout on your Google Calendar.
    2. If you’re signed into a Google Apps domain and can’t find the Hangout you want to cast to, you can type it in manually in the “Enter Hangout name” text box. Then select Add Hangout.  
  2. To see available Cast for Education receivers from Chrome, either install and configure a Cast for Education receiver application, or be granted access to cast to an existing receiver.  Here’s more information about Google Cast for Education.
  3. To start sharing content from your Chrome browser with the other participants in a Hangout, or to share your content with a Cast for Education receiver:
    1. Click the browser tab containing the content you want to cast.
    2. Click the Cast button Inactive cast extension in the top right corner of your Chrome browser.
    3. You can also click the Chrome Tools menu in the top right corner of your Chrome browser window. Then click Cast…:
    4. Choose from the available Hangouts or Cast for Education receivers.
Important Privacy Policy information
While use of Chrome conforms to the Chrome Privacy Policy, use of Google Hangouts through Cast conforms to the Google Privacy Policy. By default Hangouts will send diagnostic logs when you cast content from Chrome, to help improve Hangouts. You can turn this logging off by visiting the Video Call Settings screen in Hangouts and de-selecting the option, “Report Additional Diagnostics.”

Elise is a Chromecast expert and author of this help page. Leave her feedback below about the page.

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