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11/8/16
Original Poster
Gwen12

Disabling automatic casting to someone else's device

I listen to music on my youtube app on my phone at work using the guest network.

Starting this morning, my youtube app on my phone keeps automatically casting to another device. I have restarted the youtube app several times and restarted my phone, but every time I start a video in the youtube app, it automatically starts casting to someone else's device.

The weird thing is that the name of the device is called DnastyLauria and has a tv symbol next to it, but I work several floors underground in a hospital and I highly doubt there's a Chromecast enabled tv within range.   

Can I disable casting on my phone? What is going on?
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Byteguy
11/8/16
Byteguy
It sounds like someone came into the hospital and connected their Chromecast (video style) to the same guest network that you and your Chromecast are connected to.  Probably somebody in a room brought it so they could watch their own shows while you take good care of them.

Any device on a network can see and cast to any other device on that same network. Range isn't an issue once you're on the network because the network carries the signal between the devices.

All you can really do is just be careful and pick your own Chromecast.  You can't limit what Chromecasts you see or lock them down once they are on the network.
11/8/16
Original Poster
Gwen12
Thanks for the quick reply.

I am not choosing to cast to a Chromecast. It is automatically casting once I start a youtube video and I can't seem to cancel casting unless I force quit the youtube app.

edit: I just restarted my phone and it isn't automatically casting anymore. Is there a setting that could have caused the automatic casting?

11/9/16
Original Poster
Gwen12
Hi again,

It started casting again automatically, but I can't identify a trigger for it. I was out of the youtube app and got a notification that I was casting to that same device again.

Is there a way to opt out of casting if I do not intend on using that feature of the Youtube app?
Byteguy
11/9/16
Byteguy
I don't believe you can opt out; casting in built into the app and the Android operating system and tries to always "be there and ready" when you have access to Chromecasts.

I don't really want to bounce you but I don't know enough about YouTube app tricks.  You might want to ask over in the YouTube forum:

  https://productforums.google.com/forum/?hl=en#!forum/youtube

Maybe they will know why you're sometimes going straight to cast and sometimes not with their app.  I know in all the other apps that I use, it always have to tap on the cast icon before I can cast.
Google user
11/9/16
Google user
I have a very similar problem. Something is very fishy - feels like a hacking scandal or a badly behaving software. I cannot control what is happening to my devices.
My phone started casting youtube video to another android device at home - all by itself. I have never use cast in my life and it seriously creeped me out. I didn't even open youtube on my phone. It just started the whole thing by itself as if my phone and Android TV have been hijacked.

jilllG
11/9/16
jilllG
Hi all!

To add to Byteguy's response....here is a related article from Android Police.
Marco Burrafato
11/11/16
Marco Burrafato
Hi all,
Me and a colleague of mine just had the same problem. The youtube app just updated this morning on my phone, and at first start I was introduced to the new "chromecast" button on top. But then I stopped using youtube. Both me and my colleague were connected to the same company wifi, when that strange notification appeared.

I read the article linked from jilllG, and I had the same notification as in the central screenshot. From what I understand (i.e. not much),  I think that someone was chromecasting to our wifi, and what appeared on our phones was some sort of remote control; and "casting to someone" actually doesn't mean that I'm sending my chromecast to him, but that I can actually send some commands like pause, mute, etc. Am I right?

I think that this 'feature' could be useful in some home environment (hint: most of the time I think it's not), but my company wifi is a network with hundreds or thousands of devices connected at the same time, in the whole building. I can't imagine what could happen with some public wi-fi.

Isn't really any way to avoid this?
Google user
11/12/16
Google user
I'm having a similar issue only my phone is casting Netflix, not YouTube.its frustrating because it starts without warning and usually happens when one of my family members is casting to the TV from their device. We have 5 Android devices that each cast at times; I rarely use my phone to cast. Could this be chromecast issue? Or is it a device issue since my device seems to be the one bumping the others off?
itipiu
11/14/16
itipiu
This is possibly the most idiotic feature ever to have been released. Who in their right mind thought it's a good idea to roll out such a feature?? I can think of so many scenarios in which the outcome would range from annoying to catastrophic.

Need to find a way to get rid of this thing.
jilllG
11/14/16
jilllG
Hi all,

See this Google help page: Disabling automatic notification.

To permanently turn off Cast remote control notifications-

  1. On the notification, tap Settings 
  2. Next to the 'Show remote control notifications', slide the slider to the left. 

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Terje Skuggen
5/24/17
Terje Skuggen
Great news guys!!! Google just made it possible to opt out. About time!

Is it even possible to think this was a good idea in the first place?

http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/05/23/google-adding-option-disable-network-media-notifications-chromecast-google-home-devices/
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