The Chromecast is a handy little device. For just $35 you get a simple hub that can double as a media center From casting YouTube videos to mirroring your PC screen, there are many smart ways to use Chromecast.

Google recently released an update to the Android Chromecast app (now called Google Home) that introduces a new annoyance. Whenever someone on your network broadcasts a Chromecast, each the android device is notified of this.

This is a problem for many reasons. On the one hand, everyone in your house probably doesn’t care what you watch, and being constantly notified about it is a pain. It’s even worse if you’re acting out something you don’t want to share. . Second, anyone can use this notification to control playback, which can interrupt your stream.

You’ll have to disable this notification on a per-device basis, but it’s not hard to do. If there is a notification on the screen, swipe down from the top of the screen to open the notification drawer. Drag down the Chromecast recording with two fingers and tap the gear on the left side. The only option here is Show remote control notifications which you can disable.

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Another way to do this if you don’t have a Chromecast notification is through your Android settings. Open » Settings»>»Google»>»Google Cast» and you will see that the only option is also » Show remote control notifications» . Disable this to stop the notification.

This can be a useful feature if you want to use a dedicated device for your Chromecast remote or want multiple viewers to control the stream. However, by default it is annoying and intrusive.

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Did this notification bother you? Let us know if you’re happy to disable this in the comments!

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