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Don’t toss that old Android: Turn it into a Chromecast receiver!

For its $35 price tag, Google’s Chromecast is already fairly inexpensive. Still, you might be able to save that money by re-purposing an Android device with the right output cable, such HDMI or MHL,  and Cast Receiver, a third-party app that lets your Android KitKat device act like a Chromecast.

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The Pocketables blog pointed out Cast Receiver on Friday, which you can find on the XDA Developers site in two versions. One is for devices with root access while the other is a standard version. If you install the latter you won’t be able to screen cast from one Android to another due to a [company]Google[/company] app signature mismatch.

Since Cast Receiver is a third-party app it may not support every typical Chromecast-capable app, but the following have been tested with success: YouTube, Play Music, Play Movies & TV, Google Photos, Plex and Chrome for Android. [company]Netflix[/company] isn’t yet working but the developer of Cast Receiver is working on it.

Is it easier to just drop $35 on a Chromecast for official widespread app support? Of course. But having Cast Receiver on Android could be useful in a pinch when you need share a presentation or other media file. And it could give new live to an old Android device in the process.

5 Responses to “Don’t toss that old Android: Turn it into a Chromecast receiver!”

  1. How f’n cheap do you have to be? And if you’re thinking, “Not everyone has $35 to spend on a Chromecast.” To that I say, if you don’t have $35, streaming TV should be at the bottom of your priority list. I suggest learning a marketable skill or getting a gig on Taskrabbit.

    • Has nothing to do with cheap, I have more than enough to get more chromecasts. I have four already. However it’s nice to be able to cast to my phone or tablet and take it with me for a smoke, kitchen, bathroom, etc. etc… Especially when watching live content. Good luck doing that with your streaming TV. Your post has this very condescending tone to it, like if you’re too lazy to earn a paycheck you don’t deserve to watch internet video. I think you should have got some people skills to go along with that marketable skill of yours.