The Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player can serve as an awesome entertainment tool but more importantly to me, a great business tool where I can Chromecast to multiple devices. One of my duties as Executive Director of the Iowa PGA is to conduct approximately thirty professional golf tournaments per year.
We have implemented electronic scoreboards to save staff time and money for our association. We setup the electronic scoreboards in one of two ways; with an lcd projector, or by using the HDMI input on televisions within the golf clubhouse. We always prefer taking advantage of the HD televisions in most cases since we can stream to multiple displays at once. When we do this, we Chromecast to multiple devices at the same time with the video feed coming from a single computer.
Now, as of this writing, the Chromecast is only able to cast to a single device but this tutorial will show you a quick way that you can cast to multiple screens with a single PC. Many businesses that I have come across over the past years may have their televisions networked so they can play the same PowerPoint, slideshow, etc. on all of the televisions at once. Obviously, there are other reasons to have your televisions networked but if it is simply for displaying slides, computer screens, etc, then save your money and follow this short tutorial. When I first tried to Chromecast to multiple devices, the options within the chrome browser did not allow me to do that. The following workaround will allow you to do this.
Video Tutorial (written steps below video)
Chromecast to multiple devices by following the steps below
1. Depending on the number of chromecasts that you would like to use, you must setup a user for each one in the Chrome Browser. To do this, simply click the settings button in the top right corner of the Chrome browser (it looks like three horizontal lines stacked on top of one another). Click the menu item that reads “Settings”. Another screen will open and you will notice an area toward the bottom where you can add a “Person”. If you have three Chromecasts that you would like to use at once, simply add three “Persons”. I like naming these something simple such as “Chromecast 1”, “Chromecast 2”, etc. As of this writing, this does not work on my Samsung Chromebook within the Google Chrome Browser for some reason but it should work on any other computer running Chrome. I am using Windows 8.1 with the most recent version of the Chrome Browser running.
2. Now it is time to Chromecast to multiple devices. Now, you are going to want to open separate Chrome windows (not tabs), for the number of Chromecasts that you will be casting to. You are going to have a dedicated window open (not tab) for each Chromecast. If you don’t know how to do this, in Windows simply right click on the Chrome Browser icon on your desktop and choose “New Window”.
3. You will notice in the top right of the Chrome Browser windows, you are going to see an area where you can switch between the “Persons” who you setup in step number 1. Now, all you need to do is choose a different person for each window.
4. Now, go into each window and open the Google Slides, video, or whatever you want to cast to the Chromecasts. You will need to do this in each browser window.
5. Now go into each window and click the Chromecast tab in the top right browser bar and choose a different Chromecast for each window. You should now be able to Chromecast to multiple devices by using a single PC. This works perfectly in situations where you would like to cast Google Slides or Web sites to multiple displays without using multiple computers. The only downside to this is that your source is coming from three different windows so if you want them in sync with one another, that might now work too well.
Please let me know how you Chromecast to multiple devices in the comments below.