Turning Chromecast off: is it possible and should you do it?

Is your Chromecast turn off a good idea? And if so, how do you do that? In this article we explain how to disable the Chromecast and why you can do that. It’s not all that difficult luckily, but it’s good to read up on it. This way you will of course be well prepared and that is never wrong.

Is turning off Chromecast a good idea? You cannot turn off the Chromecast via, for example, a power button or the app. As long as a Chromecast is connected to the HDMI port and a USB port or AC power, it is not possible to turn it off completely. If you want to do this anyway, you will have to completely disconnect the Chromecast from the HMDI and USB / mains power. However, this can have negative consequences.

The Google Chromecast, in its many varieties, is a handy device that you place in one of the open HDMI ports of a television or monitor. Once it’s in there, you don’t have to worry about it anymore. As long as the device is in the port, it is on and using power.

But is that bad? Why should you scale out your Google Chromecast anyway? And are there any other reasons why turning off the Chromecast is a good idea? We can always think of a reason. But first, let’s take a look at why the Chromecast is in fact always on.

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Chromecast is always on

One reason the Chromecast is always on – when it’s in the HDMI port and it’s receiving power – is because it should always be available when you need it. That’s what makes it such a great device: you tap the Castioon within an app and your devices do the rest.

It is also the case that the Chromecast receives and processes updates when it remains activated. The download and installation process happens completely in the background, you won’t notice it. If you unplug your Chromecast, you often have to make the updates manually.

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Chromecast with Google TV

The update also happens when the Chromecast is in standby mode. The device goes into standby mode when you turn off the TV or monitor. So that is automatic. This is therefore not the same as turning off or turning off the Chromecast; it still works in the background.

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Turn off the Chromecast

So turning off the Chromecast has some drawbacks. For example, it is not always immediately available within your home network. It is also true that updating probably takes more time for you. If you still want to switch off your Chromecast, please proceed as follows.

  1. First turn off the TV or monitor (or whatever device you have connected the Chromecast to, this can also be an extensive soundbar or receiver)
  2. Make sure that no more content is streamed to the device (so check on your laptop or smartphone if something is still playing and close those app(s))
  3. Have you taken the above two steps, then remove the Chromecast from the HDMI port (if the Chromecast has a plug, you can also simply pull the plug)

You can turn off the Chromecast for several reasons. For example, friends come by who want everything cast to your TV; without activated Chromecast that is a lot more difficult. Or you want to take it somewhere, then you have to disable it in the right way.

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However, keep in mind that you don’t leave the Chromecast without an active internet connection for too long. Because the more updates that go wrong, the more data you have to download at a later time. You cannot use the HDMI stick during the update process. So the shorter that process is, or the more that happens in the background, the better.

Furthermore, turning off your Chromecast can make a difference to your energy consumption. Admittedly, the device is not a major consumer. But the more devices we completely turn off that we don’t use, the better it is for the environment in the end.

Chromecasts can be connected to a computer and can even be used with a hotspot (although the latter is not an official function). They have two connections that you want to know about, but the question still remains: which Chromecast do you get? Here we help you with the answer.