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Set up Chromecast guest mode on Android

​If your guest is using an Android 4.3+ device, you no longer have to share your Wi-Fi password for Chromecast access.

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If you're going to be hosting a social gathering, then you'll love the newest feature to land on your Google Chromecast. Now you can allow guests to stream to your TV without sharing your Wi-Fi password.

Setting it up takes just a couple of steps for both owner and guest, and then you can start sharing photos, funny videos or listen to a playlist that a friend curated for the occasion. Here's how to set it up:

Note: The new guest mode is only available on devices running Android 4.3 or higher at this time.

Chromecast owner instructions

The main screen in the Chromecast app on Android. Screenshots by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 1: Make sure your personal device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast, then open the official Chromecast app.

Settings menu within the Chromecast app. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: Tap the Chromecast device name you want to connect with (this example will use the Living Room device). Once connected, tap the menu and then press Guest Mode. Toggle the setting On.

Continuation of Step 3. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 3: On your TV screen, look for a PIN after the name of the Chromecast (as shown in the top image). This lets you know Guest Mode is working properly.

Stream as a guest

The Google Play Music app has a stream to Chromecast icon. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 1: Make sure Wi-Fi is enabled on the guest device (but not connected to your network). Then, attempt to stream by tapping the Chromecast icon at the top of the screen in a Chromecast-friendly app like YouTube, Photos, or Google Play Music.

Finalize your connection to the Chromecast. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

Step 2: A window will appear to connect to a device. Tap Nearby device and then press OK, Connect in the next pop-up window. You should see the streaming process begin immediately.

Enter the PIN to connect to the Chromecast. Screenshot by Nicole Cozma/CNET

(Optional) Step 3:If you have trouble connecting to a device, you can press Skip at the last step instead of OK, Connect and enter the PIN you see on the TV.

Guest mode is also great at the office if your meetings include people from other companies.

How will you use the new guest mode? Share your ideas in the comments.