How to Disable Chromecast on Android

Easily stop casting from your Android device

Chromecast is a great tool for streaming media from your favorite Android apps to your TV, but sometimes you won't want to cast. That's especially true when guests come over and are sent a Chromecast notification offering to let them take control of your TV. Here's how to disable Chromecast on Android, or just disable Chromecast notifications if that's all you need.

This article was written using a Samsung Galaxy A01 running Android 10 and UI Core 2.0. The exact steps may vary slightly on other phones or versions of Android 10, but the concepts are the same.

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How to Disable Chromecast on Android 10

If you're looking to totally disable Chromecast on Android, your options are limited. Android doesn't offer a direct way to disable Chromecast or the option to cast from your Android 10 device to Chromecast, per se. That is, there's no button or setting labeled Disable Chromecast. Still, you have a few options:

  • Stop casting. If you simply want to stop a cast that's already running, that's simple. Just go into the app that's casting, tap the Cast icon (the box with lines coming into the bottom left corner), and tap the stop button. If you're mirroring your screen, go to the Google Home app and tap the room the Chromecast is in then tap the Settings > Stop Mirroring.
  • Unplug Chromecast from TV or power. To temporarily disable your Chromecast and its features, just unplug the device from your TV's HDMI port or unplug the power cable from the device. In either scenario, your Chromecast won't be able to work with your TV or your phone.
  • Turn off Chromecast. If the turn the Chromecast off, you'll have disabled it until you turn it back on.

How to Delete Chromecast From the Home App

You can totally disable Chromecast if you remove the device from your Google Home app. This of course will block you from casting permanently until you set it up again, so it might not be the best option, but it does the job. To remove Chromecast:

  1. To get started, make sure your phone and Chromecast are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

  2. Go to the Google Home app and tap the room the Chromecast is in.

  3. Tap Settings.

  4. Tap Remove device > Remove.

    How to remove a Chromecast device from the Chromecast app.

If you're technologically inclined and want to truly disable Chromecast on your Android phone while leaving the device set up, you've only got one option: rooting your device. If you root your Android phone, you'll have the option to remove system-level services like casting. We don't recommend this unless you really know what you're doing or are comfortable messing things up.

How to Disable Chromecast Notifications on Android 10

If you've got a Chromecast set up in your house, when guests come over and connect to the same Wi-Fi network as the Chromecast, they may get a notification suggesting that they connect to your Chromecast. You may not want guests to have this option and thus may want to disable Chromecast notifications.

If you don't want to totally block guests, but want some more control, try using Chromecast Guest Mode.

If that's the case, you're in luck: there's a setting for that! Follow these steps to disable Chromecast notifications on Android 10:

  1. Connect your Android phone to the same Wi-Fi network as your Chromecast.

  2. Tap the Home app to open it.

  3. Tap the name of the room the Chromecast device is in.

    Screenshots of how to get to Chromecast devices.
  4. Tap the Settings icon.

  5. Scroll down and move the Let others control your cast media slider to off/gray.

    Where to disable media casting for Chromecast on an Android device.