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Integration with Chromecast

Integration with Chromecast

tome coelho
Explorer | Level 4
It's a necessity either for brainstorming with team, share content with family and friends, client presentation.

Turn a laptop and PC on and connect it to a TV is today's option. Using the OS file interface. That's just old school.

An integrated function on the mobile APP to Chromecast would allow for tip of fingers control.

Ideia has been here before, but was ignored and closed by the developing team.
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Walter
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jnor
Helpful | Level 5

Me and my family are waiting for this, before we can switch from Google Drive/Photo to Dropbox.
We all use the chromecast feature from our Iphones and Ipads a lot.

For the last two years I have checked my Dropbox app if Chromecast is available, but it never is.

Upvoted this.
Regards J

j05hu4
Helpful | Level 5

The Dropbox app actually had support for Chromecast, I used it daily for my business until the update in march 2021 when the support for Chromecast was dropped.

 

I worked around it by installing mobile VLC and give VLC access to my Dropbox files so I can Chromecast my Dropbox files using my phone. This is much more hassle, but I need this feature to be able to do quick QA checks on audio files. So I'd love to see Chromecast support restored so I can skip VLC.

LEGODamashii
Helpful | Level 5

J05hu4 got my hopes up, but the Mobile VLC workaround does not work (or no longer works) on iPhone.

 

Since it seems that Google has ended support for Chromecast, I’m not optimistic that this functionality will (or can) be added to Dropbox. It would sure be helpful if it were, though!

 


https://www.theverge.com/2023/5/31/23743515/google-chromecast-support-ending-2013

j05hu4
Helpful | Level 5

Hi Lego, great to hear that I got your hopes up and I sincerely hope you can make it work with the information in this comment!

The Verge says: the original Chromecast Stick (hardware) is discontinued, not the Chromecast (software) technology. Also all my Android based hardware devices offer a Chromecast connection, I even disabled Chromecast on almost all of them just to have a single option when I need to choose a connection to my home theater setup.

 

VLC for iOS still works fine with Chromecast, I'm on the latest release of VLC: v3.4.8 (build 544), it is even newer than their current web download (v3.4.7).


Here is a quick visual guide to show you how it works for me, it assumes you have already connected VLC for IOS with your Dropbox account, also my Chromecast devices are not showing because I made this in the train on my way home.

VLCforIOS-chromecast.png

Let me know if you need more details/help!

Joshua

LEGODamashii
Helpful | Level 5

Joshua, Dude! Thank you for the reply and encouragement.
I had about given up, but I turned it off and turned it on again and now it’s working perfectly through the VLC Media Player app.

I already had hooked it up like in your screenshots, so if anyone else is looking to stream to ChromeCast, please follow Joshua’s excellent guide.

 

Also, thanks for the clarification about the status of ChromeCast. Hopefully I’ll get several more years of use from it.

 

Thanks again!

jnor
Helpful | Level 5

Still cant open dropbox on an ipad and cast images.

Still have not switched to using dropbox as main.

Still zero progress on this it seem 😞

Am I mad thinking chromecast integration for media is fundamental in 2023?!

 

Walter
Dropbox Staff
This idea has been closed due to inactivity. 
 
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