The Google Chromecast is a simple and inexpensive way to stream your online content to your television when you don’t own a Smart TV. All you need to do is plug in this compact device to your TV and get easy access to streaming services like YouTube, Netflix and Hulu.

But you already knew this, what you probably don’t know is that there’s more to your shiny new Chromecast than streaming online content.

Make presentations easier

When meeting clients for a big presentation, you have to get your gear ready, keep your laptop charged and your cables in place. God forbid, if any of those stop working, or the projector in the room is not working, you’ll be left hanging. Avoid this ordeal by simply carrying a USB-sized Chromecast. Then all you need is a screen, like a TV or monitor or projector and a smartphone with the Chromecast app. With the app, you can use your phone as a remote control and cast the PPT to the screen.

Play games on the big screen

It’s no PS4 but you can use a Chromecast to play games on your big screen too. You can download games like Just Dance Now, LEGO Speed Champion, and Trivia Bash to your smartphone and then use your phone as a controller while you cast the game on your TV with a Chromecast. You can also play multiplayer games like Monopoly Here and Now, Angry Birds Friends or Big Web Quiz with your friends, where each person uses their phone as a controller.

Use it while video conferencing with your friends and family

Video conferencing on a laptop can get pretty cramped, especially when you have many people trying to fit into the frame and talk. You can avoid this crowded situation by casting your desktop to your TV with a Chromecast. Place your laptop at a distance from everyone, so they can all be seen, and cast the video onto a TV; this way the other side will be able to see you, and you will be able to see them.

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Watch movies without disturbing others

If you want to watch something on your big screen TV but don’t want to disturb the rest in the room, you can do so with the Chromecast. You’ll have to download the app, LocalCast, which lets you cast your video to the TV via the Chromecast, while keeping the audio on your device so that you can plug in your headphones and listen to it.

Have a viewing session for your holiday pictures

Instead of passing your phone around so that everyone gets to see your holiday photos, just cast it on your TV, using a Chromecast. Google Photos supports Chromecast, you just have to tap the cast icon on top and your pictures will appear like a slideshow for everyone to see.

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