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World Google quietly removed 'Guest Mode' casting from Home speakers

13:01  14 january  2020
13:01  14 january  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Google first introduced Guest Mode on Chromecast to let your friends easily cast from their phone to your TV just by entering a four-digit PIN code. Later on, it carried the feature over to Google Home speakers so that guests could easily play music too.

It appears that Google has quietly removed the Guest Mode feature from its Google Home speakers . Users have noticed that the As with the Google Home speakers , the feature enables guests to cast videos to a nearby Chromecast device if they have been provided with the correct PIN.

Google first introduced Guest Mode on Chromecast to let your friends easily cast from their phone to your TV just by entering a four-digit PIN code. Later on, it carried the feature over to Google Home speakers so that guests could easily play music too. However, while the feature remains on Chromecast, Google appears to have killed it on Google Home, according to Android Police. That means if your friend has Spotify and you don't, it could be a bit trickier for them to play music on your speaker.

  Google quietly removed 'Guest Mode' casting from Home speakers

The benefit of the feature was that guests didn't need to be connected to the same WiFi network as the speaker -- all they needed was a four digit PIN code. When Google first introduced the feature, it paired with devices using ultrasonic frequencies that could actually be heard by pets or people with good hearing.

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Guest mode is one of the Chromecast's relatively unknown but very handy features. It uses location proximity and WiFi availability to allow guests to cast content to your Google 's support page for Guest mode on Chromecasts is still live, but the one for the Nest/ Home speakers has been removed .

The support page for Guest Mode on Nest/ Home speakers seems to not be available anymore and its last cached version was from October 31, 2019. There is still no official word from Google as to why they removed Guest Mode . In the meantime, you can always have your guests connect to the same

Not only is the mode apparently disabled, but the the option to turn it on has disappeared from Home and Nest speaker device settings, as have the support pages for it. The instructions to make it work are still available on a cached page, however.

The feature is still available on Chromecast devices, so it'll still be easy to hook up that friend with the Netflix account. It's not clear why Google disabled it for Google Home, however, or exactly when the feature was disabled.

Android Police

Google quietly removed 'Guest Mode' casting from Home speakers .
Google first introduced Guest Mode on Chromecast to let your friends easily cast from their phone to your TV just by entering a four-digit PIN code. Later on, it carried the feature over to Google Home speakers so that guests could easily play music too. However, while the feature remains on Chromecast, Google appears to have killed it on Google Home, according to Android Police. That means if your friend has Spotify and you don't, it could be aThe benefit of the feature was that guests didn't need to be connected to the same WiFi network as the speaker -- all they needed was a four digit PIN code.

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