When it comes to removing experiences and goods from the market quickly, Google has reportedly excelled itself. According to 9to5Google, after introducing a new user interface for some older Chromecasts last winter, the corporation has essentially rendered them unusable. The business claims that previous versions of the streaming puck no longer support logging into your YouTube account, so you are better off just casting from your phone.
The Chromecast was initially designed to let you choose films on your phone and stream them to your TV, but Google recently improved that functionality. Users were given the option to navigate through a YouTube UI on the Chromecast using their phones as a remote-control last year, allowing them to choose films on their large screen.
Although you may still use your phone as a remote to explore YouTube, you will have to do it as an unregistered guest; otherwise, you will not be able to access your playlists, recommendations, or watching history from your other devices directly on the Chromecast. It is much worse for YouTube Premium customers since, at the moment, using the YouTube interface on a Chromecast would display the advertising that they pay to avoid seeing on their other devices.
The odd thing about this, even if it is primarily a minor nuisance (remember, you can still use your phone to queue up films that, if you have a Premium subscription, will play without advertising), is how Google announced that it was removing a significant portion of a relatively new product. Here is a tweet from Google from December 2021 demonstrating how to access YouTube’s user interface directly on a Chromecast:
In June 2022, the majority of users receive the shocking news that logging into YouTube is no longer supported on “older Chromecast devices”:
Talk about whiplash: thousands of comments on YouTube have questioned why the function was withdrawn and why no announcement was made, leaving viewers angry with an illogical “Can not sign in” error message. We have contacted Google to find out why the change was made and to acquire a list of precisely which Chromecast devices it affects, but we have not heard back as of yet.
This whole situation becomes weirder with one additional twist. A Google community manager claims in a forum response seen by Android Police that the firm is trying to fix a problem where Premium subscribers see adverts while using the remote to operate YouTube on their Chromecasts. It is difficult to think of a technical solution to that issue that would not provide, you know, the same logged-in experience that users enjoyed before it was disabled a few weeks ago.