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How to Remove the Chromecast Feature in Google Chrome

The “Cast” button in Google Chrome lets you stream videos to compatible devices. But not everyone likes the button and want to remove it. Here’s how.

Having the ability to send videos to Chromecast-enabled devices from the Chrome browser can be a useful feature. But not everyone wants it and for some users, they’d rather disable the feature and not see the “Cast” button on videos in Chrome again. Here’s a look at some steps you can take to remove the Chromecast button from videos from the Chrome browser.

The “Cast” button is most typically found on YouTube videos. It’s located in the lower-right corner of the video.

chromecast button on YouTube

An example of the “Cast” button on a YouTube video in Google Chrome.

It allows you to stream the video from your browser to a device like the Chromecast with Google TV or select smart TVs. It also lets you choose a device from the “Cast” button that pops up on the Google Chrome toolbar.

chromecast button

Remove Chromecast Button in Google Chrome

To get started you’ll need to disable a couple of flags in Chrome. First, copy and paste the following path into the address bar and hit Enter.

chrome://flags/#load-media-router-component-extension

flag url

Change the “Load Media Router Component Extension” flag to Disabled and click the Relaunch button to restart the browser for the change to go into effect.

flag and relaunch

Once the browser comes back, there is another flag you need to adjust. Copy and paste the following path into the address bar and hit Enter.

chrome://flags/#cast-media-route-provider

Set the “Cast Media Route Provider flag to Disabled and relaunch Chrome.

cast media route flag disabled

That’s all there is to it. Now the Cast button won’t show up on videos you view in Chrome.

cast button gone

After disabling a couple of flags in Chrome the Cast button should no longer appear on videos.

Note that disabling these flags got rid of the Chromecast button on Google Chrome version 90. Just keep in mind that as future updates roll out, this might not work anymore. In some attempts on other computers, the “Cast” button would show up for a few seconds and then disappear. Still, if the Cast button annoys you, it’s worth disabling the two flags above to get rid of it.

And for more on managing the Chrome browser through managing flags, check out how to disable and remove the Chrome Reading List feature. Or, another good one is how to remove the search tabs arrow button from Chrome.

3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Aretin

    This worked like butter. Thank you.

  2. Nieh

    I mean, it worked, yes.

    But very shortly after, the chrome button just came back.

    I checked these settings again and they are still as they were after I changed them, so wtf?

    Worth a try though, maybe there’s something I missed.

  3. David

    Same it worked at first but it came back despite I disable the flags.

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