The Chromecast has been evolving rapidly over the last few months. After getting a final SDK and a whole boatload of new apps, Google has now added support for private YouTube videos. Yes, you can cast any private video you've got to the Chromecast. Embedded videos gained support back in February as well.


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Google has updated its Chromecast support page to reflect the change in functionality. We've tested to make sure the new feature is live, and everything seems to be working as expected. Keep in mind you are still unable to play live content or videos not approved for mobile – no way to know when or if those restrictions will be done away with.

This should work without any updates to your Chromecast or Android app. It's apparently something Google changed on its end, so it carries over to private videos you are viewing on desktop and mobile.

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[Google Support]

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  • Alexander Terry

    finally! been wondering why they would not let us do this earlier.

    • David Hart

      Yeah, I have a massive library of movies, TV shows, Video game longplays, etc. that I upload to YouTube, and obviously keep private.

      It really is the best personal Video storage. I've been waiting for this :D

      • jm9843

        Seriously?! That stuff doesn't get flagged?

        • David Hart

          It's for personal use.. It would get flagged if I tried to show it to the public, especially if I tried to monetize, but I'm not.

          It's the same thing as uploading a movie or show to Drive/Dropbox.
          Even if a video gets flagged, the uploader can still watch it.

          Trust me, it's not half bad.

      • ddh819

        hm, i've had videos where the radio is on in the background get flagged, but maybe they were not private, just non-public

  • Smashley

    A live video worked for me this morning, and a friend did it yesterday. Did not work before. When he told me yesterday I told him he was full of shit, then it worked for me today.

  • https://plus.google.com/106721695871122826476/posts?hl=en Aja Hemphill

    Wonder if the Fire TV has anything to do with all of this. I hope if nothing else that the Fire pushes more development for the CC.

  • neckaros

    First step before Google+ Chromecast? Seems security of private content is not that easy on chromecast

    • Morten Ulveseth

      What do you mean? You have to have access to it on the phone to cast it.

  • Matthew Fry

    The whole "approved for mobile" thing is BS anyway. Do away with it.