How to Check if Your Chromecast Is Still Getting Updates

Second-generation Chromecast hardware.

Google launched the first-generation Chromecast back in 2013, and it’s still getting security updates—but that’s it. As Google confirmed to 9To5Google, this original Chromecast won’t get new features. It may be time to upgrade if you have an old one.

Checking whether you have a first-generation Chromecast is simple. You can either look at the Chromecast hardware itself or pull up the Google Home app on your smartphone.

Check Your Chromecast’s Generation By Looking at It

If you don’t remember off the top of your head, just peek behind your TV and see which one is plugged into your TV’s HDMI port.

The first generation Chromecast was more of a stick with a rounded end, while second generation and newer Chromecasts are a full circle.

In the photo below, the Chromecast on the left is a first-generation Chromecast. If your Chromecast looks like the one on the left and not the ones to the right, you have an older Chromecast that’s only receiving security updates and not new features.

First-generation Chromecast, second-generation Chromecast, and Chromecast Ultra

Find Your Chromecast’s Version From Your Phone

You can also check via the Google Home app on your mobile device. Make sure your phone or tablet is connected to the same Wi-Fi network your Chromecast is using and then open the Google Home app for Android, iPhone, or iPad.

Tap the Chromecast you want to find the version of.

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