It's a burning question that's heating up our Chromecast forums: Do you leave your Chromecast plugged in all day?

(We'll pause as the groans subside for that pun.)

But, really, do you leave your Chromecast plugged in all day? Here's how I do things.

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garciaop says:


Philip600rr says:

Yes on all the time.

cStyle says:

Yes to the one in the kitchen as it is plugged in to main power, no to the one in the living room as it is plugged into the tv's usb for power.

solid_s_1117 says:

If Google ever ships mine, I will leave it in as well.

FYI: "pluged" should be plugged.

kctony says:

I hear you! Got an email today from Amazon this morning mine is scheduled to ship between late October to mid November.

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slygirl007 says:

are u still waiting?? just wondering i tired getting one from amazon and they were out of stock i got mine from best buy and they had it to me in four days and with free shipping

anon8383393 says:

I can't even preorder one :(


I would

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dcdttu says:

It's plugged into my TVs USB port, and turns off when my TV does. I thought it would be an issue, but the Chromecast barely takes longer than my TV to turn on and be fully ready.

Plus, it saves energy by not having your Chromecast vamp off an AC plug while your TV is off.

icebike says:

Would love to do that, but was totally shocked to find the relatively late model TV has virtually every port you can imagine but no USB port.

So mine burns 24 7 off of the second plug of the surge protector. Its hidden behind the big screen up on the wall.

speculatrix says:

Same here. Sony 32ex703, has two USB ports, seems that Sony almost envisioned a Chromecast-like device being used.

jomcty says:

Mine powers off with the TV.

BartmanJax says:

Mine too. No need to unplug it. The advantage of having a powered USB port on the TV.

AzD says:

Same here.

borgdog says:

That would be nice, but I'm certainly not goingto buy a new tv with this feature just so my chromecast turns off automatically. btw if I ever get my late order it will be on 24/7.

BartmanJax says:

Aw, go ahead and get a new TV. Just think, the savings in electricity should pay for your new tube in about 30 years. LOL!!!

inphoenix says:

Did you really have to make a video for this?

Don't like it, don't watch it. It isn't set to auto play.

Steamer says:

I can't read so I'm grateful for the video

lightyear420 says:

you can't read but you can write....amazing!!

glazedfaith says:

Selective Literacy!

mike31082 says:


I can't read nor write but I can type.

milimbar says:

Voice typing FTW ?

wsmather says:

What, you don't like to hear from Phil personally?
Nice pacing, with illustrations even.
More like this!

muddy13 says:

I unplug mine from the power strip after I am done using it.

icebike says:


It costs less than a nickel per day to run that 24/7 and Google can't update it when its not plugged in.

atlas9171 says:

I plan on leaving mine plugged in to the TV. Mine arrived today and I'll be familiarizing myself with it tonight. Thanks again AC.

alphacc82 says:

Yup, been plugged in since I got it!

bkj216 says:

Yep. It powers on/off with the TV.

BartmanJax says:

If it costs about $.50 a year to fully charge an iPhone 5 or a GSIII, I wouldn't really be that worried about how much electricity it uses.

joebob2000 says:

That only takes into consideration running the charger for a few hours to get the phone topped off, and then multiplying that by the average number of times it will need to charge per day (hopefully that number is less than 1) and then by 365. So, leaving a device plugged in 24 hours will surely draw more energy than one plugged in for 4-5 hours, but it still puts it in the couple bucks a year range.

rkirmeier says:

Not true! You are transferring the energy into the phone's battery. If you can run your phone all day off the battery where do you think that energy came from in the first place?? Chrome cast is going to use less energy then a smartphone at idle as it's not communicating to a cell tower, downloading emails, etc. There is also no screen to ever light up...

milimbar says:

Last I checked.... Electric heaters use a lot of electricity. And damn.... mine works more as a heater than anything else.

...what's the pun?

TheDu9du says:

You'll understand it when you take biology in highschool.

TheAndroid1 says:

Pretty sure the pun was "heating up the forums"
The Chromecast is literally 'heating up' when left in the television.
The pun had nothing to do with biology.

Ah ok. Was gonna say, if I'm missing biology puns as a medical student, I'm really slipping.

CrimsonSage says:

Oh that was the pun...silly me. I thought it was the "plugged"...never mind my dirty mind

S-Doo-1965 says:

How many watched the video on their Chromecast?

Good OL MC says:

I did! That was enjoyable.

In a Scooby Doo voice.

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etnpnys says:

No way. I pull my TV off of the wall every time and make sure that the Chromecast isn't racking up my energy bill.


apistia says:

the tear down that was going around recently showed that this thing has a massive heatsink relative to its size. I'm sure that's there to address the issue of overheating from leaving it plugged in all the time. Can't imagine it'd be a problem

HDMI isn't designed to be plugged and unplugged over and over like usb. You can absolutely damage the cable (or plug) out the port by doing that.

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So if you were going to unplug it (which is unnecessary for most) you would unplug the micro usb from the dongle, not the dongle from the TV.


I guess so. I didn't know constantly inserting and removing the input did damage to the cord and the port. I just learned something new today.

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Am I the only one that doesn't get the pun?

TheDu9du says:

You'll understand it when you take biology in highschool. Or ask your parents.

mission_mode says:

Or we're perfectly grown up, understand anatomy and reproduction, but are still somehow missing the pun.

TheAndroid1 says:

"Heating up our Chromecast forums"
First page of the forums has the author saying "I understand that it does get hot while in use, but is okay to leave it plugged in all the time?"
The Chromecast is literally getting hot when plugged in to the television.

TheDu9du sounds like some 12 year old kid whose mind went straight to sex when the author mentioned 'plugging in.'

Are you sure it wasn't the "...burning question" that was "heating up" the forums??

TheAndroid1 says:

The 'burning question' meaning a question that was literally about heat (from the forum).

cjohnson481 says:

no, i bring with me just in case we want to use at work.

Jesseest says:

It's so cheap I have one for every room and an extra to take with me.

a3uge says:

Slow. News. Day.


Says the guy that took the time to comment, lol.

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NastyNeil says:

Mine still has not updated to the newest software. Anyone else?

TheDu9du says:

Like most others I plug it in to USB on the TV. So it goes off when the TV does.
To answer the question, YES mine is plugged in always! My TV isn't as enchanted as the Samsung used in the Breakfast with Sundar. It doesn't give charge thru HDMI and definitely won't turn on magically by pushing the Chromecast button from my phone without me turning it on and tuning it to the correct HDMI.

Funny story, one day my wife wanted to do Netflix with Xbox and I hadn't tell her i moved Xbox to HDMI 2. she unplugged everything and put Xbox back in HDMI 1. it seemed uncomfortable the first time, but for peace sake I managed to plug Chromecast on HDMI 2 and has been there for the last few days.

taylorzac42 says:

Of course. All I watch is Netflix and YouTube anyway.

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What's a "pluge" and how do i do it all day? Also, I am missing the pun.

junglejunkie says:

Mine stays plugged in all the time and it gets power from the USB on the TV. Honestly, I haven't checked to see if it stays on when the TV is powered off.

TheDu9du says:

More than likely it doesn't.

NoNexus says:


OK I am taking you up on that freebie. Mine melted into a puddle of nothing below the TV. Almost started a fire on the carpet.

I will send you the address for my replacement.

/not really I just want one. When I do get it, it will stay plugged in

pkcable says:

I leave mine plugged in

GothamKnight says:

I keep mine plugged in to the HDMI port but I unplugged the AC adapter to save energy. Anyone else do this?

gotzaDroid says:

Yes, wouldn't make sense not to...

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glamrlama says:

Can the pundits please chyme in? I don't see a pun.


Reading is fundamental.

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NoNexus says:

I was told there would be englishes

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sydseale says:

I put it back in the box whenever I'm not using it. It takes no time at all to set up. Much faster than the TV, which is awkward because of its size.

Good OL MC says:

I'm not worried about the energy costs but the damn thing does get pretty hot. I've left it plugged in for the time being and I'll see how it goes. What may encourage me to unplug it though is the power light - that thing is bright in a dark room.

rudyy50 says:

Mine has remained connected, as has the power cord.

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Yes, of course. It will be tightly hidden in the back of my thin LED TV hanging on the wall. Would be a hassle to take it out all the time.

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ntborg says:

My chromecast sucked up about 2k in electricity then melted my TV. I was on redtube 24/7

sectime says:

Fluids and electricity you shouldn't have cut that science class :)

Cubfan says:

I would if I could find one. My Amazon order doesn't ship until the end of October.

vansmack says:

Yes, both are plugged in 24/7.

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d2globalinc says:

All 4 of ours are plugged into the TV and ac adapters so they power on the TV's or AV receiver when you cast to them. Only wish they could power off the TV and receivers when not in use for a set amount of time.

Jesseest says:

Same here, CEC for the win. PS4 does the same thing.

rayjd1650 says:

I'm not sure if my TV has a USB port (I neglected to check) so it stays on all the time

Rajiv Gunja says:

Why wouldn't you leave it plugged in? I leave mine plugged in. Who wants to deal with the hassle of looking for the device and cable when you are already sitting on a computer queuing up videos or opening up documents to send to the TV?

sk102704 says:

I won't know for a couple of months since Amazon emailed me today to say my Chromecast won't arrive until October 17th through October 30th! That's October as in not August! I ordered mine in time for the 3 months of Netflix too.

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alexige says:

Mine stays plugged into my TV but power comes from the USB on the front of my cable box and its very easy to plug and unplug it so I unplug it from power when not in use but the device stays plugged into my TV which obviously can't power chromecast itself.

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ryandawkins says:

Mine plugs into the USB on my TV and I leave it plugged in.

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Mine also plugs into the back of my receiver and stays on all the time. I wish it would change inputs for me but it does not. I have a button set up on my harmony to switch to it.

shawn0138 says:

Yes I leave it plugged in all the time. Mostly for the "cool" factor. It nice to having the TV turn on after hitting the cast button with out having to find the remote.

mike340t says:

I unplug nothing.. Nor have I ever pushed a single physical button on my TV.. That's what remotes are for.

lucas710 says:

No it gets crazy hot. I unplug it when not using it.

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Yes I do. I'm too old/lazy to un-childproof my TV stand to reach behind my A/V receiver and unplug it.

yankeesusa says:

I was unplugging it because I was afraid of it getting to hot but for last 4 days it has been plugged in and powered on. I guess we'll see what happens.

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techoguy says:

Yes, i leave mine plugged in so i can use HDMI-CEC.
It's worth the little energy used to be able to cast a neflix movie and my TV and Receiver automatically turn on for me.

easy1jay says:

Yes, all the time. I have my TV and AV Receiver setup with network HDMI-CEC.

I use NFC Task Launcher so that as soon as I connect to my home Wi-Fi network, it disables my Bluetooth (coming from my car), Launches Chromecast, and immediately starts music playback via Play Music. Launching Chromecast subsequently turns on my TV and AV Receiver. I usually always listen to music as soon as I get home.

And in reverse, as my phone connects to my cars Bluetooth, it disables Wi-Fi and auto starts music playback in my car. Interestingly, that new cast button in Play Music allows to to connect to both your Bluetooth and Chromecast devices depending on whether you have Bluetooth and/or WiFi turned on.

oesjmr says:

Yep, I leave mine plugged into a TV at all times. I occasionally unplug it to take it to another room's TV, but it's always plugged in. Fortunately all three of my TVs have USB ports so the Chromecast turns on and off with the TV. I can't wait for the supply to be replenished so I can buy two more!

MonoControl says:

What TVs are people using where it turn off when the TV turns off?

jdevenberg says:

Yes I do. Right after I unplug my blu-ray player, cable box, xbox, receiver, and the TV its self. Then when I'm done with that, I unplug all the phone, tablet, and laptop chargers in my house, unplug my toaster oven and my microwave, my electric razor's charger/cleaner, and my monitor on my desk. I feel my life isn't complete unless I have to plug in at least 3 things to accomplish anything.

On a serious note, no I don't. I'm not paranoid about some heat or a little vampiric drain. There are two people awake in my house right now and I have 10 light bulbs on (I just counted). I am not the kind of person who is going to worry about unplugging a Chromecast.

lordielordie says:

Yes, I keep the Chromcast plugged in all the time, but because the USB power comes from the back of the TV, chromecast is off when the TV is off.

debsawyer says:

Yes, plugged in the USB port and turn off when the TV is off.

netstars22 says:

I used to leave it plugged in all the time via the included adapter, but then I switched over to plugging it into my TV's USB port mainly because the Chromecast has a really bright LED light and my Chromecast is in my bedroom TV. Since it turns off when my TV goes into standby, that not only saves power (albeit a miniscule amount), but it also saves my eyes when I sleep.

No I don't leave it plugged in, it gets too hot, it would melt my unifier and android TV, I hope Chromecast 2 is cooler and my 4k android TV box isn't a toaster, don't get me wrong, I love spewing YouTube videos from tablet, to UDTV.

eezapata says:

usb is connected to the tv so is only on when the tv is on.

So, in the living room it is plugged into the TV USB port so turns off with the TV. In the bedroom, the TV has a powered USB port but for some reason, when it's on the HDMI input it turns the USB off. It's the most frustrating thing! So I have to leave that one plugged in - and I'm sure it's screwing with it because it's far less consistent than the living room one.

fredphoesh says:

Powered by TV usb. As TV goes off, so does Chromecast.

hmmm says:

Yep, I plugged it in the day I got it and it has remained on since.

vicw926a4 says:

My Chromecast is due to be delivered tomorrow. I wouldn't bother powering it off just to save a trivial amount of electricity, but since it runs really hot, even when idle, I will power it off just to prolong the life of the unit.

Jesseest says:

So here's the thing, leaving it plugged in actually is useful if you have an HDMI TV that supports cec. This makes it so your chromecast will automatically turn on your TV and switch inputs to your chromecast. I think this is pretty cool so that is why I plug it into the wall and leave it plugged in all the time. Then I can be even more lazy, :-)