It’s not all that often we have to play local files off a device in the age of streaming services and cloud backups. Nonetheless, with the latest update to its file manager app, Google makes this much easier. Google files can now play on a Chromecast screen with your locally stored media.
Google version 1.0.27 files are now available in the Google Play Store, finally providing all users with the long-awaited support for Chromecast. The feature was previously available to beta users.
The feature works with all media types that you would like to display on a Chromecast including videos, pictures, and audio as well. Notably, the only way to get the Chromecast icon to appear is to go into a media-containing section of the app. For example, it will not appear on the main screen of the app.
Once you play content, you will get a full-screen interface that shows what media is playing. A swipe from left or right will change the image on-screen in this interface–at least if you’re showing pictures. It seems to work pretty well in our brief testing of the feature, even if it sometimes rotates images or takes a moment to load. It also works on smart displays and Android TV devices especially.
You should be able to use this function as soon as you update the app, but if it does not appear instantly, closing it and re-opening it appears to trigger the feature.