Chrome cast is a very handy device which lets us stream the contents of Google on our television. Like Google TV, Chromecast also uses an Android based firmware which was rooted almost as soon as it came out. The rooting method however wasn’t really all that simple and had some complications to it which were not cut out for casual users. Google late released an update that patched the exploit used to root the device. If you haven’t gotten the update yet then don’t worry, there’s an easier way to hack your ChromeCast with FlashCast. The tool uses a flash drive and an OTG Micro-USB cable which acts like a custom recovery for the device.
Below is a tutorial to guide you through to hacking your Chromecast:
Warning: Please follow this guide at your own risk, HackSlurp will not be responsible for any damage that may occur to your device.
- Chromecast with the vulnerable bootloader
- USB flash drive of 128MB or more capacity (all data on it will be formatted)
- Powered Micro-USB OTG cable
- The latest version of FlashCast
- Low-level disk image writing tool: Linux and OS X users have the dd tool built-in. For Windows users, there is Win32DiskImager.
- Download the flashcast-1.0.zip file and extract its contents.
- Linux and OS X users should use dd and Windows users should useWin32DiskImager to write the .bin file to the USB flash drive.
- Connect the male end of your Micro-USB OTG cable to your Chromecast.
- Plug your USB drive into the USB-A female connector of the OTG cable.
- Simultaneously hold the button on your Chromecast and connect the Micro-USB power connector to the female Micro-USB port of the OTG cable. The power must be connected in the last otherwise your Chromecast may fail to detect the USB drive.
- You will now see a red light on your Chromecast for approximately 9 seconds, and then it will turn white and your TV will display a screen containing the FlashCast logo. Once you see this screen, release the button on your Chromecast. The device will reboot on its own after a few seconds. (Disconnect the power when it starts to boot into the stock image, so that it doesn’t update.)
FlashCast is now installed on your USB drive and ready for use.