[Updated] Chromecast with Google TV may have lost option to enable Developer Mode (Unknown sources) on newer models
New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….
Original story (published on November 26, 2021) follows:
If you want to turn any TV into a smart TV, the Google Chromecast is one of the best options to do so. Over the years, Google has made significant changes to the device with the latest iteration called Chromecast with Google TV.
For those unaware, Chromecast with Google TV comes with 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. It is powered by a quad-core processor that can stream videos up to 4K Ultra HD at 60fps.
Since it basically runs on Android, Chromecast users generally tend to install third-party applications on the device. Some prefer Chromecast over their smart TVs interface because of its vast support for Android apps and simplistic user interface.
As absurd as it may sound, the issue seems to be affecting the Sky Blue model of Chromecast with Google TV.
I just installed three new CCGTVs and one will not enter developer mode. The only difference is color. I’ve done this with three others and now my fourth one won’t enter developer mode. I’ve restarted the device and it is up to date according to the settings menu. I may restore to factory settings if no one else has any suggestions. My Android TV OS Build: QTS1.210311.017.A2.7686849
I bought my first CCWGTV at launch, and use an app called TV File Commander to let me sideload apk files from outside the Play Store. So I go into Settings to enable installation from unknown sources. While on my first CCWGTV, that option is highlighted with a white background, meaning I can select it, on the second CCWGTV, there is no such white highlight, so I can’t select it and enable installation from unknown source.
Users who own the white and pink model say they have no trouble enabling either Developer Mode or installing from unknown sources. As it turns out, users report that the Android TV OS Build on the Sky Blue version is different.
While it is still unclear why the Sky Blue version has disabled the Developer Mode options, many are wondering if Google is following in Apple’s footsteps. That being said, we’ll keep an active track of the developments on this one and update the story, as and when required.
Update 1 (December 02)
05:43 pm (IST): An individual has shared a workaround that seems to have helped out some other users on Reddit. Check it out below:
Install a tool named Developer tools, can be found in the tool category in chromecast.
Open the app, make sure the developer options is enabled.
Use the app called file manager, try to install the apk, it will ask for unknown sources.
The option can be enabled (previously greyed out).
Had same issue with the sky blue 849. Everything works fine now. (Source)
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