Setting up Chromecast is pretty simple. The process involves plugging your Chromecast into your television’s HDMI port and a power source and installing the Google Home mobile app on your smartphone. The app will then automatically find your Chromecast and ask you to connect it to the same Wi-Fi connection that is connected to your cell phone and the rest is a cakewalk. In this article, we will walk you through the entire guide on how to connect Chromecast to wifi in detail below:
How to Connect Chromecast to a Wifi Network?
Windows 10 Hotspot
If you’re at a place like a hotel with an open wifi network and no required login, plug your Chromecast into the television and set it up on the wifi network. Otherwise, you can also try to create a Windows 10 hotspot.
Chromecast will then automatically connect to it since there’s no welcome page needed. And hey, other devices connected to the same hotspot will also be able to stream Chromecast.
Once done, connect your laptop to the visible wifi network and log in to the hotel’s welcome page. After your laptop is connected to the internet, follow the next steps mentioned below to connect your Chromecast:
- Press ‘Start’
- Go to ‘Settings’ and select ‘Network & Internet’
- Choose the ‘Mobile Hotspot’ option to the left
- Click on the toggle button to turn on ‘Share my Internet connection with other devices.’ Make sure that it is set to wifi only
- Make note of the network name and password displayed at the bottom of the window.
Now that your laptop hotspot is enabled, set up your Chromecast using the noted network name and password.
Another solution to get a Chromecast to work on a wifi network is to bring along a portable router, which is compact-sized. It can be easily used to connect to a wireless hotspot and share the same connection with multiple devices.
When you buy a portable router, make sure that it offers wifi client support. Anything that logs in to and joins a wifi network automatically becomes the client. For instance, when your mobile phone or laptop joins a network, it will be called a client.
How to Change Wifi Network on Chromecast?
Chromecast can usually only remember one wifi network at a time. So, if it is connected to your existing network, you might have to regularly change its wifi. Depending on the reason for the change, the process can either be straightforward or tricky.
Listed down are the primary reasons for changing the wifi network on Chromecast:
Usually, the common reason to change Chromecast to a new wifi connection is a simple switch between networks, such as going from broadband to a mobile hotspot or when traveling. The steps to do so are a piece of cake and all you need to do is make sure that your cell phone is close to the streaming one.
If the wifi network to which you connected your Chromecast is not active anymore, things can be a tad difficult. This is particularly true when you change your router.
As you have set up your Chromecast for the network that doesn’t exist anymore, your Google Home app on your mobile phone won’t recognize it.
Either way, we have a solution for both!
In this section, we have listed down a step-by-step guide to getting your Chromecast up and running again:
Perform a simple Chromecast Network switch
Switching networks isn’t as simple as you think it is. You will first need to disable/forget your current network (while staying connected to that network) and set it up again.
So, follow the steps mentioned below:
- Switch on the TV connected to your Chromecast device and ensure that your mobile phone is connected to the internet
- Open the Home app on your smartphone or tablet
- Click on the Chromecast device
- Go to ‘Settings’
- Press on the ‘Wifi’ option and tap to confirm that you’d like to forget the current network
Once you follow these steps correctly, reconnect your Chromecast device to the internet. Always remember that the wifi network on the Chromecast should match the one on your phone.
If you have changed the network and your smartphone still won’t connect to your Chromecast, manually reset the Chromecast with the following steps:
- Press and hold the reset button for 15 seconds
- Release the button only when the light on the device stops blinking and remains lit.
If you’ve followed the above steps correctly, it will reset itself to default factory settings. Once done, the device will erase the old wifi network as well as the current settings automatically. Therefore, connect the Chromecast to a new and strong wifi network like Airtel and you are good to go! And if you don’t have one, then get a wireless wifi connection from Airtel right away!
The above steps will help you connect or change the wifi network on Chromecast. So, make sure that you follow them correctly to get the job done without any hassle. Thank us, later!