Chromecast is one of Google’s most popular tech gadgets. It gives users a seamless way to stream media from a connected device to any TV or monitor with an HDMI cable. It’s an affordable option, too, that can be used between multiple televisions or monitors. You can also easily take it with you to use on the road, like in hotel rooms or that Airbnb in the mountains. Plus, rather than buying a new “smart TV,” you can use Chromecast to experience similar streaming capabilities for a fraction of the cost. You can connect chromecast without wifi easily without internet.
There have been a few versions of the Chromecast, but they all work similarly. You can use it to stream from a phone, tablet, or another mobile device, or you can connect to Chromecast from a laptop or computer using the installed Google Chrome browser. Whatever you’re viewing on your computer screen or mobile device will then appear on your TV.
What Does Chromecast Do
Chromecast receives data over your WiFi network from your connected laptop, PC, or mobile device to display movies, photos, media apps, or your device’s screen. If you’re watching a YouTube video on your laptop and want to show it off on your family’s TV, you can connect to the Chromecast and project the video to everyone. In essence, it makes your connected monitor or TV a “mirror” of your PC or laptop screen.
You can also stream select compatible services directly to your Chromecast without having them appear on your device screen. If you use any of Google’s suite of services, such as Google Play, YouTube, or YouTube Music, this provides an intuitive way to enjoy your media on a bigger, higher-definition screen.
How do set up Google Chromecast
- Hook up the Chromecast to your TV: This part of the process is pretty foolproof. Plug the Chromecast into your TV’s HDMI port and the USB wire into a compatible port or power outlet. Just keep in mind that if you’re using a 4K-compatible Chromecast Ultra, you’ll need to connect the adapter to an outlet; a USB port doesn’t supply enough power to sustain it.
- Download the Google Home app: You can acquire the Google Home app either through the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Most Android device should already come with it preinstalled. If you’re using a Chromecast with a computer, you don’t need the Home app; just having Google Chrome installed is enough. Visit Google’s Chromecast website and follow the instructions.
- Select Devices in Google Home: It’s in the upper right corner. Note that you may get a prompt on the bottom of your screen to set up a new device; this will work, too.
- Select Set Up: The Google Home app will now set up the Chromecast. You don’t have to do anything except tap Continue when prompted.
- Check the code against your TV: You should see a code both on your app and your TV screen. Provided they match, select Yes.
- Choose a name: You can also adjust privacy and Guest options on this screen.
- Connect the Chromecast to the Internet: You can choose a network (or use Ethernet on an Ultra) and either get the password from your mobile device or input it manually. Keep in mind that you will need to use the Chromecast and your apps on the same network.
- Sign in to your Google Account: While you don’t have to sign in, you’ll have access to all of your content on YouTube and whatever movies, TV and music you purchase through Google if you do.