Using Chromecast while camping: this tutorial always works

Chromecast camping

Do you feel like using your Chromecast while camping, but do you wonder what the possibilities are? Then it’s a good thing you ended up here. In this article, I will explain how to use the Chromecast in a mobile home, camper or even a tent. After reading the explanation, you will be able to stream your favorite content with the Chromecast while camping.

Chromecast while camping

The Chromecast is an extremely useful and small device, and therefore quite manageable. So it’s not surprising that many people use the Chromecast while camping. This way, you are able to easily use a portable TV for camping, without cable connections.

However, you’ll soon discover that it does work a little differently than at home, but that’s mostly to do with the Wi-Fi network. Fortunately, there are a number of ways to get the Chromecast working when you’re on a camping or other type of vacation. Previously, we also described how to use the Chromecast in a hotel and how the hotspot works.

In this article, I’ll expand on the methods that work for the Chromecast while camping.

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What do you need?

Here’s a list of a few things you’ll need to get started with your Chromecast:

  • Chromecast – Well, this is pretty obvious. You’ll definitely need a Chromecast, which one doesn’t really matter. If you have trouble choosing, check which Chromecast to buy.
  • TV/Screen with HDMI connection – Of course, the Chromecast also needs to be connected to something. This can be a TV, but also a monitor.
  • Power/socket – Most recent models also require power from the power net.
  • Smart home, tablet or laptop – You’ll need these devices for setup, and possibly also as a remote control.
  • Google Home app – You’ll need the app to set up the Chromecast the first time.
  • Wi-Fi – You’ll need an internet connection. How and what exactly, you can read below.

At home, it is often quite simple: it’s just a matter of turning your content on, and you can start streaming. If you use a Chromecast while camping, it works a little differently, depending on the type of Wi-Fi connection available.

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Method 1: with the Wi-Fi of the camping site

There are several ways to get the Chromecast working at the campsite, but of course we’ll start with the easiest one.

The first method we discuss depends on how the internet is arranged at the campsite (if there’s even Wi-Fi in the first place). If you are able to connect to the network this way, without an additional login to a website, then you can try this method.

If there is a login page (i.e. an extra step after entering the password), then this method will not work. But no worries, just proceed to the next method.

#1 Wi-Fi at the campsite
To use a Chromecast at the campsite, there are a few steps required. Simply follow them, and you can start streaming in no time.
Plug the Chromecast into the HDMI and plug in power
Connect the Chromecast to the TV or screen and plug it in.
Reset your Chromecast
If you have used the Chromecast before, it needs to be reset. Take a look at the Chromecast reset manual to find out how you can do this.
Make sure to have the network name + password of the camping Wi-Fi close by
You will need this information on two devices (smartphone/tablet/laptop and Chromecast).
Ensure your smartphone/tablet/laptop is connected to this Wi-Fi network
It is important that the smart home/tablet/laptop is connected to the same network as the Chromecast.
Download the Google Home app
If you’ve never done this before, download the Google Home app, for Android or iOS. Also, log in with your Google account.
Open the app and press the plus icon
Press the ‘+’ icon, after which you can add a new device. You can find more info about this in our Chromecast install guide.
Follow the steps for adding a new device
Press Set up Device and then New Device. Now follow the steps displayed to connect the Chromecast to the hotel Wi-Fi network.

Method 2: with your own hotspot

If the above method does not work to use the Chromecast while camping, there is fortunately an alternative. However, you need to take into account that this is done via your mobile network.

If you’re abroad, using your mobile network can consume lots of data. Your phone subscription usually has a limited data bundle, so keep in mind that this may incur additional costs.

💡 If you have limited data, consider purchasing a ‘Mifi router’ which you can use with a local SIM card. This often saves a lot of money.

For the second method we explain, to use your Chromecast while camping, you need a second smartphone/tablet or laptop. That’s because you’ll have to connect to another smartphone to be able to stream.

#2 with own hotspot
If you wish to use the Chromecast while camping with a hotspot, you need to have enough data in your mobile subscription (or buy a local SIM card).
Connect the Chromecast to the HDMI port and power
Make sure you connect the Chromecast to a free HDMI port and then power it up.
Is this the same Chromecast as at home? Then reset your Chromecast
If you have used this Chromecast before, you need to reset it.
On the second smartphone, turn on your hotspot now
How you do this exactly depends on your smartphone, but generally you can search for “hotspot” within the setting. Then you can find the options, where you can change the name and password.

Make sure you save or can remember this information.
Connect your smartphone/tablet/laptop #1 to the hotspot of smartphone #2
You do this as usual: go to Wi-Fi settings and find the network you just created.
Use smartphone/tablet/laptop #1 to set up Chromecast
Log in and add the Chromecast via the ‘+’, using the Google Home app. Here, you can find a guide to do so.
Select the hotspot network under Wi-Fi
Select the correct Wi-Fi network and enter the password.
Ready to stream
You can now stream with smartphone/tablet/laptop #1.

This may not be the most ideal solution if you have a limited data bundle, but it is the only way that works well for a Chromecast while camping.

However, you could still choose to buy a local SIM card with data. In that ways, you’ll (possibly) be able to save on data usage. Keep in mind that an hour of streaming Netflix at the lowest quality will cost a few hundred MB. You can find more about that in our article on how fast your internet needs to be for Netflix.

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