You’ve just bought a new Google Chromecast and want to use it as soon as possible. In this article you can read all about how to connect Chromecast to Wi-Fi. Luckily, this can be done within a few minutes, provided you have all the necessary information at hand and you have installed the right app on your smartphone or tablet.
If you buy a Google Chromecast now, it will probably be a third generation Chromecast, a Chromecast Ultra or a Chromecast with Google TV. To install this type of Chromecast, you need the Google Home app on your smartphone (for Android or for iOS).
Connect Chromecast: preparations
Connecting your Chromecast to Wi-Fi only works if you meet a number of requirements. Of course you need the device and the app mentioned above. Make sure you install the latest version. You also need a Google account, otherwise pairing will not work.
You connect the Chromecast to a receiving device, such as a television. You also need a source device. This is the same smartphone you use to install the Home app. This source device should support 5GHz networks, so check to see if it does.
There are also some minimum system requirements for the mobile device you want to cast from. Of course, you will need an Internet connection and access to your local network. So make sure you have your network data (network ID and password) at hand.
Connecting Chromecast to WiFi
Looking for a more interactive guide? Then visit the Google website.
Having problems connecting?
Connecting your Chromecast to Wi-Fi can be problematic. Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. It’s still a smart device that depends on all kinds of factors, but fortunately there are some common actions you can take to solve the problems.
- You can reboot the Chromecast by unplugging it and waiting thirty seconds.
- You can also disconnect the router from the power supply, wait thirty seconds, and then power it up again.
- Restoring your Chromecast to factory settings is also an option.
If the problem persists, there are still two things you can do. Either look for help on the internet, in forums and such, or contact Google’s support department.
After setting up the Wi-Fi connection, you can immediately start casting. Casting is the principle of sending content from one device to another. The source device sends a film, series, documentary, song or photo and the receiving device then neatly displays that content.
Cast is part of the Google Cast platform. Many apps and devices support Google Cast. Not only smartphones, tablets and televisions, but also smart speakers, soundbars and media players. Many major players on the streaming market also offer support.
And we mean players in the video and audio market. Think of Netflix, Disney+, NPO, Amazon Prime Video and other major video streaming services of the moment. And then of course you have Spotify as the largest music streaming service, as well as Deezer and Soundcloud.
If you are starting from scratch, then of course you have to install the Chromecast. If you want to change the Wi-Fi network later, you can do that too.