If you are a movie lover, you probably know how much money it can cost you in terms of data tethering and paying your Internet provider monthly.
For that matter, many Chromecast users want to know how they can easily use Chromecast without WiFi and that’s why we’re here with you right now.
But before that, there are a few things we need to clarify.
What is Google Chromecast?
Google Chromecast (formerly Google TV) is a small device that allows you to stream your media easily to your Television or any other digital device.
It’s a streaming device for television that allows you to connect the device to your WiFi and deliver the media to the television.
The advantage of using Chromecast is, it doesn’t require you to have an internet connection when you want to stream music or videos because they are stored in the device itself.
Since Chromecast is a device that connects to the internet, it does not require any service payment like current streaming devices in the market.
Because of this, you don’t have to worry about any monthly fees after paying your Internet provider. It also supports 1080p (Full HD) and 4K video output as well as a USB hard drive and plugged-in USB flash drive.
In addition, there is no need to pay extra fees for satellite receivers or Cable TV Service which you may have already got accustomed to.
Does Chromecast need WiFi?
Chromecast typically needs WiFi to function but this is not a must because of their new feature. So do you need WiFi to use Chromecast?
The answer is NO. Chromecast doesn’t necessarily require any WiFi to function. What you need is a TV with an HDMI input port and a power source for your device.
When the Chromecast is connected to a TV with an HDMI input port, there are very few things related to WiFi and network connections that you would need to consider because of the way Google Chromecast directly connects your devices with an HDTV or An AV receiver for Audio and Video playback.
So, with Google Chromecast’s new feature, Guest Mode, you can easily watch your favorite movie or TV show directly on a bigger screen without connecting the small device to the WiFi.
What is Chromecast Guest mode?
If you’ve been following Chromecast update news keenly, you probably know about their latest update known as the Guest Mode.
This new feature allows you to use Chromecast without connecting to WiFi. This feature allows you to cast videos and photos on a larger screen through your phone.
This feature allows the sender device to cast to the screen when the sender and the recipient are nearby. This is very important in places such as Hotels and stations where you don’t want to use public WiFi.
How to use Chromecast without WiFi via guest Mode?
Now that you clearly understand what Guest Mode is, we want to make sure you know how to cast your favorite videos and photos to the screen without WiFi.
This feature offers a very straightforward way of connecting the Chromecast to a phone or any other device without WiFi. Here is the process;
- Enable Guest Mode on your specific device- This is the first step for you if you want to use Chromecast without WiFi via Guest Mode. Open Google Home app>Tap your Chromecast device>Tap settings which in most cases is the gear icon. It is in the upper right corner of the screen.
- You can now scroll down to the Guest Mode in the Device settings. If you have an order Chromecast device, this feature might not be available. If you can find the feature, then proceed to the next step.
- Check whether there’s a PIN displayed underneath. This is a clear indication that the setting is enabled and you can cast the content normally. In some cases, you might not find the Pin underneath. If you don’t see it, it’s an indication that you can cast in Guest Mode but the feature is not enabled. You should tap the Guest Mode and eventually turn it ON.
- Give the feature time to generate a PIN and eventually go to the app that you want to stream content from and eventually cast it normally.
Cast from Chromecast without WiFi from a Google Cat-ready app
For people that didn’t have the guest mode, the alternative is to use a Google Cast ready App. This is one of the best alternatives for people that don’t have the latest Chromecast.
Here are the steps:
- Start by updating your Chromecast Firmware. Make sure that it’s the latest version because it might not work if otherwise.
- Download and install Chromecast enabled app on your device
- Now Open the Google Cast-Ready app and click Cast Button.
- A 4-Digit Pin will appear on the TV and it will allow you to connect the phone TV. An example is tapping the cast App and tapping Link with TV code.
- When the devices are connected, then you can now cast your content from the primary source.
Connect Chromecast without WiFi with Ethernet connection
One of the reasons why we never want to use WiFi is the fact that it can easily be hacked and our data privacy breached. So, the two-factor authentication that comes with the Ethernet connection can greatly help.
But it’s important to note that Chromecast doesn’t have the browser functionality meaning that you won’t be able to stream the content with an Ethernet connection but it can work easily with another device.
Do you need WiFi to cast with Chromecast?
You might need an internet connection to cast to a larger screen but this is not always the case for users with the latest Chromecast version with the Guest Mode.
What does Chromecast require for working?
Chromecast can work with both Android and iOS Smartphones or tablets. You also need to connect your PC or Laptop with your TV through an HDMI port. Your Smartphone should have a decent WiFi connection to use with Chromecast.
These steps may be different for each device so it is important to find the specific instruction for your device since these are general instructions.