Various casting devices allow you to stream media files from mobile devices to your TV or PC, but Google Chromecast is one of the most portable among them. You can take it everywhere with you, but there’s a small catch – it can remember only one Wi-Fi network at a time.
If you take it everywhere with you or you have more than one Wi-Fi router inside the house, you’ll need to change its Wi-Fi regularly. The process can be straightforward or a bit tricky, depending on the reason for the change.
Two Reasons for the Change
Usually, the reason to change Chromecast to new Wi-Fi is a simple switch between the networks. The steps are a piece of cake, and all you need is to place your mobile device close to the streaming one.
But if the Wi-Fi network to which you connected your Chromecast is not active anymore, things will get a bit tricky. That will happen when you change your router. You’ve set up your Chromecast for the network that doesn’t exist anymore, so your Google Home app on your mobile device won’t be able to recognize it.
There is a solution for both, and we’ve provided a step-by-step guide below.
A Simple Network Switch
If your existing network is active, you’re merely switching Chromecast from one to another. Make sure that Chromecast is on, and turn on the TV it’s connected to. Then open the Google Home app from your Android or iPhone.
At the top-left corner of your screen, there’s a three-bar menu icon – tap on it and choose “Devices” from the following menu.
There will be another, this time, three-dots menu icon on the Devices screen, and you need to select “Settings” from the drop-down menu.
There is the “Wi-Fi” option on the Settings screen, and it will take you to a pop-up window where you’ll name the network.
Hit the drop-down button and select your new Wi-Fi Network. You’ll need to enter the password, tap “OK,” and that’s it.
Keep in mind that the Wi-Fi network on Chromecast needs to match with the one on your phone. If you get the error message, this could be the only possible issue.
Modem or Router Change
If you have changed your router or modem, your Android phone or your iPhone won’t be able to connect with your Chromecast.
If this is the case, your best bet is to reset Chromecast manually. That will erase the old Wi-Fi network, and allow you to use the new Wi-Fi network.
The button next to the micro USB port on Chromecast is the Reset button. Press it and hold down for 15 seconds.
The light on the device will flash while you’re holding the button down, so you’ll know to release when the light stops flashing and stays on.
Now Chromecast will reboot and reset itself to default factory settings afterward. It will erase the old Wi-Fi network, as well as all the settings. Therefore, you’ll need to go through the setup again and connect it to the new Wi-Fi network.
If you’ve forgotten the steps or had someone else do it, follow the guide below.
Setup After the Reset
Setting up Chromecast is the same on the iPhone and Android phones, and it’s a pretty straightforward process. First, plug the Chromecast device into your TV’s HDMI port. Then take the remote and set the input to the one you used to plug in your Chromecast.
Since you already have the Google Home app installed on your mobile device, tap on the “Set up 1 device” option on the Home Screen.
The app will ask you to choose a Home for your device where the options will be “Home” and “Add another home.” Choose “Home” and hit “Next.”
After that, the app will search for nearby devices. After it locates your Chromecast, tap “Yes” to move on. You’ll see a code on your phone, as well as on your TV screen, at the bottom-right corner. If you see it, that means you’ve connected the app to the right Chromecast. Tap “Yes” to confirm you can see it.
After that, you’ll need to accept or decline to share device crash reports and stats with Google. Choose one option.
Then you’ll need to choose the location where your Chromecast will be. That will help organize and name your devices if you have or plan to get more. Pick the place and tap “Next.”
Finally, you’ll get to select your new Wi-Fi network. Then you need to enter the password of the new network to complete the setup.
If you’re facing some difficulties during the setup process, there are a few things you need to check on your Android or iPhone.
First, you need to make sure that both Chromecast and your mobile device are on the same Wi-Fi network. To do this, navigate to “Settings” and choose “Wi-Fi.”
Your Bluetooth option also needs to be turned on. To check this, navigate to “Settings” and choose “Bluetooth.”
After you’ve made sure that your smartphone and Chromecast are on the same Wi-Fi and that Bluetooth is on, visit the “Settings” again. Now, choose “Wi-Fi” and tap on Chromecast’s open Wi-Fi network to connect to it.
A New Network or a New Device?
The setup process depends on whether you’re switching networks, or you’ve changed your router or modem. In the first case, the steps are quite simple. The second scenario will require you to reset the Chromecast and go through the setup again. If you know some shortcuts we don’t, let us know in the comments below.