You need the Internet or a Wi-Fi connection when you initially set up the Google Chromecast in your home. Once it’s linked to your home Wi-Fi network, it’ll connect automatically after the initial set-up.
Another option is to get the Chromecast Ethernet adapter to plug your Chromecast directly into your router for a hard-wired Internet connection, if you don’t have Wi-Fi and you have your router in the same room with your television and Chromecast.
When you’re on the move, traveling, or not able to access a Wi-Fi connection easily, you can use some work-arounds to get the Google Chromecast up and running.
Let’s take a look at some tips and tricks to use your Chromecast when you don’t have access to Wi-Fi or a direct Internet connection . . .
Use the Connectify App for Windows
Head over to the Connectify website and download the application, which works with Windows 7 and higher. There are two versions: a free Lite version and a paid version. Connectify creates a virtual hotspot through Windows, so you can connect your Google Chromecast to it.
- Install Connectify on Windows. Once installed, the application opens and walks you through step-by-step set-up instructions to enable your Windows computer or device as a Wi-Fi hotspot for setting up and connecting to your Google Chromecast.
Use your MacBook as a Wi-Fi Hotspot
Connect your iPhone to your MacBook via the USB cable used for charging your iPhone. This is a more in-depth process, but you’ll be able to use this as your Internet connection for the Google Chromecast once it’s set up.
- Go to “System Preferences” on your MacBook.
- Click on the “Sharing” icon.
- In the drop-down box, select to share your connection from “iPhone USB,” to computers using “Wi-Fi.”
- Click the “Wi-Fi Options” button on the bottom right.
- Select the “Security” drop-down box and choose “WPA2 Personal” and set up a password—then click the “OK” button to accept those settings.
- Now check the box for “Internet Sharing” in the left panel and click the “Start” button to share Internet connection from your MacBook.
Another Mac alternative for a mobile hotspot connection—instead of going through the lengthy set-up process abov—is to download the BEETmobile Hotspot App. It’s also available for Windows 7 and 8, as well as Android.
There are other apps available for all platforms to use your devices as Internet hotspots; these are just the most popular ones that users appear to be having success with.
So, long story short—yes, you do need an Internet connection to use the Google Chromecast!