Do you Need Internet for Chromecast to Work?

Posted by Heather on April 29, 2016
Chromecast Internet

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.  Connectify Install Connectify desktop icon

  • 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.  Connectify Setup

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.

  1. Go to “System Preferences” on your MacBook.
  2. Click on the “Sharing” icon.  System pref Mac
  3. In the drop-down box, select to share your connection from “iPhone USB,” to computers using “Wi-Fi.”  iPhone USB
  4. Click the “Wi-Fi Options” button on the bottom right.
  5. Select the “Security” drop-down box and choose “WPA2 Personal” and set up a password—then click the “OK” button to accept those settings.  Internet Share
  6. Now check the box for “Internet Sharing” in the left panel and click the “Start” button to share Internet connection from your MacBook.  iPhone Wi-Fi Hotspot

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.  BEETmobile App for Mac

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!








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