This small 35$ device from Google is a streaming device that allows you to view your mobile content on the big screen, that is, your TV.
Connect Chromecast to Wi-Fi on TV
Before you can use your Chromecast device, you need to connect it to your display device. It is important that you also have a power outlet nearby.
- The Chromecast needs a USB power connector and connects to HDMI input.
- It requires a home Wi-Fi network that has all your devices connected to it. For example, your ‘Casting Device’ and ‘Display Device’ should be on the same network.
- Once you plug in the Chromecast to the HDMI port on the rear side of your TV, you can proceed to install the companion app for your mobile device.
- Then, using this app on Android or iOS, you can cast your content and view it on your big screen like an HDTV.
Connect Chromecast to Wi-Fi First Time
When you are about to set up your Chromecast device for the first time, note that you have downloaded the latest app for your mobile device.
- The ‘Google Home’ app for iOS and for Android must be updated.
- Now, you must have two things ready: your app downloaded and installed on your device that will cast content to display device like HDTV, and the device powered up.
- Never forget to check the minimum requirements like OS requirements, app version, etc.
- When you open the app, it finds the Chromecast device automatically and asks you to connect it to a Wi-Fi. Choose the home Wi-Fi network.
- Make sure this is the same network your iPhone is connected to.
Connect Chromecast to a Wi-Fi Network
When trying to connect it to the right Wi-Fi network, take care. You need to have a Google Account in order to begin the setup.
- First, open the Google Home Application in your iPhone/iPad or Android device that you just downloaded and installed.
- Tap first on ‘Get Started’ and then, tap on ‘Set-Up’.
- You will havet o confirm your Google Account to add the Chromecast device to it, and tap ‘Ok’.
- Here you can choose between ‘Bluetooth’ and ‘Wi-Fi’, and we will do ‘No Thanks’ for ‘Bluetooth’ and tap on ‘Wi-Fi’ instead.
- After that, the scanning of devices starts after which you have to select the Wi-Fi as mentioned above. Follow this (https://support.google.com/chromecast/answer/2998456?hl=en-SG) for detailed steps.
- The OS requirements for running Chromecast for Android and iOS are available here.
- Always make sure both the devices are connect to the same Wi-Fi network.
Now that you have done learning how to connect your Chromecast to a Wi-Fi, perhaps you already have more room for some tips and tricks.
Supposed that your Chromecast just stopped working and all of a sudden it had trouble connecting to your Wi-Fi network. Well, there is no need to fret because here are some quick fixes to common issues involving your Chromecast.
Quick Fixes To Issues Between Chromecast and Your Router
Check your Wi-Fi network
One of the reasons why you can no longer connect your Chromecast to your Wi-Fi network is because you failed to update your device to a recently changed router password. Another reason is a second Wi-Fi network installed leading Chromecast to connect to different networks.
The quick solution is to ensure that Chromecast is connected with the same network as the one used by your mobile devices.
Use the extender cable
It can sometimes get interference from your huge TV making it difficult to get a clear signal. Fortunately, you can get some help by using an extender cable so that your Chromecast can connect to the Wi-Fi better as it sticks out of the back of your TV.
Reset the modem or router
Turn off the router or modem and unplug the power cord. Simply wait for 10 seconds before reconnecting the power cord and turning it back on.
Factory data reset
You can reset your Chromecast completely back to its original or factory defaults. Although this will not delete any of the app data, you will have to go through the process of setting up again.
Check if the network is operating at 2.4GHz
The signal settings of the router must be checked to determine if the Wi-Fi network is operating in 2.4GHz. That is because Chromecasts only works in this frequency.
Update the firmware of your router
If there is a notification about a firmware update when you log into the router’s settings menu, it means that you need to click it to improve the performance.
Adjust the router channels
Avoid interference from using automatic feature of your router channel. Instead, use a numbered channel option, such as 1, 6, or 11. Also, avoid sharing the same channel as your neighbors to improve the performance of your Chromecast.
If you seem not to find any solution to your current issues, perhaps it is time to buy a new router.