When you’re a Chromecast in your home, that device may no longer work properly. Changing your Chromecast WiFi can then be a solution, for example. But it’s also good to know how this works when you use a completely new WiFi network at home.
Change Chromecast Wi-Fi
Your Chromecast can remember one Wi-Fi network at a time. So if you take it to a friend (because you want to watch a series or play a game there), you have to adjust the WiFi network. In this article we explain how that works. It can be done in just a few steps.
Before we start, it’s good to know that your Chromecast and your phone or tablet must be on the same WiFi network. You also need the Google Home app, which you can find in the App Store and Google Play. Are you ready? Then we can finally start.
- Open the Google Home app on your smartphone or tablet.
- Turn on the TV and switch to the Chromecast channel. Can’t find that channel? The connection may not be properly connected to the HDMI port. Check the connection or plug in the Chromecast as well. If there is no light on the Chromecast, it may be that the plug is not (properly) inserted.
- Tap on the Chromecast within Google Home. The device has a unique name, which you chose during installation. Perhaps it is a name in the direction of Living Room or Bedroom. Those are standard options that Google often suggests. In our screenshots we use the name Chromecast Ultra.
- Now tap the gear icon in the top right corner. This will take you to the settings.
- Select the Wi-Fi option or press the Forget text.
- When you do that, a pop-up will appear asking if you are sure.
- Confirm your choice. Now you can reset the Chromecast and connect it to your Wi-Fi network.
Changing Chromecast Wi-Fi: And If It Fails?
Changing the Chromecast Wi-Fi may not work if you can’t manage to join the network the Chromecast was previously connected to. For example because you bought a second-hand one. What is the best thing to do in that case?
You can then fall back on the manual reset options. The Chromecast has a physical reset button that you can use. That button is next to the USB connection. The size of the button differs per model. On the Chromecast Ultra, it is a small button that is neatly hidden.
- Press and hold the reset button for a while. When you press and hold the button, the LED will blink orange. Only when that light turns white can you stop pressing.
- Now unplug the Chromecast. You can pull the USB cable from the Chromecast for this or simply unplug it from the socket.
- Now wait a few seconds (with thirty seconds you are often fine), so that you can be sure that the device is completely back to the factory settings.
- After the reset, you are supposed to add the device as a new device within your network.
Changing Wifi Chromecast: Things to Remember
Why is it important to turn on the TV for this process, when you actually control everything via your phone? Well, this way you can immediately see whether your Chromecast has an internet connection or not. If there is no internet, you will not see a clock with the current time, for example.
If it happens that you do not see a WiFi option within the settings of the Chromecast whose WiFi network you want to change, then it does not have internet at that time. Then you have to go back to the factory settings by performing the manual reset.
You can also immediately find out whether your Chromecast has a Wi-Fi connection or not by checking whether it appears in your list of Cast devices. If you use a music or video streaming service and you cannot find your Chromecast in the list, then that device is offline.
Image: Wesley Akkerman