Chromecast in hotel: with this explanation it always works

A Chromecast use in hotel? Luckily you arranged it that way. If you know how to connect the device at home, you also know how it works in a hotel. Are you still in doubt? No problem. In this article, we’ll explain exactly what you need to do to get things running.

Sometimes it’s nice to get away from your current environment for a weekend. You want to go out into the fresh air, alone or with someone else, and otherwise just hide in a nice bed with soft pillows and your favorite Netflix series. A hotel is then the appropriate place to achieve this.

Using Chromecast in Hotel

However, many hotels are not known for high-end features or digital conveniences. Therefore, there is a good chance that the TV in your room does not have a built-in Chromecast and the chain also does not leave a Chromecast behind by default. The solution: why not just take one yourself?

Connecting the Chromecast to a hotel TV is not easy. You need a few things to make this happen.

  1. Your own Google Chromecast, including the HDMI cable and (USB) plug.
  2. A smartphone or tablet with Android or iOS on board.
  3. The name of the access point in the hotel, as well as the password.

You will often automatically receive the network name and password at the counter during check-in. If that has not happened, you can still request it later.

Have you collected all the stuff? Then we can start. First you have to connect the Chromecast via the HDMI cable. So look behind the TV, or on the side, to see if there is an available HDMI port. Is there no HDMI port? Then you’re out of luck – unless you prepare well.

Is there an available port? Then plug the cable into that port and the other end into the Chromecast. Now we can look at the flow situation. Perhaps the TV has a USB port where you can plug the cable from the Chromecast, otherwise you have to look for a socket.

If you power the Chromecast via a wall socket, you may need a power adapter, depending on the model. Newer models come standard with a regular plug, but can often still be supplied with energy via a USB cable.

Chromecast with Google TV
Image: Chrome fans

Chromecast in hotel: TV and WiFi

After connecting, we can use the television. Turn it on and go to the HDMI channel of the Chromecast. This can be done via the remote control and otherwise via the buttons on the TV itself. Perhaps the hotel has a manual ready in one of the drawers of your bedside table.

Chromecast V3
Chromecast with Google TV

If all went well, you will now see a standard Chromecast environment on the TV image. You see a nice background, but nothing else. Now we need to connect the just connected Chromecast to the internet. That’s the next step in this installation guide.

Method #1: Only if there is no Wi-Fi login page (it often is)

To use a Chromecast in a hotel, there are a few simple steps that you can see below.

Plug the Chromecast into the HDMI port and power

Make sure the Chromecast is connected to the TV on the HDMI port. The Chromecast must also be supplied with power, depending on the model, you can do this via USB or the wall socket.

Make sure you have the network name + password of the hotel wifi at hand

Collect the correct data, you will often receive this when you check in.

Download the Google Home app

If you’ve never done it before, download the Google Home app, for Android or iOS. Also log in with your Google account.

Open the app and press the plus icon

Now press the plus icon at the top left so you can add a new device.

Follow the steps to add a new device here

Press Set up device and then New device and follow the steps here to connect the Chromecast to the hotel Wi-Fi network.

The intention is that the Chromecast connects to the same network as your smartphone and tablet. If you just follow the instructions on the screen, the Google Home app will guide you through the installation process. Actually, a child can do the laundry!

Request WiFi data from reception. (Via: Pixabay, Rodrigo_SalomonHC, CC)

Method #2: If the hotel wifi doesn’t work

If the hotel wifi has a login page (and there is often) then the above method simply does not work. The Chromecast is not suitable for this.

To use the Chromecast in a hotel, you use a hotspot on your smartphone. Ideally you need two smartphones, but it is also possible with one smartphone.

Chromecast in hotel (Hotspot)

Using the Chromecast in a hotel with the hotspot method is also an option. Below is a step-by-step plan on how this works exactly.

Plug the Chromecast into the HDMI port and power

Make sure the Chromecast is connected to the TV on the HDMI port. The Chromecast must also be supplied with power, depending on the model, you can do this via USB or the wall socket.

Is this the same Chromecast as at home? Then there is an extra step.

If this is the same Chromecast that you use at home, you will have to reset it first.

Now turn off WiFi on phone two and turn on the hotspot.

To do this, search for ‘hotspot’ on your phone. Such settings are often found under Wi-Fi and network options. Activate the hotspot, give it a recognizable name and good password (so that Jan and everyone does not suddenly use your data) and put your phone next to you for a while.

Now connect your first smartphone (or tablet or laptop) to the hotspot of your second phone.

Find the network you just created within the Wi-Fi settings of phone one and connect to it.

On the non-hotspot device (i.e. phone one), use the Google Home app to complete the setup.

Open the Google Home app, log in and follow the installation instructions via the plus icon.

When prompted for a Wi-Fi network, select the network of the hotspot.

Select the network and you have connected both the Chromecast and your current smartphone.

If the steps above don’t work for you (Wi-Fi networks in hotels are not known for their stable connections) or if you don’t have a second phone, you have another option at your disposal. The hotspot method also works with one smartphone. You can read all about that in this article.