Connecting Chromecast to Hotspot: The Only Method That Works

Can you do a google Chromecast to connect with hot spot? A hotspot is an internet point that you can create, for example, with a mobile phone or tablet. There are also special devices that fully function as a hotspot for all devices that benefit from it.

Connect Chromecast to WiFi hotspot? To connect the Chromecast to a hotspot, you need at least one and for certain models two smartphones. Set up the hotspot on a smartphone and set up the Chromecast by choosing this WiFi network. Keep in mind that you have to add this network manually. You can read how to connect the Chromecast to the hotspot in this step-by-step plan.

Connect Chromecast to Hotspot

The Chromecast is a very handy device. When that thing is on the same network as, for example, your computer or smartphone and is linked to a screen, you can effortlessly stream content to it. Videos, live streams, music, it doesn’t matter.

So you do need a point where internet traffic comes together for this. This is also known as a router. The Chromecast and the smartphone can ‘see’ each other via the local internet connection. And because that is possible, content can be sent from one device to another.

But what about when you use a hotspot? Connecting your Chromecast to hotspot is not officially a feature that Google supports. However, you can use the functionality by using a second smartphone or by entering data manually.

If this all still sounds a bit vague, no problem. In this article we explain what you need to know. Before you can connect a Chromecast to a hotspot, you still have to reset it, provided you have already installed it at home.

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Using two phones

Let’s first look at the scenario where you use two smartphones. Not everyone has two smartphones in their pocket of course, but if you are on a business trip, there is a chance that you have a second phone in addition to your own personal phone.

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Chromecast with Google TV

However, that second phone can also just be a tablet or a laptop that you also carry with you. The second phone acts as a router and thus forms the link between the Chromecast and the source from which the casting is being done. Anyway, let’s get started.

  1. Plug the Chromecast into a screen (and possibly into the wall socket).
    1. If this is the same Chromecast that you also use at home, you have to reset it.
  2. Turn off the WiFi on your second phone and turn on the hotspot. To do this, search for ‘hotspot’ on your phone. You can often find the settings under your Wi-Fi and network options. Activate it, give it a name and password (so that Jan and everyone doesn’t suddenly use your data) and put your phone down next to you.
  3. Now connect your first smartphone (or tablet or laptop) to the hotspot of your second phone.
  4. On the non-hotspot device, use the Google Home app to complete the setup.
  5. When prompted for a Wi-Fi network, select the network of the hotspot.
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Use one phone

Connecting your Chromecast to hotspot also works when using one phone. This works with the Chromecast Ultra, among others. Although you have to pay attention during the setup, this is much easier in the end. Plus, you don’t have to carry an extra device with you now.

  1. Turn off your WiFi just to be safe.
  2. Turn on the hot spot. To do this, search for ‘hotspot’ on your phone. You can often find the settings under your Wi-Fi and network options. Activate it and give it a name and password (so that Jan and everyone does not suddenly use your data).
  3. Open the Google Home app and install the Google Chromecast (don’t forget to reset it if necessary!).
  4. Now don’t tap too fast during the installation. Because you will probably notice that your hotspot network cannot be found in the list of available networks.
  5. So scroll through the WiFi list and select the option for other networks.
  6. Enter the name of the network here, as well as the password.
  7. If you have entered the details correctly, the Chromecast should now be able to connect via your smartphone.

Chromecast hotspot: things to keep in mind

Keep in mind that when you stream content via your smartphone, it costs data. If you do not have an unlimited internet subscription for your smartphone, then you will have to continue to pay attention. You can also choose to lower the image quality.

It may be that the Chromecast is getting an update in the meantime. That also means that data is used again, whether you like it or not. So make sure you always have the most recent update (although it may happen that an update becomes available after all).

Finally, two things: keep in mind that your internet speed can affect the image quality. It is also the case that this functionality is not officially supported and can therefore always be switched off. Until then you can just watch what you want, where you want.

The Chromecast has different connections, but which one do you actually need? If you are unable to communicate with Chromecast, there are some solutions available. If you want to quickly change the WiFi network, you can do this as follows.