How to use the Google Chromecast without having WiFi at home

the google chromecast it’s great for see all mobile content on tv, but it has one essential requirement: a WiFi network to connect to. Does your home have no connection or have you moved the Google Chromecast to another location? No problem, you can use your smartphone to give you internet.

Few devices offer better service for so little money than that offered by Google Chromecast. This little player HDMI can turn any TV into a Smart TV controlled from the mobile Android, iPhone or even from the computer. Watch Netflix on the big screen, phone screen project, send recorded videos to TV and much more: Chromecast can be compressed in several ways. And it is not essential that you have WiFi in your house (or where you use it) since you can perform a simple trick: mount a wireless access point from the mobile.

Record your Google Chromecast with Mobile WiFi

To start a Google Chromecast an Internet connection is essential, it is without appeal. Therefore, the most common is to register the device with the home or work network, depending on the TV on which it is installed. The whole process is done from the Google Home app, an app available for Android and also for iOS. Of course, the configuration of the home Wi-Fi network can be replaced by the phone network if you configure an access point on your Android (or iPhone).

The process for using a Google Chromecast without home or work Wi-Fi is as follows:

  • Download the Google Home app to a second telephone, which will act as a ‘configurator’.
  • Connect the Google Chromecast to a free HDMI on the TV and power it with the USB charging cable (by connecting it to a free USB on the TV or to a charger).
  • Enter your mobile settings and look for ‘Portable WiFi Zone’ options. This feature may be renamed “WiFi Hotspot” or similar.
  • Configure the connection with a password and activate the hotspot: now you will share your fare data. Don’t worry, setting up Google Chromecast consumes little data.
  • Connect from the second phone to the WiFi network you created on your mobile. Make sure that Google Play does not take advantage of it to update applications and that this mobile does not try to update itself by taking advantage of WiFi.
  • Open the Google Home app and tap the “+” icon at the top left of the screen.
  • Click on ‘Configure device’. Then click on ‘Set up new devices’, choose your home and go to ‘Next’.
  • The Google Chromecast should appear available to you. Click on it and check the code that will appear on the TV.
  • Select the WiFi you have created on your mobile, enter the password if necessary and you will have Google Chromecast configured.
  • Disconnect the second phone from the WiFi network you created so that there are no data consumption issues.

Now you can use your Google Chromecast simply by activating your mobile’s WiFi hotspot: the icon to share with the Chromecast will appear (at the top right of apps like YouTube or Netflix) so you can click on it and see content on TV. Besides, you can share your mobile screen by opening the Google Home app, choosing the Chromecast and tapping the “Cast my screen” icon at the bottom.

Chromecast cast screen

The possibilities are enormous: you can watch Netflix on TV, cast Disney+, send almost any video over the Internet or watch YouTube, for example. Of course, you must have one very important aspect in mind:

Any internet video (streaming) you send to Google Chromecast will consume your rate data

Tips and tricks to use Google Chromecast without WiFi

Chromecast cast screen

You can watch videos on TV by taking advantage of your mobile’s WiFi. Remember this consumes your data

A simple mobile phone is enough and more than enough to meet the need for WiFi, you have already seen it: once the access point is activated, the Chromecast will connect to it with all its possibilities. Since the connection is only provided by your phone, if Google Chromecast uses internet, it will extract your data; with the risk that your speed will run out in a few hours: streaming eats up a lot of MB.

To use the Chromecast and your mobile without problems, we recommend that you follow the following tips:

  • Limit content from Netflix, YouTube, Disney+ and others as much as possible that you share with the Chromecast since the HDMI will use your internet connection. Our advice is to constantly monitor the consumption of your operator.
  • Sharing your mobile screen does not consume internet unless you are streaming content on the phone. You can project the photos from your gallery, the videos and even the movies you have saved in the storage: all this does not spend MB of the tariff.
  • You can use apps like Web video caster to send content you have stored locally on your phone to the Chromecast. Remember that this does not consume the internet.
  • Google Photos can share anything in your gallery folder with your Chromecast. This doesn’t use mobile data as long as the content is on your phone (and not in the Google Photos backup).
Chromecast cast screen

  • Limit hotspot data usage from the WiFi connection sharing options, in your phone’s configuration. You can also limit it from the data plan options, in the mobile network settings.

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