How to Use Chromecast Without Wi-Fi

A smartphone sending a show to a TV using Chromecast without an internet connection.

Typically a Chromecast connects directly to the internet via a Wi-Fi connection. If you don't have an Internet connection, you can set up a local Wi-Fi network that will still let you use Chromecast without web access.

This is usually done to avoid lousy (or expensive) hotel Wi-Fi or because you already downloaded movies/TV shows to your primary device (smartphone or computer) and want to see your content on a bigger screen.

Chromecast for iOS

Use Google Chromecast Without Internet for Android

1. Make sure your Chromecast is updated to the latest version of its firmware. While the Chromecast can work without an internet connection, its firmware has to be up to date.

2. On your primary device, open a Google Cast-ready app and click the "Cast" button.

3. The primary device will begin to search for nearby compatible devices. Find the screen you want to cast to and select it.

4. A four-digit pin will display on the screen. Enter this pin into your Chromecast app to connect the devices.

5. Your Android device should now be connected and you can cast media you have stored locally to the screen that's connected to the Chromecast. 

If the above method doesn't work or you have an iPhone, there are other options. Travel routers can create a local network, and Mac users can employ third-party applications like Connectify.

Using Google Chomecast With a Travel Router

A travel router can create a local Wi-Fi network which you can use to connect your Chromecast to another device.

1. Set up your travel router before you leave home and assign it a network name (also known as an SSID) and a password.

2. Wirelessly connect your Chromecast to the travel router through the app on either your Android or iOS device.

3. When you plug in the travel router at a new location, it will establish a network. Even if there is no Internet available, you will be able to connect your device to the Chromecast over this network.

4. Connect the router to the device you want to cast to. If staying in a hotel, you may need to use the television's settings menu to select the router and enter the password.

5. If the router does not appear, manually enter the SSID and password. You can do this through the network settings of the device you're using by typing in the name and password.

6. Once connected, the television should appear as a destination for you to cast. Select it as the streaming destination via the Chromecast app. You can find this app on the iOS and the Google Play store.

7. You should now be able to stream locally stored content to the television even without an Internet connection.

Due to Google's ownership of Android, most Android devices have greater compatibility with Chromecast than iOS devices. If you are a Mac or iOS user, you can use a Connectify Hotspot to achieve the same results. This allows you to create a private network from your laptop.

How to Use Google Chromecast from Mac

Chromecast requires a Wi-Fi connection to work. This option shows how to create a local network from your Macbook that takes the place of Wi-Fi.

1. Download the Connectify software. Note: this is a paid application, but the free version does allow you to create a wireless network.

2. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up the software.

Setup Screen in the Connectify app
 Connectify

3. Open the Connectify software and set up a hotspot name and password.

4. Make sure the "Wi-Fi Hotspot" option is selected at the top of the screen.

5. Connect the device you want to cast to the network.

6. If the network does not appear, manually enter the hotspot name and password.

7. Once connected, the device should appear as a destination for you to cast. Select it as the streaming destination via the Chromecast app.

8. You should now be able to stream locally stored content to the television even without an Internet connection.