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How to Change WiFi Networks on Chromecast

Your Chromecast streaming device needs to use WiFi to connect to your devices. However, Chromecast can only remember one WiFi network at a time. This means that if you need to change networks, you’ll need to reset your Chromecast. Here’s how to change WiFi networks on Chromecast in several ways.  

How to Change WiFi on Chromecast

To change your WiFi network on a Chromecast, start the TV and open the Google Home app. Then select your device and tap the gear icon in the top-right corner of your screen. Finally, tap WiFi > Forget this Network.

Note: Before you start, make sure your smartphone or other device is connected to the same network as the Chromecast. If you can’t connect to the same network, you’ll have to manually reset your Chromecast. You can find out how to reset your Chromecast in the instructions below.

  1. Turn on the TV and plug in your Chromecast. You can tell the Chromecast is turned on if you can see a light on the device.
  2. Open the Google Home app. You can find this app on the Apple App Store and the Google Play Store for free.
  3. On your device, select your Chromecast. This will have the name that you gave it during the setup process. This might be something like “Living Room TV.”
  4. Then tap the gear icon in the top-right corner of your screen.
    how to change wifi on chromecast
  5. Next, select WiFi.
  6. Then tap Forget this Network.
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  7. Once you forget your Chromecast’s WiFi network, you can change it by setting up your device again. If you want to find out how to set up your Chromecast, check out the instructions below.

If you are connecting to a new WiFi network, you might not be able to connect to your Chromecast. If this is the case, you will have to manually reset your Chromecast. Then you can connect it to the new network by setting it up again.

How to Change WiFi Network by Manually Resetting Your Chromecast

To manually reset your Chromecast, press and hold down the reset button on the side of the device. Then disconnect and reconnect the USB power cable to your Chromecast.

  1. Press and hold down the reset button. The reset button is located on the side of your Chromecast, next to the micro-USB port. Press this button until the LED light stops flashing orange and starts flashing white. If you’re using a first-generation Chromecast, you can find the reset button at the back of your device. Press and hold down the button until the light on your streaming device stops flashing.
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  2. Disconnect the USB power cable. Then wait for a few seconds.
  3. Reconnect the USB power cable. This will reset the device to factory conditions.
  4. Once you reset your Chromecast, you will have to set up your device again.

How to Set Up Your Chromecast

  1. Open the Google Home app and tap the plus sign in the top-left corner of your phone’s screen.
  2. Then select Set up device.
  3. Next, select Set up new devices.
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  4. Then choose or create a home and tap Next.
  5. Wait for the app to discover the device and tap Next.
  6. Then wait for the app to connect to the device.
  7. Next, tap Yes to confirm that you see the code on your TV. If you don’t see the same code, tap No, and then tap Scan for devices.
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  8. Follow the onscreen instructions until you see the page that says, “Connect to Wi-Fi.” Here is where you will choose a new WiFi network to connect to. You might be asked to enter the WiFi password at this point.
  9. Wait for your device to connect to your WiFi network.
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  10. Once you see a screen that says, “Linking your Chromecast,” you can hit continue, or click the X in the top-left corner to start using your device.
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Last updated on June 3, 2023 8:21 pm

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Updated on January 25, 2023

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