How can I cast my screen without internet?

Answered by Stephen Mosley

To cast your screen without an internet connection, you can use Google Chromecast’s “Guest Mode” feature. Guest Mode allows you to cast content from your Android device to a nearby Chromecast without being connected to the same Wi-Fi network. Here’s how you can do it:

1. Ensure that both your Android device and Chromecast are connected to a power source.
2. On your Android device, open a Google Cast-ready app, such as YouTube, Netflix, or Spotify.
3. Look for the Cast button within the app. It usually appears as a square or rectangle with a Wi-Fi signal-like symbol in the corner. Tap on it.
4. On the Cast menu that appears, you’ll see a list of available devices. If your Chromecast is nearby, it should show up in the list. Tap on it to initiate the casting process.
5. If your Chromecast is not in the list, tap on the “More options” (three vertical dots) button to the top right of the Cast menu.
6. From the expanded options, select “Enable wireless display.”
7. A new screen will appear, showing a list of available devices. Again, look for your Chromecast and tap on it.
8. Once you select your Chromecast, a four-digit PIN will be displayed on the screen. Take note of this PIN.
9. On your Android device, you’ll be prompted to enter the PIN you just saw on the screen. Enter the PIN correctly and tap “Connect.”
10. After successfully entering the PIN, your Android device will establish a direct connection to the Chromecast, and you’ll be able to cast content to it without needing an internet connection.

It’s worth noting that Guest Mode may not be available on all Chromecast models, so make sure your device supports this feature. Additionally, keep in mind that some apps or content may require an internet connection to function properly, even when using Guest Mode.

In my personal experience, I’ve used Guest Mode to cast content to a Chromecast when I didn’t have access to a Wi-Fi network. It worked well for streaming locally stored videos, music, and even mirroring my device’s screen. However, keep in mind that the quality of the casting experience may vary depending on the strength of the direct connection between your Android device and the Chromecast.

Using Guest Mode on your Chromecast allows you to cast content without needing an internet connection, providing a convenient way to enjoy your favorite media on a larger screen.