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How to Remove Chromecast from Wi-Fi

Last Updated May 9, 2021
Smartphone on chromecast app removing wifi network. Chromecast product in split image.

One of the greatest things about Chromecast is that it does not require an internet connection. It primarily relies on your mobile device’s connection to “mirror” content. Although Chromecast uses a small amount of data and electricity, you may be interested in how to remove it from your Wi-Fi network.

You will need to go into the Google Home app to remove Chromecast from your Wi-Fi. By going into the app’s settings, you can select Chromecast and choose “Forget This Network.” Once you are taken back to the home screen, you have successfully unpaired your devices.

Continue reading to learn more about removing Chromecast from your Wi-Fi network. This could prove useful if you are connecting your Chromecast to another network or want to set up a private connection.

Using Google Home App to Remove Chromecast from Wi-Fi

By now, you probably know that you need the Google Home app to set up your Chromecast. If you do not have this app currently installed (like if you’ve been using “Guest Mode” this whole time), you should download it now.

Here are the specific instructions you need to take if you want to disconnect your Chromecast from your Wi-Fi network:

  1. Make sure that your mobile devices are on the same network as your Chromecast.
  2. Open the Google Home app.
  3. Select your device from the menu.
  4. Go to “Settings,” which is located at the top right-hand side.
  5. Choose “Forget Network.”
forgetting network on Google Home app for Chromecast

Once the app takes you back to the home page, you have successfully unpaired your Chromecast from the network.

Although you selected “Forget Network,” you can still connect later on if you change your mind.

Can You Disconnect Chromecast from Wi-Fi to Stop Casting?

Chromecast is designed to be plugged into your TV and a power source at all times. You do not need to disconnect it from the Wi-Fi if you want to change inputs or stop casting. You simply need to turn off your TV to put your Chromecast into “standby” mode. This is the same as putting it to sleep, and it will be able to download updates while it is not in use.

To stop casting, simply select the Chromecast icon on your mobile device’s screen. By clicking it, you can choose “Stop Casting,” which will do just that. Alternatively, you can also unplug the device, as Chromecast does not come with an on/off switch.

Reasons to Disconnect Your Chromecast from Wi-Fi

You will only need to disconnect your Chromecast for the Wi-Fi on rare occasions. For instance, suppose that you are going on vacation and want to take your Chromecast with you. You will not need to disconnect your Chromecast from your home’s Wi-Fi network for this to work. Instead, you would simply connect it to your destination’s network.

Here are some reasons why, however, you might want to change networks:

You Got a New Router

Your Chromecast will not automatically connect to a new router if you disconnect your old one. You will still need to enter your new log-in credentials as though you are connecting it to the internet for the first time. You will not need to log in every time you use Chromecast, though.

You Factory Reset Your Device

Factory resetting your device basically makes it as though you are using your Chromecast for the first time. It deletes all of the data saved on your device and reverses any changes you may have made.

In this case, you probably would not need to reconnect your Chromecast to the router, as it would have forgotten your network. However, if it does reconnect to your Wi-Fi, you may need to take the above steps to disconnect it.

You Want to Set up your Own Private Network

Nowadays, it is not uncommon for one home to have multiple Wi-Fi networks. This could be in the case of multiple-person households, people working from home, or those with security concerns. Connecting your Chromecast to a new Wi-Fi network would:

  • Give you an extra layer of privacy
  • Prevent others from connecting to your Chromecast while it is in use
  • Prevent others from getting notifications that you are using the device

Keep in mind that you can only have your Chromecast connected to one network at a time.

You Are Getting a Weak Signal

If you are getting a less-than-ideal Wi-Fi connection, you could try disconnecting your Chromecast from the network and then reconnect it again. This may or may not work, depending on your wireless setup.

In Summary

If you are not changing locations, then you can simply unplug your Chromecast to keep it from connecting to your network. However, if you want to disconnect it, you need to do this from the Google Home app.

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