Learn more: Local Network Access for Casting

Local Network Privacy was introduced in iOS 14 (and later) to provide added transparency when apps connect to devices on a home network by requesting permission to access the local Wi-Fi network. All Chromecast-enabled apps need to be able to discover Cast-enabled devices (Example: Google Nest or Home speakers and displays, Chromecasts, Android TVs) for you to connect and start casting.

Turn on Local Network Access

  1. Make sure the mobile device you’re using to cast is on the same Wi-Fi network as your speaker, display, Chromecast, or TV with Chromecast built-in. 
  2. Open a Chromecast-enabled app.
  3. Tap the Cast icon Inactive cast extension Note: The Cast icon isn't located in the same place on all Chromecast-enabled apps.
  4. A prompt will ask you to allow access to your Wi-Fi network. Tap Ok to allow. 
  5. The Chromecast-enabled app will then ask to connect to your local network. Tap Ok when prompted if you want to connect to your local network and start casting. If you don’t want the app to connect to your local network, tap Don’t Allow. Note that you won’t be able to proceed with casting if you select Don’t Allow.
  6. Once the local network access permission is provided, tap the Cast icon Inactive cast extension  again to find the list of available devices.
  7. Select your device to start casting. If you don’t find the list of available cast devices, check the article on how to troubleshoot a "No device found" issue.

If you initially denied access to your local network but want to start casting, you can always enable access to your local network from your device’s settings.

  1. On your iOS device’s home screen, tap Settings
  2. Tap Privacy and then Local Network. You’ll find a list of apps.
  3. Turn on Local Network Access for the app(s) you would like to cast from. This will allow permissions for Cast to discover local devices when casting.

Turn off Local Network Access

If you want to disable access to your local network, you can do so by turning off Local Network Access from your device’s settings. 

  1. On your iOS device’s home screen, tap Settings
  2. Tap Privacy and then Local Network. You’ll find a list of apps.
  3. Turn off Local Network Access for the app(s) you previously allowed to cast from. Note: You will no longer be able to cast when this setting is turned off.

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