Around the globe, a lot of people rely on their mobile devices as their only point of access to the internet and don’t have a WiFi connection or router at home. For many of those people, using a Chromecast would have been impossible if it weren’t for one small logical workaround: creating a hotspot with their phone that the Chromecast can connect to. Unfortunately, that workaround is no longer, uhm, working right now and it sounds like the latest Google Play Services is to blame.
If you were relying on your phone’s hotspot to take your Chromecast online, you may have noticed that ever since Play Services 11.0.55 rolled out, you can’t cast from your phone to the Chromecast anymore. The issue was reported on the Chromecast Help Forum and hasn’t received any reply from a Google employee or forum moderator yet.
So technically speaking, this was possible before. It’s just that now, it no longer is, and those affected are understandably up in arms. They’ll need to get another router and another internet plan to create a connection so they can cast from their phones, which isn’t the least bit ideal.
All in all, if you were using your Chromecast over your phone’s hotspot connection, you’re probably screwed. We’ll let you know if an official answer is provided by Google or if the feature comes back in a future Play Services update.