Can you get Freeview through WiFi? Here’s the answer to your question!
Freeview is mainly being accessed by an aerial device connected to your TV, where the program’ signal is converted into a broadcast on your TV.
While Freeview is currently not available online without a TV license, it could be accessed by the mobile Freeview Play app!
Here’s how you can get the Freeview service through WiFi!
On your mobile device, launch the App Store/Google Play and download Freeview Play (only available for UK residents). Once the app is installed, create/sign to your account, set the personal information correctly, verify your WiFi status and start streaming!
To understand this mode, let’s first learn the basics of WiFi streaming!
While Freeview is available for mobile devices through the Freeview Play app, the only way to get the service on your TV through WiFi, is to own a Valid TV License.
To access on-demand content available on Freeview through a browser, you’ll need to gain access to the online BBC iPlayer service, which is only accessible with a TV license.
In that set of thoughts, getting Freeview through WiFi on your TV is not currently available, as it creates a conflict of interest.
If you have a valid TV license, why would you want to get Freeview through WiFi on your TV?
However, it is possible for you to obtain the service, completely for free, through a mobile device and then create a screen mirroring to the TV.
This is a viable option that most users who don’t have a TV license, tend to use to stream Freeview on their TV.
As we’ve already clarified, you could watch Freeview through a browser, only if you have a valid TV license, otherwise your only option is to download the mobile app.
However, getting the Freeview app on your mobile will enable you to cast the app to your TV.
Here’s how to watch Freeview through WiFi in easy steps:
Step #1 Verify the Device’s WiFi Connectivity
Your first step is to verify the WiFi connectivity of your mobile device. In order to access the Freeview mobile app and start streaming, an active and reliable internet connection is required.
In fact, WiFi connectivity is not your only choice, since you could also use Mobile Data to stream Freeview on your mobile device.
- Using mobile data may have a large impact on the usage of Mbps!
Here’s how to verify your mobile device’s WiFi connectivity:
- From the home screen of your app, launch Settings.
- Tap on the “WiFi”.
- Scroll down and look at all the networks on your device.
- Check if you’re connected by looking at the status of each network.
If you’re already paired to WiFi, there’ll be a “Connected” status, next to the WiFi you’re paired to.
If you’re not connected, make sure to hook up with your home WiFi before proceeding.
Note: If you’re having issues connecting, you can try to Hard Reboot your network device.
Once we’ve verified the WiFi connectivity of your device, it’s time to start downloading the Freeview app.
For this purpose, you must gain access to the App Store on your device and seek out the Freeview app.
All you have to do is press the app store icon, from the home screen of your mobile device. This will launch the platform from which you could acquire the Freeview app in the next step.
Once you’ve pressed the app store’s icon, it will soon launch and enable you to download.
Note: For Androids, the app store platform is “Google Play”, for iOS, it is “App Store”
Now that you have launched the app store, it’s time to acquire the Freeview App.
Keep in mind that the platform is only available for residencies within the UK, so if the location settings on your phone are set to elsewhere, the app will not be visible to you.
Here’s how to get the Freeview app from your device’s app store:
- From the home page of the app store, press the Search Field.
- Type in “Freeview”.
- Press the magnifying lens to begin your search.
- Once results appear, tap on the Freeview app result with the orange-red logo.
- Make sure that this app has over 1M downloads.
- Press on the “Download” icon to begin downloading.
- Wait out the full download and install sequence.
Once the Freeview app has been successfully installed, the latest version of the platform will be automatically applied.
If your phone has separate update settings, it’s recommended to have “Automatic Updates” enabled for the Freeview app. This will save you some effort.
Note: Once the Freeview app is successfully downloaded and installed, launch it on your mobile.
Since the Freeview mobile platform is not by any way related to your TV license, you must create an account in order to access the app.
By the time you’ve launched Freeview, you’ll get an on-screen prompt that will guide you through the steps of creating your registration.
Press “Register” on the prompt that’ll appear as soon as Freeview is launched. Follow the instructions to create your subscription-free Freeview account.
Once everything is set in regard to creating your Freeview account, you could start watching!
Note: You may have to verify your Freeview account by going to the associated email’s inbox!
You could only cast Freeview from your phone to a TV, as long as there is a streaming player connected to the TV device.
Support platforms are Kodi, Google Chromecast, Firestick, Roku, Sky, Freesat and more.
If your TV is equipped with either of those players, casting of Freeview is possible to the device!
Here’s how to cast Freeview from your phone to the TV:
- Launch the Freeview app on your phone.
- Make sure that your TV is turned on.
- Connect the TV to the same WiFi as your phone is on.
- On the home page of the Freeview app, press the “Cast” icon at the top right corner.
- Select the streaming player from the list of “castable devices”.
- Wait for the connection to occur.
If the casting was a success, you should see a stream of your phone on the TV’s display!
Pick a show and start watching casted Freeview app on your TV!
If you’re not able to find the Freeview App in the application store of your mobile device, then you’ll need a VPN to bypass this limitation.
The purpose of the Virtual Private Network is to connect to a UK server (IP) and then, find and download the Freeview app.
We strongly recommend downloading Atlas VPN since connecting to a British server is an easy task for this software. In case you haven’t got a VPN yet, you’re missing out!
Alert: Don’t forget to disconnect your VPN when you’re ready to avoid network lag!
Thus, the answer to “can you get Freeview through WiFi”, is YES. Simply download the Freeview mobile app on your smartphone, create a registration and start watching. If you have a streaming player connected to your TV, use Freeview’s Casting Feature!
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Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.