Lots of media streaming devices are available on the market, but Google Chromecast is still counted among the top, primarily due to the people’s trust in the products “made by Google.”
However, this trust is often tested when Google Chromecast stops responding or showing up on the TV, out of the blue. Chromecast not working properly can be a very infuriating experience since it’s the last thing one would expect to be a bottleneck at a party.
If you have already rebooted the device, checked the WiFi connection, restarted the TV, and still didn’t manage to make it work, then the last resort is to reset Chromecast, considering you didn’t throw the device in the river just yet.
Factory resetting the Chromecast device can also solve the issue where the Chromecast doesn’t show up on the Google Home app, which could mean that the device has lost WiFi connectivity.
How to factory reset Google Chromecast?
Via Chromecast device
- Keep the device plugged into the TV.
- Long press the small Reset button located at the back of the device for about half a minute.
- The LED light on Chromecast will start blinking orange, meaning the reset process has begun.
- Release the button as soon as the LED light turns white in color.
- Now, set up Chromecast from scratch.
It goes without saying that a Chromecast reset will put the device back into the state when it first arrived. In other words, you will lose all saved data settings such as the Chromecast name, WiFi settings, etc.
via the Google Home app
- Open the Google Home app on your smartphone.
- Tap on the device icon listed under the Your Room section.
- Tap on the Settings icon (cogwheel) in the top right corner.
- Tap on the triple dot menu option and select Factory Reset.
If it’s an iOS device, scroll down and select Remove device > Factory Reset.
- Tap on Factory Reset to initiate the process.
- The LED on the device will start blinking orange and turn white after the reset.
Resetting the Chromecast device will not delete Google Home data as well as stored data from other Google Home devices. If the smartphone or Chromecast cannot connect to WiFi, you should resort to the previous method to reset Chromecast.
Now, all that is left is to set up Google Chromecast from scratch.
Also Read: How To Connect Your Chromecast To VLC?
How to set up Google Chromecast after factory resetting it?
To set up Chromecast again, leave the device plugged into the TV while the white light is still blinking.
- Tap on the Add icon (+) on the Google Home app
- Tap on Set up device > Set up new devices > Select the Home or create a new one > Click on next.
- Tap Yes once the screen reads, “Chromecast Found.”
- Tap Yes if the code on your phone’s screen matches the one on the TV screen.
- Tap Yes, I’m in if you want to share the device stats with Google or skip the step by tapping No, thanks.
- Select the device location (Attic, Basement, Bathroom, etc.)
- Label the room.
- Select the WiFi network. Make sure the smartphone and Chromecast run on the same network.
- Let Google Home take the WiFi password from the smartphone.
- Tap on Next if you want to link the device to your Google account or select Not now to skip the step.
- Tap Continue to complete the process.
If you want Chromecast to switch to a different WiFi network, you will still have to reset the device and follow the above-mentioned setup process.
Sometimes Chromecast is not able to get enough power from TV’s micro USB port, due to which users come across a black screen or “no signal” issues. Plugging the USB cable into the wall charger instead of USB port on the TV should fix the issue.
I hope these steps helped you in fixing the Google Chromecast connection.