If you’re having trouble streaming media, this article shows you how to reset a Chromecast device. You might also want to reset your Chromecast to factory settings before you sell or give it to someone else.
How to Turn Off a Chromecast
Make sure your Chromecast is securely plugged into an HDMI port on your TV before you start. The device should also be hooked up to your Wi-Fi network and a power source. If the device still doesn’t work right, you can do a factory reset by following these steps:
- On your Android or iOS device, open the Google Home app.
- Tap the name of your Chromecast.
- Tap the gear that looks like.
- Tap Reset to factory settings.
- A warning message appears and asks if you are sure you want to reset the device to factory settings. Tap the device once more to confirm. Your Chromecast is set back to the way it was when you took it out of the box for the first time.
How to Reset a Chromecast from Years Ago
If you have an older Chromecast that needs to be set up on a computer instead of a phone or tablet, open the Chromecast app that was put on the desktop or laptop when the device was first set up.
When that app’s interface is visible, choose the Chromecast you want to reset and then choose Settings and Factory Reset to make the device work like it did when it was new.
How to Reset Your Chromecast with A Hard Reset
If none of the above steps worked, the last thing you can do is perform a hard reset on the device. Hold down the button on the side of the Chromecast while it is connected to a TV and a power source until the LED light on the device flashes white and the TV goes blank. Let go of the button and wait for Chromecast to finish the process of restoring.
If you tried all of these things and your Chromecast still doesn’t work right, the hardware may be broken. For more help, you can contact the Google Help Center.