If you own a Chromecast, you are probably aware of all the great features it has. It is a fantastic way to stream shows and listen to music. However, from time to time, Chromecast may need to be rebooted or reset if problems occur.

The easiest way to reboot Chromecast is to unplug the power cable from the device. Leave it unplugged for one minute before plugging the cable back in.

You may be wondering when a reboot may be needed. Below, we will cover reasons why a reboot may be necessary. We will also go over some additional ways to reboot the device in case the cable is in a hard-to-reach place.  

How Do I Reboot Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, or Chromecast Ultra?

Chromecast, Chromecast Audio, and Chromecast Ultra can all be rebooted the same way using one of two methods: unplugging the device from the power source or rebooting it through the Google Home app.

Follow these steps to reboot Chromecast by disconnecting from the power source:

  1. Unplug the power cable from the electrical outlet.
  2. Leave it unplugged for about one minute.
  3. Plug the cable back in.

Note that you need to unplug the power cable, not the HMDI cable. Disconnecting the HMDI cable from the device will not reboot it.

To reboot Chromecast using your smart device, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Google Home App.
  2. Tap the Chromecast device.
  3. Tap Settings at the top right corner.
  4. Tap More Settings.
  5. Select Reboot.

The device should reboot and then restart automatically when it’s done. Note that this method will only work if your smart device and Chromecast are on the same Wi-Fi network.

How Do I Reboot Chromecast with Google TV?

Rebooting Chromecast with Google TV is a little different than standard Chromecast devices. Follow these steps:

  1. With the Chromecast Voice Remote, select your profile.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select System.
  4. Choose Restart.
  5. Then choose Restart again.

The Chromecast can also be rebooted by unplugging it:

  1. Unplug the power cable from the Google TV.
  2. Leave it unplugged for one minute.
  3. Plug the cable back into the Google TV.

Like with the Chromecast, unplugging Google TV from the HDMI port will not reboot the device. Always reboot by disconnecting the power supply.

When Should I Reboot My Chromecast?

Rebooting your Chromecast may be necessary if you are experiencing connectivity problems or glitches.

Rebooting Chromecast usually helps with the following issues:

  • Chromecast can’t connect to the Wi-Fi.
  • Your apps won’t update or don’t work after an update.
  • Streaming services are glitching or aren’t working.
  • Some of your apps or settings disappear.

How Do I Factory Reset Chromecast?

In rare cases, rebooting does not work, and a complete reset may be required.

A factory reset restores the device to the original settings it has when you first bought it. This means your Wi-Fi and apps will have to be set up again after a reset.

For this reason, always try rebooting Chromecast before deciding to do a full reset.

Factory Reset Chromecast with Google Home

Each generation of Chromecast requires a slightly different reset process. If you own a second or third-generation Chromecast, or the Chromecast Ultra, follow these steps to reset using your smart device:

  1. Open the Google Home App
  2. Tap the appropriate Chromecast device
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap Factory Reset.
  5. Select Factory Reset again.

Factory Reset Chromecast with the Device

To reset a first-generation Chromecast via the device, follow these steps:

  1. Leave the Chromecast plugged into the TV and hold down the button for 25 seconds.
  2. Wait until the light on the Chromecast starts flashing red.
  3. When it begins blinking white, and the TV goes blank, release the button. The device will automatically restart when it’s done.

To restart a second or third-generation Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra using the device, follow these steps:

  1. Hold down the button on the Chromecast with it still plugged into the TV.
  2. Wait until the light starts blinking orange.
  3. When the light turns white, you can release the button. The device will restart when it’s done resetting.

Factory Reset Chromecast with Google TV

To factory reset Chromecast with Google TV, follow these steps:

  1. Use the Chromecast Voice Remote to select a profile.
  2. Select Settings.
  3. Select About.
  4. Choose Factory Reset.

If you want to use the Chromecast device instead of the remote, follow these steps:

  1. Leave the Chromecast plugged into the TV and hold the button down.
  2. Wait until the light starts blinking yellow.
  3. When the light turns solid white, release the button.

It will reset and restart automatically.

In Summary

Rebooting your Chromecast may be necessary for various reasons, including poor connection, malfunctioning, or troubleshooting other issues with your device.

To reboot Chromecast, you can unplug its cable from the power source for a simple reboot and leave it unplugged for one minute. Then, plug the cable back into the Chromecast. Remember to use the power cable, not the HDMI port.