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How to Reset Chromecast Audio

Last Updated Jul 14, 2022
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Chromecast is a great addition to any home because it allows you to stream music and other audio from different devices. It can directly attach to any kind of speaker to allow you to stream music with an internet connection. However, you may have to reset your Chromecast audio every so often if you are experiencing a problem.

There are multiple ways you can reset your device. Below, we will go over how to reset your Chromecast device to resolve any audio issues in detail.

How Can I Reset My Chromecast Audio?

Resetting your Chromecast will put it back into its default settings. This means you will lose all the settings you set up on your device. This can’t be undone, so you will need to complete the setup process again and reconnect the device to your Wi-Fi.

Sometimes resetting the Chromecast’s audio function is necessary. Follow these steps:

  1. Leave the device plugged in and hold down the reset button on the side.
  2. Wait until the light begins to flash orange.
  3. When the light turns white, release the button.
  4. Disconnect the power cable.
  5. Wait a few seconds, then plug it back in.

The device will now automatically start the reset process. Watch this video to see a visual aid.

You can also reset the device using the Google Home App:

  1. Open the Google Home app on your phone or tablet.
  2. Tap Chromecast App.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. At the top right, click More.
  5. Then click Factory Reset, followed by Factory Reset again on the next page.

Your Chromecast audio should now begin the reset process, and the app will tell you when it’s done.

Factory resets are often needed if you are experiencing issues with the audio or connectivity. They may also be necessary if you want to change all the settings on your device and start over. Factory resets are also recommended before selling or giving your device to someone.

How Do I Setup Chromecast Audio?

After a factory reset, you will need to set up the Chromecast audio again. Follow these simple steps to get started:

  1. Plug in the Chromecast.
  2. Download the Google Home app.
  3. Open the Google Home app and sign in.
  4. At the top left, tap Add.
  5. Tap Set Up Device, then New Device.
  6. Follow the prompts.

After tapping New Device, your app will automatically take you through questions and prompts to help you name the device and connect to the Wi-Fi.

Why Is My Chromecast Audio Not Working?

Since a factory reset will undo all your settings and make you redo the setup process, let’s go over some common troubleshooting tips you can try before resetting the device.

  • Make sure your television’s settings are correct. Check the volume and audio settings to ensure the problem isn’t with your television.
  • Make sure Chromecast is plugged in. Check that the USB port that it is plugged into is functioning and receiving power.
  • Check your Wi-Fi connection. Ensure that your Wi-Fi router is on and not flashing red. Make sure Chromecast is connected to Wi-Fi by checking the internet connection settings in the Google Home app.
  • Check sound settings. Open the Google Home app and make sure your Chromecast audio settings are all toggled on.
  • Turn off the Full Dynamic Range. Some people always leave this setting on in sound controls. However, if your speakers are not compatible with Full Dynamic Range, this setting can cause distortion and weird sound issues.

Watch this troubleshooting video to see how to fix common sound issues.

You can also try rebooting your device before resetting it completely:

  1. Open the Google Home app.
  2. Tap Device.
  3. Tap Settings.
  4. Tap More at the top right.
  5. Tap Reboot.

Note that this will only work if your mobile device is connected to the same WIFI network as your Chromecast device.

You can also reboot your Chromecast directly from the power source:

  1. Unplug the power cord from the Chromecast Audio.
  2. Leave it unplugged for 1-2 minutes.
  3. Plug the power back in.

If none of these suggestions fix the issues you are experiencing, try the factory reset tips above. This video will show you all the different ways you can reset and reboot the device.

In Summary

Resetting the Chromecast’s audio can be easily done with the reset button on the side of the device. Hold it down until the light turns white. Then unplug the device and plug it back in.

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