How to Reboot or Factory Reset Your Google Chromecast

The Google Chromecast is a stick that goes into USB drive slots and allows users to cast media content from one device to another with a bigger display. This little device can run into trouble and a simple factory reset can fix this. If you do not know how to reset your Chromecast, this article is for you. 

Reboot or Factory Reset Your Google Chromecast

Resetting the Google Chromecast

The steps to factory reset your Chromecast vary, depending on the model of the Chromecast which you own. There are three different generations of the device’s models.

The steps to reset each generation of the device can differ slightly, with no major differences. A hard factory reset can also be done, even while the Chromecast is connected to an output point or a source of power. 

Steps to Factory Reset Chromecast

You need to make sure that the Chromecast is connected to the Wi-Fi network and a power socket. This could also be the reason why your Chromecast is not functioning. But if the problem persists, these methods will help you factory reset your Chromecast. 

Resetting a 1st Generation Chromecast

A 1st generation Chromecast (launched in 2013) is not a complicated device. It requires a computer to modify its settings. You will need the application that came with the Chromecast when you purchased it. This has to be installed on your computer before you can start casting. 

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There are two ways for you to reset your device if you use an older model of the Chromecast dongle.

You can use the dongle interface application or press the reset button on your Chromecast device. 

Resetting a 1st Gen Chromecast Device with the Application:

  1. Open the Application. You should be able to see the Chromecast that you want to reset. Tap your Chromecast device. 
  2. Open the Chromecast settings. 
  3. Select Factory Reset and confirm it. It will take a few moments and then your Chromecast will turn into a brand new one. 
  4. Set it up again and you are good to go. 

Resetting a 1st Gen Chromecast Device with the Reset Button

You might be wondering about the purpose of the little button at the side of the dongle. This is the hard reset button. Pressing this on your devices can perform a factory reset and give you a brand new dongle. 

The dongle has to be connected to the casting device and you just have to press and hold the button for about 25 seconds. The LED light starts blinking once you start holding the button. Once it becomes stable, it means that the reset is complete.

Reset your 2nd, 3rd Generation Chromecasts, and Chromecast Ultra

There is more than one way to reset your Chromecast if you use a more recent version of the device. This is because the later versions of this device have more features than the 1st generation one.

Chromecast dongle

This gives you more ways to access the device.

These are the ways you can reset the device-

  1. Use the Google Home app to reset the Chromecast’s factory settings
  2. Reset the factory settings, directly, through the Dongle itself
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Resetting the latest Gen Chromecasts

The more recent models of the Chromecast are the 2nd Gen, 3rd, and the Chromecast Ultra. They are bigger, better, and more sleek looking than the basic 1st Gen Chromecast.

There are two ways to reset your device if you have an upgraded model of the dongle. 

Since there is an android mobile phone or tablet application to control the Chromecast without accessing it through your computer like the older one, you can use the Google Home app to reset the dongle. 

There is also the reset button which can be pressed to reset it.  

Reset Chromecast through The Google Home App

The Google Home app makes it quite easy to configure the settings with a simple tap of your screen.

The Google Home app makes it quite easy to configure the settings with a simple tap of your screen

This is what you have to do:

  1. Open the Google Home app on your android phone or tablet.
Open the Google Home app on your android phone or tablet
  1. You will see the list of all the devices linked to your Google home account. Tap the device that you want to reset.
You will see the list of all the devices linked to your Google home account. Tap the device that you want to reset
  1. On the upper right corner of the screen, you’ll see the Settings gear icon. Tap it. 
  2. In the Device settings screen, tap the three dots More menu on the top-right corner.
In the Device settings screen, tap the three dots More menu on the top-right corner
  1. In the pop-up menu, select Factory Reset.
In the pop-up menu, select Factory Reset.
  1. When prompted, confirm that you want to start the reset process.
When prompted, confirm that you want to start the reset process

Once this is finished, you just have to do the initial setup again.

Once this is finished, you just have to do the initial setup again.

Reset Chromecast with The Dongle Reset Button

The Reset button can be used to reset the dongle. This is the lonely button on the side. A simple press of this button can perform a factory reset of your Chromecast. This is quite simple. 

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You have to press the Reset button for around eight seconds when it is still plugged into the power socket and the Television. When the LED light stabilizes, it means that the restart/reset process is complete. 

What Can I Do When the ‘Factory Reset’ Option Doesn’t Appear?

If you do not see the Factory Reset option, it means that your mobile is not connected to the same network as that of the dongle or the dongle could not have been plugged in the socket properly. 

You just have to connect to the same Wi-fi, if it is not. Or push the drive in the USB slot properly to see if the option reappears. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reboot my Chromecast to a new Wi-Fi network?

You can reset the device and connect to new wifi or you can forget the connected wifi and then connect to another, through the Google Home app.

How do I relink my Chromecast?

You can just reboot the dongle to relink the Chromecast device. You can also use the interface app or the Google Home app. This will let you relink your dongle.

Why is my Chromecast not connecting?

You may not be connected to the device or the wireless network or the dongle could be loose. These could be the two possible reasons why your Chromecast is not connected to the casting device. 

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