Chromecast Tip: Reboot or Restore to Factory Settings

Chromecast is getting some cool new features that were announced at Google I/O this year. Before they roll out, here’s some basic troubleshooting tips.

ChromecastThere was some cool news about Google Chromecast that came out of Google I/O this year. You’ll soon be able to mirror you Android device to the big screen, cast without WiFi, and customize the screensaver, and more.

These new features are said to be coming in the coming weeks. But until they’re actually rolled out, and even after they do, here’s a look at a couple of troubleshooting tips you can use that you might be aware of – rebooting or resetting your Chromecast to factory settings.

Reboot Chromecast from App

The other day I was having problems connecting to my Chromecast using my favorite app for streaming local videos to it, Videostream Premium, as well as other apps from my Nexus 7. It kept saying the Chromecast wasn’t recognized.

I reseated it to the HDMI port on the back of my A/V receiver, and tried cycling power…nothing worked… it was still unrecognized…even by my TV – I just got the  “no signal” message.

Then I remembered that the Chromecast app on my Nexus 7 might help. If you have a situation that is similar, launch the Chromecast app from your Android or iOS device, and wait for it to find your Chromecast.

Then from Settings select Reboot Chromecast. Or if that doesn’t work, select Factory Reset Chromecast.

Chromecast Settings

In my case, just rebooting it from the app worked, and it’s now working just as good as ever. Why it worked that way and not after physically unplugging it and plugging it back in, I don’t know. But, sometimes with tech you need to use the “rub your head and pat your belly” approach.

Physically Reset Chromecast

If you’re beyond the point where your smartphone or tablet doesn’t see your Chromecast, you can physically reset it. All that takes is holding down the physical button which is located next to the micro USB port for 25 seconds or until the solid light begins to flash.

Download the Chromecast app for Android

Download the Chromecast app for iOS



  1. Gaurav

    October 29, 2014 at 8:55 pm

    woot! This worked. I was troubled about it for two whole days and I did try switching off and on

  2. Bertha Brewer

    September 19, 2015 at 5:53 am

    I hav a chromecast and my tv has been out for three months. Ive tried rebooting everything online. I’ve even eent and purchased another chromecast. I still can’t set my password. Please someone give me some kind of helpful tips.

  3. RB

    January 18, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Get as close as you can to your wireless router to set up or reset.

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