reset chromecast wifi

If you are experiencing firmware or software issues on your Chromecast, one of the best and simplest ways of fixing it is to reset your device to factory conditions. There are multiple ways to reset your device, with some being easy and others being less intuitive. 

How to reset Chromecast WiFi? You will need to press and hold the reset button located on the side of the device. Then unplug and replug the USB cable to the Chromecast. Your Chromecast should be ready for you to set up again. 

Keep reading to get more details on how to reset your Chromecast correctly and how to make sure you’re setting up your device perfectly. 

How to Reset Chromecast WiFi?

Resetting your Chromecast manually is very easy and only takes a few steps. However, there are a few different ways to reset your device, from manually to the Google app to your Google TV.

Reset a Chromecast Manually

Your Chromecast can only remember one WiFi connection at a time, so if you want to use a new WiFi connection, you will need to first reset the device before setting up the new connection. Here are some more detailed steps on manually resetting your device so you can set it up again. 

  1. Press the reset button. On the side of the Chromecast, next to the micro-USB port, there is a reset button. Press and hold the reset button until the LED turns from orange to flashing white. For first-generation Chromecast devices, locate the reset button at the back. Press and hold the reset button until the light stops flashing. 
  2. Disconnect the USB cable. Unplug the USB cable from the Chromecast and wait a few seconds. Then reconnect the USB, and turning on your device will reset it to factory conditions. 
  3. Set up your device. Now that you have reset Chromecast to factory conditions, you can re-setup your device with a new WiFi connection or reconnect it to the connection you were already using. 

Reset Chromecast through the Google Home app

If you have the Google Home app, you can also mimic resetting to factory conditions without using the reset button. Here are some steps on how to connect a new WiFi without fully resetting your device:

  1. Connect your mobile device or tablet to the same WiFi as your Chromecast device. Don’t worry about the new WiFi for now.
  2. Get the Google Home app if you haven’t already and open it.
  3. Select your device. 
  4. Forget the current network by going into the Setting located in the top right corner then navigating to WiFi. There should be a “Forget” option for you to select, then click “Forget network.” this will take you back to your home screen.

You can now start setting up the new network for your Chromecast as if it was back to factory conditions. 

Reset a Chromecast through a Google TV

The easiest way to reset your Chromecast when connecting to a Google TV is to use the manual reset button as outlined above, but you can also go through the settings. Here’s how to navigate through the settings of your Google TV to reset your Chromecast.

  1. Connect your Chromecast to your Google TV and make sure it’s turned on. 
  2. Go to Settings which is under your profile.
  3. Find the “About” section by scrolling down and clicking on it.
  4. Reset to factory conditions by scrolling down in the About section until you find the “Factory reset” option and click on it.

Your Chromecast will restart itself automatically, and you will be able to personalize your settings again. You will also need to re-pair your remote with the Chromecast. 

How to relink a Chromecast?

Now that you’ve reset your Chromecast to factory conditions, you will need to relink it to your mobile phone. 

  1. Turn on the Chromecast and ensure that it’s connected to your TV.
  2. Open the Google Home app either on your mobile device or a tablet. 
  3. Set up your device by clicking the “Set up 1 device” option on the home screen and following the prompts. 

If you can’t locate your Chromecast through the app, make sure that your mobile device or tablet connects to the same WiFi as your Chromecast. 

Will updating the Chromecast factory reset it?

Updating your Chromecast is unlikely to reset it to factory conditions or delete any data or settings. Your Chromecast will automatically update every time you turn it on unless you turn the updates off. 

If your Chromecast freezes while updating, you will need to reboot your device to restart the update. However, if there continues to be an issue with the update after rebooting, you may need to reset the Chromecast, which will then erase your data and settings. A stable WiFi connection can reduce update and casting errors.  

Will resetting a Chromecast downgrade the firmware?

Resetting to factory conditions will not revert your Chromecast’s firmware or software to any previous version. Generally, resetting your device to factory settings is a great way to fix any issues with firmware or software. If you’re experiencing problems even after resetting your Chromecast, some more significant problems are probably occurring. 

Other ways to troubleshoot your Chromecast

If you have reset your Chromecast and are still having issues, then here are some other tactics to try:

  • Check your WiFi connection. An unstable WiFi connection can mean your Chromecast isn’t updating when it should or cause problems when it tries to update. 
  • Use an HDMI cable. Sometimes a Chromecast will struggle to detect a signal, so using an HDMI cable so you can move your divide around can help you find the best spot to get a signal. 
  • Reset your router or modem. If your Chromecast is struggling to connect with your WiFi is might be time to reset your router or modem and see if there’s an improvement. 

Final Thoughts

Resetting your Chromecast manually is very easy since there is a reset button already on the device.

Press and hold this button down until the LED changes color and unplug it for a few seconds, and your device will be back to factory settings. From there, you can reconnect to a WiFi connection, and you’re all set.

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