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Chromecast remote not working: Quick Fix

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Thanks to WiFi networks now covering most houses, local streaming devices like Google’s Chromecast, can make screen sharing and mirroring between devices extremely easy. However, as well-built as the Chromecast is, it isn’t perfect and runs into bugs and glitches from time to time. 

In this article, we’re talking about Chromecast remote not working, the causes behind it and what you can do to fix the problem.

Also read: How to change Chromecast’s WiFi network?

What causes this error?

There are a number of reasons why your Chromecast remote might not work. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Low or no battery power.
  • Hardware issues with the remote. 
  • Pairing issues with Chromecast.

How to fix this?

Here are six fixes you can try out.

Check the batteries

The first thing you should do is check your batteries. If the batteries on your remote are dead or don’t have enough charge for the remote to work properly, it can lose pairing with the TV and stop working. Try swapping out the batteries for a fresh pair and see if the remote works. 

Check for a blocked signal

TV remotes use IR signals that require a clear line of sight between the remote and the device it’s operating. If there’s something like a wall or a piece of furniture between the TV and the remote, the remote isn’t going to work. Check to see if there are any obstructions in between and that you’re in the remote’s recommended range. If you’re too far away, the remote won’t work either. 

Broken remote

There’s also a good chance that the issue is being triggered by a broken or stuck button on your remote. Any other physical damage to the remote (by liquids for example) can also cause this problem. The best thing to do in such situations is to just order another remote. However, you should regularly clean the remote and make sure you regularly clean. 

Restart the TV

If you haven’t already. try restarting your TV once. Restarting can fix seemingly random issues with your TV, including the ones with remotes and pairing issues. Disconnecting the TV from the wall outlet and connecting it again can also resolve the issue. 

Re-pair the remote

You can also try re-pairing the remote to the Chromecast if it isn’t working as expected. Here’s how.

Step 1: Press the button on the back of your Chromecast to put it in pairing mode. 

Step 2: On the remote, press and hold the Back and Home buttons until the LED at the bottom starts blinking. 

Step 3: Now press the Home button and the remote should be paired to your Chromecast. 

Reset your Chromecast

If nothing else works, your best bet is to reset your Chromecast. To do so, simply press and hold the reset button on the back of your Chromecast until the status LED turns white. Give the device a moment to reset itself and once it’s ready, set up the Chromecast again and pair the remote to see if that resolves the issue. 

Also read: Roku vs Firestick vs Chromecast: Which one’s the best pick?