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How to factory reset Google Chromecast?

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The advancement in wireless networking technology in conjunction with high internet speeds has made cutting the cord a new norm. Changing the way we consume media, streaming devices are taking over satellite television.

When it comes to selecting the right streaming device, the options can be quite overwhelming, but when it comes to keeping things simple, Google Chromecast is a strong choice.

With over 55 million Chromecast devices sold, Google is a big player in the streaming industry — offering a minimalistic user interface — allowing users to control their casting experience using almost any device they own, Google Chromecast is one of the most versatile streaming devices out there. That being said, no piece of technology is perfect and you could have issues during casting media to your Chromecast.

Troubleshooting the problem can be a little tricky when it comes to streaming devices and resetting your Chromecast to factory settings is the fastest way to solve the problem. Due to Chromecast’s minimalistic user interface, you don’t have to worry about losing any data on your device. Also, when it comes to factory resetting your Chromecast, Google makes things super simple and your device will be up and running in a matter of minutes.

After factory resetting your device, you will have to reconfigure your Chromecast to your network using the Google Home app.

To factory reset your device follow the steps given below.

Also read: How to factory reset your iPhone?

Factory resetting Chromecast using Google Home

If you have a Google streaming device at your place, you probably have the Google Home app on one of your devices. If not, you can download the Google Home app for Android by clicking here and here for iOS.

After downloading the app, open it and follow the steps below

  • Select the device you want to factory reset
  • Click on the Settings icon in the top-right corner
  • Click on the three-dots icon in the top right corner
  • Click on Factory reset in the drop-down menu

Also read: How to rename your Chromecast?

Factory reset using reset button on Chromecast

If for some reason you cant factory reset your device using the Google Home app, you can use the dedicated reset button on the Chromecast to do the same.

This is a 1st-gen Chromecast; the reset button differ on 2nd and 3rd-Gen. Refer to the image below for more details.
  • Press the reset button on your Chromecast (location is shown in the image above) while it’s connected to the power source and the HDMI port on your TV.
  • Once you press the button, the colour of the LED on your Chromecast will change from white to red and it will start blinking.
  • Chromecast will show a message on your TV that the device is being reset.
  • Wait for the LED to stop blinking and its colour will change from red to white.

Your Chromecast has now been restored to its factory settings and doing this should fix any issue with the device.

The image above shows the location of the reset button for Chromecast 1st-gen, which is different from 2nd gen and the Chromecast Ultra. You will find the reset button on the newer Chromecast devices near the HDMI connector cable.

Also read: 10 cool things you can do with your Google Home

Nischay Khanna

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