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Google Chromecast is a great way to watch your favorite content on the big screen. Whether you’re streaming your favorite Netflix shows from your cell phone or mirroring your laptop on your TV to browse Amazon Prime, the gadget allows for quick and easy access to streaming across devices. But from time to time, you’ll also have to know how to reset Chromecast.
Sometimes your favorite devices can have issues. Google Chrome and Google Chromecast have been known to stop working, freeze up, or become buggy after a recent update. Under certain circumstances, you may need to reset your Chromecast in order to get it working properly again. Luckily, doing so is simple and only takes a few minutes.
Remember, a factory reset will clear your data and current settings. Two methods to reset your device include doing so from the Google Home app, and, if that fails, from the device itself.
The following steps should work on the 1st generation Chromecast as well as the 2nd generation and Chromecast Ultra.
How to reset Chromecast
Method 1: Reset from the Google Home app
After grabbing the cell phone you use to control your Chromecast, find and open the Google Home app. Next, select the Account option in the bottom right corner of your screen before selecting Devices.
After clicking on your Chromecast device, navigate to the vertical ellipses menu button and choose Settings. In the next menu, again select the vertical ellipses button in the upper right corner and choose Factory reset or reset, depending on your phone.
Frome here, just confirm your choice and you’ll be done. You will then be prompted to re-setup your device by connecting to a Wi-Fi network.
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Method 2: Manually reset Chromecast
If you are unable to carry out the first method, you can perform a hard reset right from your Chromecast device itself.
While the device is plugged into your TV, find and hold down the button on the side until you see the solid LED light begin to flash. Your TV should eventually go blank as the Chromecast resets itself. You should now be met with the setup menu.
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Mikael Thalen is a tech and security reporter based in Seattle, covering social media, data breaches, hackers, and more.