A hard reset of your Chromecast is a more extreme measure that should only be used as a last resort. If you’re experiencing issues with your device that can’t be resolved through a soft reset or a reset through the Google Home app, a hard reset may be necessary. Here’s how to perform a hard reset of your Chromecast:
Step 1: Disconnect the Chromecast from Power
Unplug your Chromecast from its power source. This is typically a USB cable connected to a power adapter or a USB port on your TV.
Step 2: Locate the Reset Button
Locate the reset button on your Chromecast. It is typically located on the back or side of the device.
Step 3: Press and Hold the Reset Button
Press and hold the reset button on your Chromecast.
Step 4: Reconnect the Chromecast to Power
While still holding down the reset button, plug your Chromecast back into its power source.
Step 5: Wait for the LED Light to Blink
Keep holding down the reset button until the LED light on your Chromecast starts flashing. This should take about 15 seconds.
Step 6: Release the Reset Button
Release the reset button once the LED light starts flashing.
Step 7: Wait for the Reset Process to Complete
Your Chromecast will begin the hard reset process, which can take several minutes. Wait until the reset process is complete.
Step 8: Set up Chromecast Again
Once the reset process is complete, your Chromecast will be back to its factory settings. You will need to set it up again as if it were brand new. Follow the instructions provided by Google to complete the setup process.
Performing a hard reset of your Chromecast should only be done as a last resort, as it erases all data on the device, including settings, preferences, and accounts. If you’re still experiencing issues after performing a hard reset, contact Google support for further assistance.