Reset Chromecast: How it works (all models)

Sometimes you have to Chromecast reset. This happens for several reasons. Whatever your reason is, in this article you can read how you do that exactly. It doesn’t matter which model you use, because we take you through all the steps to take for all models of the popular device.

Reset the Chromecast? It is a simple step-by-step plan to reset the Chromecas to factory settings. To reset a Chromecast, the procedure varies somewhat depending on the model, but generally you have to hold the button for 10-30 seconds to initiate the process.

Are you running into problems with your Google Chromecast? Then it can help to change the WiFi network settings, for example. If that doesn’t help, the next step is to reboot, by unplugging and plugging it back in.

Reset Chromecast

If the problems have not disappeared, then we arrive at the most rigorous step: resetting the Chromecast. You then bring it back to factory settings, which means that you also have to set it up and install it again. But that’s a concern for later.

A Chromecast that does not fully cooperate is not the only reason to reset the device. It is also possible that you are selling a model and want to prepare it for the next owner. In addition, it is possible that you have bought a second-hand model that has not yet been reset.

These are the most obvious reasons to reset such a Chromecast. You may have another reason for it, but that is not very relevant for the course of this article. What is relevant is: how exactly do you bring such a thing back to the factory settings?

Chromecast Ultra
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Reset Chromecast via Google Home

For all versions of the Google Chromecast, you can reset it via the Google Home app. That is the app you need to install and use the smart device, so that is also an app that you now have installed on your phone or tablet by default.

If you can’t find the app: it’s an app with a house icon in a white circle. The house is designed with a colorful outline. The name is simply Home, unless you have changed the name yourself. The app is therefore not with the G, from Google, but with the H, from Home.

Chromecast V3
Chromecast with Google TV

Once you’ve found the app, we can get started. Before we go back to the factory settings, it is a good idea to check whether the Chromecast is connected to the power. This can be done with the regular plug or with a USB cable and adapter.

Is the plug in the socket? Top. You can also connect the Chromecast to an HDMI port, for example from your television or a monitor. However, this is not necessary, but with an image you may see better what is happening. Now follow the steps below.

  1. Open the Google Home application on your smartphone or tablet
  2. Now tap on the Chromecast you want to reset; in our case that is the Chromecast Ultra
  3. Tap the gear icon at the top right
  4. Now tap on the three dots (that menu is called More)
  5. Select the Factory reset option
  6. Now press the blue Reset to factory settings button at the bottom right
Reset Chromecast
Image: Wesley Akkerman

This option is only available when the Google Chromecast and the Google Home app on your smartphone connect to each other over the same network. If that is not the case (and there is a good chance if you are reading this), you can still fall back on the option below.

Reset Chromecast via hardware

You can also reset the different Chromecast models via the hardware itself. With the first Chromecast it works slightly differently than with the other models. That is why we name the first Chromecast as first and separately; you follow the same steps for the other models.

  1. Put the Chromecast in your television
  2. Press and hold the button on the device for at least 25 seconds
  3. The lit LED light should blink and turn red, then you can go to step four
  4. Now wait until the light flashes white and the TV screen is blank, then you can release the button
  5. Now the device will reboot

As mentioned, resetting works slightly differently on the second and third generation Chromecast, as well as the Chromecast Ultra and the version with Google TV. Those models are a bit more extensive and you can connect them in a different way. How to reset second, third, fourth and fifth generation Chromecasts:

Reset Chromecast
Image: Wesley Akkerman
  1. Connect the Chromecast to the power and TV (via HDMI)
  2. Now press and hold the button on the side of the Chromecast
  3. Hold the button when the LED flashes amber
  4. When the light turns white, release the button
  5. Now the device will reboot

In the meantime, you can watch what is happening on the connected screen. When the Chromecast resets, you will also see that the image goes black. When the Chromecast is ready to be installed again, you will see that option automatically appear on the screen.

Install Chromecast

Then when the time comes, you would do well to use our guide to installing a Google Chromecast. In it you can read everything about the installation and the steps you need to take and you can also see in the screenshots what the process should look like.

Image: Google (press image)