How to reset your Chromecast: Factory restore Google’s TV dongle

The Google Chromecast is great, but every so often it needs to be reset. It it’s frozen, or if you’re moving house and want to restore it to factory settings, you’ll need to perform what’s known as a factory data reset (FDR) on the Chromecast. This will reboot the Google dongle, but will also wipe all of your data – so make sure that’s okay before you start. 

There are actually two ways to reset your Google Chromecast; the first involves going into the Chromecast app, while the other involves a hard reset of the Chromecast dongle itself.

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How to reset Chromecast: via app

  1. Open up the Chromecast app on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Find the specific Chromecast device you want to reset.
  3. Go to the Settings gear, located in the top right hand corner.
  4. Go to the More option, which looks like three dots stacked on top of each other.
  5. For iOS users, choose Reset. For Android users, choose Factory reset Chromecast.
  6. Confirm that you want to reset your device.

How to reset Chromecast: via dongle

  1. With the Chromecast plugged into the TV, hold down the side button on the dongle.
  2. You’ll see the LED begin to blink orange. Keep holding until the light turns white.
  3. Let go and the Chromecast will reboot.

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How to reset Chromecast: via app

  1. Open up the Chromecast app on your Android or iOS device.
  2. Find the specific Chromecast device you want to reset.
  3. Go to the Settings gear, located in the top right hand corner.
  4. Go to the More option, which looks like three dots stacked on top of each other.
  5. For iOS users, choose Reset. For Android users, choose Factory reset Chromecast.
  6. Confirm that you want to reset your device.

How to reset Chromecast: via dongle

  1. Keep your Chromecast plugged in to your TV and hold down the button on the Chromecast’s side

  2. Keep the button depressed for 25 seconds or until the solid white LED begins to blink

  3. The TV will go blank and the reboot sequence has begun

Next: Read our full guide on how how to use Google’s Chromecast

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