6 Useful Things to Do When Chromecast Doesn’t Connect!

If you want to watch video content from websites like YouTube and Netflix on your smartphone while watching it on your TV, Chromecast is practical.

However, a lot of Chromecast users could experience connectivity issues during setup or problems because they unexpectedly lose connectivity when using it.

Therefore, we will describe what to do when Chromecast does not connect, basic settings, connection technique, etc. in this post in a simple manner for beginners.

The following 5 items are required to use Chromecast.

  • Chromecast body
  • Smartphone or desktop computer
  • TV Set
  • Wi-Fi Environment
  • Google Home

Let’s review and prepare what you need.

Chromecast body

Chromecast Body
Chromecast Body

As of the end of May 2022, the third generation Chromecast is the latest device.
In addition, a device called “Chromecast with Google TV” that has a remote control and can be operated by a voice assistant has also appeared.

Smartphone or computer

A smartphone or computer with video content is also required. Basically, you operate Chromecast using your smartphone or computer.

The supported OS for the 3rd generation Chromecast is as follows.

  • Windows 7 or later, macOS 10.9 or later
  • Smartphone: Android 4.4 or later, iOS 9.1 or later.

TV Set

The TV must have an HDMI terminal since Chromecast communicates through HDMI.

A monitor with an HDMI terminal will work if you don’t have a TV.

Wi-Fi Environment

A Wi-Fi network is also necessary. Therefore, wired connections are not appropriate.

Tethering is an alternative that is not advised due to the potential for it to drastically increase mobile carriers’ traffic.

Prepare a wireless router and connect to Wi-Fi if you have a fixed line at home, or sign up for pocket Wifi to create a Wi-Fi habitat.

Google Home

To use Chromecast on your smartphone, you must have Google Home.

By the way, instead of Google Home, if you’re using a computer, please have at the ready Google Chrome and a Google account.

Chromecast initial settings

Chromecast initial settings
Chromecast initial settings

There are two initial settings: Chromecast main unit setup and Google Home settings.

Chromecast main unit setup

To set up Chromecast, follow the steps below.

  1. Connect the HDMI cable of Chromecast to the HDMI terminal of the TV
  2. Connect the power adapter to the outlet
  3. Wait until the LED lamp on the side of the main unit changes from orange to blue
  4. After turning blue, turn on the TV and switch to HDMI input

Google Home app settings

Next, let’s set up the Google Home app.

  1. Start Google Home and switch your smartphone to Wi-Fi connection
  2. When the home screen is displayed, tap the “How to use and tips” tab
  3. When recognizing Chromecast, “One device found” is displayed
  4. Tap “Setup → Yes” to start connecting to Chromecast
  5. After the connection is completed, the code will be displayed on both the TV and smartphone, so make sure that the code is the same and tap “Yes”.
  6. Set where to use Chromecast. Tap the relevant item and tap “Next”
  7. Select the Wi-Fi you want to connect to, enter the password and tap “Connect”

After completing the above steps, Chromecast will be connected to the internet via Wi-Fi. After that, the main unit will be automatically updated and restarted.

On the other hand, Google Home will prompt you to link your Google account, so link it if necessary.

When the update / restart of the main unit is completed, the initial setting is completed. Tap “Continue” in the Google Home app to experience the cast tutorial.

How to connect Chromecast

How to connect Chromecast
How to connect Chromecast

After completing the initial settings, connect your TV to Chromecast.

There are two connection methods, “cast” and “mirroring”, so we will explain the connection method for each pattern.

In the case of cast

I will explain in detail about ” cast ” which is one of the usage of Chromecast .

Cast is a term that refers to transferring the screen of a smartphone to a TV .

During the cast, only the video content is played on the TV screen, so even if you perform other operations on the smartphone side, the TV side will not be affected.

Here, we will introduce the casting procedure using the YouTube application (Android) as an example.

  1. Connect your smartphone and Chromecast to the same Wi-Fi network
  2. Launch the YouTube app and open the playback page of the video you want to watch
  3. Click the cast icon at the top of the playback page
  4. A list of cast destinations will be displayed, so select the connected Chromecast

This completes the cast settings. After that, you can enjoy YouTube videos on the TV screen. Pause, play, volume adjustment, etc. can be operated on the application side.

Also, while playing on the TV, there is no problem launching another app on your smartphone.

For mirroring

Next, I will explain how to use mirroring.

Mirroring is to project the screen of your smartphone on the TV screen as it is. In the case of mirroring, the operation on the smartphone side is also reflected on the TV screen.

The mirroring procedure is as follows (* The mirroring function is available only on Android).

  1. Connect your smartphone and Chromecast to the same Wi-Fi network
  2. Display the notification area of ​​the smartphone and tap “Cast” or “Cast screen”
  3. A list of cast destinations will be displayed, so select the connected Chromecast

Operate as above, and if the smartphone screen is displayed on the TV screen, the setting is complete.

What to do if Chromecast does not connect or cannot connect

What to do if Chromecast does not connect or cannot connect
What to do if Chromecast does not connect or cannot connect

In this chapter, we will introduce 6 solutions to problems such as Chromecast cannot be connected or set.

  • Restart Chromecast itself
  • Restart the app
  • Reinsert the HDMI terminal
  • In case of Wi-Fi connection error
  • Check the support page
  • Consider means other than Chromecast

Restart Chromecast itself

If it doesn’t appear in the list of cast destinations, you may be able to resolve it by restarting Chromecast itself.

Use the Google Home app to restart, or plug and unplug the power cord directly.

Restart the app

If Chromecast does not connect, it is possible that the application does not recognize it. In that case, restarting the app will solve the problem.

Reinsert the HDMI terminal

There may be a problem with the terminal connection. In that case, you may be able to solve it by reinserting HDMI.

Alternatively, you can use another HDMI terminal.

In case of Wi-Fi connection error

If your Wi-Fi connection fails and Chromecast doesn’t connect, restart your Wi-Fi router or pocket Wi-Fi and try the connection again.

In addition, check the Google support page for what to do in case of a Wi-Fi connection error.

Check the support page

If you’re still having trouble trying the methods listed above, search the Chromecast help page for what you’re looking for and investigate.

There are some examples of problems that you often encounter when using Chromecast, and how to deal with them.

Consider means other than Chromecast

If the problem does not improve even after looking at the official help, it may be due to a defect in the device itself.

In that case, consider buying a new Chromecast or switching to another device such as the ” Fire TV Stick ” or ” Apple TV .”

Can Chromecast connect with an iPhone?

Connect Chromecast with an iPhone
Connect Chromecast with an iPhone

Originally Chromecast does not support iPhone mirroring, but you can mirror it by installing a separate application.

The procedure for mirroring on iPhone is as follows.

  1. Install the Streamer Chromecast app from the App Store
  2. Prepare Chromecast with completed initial settings
  3. Launch Streamer Chromecast and select the Chromecast to connect from the list of destinations
  4. Then the app icon will be displayed on the TV screen and the home screen will be displayed.
  5. Tap “SCREEN CAST” “Tap to start mirroring” from your smartphone
  6. Check the connection destination and tap “Start Broadcast”

Follow the above steps, and if the iPhone screen is displayed on the TV screen, the setting is complete.

You can download the Streamer Chromecast app from here.

If Chromecast doesn’t connect, don’t rush and deal with it

I explained what to do when Chromecast does not connect, initial settings, connection method, etc.

The setting itself is not difficult and can be easily used with few operations. If you can’t connect, don’t rush and try the solution.

Take advantage of Chromecast and enjoy a different way to enjoy TV.

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