Solved: Can’t Find Chromecast on My Google Home App

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Written By Dinu Sri

Dr H. T. D. S. Madusanka is an electronic expert with 10 years of experience, involved in the research and development of SMART HOME systems.

Chromecast is an amazing device. It can take your entertainment to the next level. In this post, we’ve covered all the problems with Chromecast connection with the Google Home app.

For those of you who are already familiar with Chromecast and its main features, skip the two sections below.

As for the rest, let’s become a bit familiar with this amazing device first.

Quick Answer

The problem is mainly with your home WIFI. So make sure the internet connection is working properly. Then, the Google home app could have a software issue. If so, you need to reset it.

What is Chromecast?

Chromecast is a streaming Media Player. It consumes content from the internet and displays it on your TV.

It allows you to stream content from your phone to TV. You attach the Chromecast to your Mobile and TV and the video or audio you’ll play on your phone will be displayed on your TV.

Now that you’re familiar with the purpose of Chromecast, let’s talk about its functions.

Why can’t Google Home Find My Chromecast?: the causes

The main cause is due to the problems with your home internet connection. First of all, you need to be sure it doesn’t have any problem.

Then it could be a problem with the mobile app. Sometimes, mobile apps can be stuck in your phone.

The solution for “google home can’t find Chromecast” problems

#1 Fixing the Internet Connection Problems

Step 1. Make sure that Chromecast is within 4-6 meters away from the Google Home device.

Step 2. Check if Chromecast is on or not. You can do this by looking at the small flashing light at the midsection of the device.

If the colour of the light is white, it means that Chromecast is powered on. But if the colour of the LED light is any other colour than white, it means that it’s power cycled and if the LED isn’t flashing at all; it means that the device is off.

You can visit this site to find out more about the tiny LED light here. If none of the instructions mentioned on the page linked is solving the problem, read the steps below.

Step 3. Check if the device that your Google Home is connected to says Set Me Up. If it’s saying it, then go to Settings > Set Up > Connect Google Home, and then slide the Google Home bar to the right (it should turn blue).

If this didn’t solve your problem, follow the next step.

Step 4. Make sure the WiFi and Google Home are visible and in range. If any of these two devices are out of range, put your Chromecast near them and make sure they’re connected. Still, if this doesn’t work, then don’t give up hope yet, because we’ve got more options to try.

Step 5. See if the device you’re using Google Home on whether it’s a laptop, desktop, iPhone, Android, etc is connected to the internet. Also, make sure it’s connected via WiFi, not ethernet cable or any other sort.

For those of you who’ve got your problem finished, congratulations. And the rest of you, keep moving.

Step 6. This one is for Android users only. Check if the Location Service is on.

You can do this by following these steps. Swipe down the screen > tap on location > Drag location to your quick settings > tap Advanced > Google Location Accuracy > Tap on the Improve Location Accuracy button.

Step 7. The last step on the list is for iPhone and iPad users only. Turn on the Bluetooth function.

To check whether the Bluetooth is on, swipe up from the bottom of your iPhone or iPad’s screen > tap on the icon with Bluetooth written beneath it > and Pair the Bluetooth with your Chromecast. 

That’s it. We’ve listed the solutions for all the problems associated with the internet connection in this list. If you still can’t connect Google Home with Chromecast, it means your problem has nothing to do with the internet connection.

Keep reading and see if you find the solution.

#2 How to Troubleshoot Chromecast and Google Home?

The Troubleshooting list involves 3 steps, and they work on both Chromecast and Google Home. Follow all of them and see if your problem is solved.

Step 1. Close the Google Home app completely. You can do this by holding the home button for a second and then swiping left on the Google Home app.

If this didn’t work, follow the next step.

Step 2. Restart the WiFi from the device that has the Google Home app installed in it. See if your issue is solved.

Step 3. Use the Google Home app on a different device.

If any of these steps helped you solve your problem, awesome! If they didn’t, then troubleshooting isn’t your problem.

The good news is you’ll fix the problem if you try all the steps mentioned below.

#3 Factory Reset

If there’s something wrong with the Settings of your device doing a factory reset will change it back to normal. That’s why performing a factory reset on your Chromecast might solve this problem.

There are two methods to do a factory reset on your Chromecast. If one does not work for you, try the other.

Method 1: Perform a Factory Reset on Chromecast

There are two generations of Chromecast, and the process for performing a factory reset is different in each. Below, we’ve written a step-by-step explanation of how to perform a factory reset for each generation.

Chromecast 1st Generation

Step 1. While the Chromecast is plugged into the device that has the Google Home app, whether it’s iPhone, iPad, etc press and hold the factory reset button on Chromecast for 25 seconds or until the white LED light turns into a flashing red light, don’t release the button yet.

Step 2. Soon, the red light should turn into a blinking white light. When it does, you can release the button. At this point, the factory reset process has begun.

Chromecast 2nd Generation

The factory reset for Chromecast 2nd generation isn’t much different.

You have to press and hold down the button on the side of the Chromecast device. Soon the light will start blinking orange, don’t let go yet.

A few seconds from now, the orange blinking light will turn into a flashing white light. The factory reset process has started now and you can take your finger off the button.

Method 2: Google Home App

We’ve explained the 4 different ways of doing the factory reset for the Google Home app. You must connect Google Chromecast with the device on which your Google Home app is installed.

Chromecast with Google TV

Go to your Google TV profile (it’s in the upper right corner). Then go to settings > System > About > Factory Reset.

Chromecast 1st Generation

This option will only work if you’re connected to the network your Chromecast was set up on.

Open the Google Home app > tap Chromecast device > go to Settings > at the top right, tap the 3 dots icon > tap Factory Reset > tap Yes.

Chromecast 2nd Generation and all the others

You’ll need to connect your Chromecast to the same network you set it up with.

This method will work for Chromecast 2nd generation, 3rd generation, and Ultra. Here’s the method.

Open Google Home app > tap the Chromecast device > go to Settings > tap More, at the top right corner > tap Factory Reset > tap Yes.


If you’ve tried all the steps mentioned in this post, you’re guaranteed to find the solution. Also, you’ve learned what is Chromecast and you’ve become familiar with its functions.

Now that you’re familiar with everything that you need, it’s time to start taking action and reap the rewards.

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