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 enthusiastic, involved in research and development.

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

What is Chromecast?

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

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It allows you to stream content from your phone to TV. You attach the Chromecast with 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.

Features of Chromecast

In this section, we’ve written the major functions of the Chromecast. You’ll find out exactly what type of content you can stream on your TV and a lot more.

So if you’re interested in finding out exactly what your Chromecast device can do, keep reading.

Stream Amazon Video

For years, users could not stream Amazon Video through Chromecast, because Amazon had its own streaming dongle.

This changed in 2018 when Google and Amazon formed a truce and now all prime subscribers can stream Amazon Video on TV through Chromecast.

Cast Spotify Premium

If you’re a Spotify premium subscriber, there is good news for you. You can cast Spotify on your TV using Chromecast.

You can listen to your favourite tunes, music, and songs on your TV. But make sure that your device is connected to the same WiFi network as your Chromecast, otherwise you won’t be able to stream anything.

The Guest Mode

Like the name suggests, this feature is for your guests. Yeah, you’ve heard it right. You might be wondering what’s in it for me?

That’s a valid question, and soon you’ll find the answer.

The Guest Mode allows anyone near the Chromecast (within 25 feet) to access the device for putting in the password. People can open their phone, swipe down their screen and tap on the Chromecast button, that’s it they’re connected to your Chromecast.

The advantage of this feature is that you don’t have to give your password to your guests.

In-case someone can’t get access to Chromecast by following the process mentioned above, you can set a pin that will show on TV’s screen.

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Anyone who can’t connect to Chromecast by following the previous method will be able to do it by entering the pin.

Do Not Track

Your Chromecast device is processing a ton of data and sometimes when there is work overload, the device won’t work efficiently.

This is where this outstanding feature comes in. The Do Not Track feature gets rid of all the data that’s not 100% necessary, and the effect is that Chromecast will perform much better.

You can turn this function on by following this simple process.

Open Google Home app > select Devices > Chromecast > Settings > tap on the option called Send Chromecast Device Usage and Data Crash Report to Google.

Although Chromecast has tons of more cool features, we’ll conclude our list with these 4. For those of you who’re interested in finding out more about features of Chromecast, visit this link.

Now that you’re familiar with Chromecast and its basic functions plus features, let’s talk about all the obstacles that are stopping your Chromecast from connecting with Google Home app and how to to get rid of those obstacles.

The list is long and includes tons of steps, so be patient and keep trying until you find the solution.

The problem will fall under one of these 3 areas. Internet connection, Troubleshooting steps, or Factory Reset. Try all the steps mentioned in these 3 sections, and you’re guaranteed to find your solution.

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

There are 3 main reasons that stop your Google Home from finding the Chromecast. 1) Problem with internet connection. 2) Troubleshooting. 3) Factory reset. In this post, we’ve explained all the problems and their solutions in more detail.

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

#1 Internet Connection

Step1. Make sure that Chromecast is within 4-6 meters away from the Google Home device.

Step2. Check if Chromecast is on or not. You can do this by looking at the small flashing light at the mid-section of the device.

If the color of the light is white, it means that Chromecast is powered on. But if the color of the LED light is any other color 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 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.

Step3. Check if the device that your Google Home is connected to saying 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.

Step4. 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.

Step5. See if the device you’re using Google Home on whether it’s 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 their problem finished, congratulations. And the rest of you, keep moving.

Step6. This one is for the 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.

Step7. The last step on the list is for the 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 > 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.

Step1. 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.

Step2. Restart the WiFi from the device that has Google Home app installed in it. See if your issue is solved.

Step3. 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 for how to perform a factory reset for each generation.

Chromecast 1st Generation

Step1. While the Chromecast is plugged into the device that has 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.

Step2. 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 Google Home app. You must connect Google Chromecast with the device your Google Home app is installed in.

Chromecast with Google TV

Go to your Google TV profile (it’s on 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.

Some Interesting Stats Related Google Chromecast and Google Home App

Before we conclude this guide, here are a few interesting stats related to Google Home App.

Google Home can work with 1500 Smart Home devices.

There are literally 10,000 Google Chromecast apps.

Total of 1700 actions are available on Google Home app.

Google Assistant is available on 1Billion devices.

If you’re interested in reading more stats related to Chromecast and Home, click this link.


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 reep the rewards.