Picture of the original packaging for the Google Chromecast Audio receiver, front view.

How to Reboot the Google Chromecast Audio Receiver Device




You may wish to reboot your Google Chromecast Audio receiver if it exhibits unstable performance, becomes non responsive to cast requests, emits strange noises through the attached speakers, breaks up, chirps unexpectedly, or other oddities. Always try a Chromecast device restart first (described here), as this often clears up many problems, and avoids the unnecessary action of hard resetting your receiver.

 

Google Chromecast Audio Receiver Reboot Method One: The Local Method

If you’re near the Chromecast Audio, you can just disconnect it from AC power, wait ten seconds, and then plug it back in. Best way is to unplug the far end of the USB cord from the AC outlet.  The unit will finish complete rebooting in less than a minute.

 

Google Chromecast Audio Reboot Method Two: The Remote Method

However, if you’re far away from your Chromecast receiver, such as downstairs from it, you can issue a reboot command via the Google Home app on your mobile device as follows.

This method depends on you having the Google Home app installed on your phone or tablet, and linked to the same Google account to which your Chromecast is linked. Your phone or tablet must also be connected to the same local network as the receiver you’re rebooting. If all of that is in place, then do the following, to effect a remote device restart.

 

1. Run the Google Home app on your tablet or phone. We’re using an iPad Air computer tablet in this scenario. This app is located on page three of our iPad’s home screen, although yours may appear in a different location, depending on how many apps you have installed as well as how you might have arranged them.

Picture of the Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.
Google Home App entry, as shown on the iOS home screen.

 

Upon running this app, the Google home screen appears, as follows.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying the Home screen, with the Hamburger control highlighted.
Google Home app on iOS, displaying the Home screen, with the Hamburger control highlighted.

 

2. Tap the Hamburger menu control located in the top left corner of the Google Home app Home screen, as pointed at in the previous picture by the pink arrow. This brings up the main menu as shown next.

Picture of the Google Home app on iOS, displaying its main menu, with the devices item highlighted..
Google Home app on iOS, displaying its main menu, with the devices item highlighted..

 

3. Tap the Devices menu item. This brings up a list of your local Google devices that have been configured on the current Google account, as shown next for our case.

4. Locate the Chromecast Audio device you wish to reboot, by scrolling down through the list until you find it. We currently only have one of these, called “bedroom speakers.” So we found ours straight away, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver as it appears in the Google Home app, with its device control menu button circled.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver as it appears in the Google Home app, with its device control menu button circled.

 

4. Tap the device’s Hamburger menu control  in the top right corner of its card, as shown inside the purple circle in the previous picture. The Chromecast’s control menu then appears, as shown next.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver, as shown in the Google Home app, with its Reboot option circled.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver, as shown in the Google Home app, with its Reboot option circled.

 

5. Tap the Reboot menu item, as circled in purple in the previous picture. The Reboot Confirmation dialog then displays, something like that shown in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver, as shown in the Google Home app, displaying the Reboot Confirmation dialog box. with the Reboot button circled.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver, as shown in the Google Home app, displaying the Reboot Confirmation dialog box. with the Reboot button circled.

 

6. Tap the REBOOT link in the Reboot Confirmation dialog box. This initiates a remote reboot of your Chromecast receiver, closes the reboot confirmation dialog box, and returns you to the Devices List screen. Your receiver will temporarily disappear from this screen while it reboots, and will reappear once the restart finishes.

Note the light on your Chromecast Audio device. It should indicate that a reboot is in progress within thirty seconds of your issuing the reboot command by turning from white to orange, as shown next.  The purple arrow points at the orange pilot lamp in the next picture.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver with rebooting in progress, showing orange pilot lamp.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver with rebooting in progress, showing orange pilot lamp.

 

7. You’re done! Once the receiver again appears in the Devices list in the Google Home app, and its pilot light has turned from orange back to white again, reboot has finished successfully, and you can once again try casting to it. Hopefully, rebooting has solved any issues you were experiencing. If not, you can always try more drastic measures, such as hard resetting your Chromecast, and then setting it up again. See our links in the Related Posts section below for instructions on how to take those more drastic steps. Good luck.

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Revision History

  • 2017-11-05: Originally published.