Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver with its audio and power cords connected.

How to Reset Chromecast Audio to Factory Settings

Here, we show how to reset Chromecast Audio factory settings.  Resetting restores this Chromecast receiver to factory default state, and often fixes any peculiar behaviors you might encounter on this device.

How to Reset Chromecast Audio Receiver

Find reset button is on the side of the Chromecast, near the micro USB power port at the top of the unit, pointed at by the blue arrow, shown in the following pictures.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver, front view, reset button highlighted.
Google Chromecast Audio receiver, front view, reset button highlighted.

We recommend that you disconnect Chromecast Audio from any amplifiers or amplified speakers before resetting.  Why?  Because during reset, the Chromecast may generate loud pops and clicks. These could destroy (blow) connected speakers, especially with high volume settings.

Also, keep in mind that resetting disconnects the Chromecast Audio from the WiFi network it was set up on before as well as unlinks it from your Google account.  So, resetting is always a good idea whenever you’re getting the unit ready for resale or gifting.

Picture of the Google Chromecast Audio receiver, side view, showing the reset button highlighted.
The receiver side view, showing the reset button highlighted.

With the receiver powered up, press and hold the Reset button here with a thumb or index finger for several seconds. This starts a factory default hard reset, when the pilot lamp near it turns orange.

The factory reset is complete when the light flashes an orange, gradually strengthening and weakening light pattern.

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

Again, you’ll need to set up your Chromecast Audio receiver again after this reset, for this device will not work until you do.

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References for How to Reset Chromecast Audio

  1. How to Factory Data Reset (FDR) your Chromecast Audio    from Google Support
  2. Chromecast Audio Review: The Ultimate Audio Streaming Dongle is Better than Ever, from Cnet

Revision History

  • 2020-05-08: Added tags.
  • 2019-04-15: Tweaked key phrase targeting and added more tags.
  • 2018-12-24: First published.