Chromecast problems and Fixes

Usually, the experience of Chromecast users with the popular Google streaming device is smooth. However, there are times when this amazing piece of technology might misbehave. So let us give you some simple tricks and fixes which you can use to solve chromecast problems.

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Some possible Chromecast problems

WHEN CHROMECAST RESTARTS SPONTANEOUSLY

There might be a situation when Chromecast’s video output automatically blacks out. It may restart altogether or may get stuck in the continuous rebooting again and again.  In such situations, you can use the following tricks

  • Check power supply: If your device is not stuck in the loop of rebooting, the real culprit is the power supply. Many users use USB port of their televisions as an extremely convenient source of power. However, it is not the best way to power Chromecast. Most of the HDTVs cut the power supply to the USB ports when the TV is switched off. In some cheap models, the USB port socket may be not able to provide a steady source of power to Chromecast device.

If you are using your television’s USB port for plugging in Google Chromecast, then you must plug it into the power supply that usually comes with the Chromecast and power it through wall current.

  • Factory Reset: Reboots usually occur when something goes wrong during a firmware update. It may also occur when some data on your device gets corrupted. To solve this type of chromecast problems, you can opt for a soft or a hard reset. You need to hold the button of your Chromecast device for 25 seconds until the power light blinks.

If neither of these options works for you, you will have to return the Chromecast.

DROP OUTS OR VIDEO STUTTERS

These are less severe than outright failures. They are much easier to figure out and solve.

  • Wi-Fi Signal: The simplest way for checking the Chromecast signal strength is by looking at the Chromecast’s splash screen. In the left-hand corner, some rotating text is usually displayed. You need to wait for your Wi-Fi name to appear on the screen and then check the strength of the signal besides it. If the strength is poor, you must consider replacing your Wi-Fi or contacting the service provider. If necessary, you can even opt for Wi-Fi signal booster.
  • Extend your Chromecast for minimum interference: If another device like a television or smartphone has a strong connection but your Chromecast does not, then there is a decent chance that the positioning of the Chromecast is inappropriate.

Your best bet will be to use the HDMI extender to get the perfect position of your Chromecast device.

CONGESTED NETWORK

Congested network takes two different forms which require two unique solutions.

  • Use Quality of Service: This occurs due to extreme local traffic. If you have too many connected devices, the performance of each different activity may suffer. The QoS allows you to prioritize some types of traffic over others. This improves overall user experience. QoS setup may differ on each router but the work done by it is usually the same.
  • Change Wi-Fi channel: Google’s Chromecast, unfortunately, does not support 5GHz. It is usually frozen on the traditional 2.4 GHz. In this case, continuous data transmission can be a big struggle for you. To resolve this, you will have to find the best Wi-Fi channel. You will also have to use different tools in order to determine the least congested channel.

TAB CASTING LAG

This simple trick is highly Chromecast centric. Chromecast sports an uncanny ability to cast almost everything from the Chrome browser tab to your own Chromecast. If you have already tried out the best possible solutions to deal with your Wi-Fi problems, then the best bet for you is to look into the options for Chrome extension and adjust to an inferior video quality. You can keep the video quality to as low as 480p (Standard) which will automatically improve the speed of streaming media.