Are you experiencing difficulty trying to cast your Chromebook to TV? We have all been there before. In this article, I will be showing you how to fix Chromebook not casting to TV issues, by following some simple methods and steps.
I guess you already know that you can easily connect your Chromebook to your TV by using a wireless method or with the help of a standard HDMI cable. If you choose the wireless option, then you need to connect an Android box or a Google Chromecast device to the HDMI port of your TV.
Having known this, the only major problem that arises when you set everything up, is that your Chromebook refuses to cast to your TV. Sometimes, the screen freezes and goes black, or you normally get a “No device found” error. If you are experiencing this, just follow the steps below to solve this annoying problem.
What You Should Do When the Issue of Chromebook Not Casting to TV Arise
Follow the troubleshooting steps below if you are facing a Chromebook not casting to TV problem.
Use a Different HDMI Cable and Port
You should carry out a physical inspection of your devices, and make sure the HDMI cable is neither damaged nor having partial contact. Also, check the ports and make sure they are not showing any sign of oxidation or other problems. You should use a different cable, and switch to a different port. After you might have done all these, check if you notice any improvement.
Additionally, you can try casting from another user account on the same ChromeOS laptop. Check if the issue persists. It may be a glitch that is related to your current user profile.
Check Your Network
You can try a different network by connecting your devices to it. Also, unplug your router, and leave it unplugged for about one minute. Then power up your network device, and make sure to plug it directly into a wall outlet. Finally, check if there is any improvement.
Place Your Devices Close Together
If you are using a wireless connection, your Chromebook and TV should be at least 15 feet (4 meters) from each other. Ideally, your laptop, Chromecast device, TV, and router should all be in the same room. Also, disconnect other devices connected to this same network. This will reduce competition for bandwidth.
Disable AP Isolation
If you have an AP (Access Point) or extender, you need to disable AP isolation on your Wi-Fi extender before setting up Chromecast on your wireless network. A quick reminder, if your router has AP isolation enabled, it is going to treat 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi as separate networks. All your devices need to be on the same network for you to be able to cast from Chromebook to TV.
Use the following router settings to set up Chromecast:
- Use the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band.
- Enable Universal Plug and Play (UPnP), multicast, and Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP).
- Disable AP isolation, VPN, and proxy servers.
- If you are using BT Hub, disable the Smart Setup feature in your router settings. Then reset your Chromecast.
Update Your OS and Browser
You should update ChromeOS and Google Chrome to the latest version. After the update, restart your Chromebook and TV, and then try again.
To update your ChromeOS:
- Navigate to “Chromebook Settings”
- Select “About ChromeOS”
- Finally, hit the “Check for updates” button to update ChromeOS.
To update your browser”
- Go to “Help”
- Select “About Google Chrome”, and check for updates.
Restart the Media Router Features
- Open a new browser tab and enter chrome://flags/#media-router
- Locate the “Media Router features” and enable them.
- If the features are already enabled, turn them off and restart your browser
- Then enable Media Router again and check the results
If your Chromebook still refuses to cast to TV, factory reset your TV and power wash on your Chromebook.
Fixing the Chromebook not casting to TV issue is obtainable once you follow the various methods I explained in this article. Just try out all the solutions and tell us in the comment section which of them worked for you.