Google developed a streaming media player of its own and named it Chromecast. It is very compact in size and is like a small dongle. With Chromecast, you will be able to control and do playback for multiple contents on your TV with the help of your Android device or computers. It was first introduced in 2013 and since then it has gained many followers.  

However, there are some users who have reported that they are facing the problem of Google Chromecast not working. This is a great inconvenience to the users as they are not able to enjoy their favorite shows. So, if you are one such user, then you are in the right place. Here, I will be discussing some of the common methods of solving this problem.

Fixes for the Google Chromecast not Working Error

So, here are the most effective methods for solving this Chromecast problem:-

Fix 1. Changing Chrome Flags, IPv6, and Media Sharing

It is seen that this error generally occurs when you have updated your Windows. This fix has many stages, so we will go through them one at a time.

Enable your computer’s media sharing

  • Open the dialog box of Run by pressing the R and the Windows button. In the Run box, write “Control” and hit Enter. 
  • Now, in the window of the Control panel, you have to go to the search bar and type “media”. On this screen, you have to click on “Media streaming options”. 
  • Within this option, if you see that media streaming is turned off, you have to click on the button of “Turn on media streaming”. 
  • After that, press the S and Windows key simultaneously, and then write “media player”, and the window of Windows Media player will open.
  • Here, you have to click on the option of “Stream”. From the drop-down menu, you have to select the option of “Automatically allow devices to play my media”. Then, save the changes that you have made and close the media. 

After the process is complete, check if the ‘Google Chromecast not working’ problem is solved or not. 

Disable IPv6 

IPv6 is the new set of IP addresses that was introduced to meet the increasing need for all devices to get connected to the internet. However, as of today, the majority of people use IPv4. So, you can disable the IPv6 and see if that solves your problem. 

  • Go to the Start menu and open the control panel. Then, go to the option of “Network and Internet”. 
  • After that, in the next menu, you have to select the option of “Network and Sharing Center”. 
  • On the next page, you have to select the connection link. 
  • Then, select the option of “Properties” and then you have to uncheck the checkbox beside the “Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6” option. After that, save the changes by clicking on the OK button. 

When the process is complete, check if the Google Chromecast not working problem is fixed or not. 

Change the Flag Value of Chrome

Another fix that you can try is changing the Chrome browser flag value. Before starting this process, you must back up all of your bookmarks and other things. Then follow these steps:-

  • Double click on the Chrome browser icon to open it. Then, enter the given address in the field for the address.


  • After that, press the F button and Windows key simultaneously and then in the dialog box, you have to write “Media Router”. Then, change the value to “Disabled” from “Default”.
  • Now, close Chrome after saving the changes. Open it again and see if the Google Chromecast not working problem has been resolved or not.

Fix 2. Going Back to the Old Layout

This process is mainly for the time when youtube is not working on Chromecast. To solve this problem, you have to write a user script. This will help you to be in control of your browser. So, let us see the steps to do this-

  • There are many user scripts to choose from. You have to choose according to the browser you are using. 
  • After installing the manager, you have to go to its dashboard. Then, navigate to the Installed script and then click on the option of “New”.
  • When you will be inside the script editor, you have to copy the given text:-

// ==UserScript==

/ @name YouTube Polymer Disable

// @match *://*

// @exclude *://*

// @grant none

// @run-at document-start

// ==/UserScript==

var url = window.location.href;

if (url.indexOf(“disable_polymer”) === -1) {

if (url.indexOf(“?”) > 0) {

url += “&”;

} else {

url += “?”;


url += “disable_polymer=1”;

window.location.href = url;


  • Now, you have to apply this script after saving it. After that, restart your system and see if the Google Chromecast not working problem is solved or not. 

Fix 3. Checking the Settings of your Television

Apart from the problem of Chromecast not working, you can also face some audio problems with it. So, it is best to check the settings of your television to see if the problem is caused by its settings. You must make sure that the volume level of your television is correctly set. After that, check the settings to see if the speakers are enabled. Also, set your audio output to “fixed” if it is not already set. The majority of new televisions have the settings to disable speakers of the television so that you can play audio through your surround sound or home theatre system. 

Another method to fix the audio problem is by turning off the television completely and unplugging it. Keep it like this for a few minutes. You can also go to the settings menu of your monitor and do a factory resetting of your television. If you are using an audio system, make sure that the problem is not occurring for the audio system itself. After this, your Chromecast audio not working problem will most likely get solved.  

Fix 4. Chromecast Troubleshooting

After ensuring that the Chromecast is receiving adequate power, you can do a restart of your device. This will help the device to remove any bugs that might be present in it. You will be able to do this by going to the application of Google Home on your device. Then, go to the top-right corner of the screen and click on the button of devices. This will show you all the Chromecast devices that are currently available on the network. 

Then, you have to select your device and click on the menu button, which looks like three vertical dots, and then click on Settings. Here, you have to select the option of “More”. This will make the option of “Reboot” visible. Click on this option to reboot Chromecast. After the reboot is complete, check if the Chromecast audio not working problem is fixed or not.

Fix 5. Factory Reset your Computer

If the above solutions were unable to solve your problem, then you can try resetting your computer to solve it. This will help you to restore the default settings in the Chromecast. This will help you determine whether the problem was in the Chromecast itself or its settings. Also, you must back up your app data just to be careful. So, follow the given steps to do a hard reset of your Chromecast:-

  • Turn on your TV and connect your Chromecast to it. 
  • After that, you have to click on the Chromecast button located at the side. Then, you will see that the light will turn orange and start blinking. You have to hold down the button until the TV turns blank or the light turns white. Then, you have to release the button.
  • Then, you have to do a whole system reboot and check if the Google Chromecast not working problem is solved or not. 


Being a famous streaming media player, it causes a great inconvenience to the users if Chromecast stops working. So, I hope that you understood the solutions for solving the Chromecast audio and system not working problem. These are very effective fixes and you will face no problem in implementing them.