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How to Update Chromecast Firmware to Latest Version



How to Update Chromecast

Chromecast is an excellent casting device to stream content from your mobile or laptop to your TV. To make the streaming experience furthermore delightful, you may need to update the firmware then and there. Updating firmware will fix various bugs and enhance the features. However, it is not easy to update Chromecast, given that there is no intuitive UI. Fortunately, we came up with a series of procedure which will help you to update the device.

Update Chromecast

The following section is divided into two parts:

  • Check your Chromecast for update
  • Update your Chromecast (Automatic and Manual)

Check for updates in the Chromecast Device

The first thing you need to do is to check whether your Chromecast has got any new updates or not. For that, you should know the current firmware version of your Chromecast device. Follow the steps below to know the exact firmware version of the Chromecast.

#1 Make sure to connect your Chromecast device and Android or iOS smartphone to the same Wi-Fi network.

#2 Install Google Home app in your Android, iPhone from Google Play Store, App Store respectively.

#3 Sign in to your Google account and select the Chromecast device.

#4 Tap the Settings (Gear icon) at the top left corner.

Google Home - Chromecast Device Settings

#5 Scroll down the Device settings, and under the Information section, you will get the Firmware version. Just note down it.

Current Firmware version of Chromecast

#6 Visit Chromecast help site and check for the current firmware version.

Chromecast help centre

#7 Compare it with your device version. If they are same, your Chromecast is running on the latest version. If there is any latest version, you have to update the Chromecast.

You can update the device with the help of below-mentioned methods.

Related Guide: How to Change your Chromecast name

How to Update Chromecast Automatically

#1 Connect your Android or iPhone and Chromecast device to the same Wi-Fi network.

Google Home app

#2 Launch the Google Home app and select your Chromecast device. Tap the three-dotted menu icon on the top-left corner.

Chromecast menu

#3 Choose the Reboot menu option.

Reboot Chromecast

#4 Your Chromecast device will restart automatically.

#5 While restarting, the latest version of the Chromecast firmware will be downloaded and installed automatically.

#6 After the update, you will be able to use the Chromecast device normally.

How to Force Update Chromecast Firmware or Update Manually

To update the Chromecast manually, you will need to find the IP address of your Chromecast device. In this method, we need to use a device running on macOS or Linux, or Windows.

#1 Connect your Android or iPhone and Chromecast device to the same Wi-Fi network.

Select Chromecast

#2 Launch the Google Home app, select your Chromecast device and tap the Settings icon.

Google Home Settings for Chromecast

#3 There you can find the IP address of your Chromecast device under the information section.

Chromecast IP address

Update Chromecast using Windows

#1 Make sure to connect your Windows PC and Chromecast device to the same Wi-Fi network.

#2 Click the Start icon and search for Windows Powershell.

#3 Launch it and enter the following address without any error.

Invoke-WebRequest -Method Post -ContentType "application/json" -Body '{"params": "ota foreground"}' -Uri "http:// [IP ADDRESS]: 8008 / setup /reboot" -Verbose -UserAgent "curl"

In the place of IP ADDRESS – enter the IP address of your Chromecast.

#4 Press the Enter key to update the Chromecast Firmware. The update process will go for a while. Until then, don’t close the Powershell.

Update Chromecast using Mac or Linux

#1 Ensure that your Mac or Linux PC and Chromecast device are connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

#2 Launch the terminal and type the following command without any error.

curl -X POST -H "Content-Type: application/json" -d '{"params": "ota foreground"}' http:// [IP ADDRESS]8008/setup/reboot

In the place of IP ADDRESS – replace the IP address of your Chromecast.

#3 Press the Enter key. The update may take a while. Wait until you receive the “Process Complete” message on the terminal screen.

You can know whether the device updating or not by seeing the LED on the device. If it blinks, then your device is busy updating, and the status will be displayed on the Chromecast-connected TV screen. If you feel any issues with the update, reboot the Chromecast and update it once again.

The update will take around 10 minutes. Moreover, you cannot cast using the Chromecast while updating.

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