Chromecasts are an excellent addition to any home entertainment system. They allow you to stream content from Netflix, Hulu, or even just duplicate your smartphone browser… at least when everything is working correctly. When your Chromecast isn’t working after iOS 16 update, it can be a frustrating experience that kills your viewing party.
To help, we’ve compiled a list of tips to fix your Chromecast if it stopped working after iOS 16 update. Follow it and you’ll be back to streaming in no time!
Turn Airplane Mode on and off
Turn Airplane Mode on, and wait for a few seconds, and then toggle it back off. This will refresh the network. You can do this by launching Control Center or go to Settings > Airplane Mode. Toggle it on, wait for about 30 seconds, then turn it back off. Now check if Chromecast is working as expected.
Restart your Chromecast device
If you find Chromecast not working after iOS 16 update, the next thing you should try is rebooting the device. The easiest way to do this is the tried and true method of unplugging it from the power source, waiting for 30 seconds, then plugging it back in.
Give it a few minutes to start up, then try casting to your device again. More often than not this will solve the problem, but if your Chromecast still isn’t working try the next solution.
Check your Wi-Fi
Often when your iPhone, apps, or other connected devices aren’t working it comes down to your router. Just because it’s working on one device doesn’t rule it out when your Chromecast isn’t working.
A quick power cycle of your router should eliminate any potential issues. Simply unplug your router from the power source. Wait a few minutes, then plug it back in. Once your router has booted, try your connection again.
Another potential cause of poor connectivity is the location of the Chromecast behind your television. The device is nicely hidden away, but it might not be receiving enough Wi-Fi signal to stream your favorite shows.
If your Wi-Fi is fine and you are still experiencing issues, try connecting the HDMI extender included in the box and physically separating your Chromecast from your television. If you have a Chromecast Ultra, you have the extra option of connecting an ethernet cable to the power brick.
Reboot your iPhone
Like always, many problems are solved with a quick reboot. Whether you cast from an iPhone 12, iPhone 11, iPhone 8, iPhone 7 or iPhone 6s, a quick reboot may fix this problem. Here is how:
- iPhone 13, iPhone 12, iPhone 11 and iPhone X models: Press and hold the volume up (or down) and the power buttons together until the power off slider appears. And drag the slider. Wait for your device to turn off. Then press and hold the power button until you see the Apple logo.
- iPhone 8, iPhone 7 and iPhone 6S Models: Press and hold the power button until you see the power off slider. Then drag the slider. Wait for your device to turn off. Then press and hold the power button until the Apple logo appears.
If your Chromecast still isn’t working after a fresh reboot, try the next solution on the list.
Make sure that your iPhone is running the latest version of iOS. You can update your iPhone by following these steps:
Head to Settings > General > Software Update. This will check for iOS updates. And if there is an update available, tap download and install.
Reset network settings
Simply resetting the network settings of your iPhone may fix this problem. Please note: resetting network settings will delete all of your network related settings such as your saved Wi-Fi passwords, APN settings, VPN settings, etc.
To reset network settings, go to Settings > General > Transfer or Reset iPhone > Reset > Reset Network Settings.
Perform a factory reset on your Chromecast
If all else fails and your Chromecast still isn’t working after iOS 16 update, it’s time to perform a factory reset. Thankfully, this step won’t erase your data, but you will have to set up your Chromecast again from scratch.
Without unplugging your Chromecast, hold down the button on the back of the device for at least 25 seconds. Your TV screen will eventually go blank, and the reset process will begin.
Once it’s finished, you can begin the setup process again. If possible, it’s best to use a different device than you used the first time. This will rule out any device-related issues, and the process is just as easy on iPhone.
Chromecast blacking out or turning off after iOS 16 update
This is a more niche issue than what’s listed above. When your Chromecast is turning off suddenly, blacking out periodically, or restarting frequently, the issue is probably related to its power supply.
Chromecasts are powered by the USB cable in the box, and many television sets have USB ports conveniently located next to the HDMI ports. It might seem like a cable-saving measure to plug the USB cable into your TV, but this can cause power issues.
This can cause your Chromecast to stop working for several reasons. When you turn off your TV, it cuts power to the USB ports, causing it to reboot every time you turn off your TV. Even worse, cheaper TV sets may have poorly configured or unstable USB ports.
Unplugging your Chromecast USB cable from your TV and plugging it into the wall charger supplied should remedy this issue. If you no longer have the wall charger, try an old phone charger or buy a third-party charger.