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Chromecast Audio Multiroom Configuration

Chromecast Audio Multiroom Setup





Traditionally a whole house multiroom audio setup would cost you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.  Up until recently, the only affordable option for whole house audio would require you to purchase a Sonos system.  If you wanted multiroom audio, you would have to spend over a thousand dollars on Sonos equipment.  Google has recently updated the Chromecast Audio and given listeners the ability to cast to multiple cast enabled devices.  This means that it’s now possible to cast your favorite Spotify playlist to multiple rooms in your house.  Here’s you go through the Chromecast audio multiroom setup process.

Chromecast Audio Multiroom Configuration

1 – Power up all cast enabled devices

Make sure all of your Chromecast Audio and cast enabled devices are powered up and connected to your network.  Follow our Chromecast Audio setup guide if you need help setting up your device.  If you have a Google Home device, you can cast music to your Chromecast Audio and Google Home at the same time.

2 – Create a Chromecast Home Group




Open the Google Home app on your Android or iOS device.  If you don’t have the app, you can download it from the Google Play or iOS App store.  Once in the app, click on the three horizontal lines in the upper left corner and click on Devices.

Google Home  google home hamburger  Google Home Devices

This will list all of your Chromecast and cast enabled devices such as Google Home.  Find one of your Chromecast Audio devices in the list and click the three dots in the upper right hand corner.  This will open a menu and give you the option to create a home group.

Chromecast Audio GroupThe next screen will give you the option to select all of your Chromecast Audio and cast enabled devices.  Select everything that you want to include in your Chromecast Audio Multiroom group and click save.

Chromecast Audio Multiroom3 – Chromecast Multiroom Audio

Now that you have your home group created, you can begin to listen to your favorite Google Play Music, Spotify, Pandora song to all of your Chromecast Audios.




Open up a music app on your Android or iOS device and click the square cast icon.  Select your newly created home group.  In the example below, home group is the name of our Chromecast Audio multiroom group.

Play Music Cast

You should hear the typical Chromecast Audio chime and your music should start playing shortly.

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Reset Chromecast to Wipe Configuration

Reset Chromecast

If you are running into problems or you are giving your Chromecast to a friend, you may need to factory reset Chromecast.  The process is fairly simple and will wipe out any configuration stored on your device.  Please consider the following before you reset your Chromecast:

  • If you are having a problem and would like to reset Chromecast, simply try rebooting it by unplugging it and plugging it back in.  This can fix common connectivity issues.  If it doesn’t, continue to the next step to reset Chromecast.
  • Going through the factory reset process will only wipe out your Chromecast’s name and wireless configuration.  There is no data stored on the device that can’t be restored after you reset Chromecast.  Don’t be afraid to reset Chromecast if you need to!




Reset Chromecast – The Physical Way

No matter which Chromecast you own, there is a physical button that can be used to reset Chromecast.  Below is an image of each generation of Chromecast with an arrow pointing the the button that you will need to press.  With the Chromecast powered up and fully booted, simply hold the button for about 25 seconds until the solid LED begins flashing.  If your device is plugged in to a TV, the screen will go black when the factory reset process begins.  This whole process should only take a minute or two to complete.

Once the process is finished, the LED on the Chromecast should pulsate white.  You can also verify that the device has been reset through the Google Home app on your Android or iOS device.  Open the app and click on the devices link.  You should see the reset Chromecast listed and needing setup.

reset chromecast

 

Reset Chromecast from the Google Home app

If you have access to a device with the Google Home app installed, you can factory reset any Chromecast right through the app.  If you don’t have the app, you can download it for Android here, and iOS here.



Steps to factory reset your Chromecast

1 – Open up the Google Home app on your phone or tablet.

2 – Expand the menu and select devices.

Google Home Devices

3 – In the upper right corner of the Chromcast that you would like to factory reset, tap the 3 dots to open up settings. dots

Google Home Device Settings

4 – Once in the device settings, tap the 3 dots again to open up the reset menu.  Select the factory reset option and proceed to reset your Chromecast.

Google Home Factory Reset

5 – Once the reset process is complete, your Chromecast will need to be reconfigured if you are planning on using it.  Follow our Chromecast Setup guide for instructions on how to setup your Chromecast.

If these intstructions aren’t working for you, check out Google’s official Chromecast reset guide here.