How do I fix Chromecast not showing up on computer?
1. Verify the Wi-Fi signal
- Open Start menu and type Network Status in the search bar, then press Enter.
- Select Wi-Fi on the left, then click on the network your PC is connected to.
- Check the strength of your Wi-Fi.
- Reposition your PC/laptop if necessary.
The first thing you should check is the Wi-Fi signal. If it’s weak, either move the router nearer or consider changing the location of your device. In order for Chromecast to work, both your PC and the gadget need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network, so make sure both are in range of your Wi-fi.
2. Check the power supply
Many users use the USB service port on their television as a very convenient way to provide power, but it is not actually the ideal way to power your Chromecast. Not all USB ports are created equal on HDTV sets and it is possible that the port is poorly grounded, or otherwise not provided clean and steady power to your Chromecast.
Hence, it is possible that Chromecast is not getting enough power supply. You should consider plugging it into the power supply which came with the Chromecast and power it using the wall current.
If your power supply is in pristine condition and it is not malfunctioning, everything should work fine after u plugged everything in accordingly. However if your laptop can’t find chromecast even after it was plugged in, it means there has to be another issue.
3. Restart your router and your computer
It is always a good idea to reboot your router, and your Chromecast device by unplugging them from the power source for about 2 minutes. Also, reboot you casting device, meaning your computer.
Most of the time, when you encounter a random problem, it is best to ensure that your hardware isn’t just glitched. Sometimes, the only thing you have to do is to restart your devices, and your problem will be solved.
4. Change Wi-Fi channel
- Go to the settings page of your router on a browser
- Find and click Wireless catalog (probably it is under Settings catalog)
- On the Wireless pane, make sure your network operates at 2.4GHz
Chromecast is reportedly known to only work on 2.4 GHz on your wireless router. If your router is set to some other frequency band, the device may not be able to connect. Follow the aforementioned steps here to check it and try to change your Wi-Fi channel to improve your Wi-Fi signal.
5. Use HDMI extender
There is a short HDMI extender cable, about a couple of inches long, that may come with your Chromecast or can be bought separately.
You can use it to plug your Chromecast into your TV HDMI’s port. This enables more breathing room for your Chromecast to detect Wi-Fi networks.
Plugging it in is pretty simple and straightforward. If, after plugging your HDMI extender calbe your problem persist, look for further info in the article.