Over The Air (OTA) updates have become an integral part of every electronic device that runs on some sort of software. OTA lets the user update their devices in an easy and convenient way without the need of taking it to a service center or typing in a couple of lines of code into some programming IDE. If you’re looking for how to update Google Chromecast, then you are on the right page.

How to update Chromecast

The Chromecast update will fix any minor/major issues of the device had with the previous versions of the software. In a nutshell, updating the devices will improve their performance and life span. Most devices often have compulsory auto-updates.

The Chromecast is a device that relies heavily on the internet which means it needs regular performance and security updates to keep it running. Updating the Chromecast can be a little tricky depending on the method you choose to update it. Let’s have a look at how one can update their Chromecast.

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Before we proceed further one thing to note regarding the Chromecast is that like most other devices the Chromecast automatically updates its software depending on the network speed and coverage. So before updating manually one should make sure that there are updates available. This can be done by visiting Google’s Chromecast support web page.

Chromecast Update using Google Home App

  • Note down the latest firmware version listed on the Chromecast support web page.
  • Open the Google Home app. Make sure that the devices are connected to the same Wi-Fi network before processing.
  • Head over to the “Devices” tab and find the Chromecast.
  • Click on the 3 dots opposite to the name of the Chromecast.
  • Open “Device settings” and scroll down to the device information which also displays the firmware version.
  • If the Chromecast firmware version is the same as listed on the support page, then you don’t need to proceed further. It means that the Chromecast firmware is up to date.
  • If they are not the same then follow the below instructions.

Steps to Update Chromecast

  1. Connect the Chromecast and smartphone to the same Wi-Fi network.
  2. Open the Google Home app and find the Chromecast you wish to update.
  3. Click on the 3 dots opposite to the name of the Chromecast.
  4. Click on “Settings”.Click on the 3 dots located at the top right corner.
  5. Click on “Reboot”. This will restart the Chromecast.
  6. During the restart, the Chromecast will automatically download and install the latest version of the firmware.
  7. The update progress will be displayed on the Chromecast connected TV screen.

Force update the Chromecast

Follow this method by disabling any VPN on a laptop/desktop used for updating the Chromecast.

  1. Under the device information section, you will have the IP address for your Chromecast. Note down it.
  2. The Chromecast and PC need to be connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Updating by using Windows

    1. Open Windows PowerShell and type in the following command.Invoke-WebRequest -Method Post -ContentType “application / json” -Body‘{“params”: “ota foreground”}’ -Uri “http: // [IP ADDRESS]: 8008 / setup /reboot” -Verbose -UserAgent ” curl “.
    2. Replace the IP ADDRESS in the code with the IP address of the Chromecast.
    3. Press the Enter key to execute the command. The updating process will take some time to finish. Do not close the Windows PowerShell until it is done.

Updating by using Mac/Linux

  1. Open the Terminal and type in the following command.Curl -X POST -H “Content-Type: application/json” -d ‘{“params”: “otaforeground”}’ http://[IP ADDRESS]8008/setup/reboot -v. Replace the IP ADDRESS with the IP address of the Chromecast.
  2. Press enter and wait for Chromecast to update. Upon succession, the terminal will display “Process Completed”.
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These are the various methods on how to update the software of Chromecast. Having trouble updating? Describe your issue down in the comments.

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