How to Fix It When Chromecast Is Blinking or Solid Orange

A reboot might work, but if not, we've got other fixes, too

When the LED indicator on a Chromecast turns orange, it can mean a handful of different things. When a Chromecast blinks orange, it indicates that the device is performing a self-diagnostic or that an update is in progress. A solid orange light usually indicates a fault that needs to be addressed.

Some Chromecast devices blink orange when an update is in progress. If that’s the case, the Chromecast will stop blinking orange and start working again if you allow the update to finish.

Why Is My Google Chromecast Flashing Orange or Solid Orange?

Your Chromecast has a single LED indicator that can change to many different colors to convey helpful information. The light can also blink or remain solid as one color, which can also offer information. Every Chromecast LED light color means something specific.

Here are the different things that an orange Chromecast LED can mean:

  • Solid orange: The Chromecast has experienced an error.
  • Blinking orange: The Chromecast is performing a short diagnostic (Chromecast with Google TV), Chromecast is receiving an update (Chromecast 2nd gen, 3rd gen, and Ultra), or the Chromecast needs to be reset.
  • Blinking orange and white: The Chromecast is receiving an update (Chromecast with Google TV)
  • Blinking orange then turns white: The Chromecast has been reset.

How to Fix a Chromecast With a Solid Orange LED

When a Chromecast LED turns solid orange, that indicates it has experienced a fault. If the LED is blinking orange and your TV screen is black, that also shows that a fault has occurred.

Here’s how to fix a Chromecast with a solid orange LED or a pulsing orange light with a black screen:

  1. Restart your Chromecast. Unplug your Chromecast from power, leave it unplugged for at least one minute, then plug it back in.

  2. Restart your TV. If your Chromecast still doesn’t seem to work, try turning your TV off and then turning it back on.

  3. Try a different HDMI port. Switch your Chromecast to a different HDMI port on your television. If all of your HDMI ports are occupied, temporarily unplug another device and test the Chromecast on its HDMI port.

  4. Try a different HDMI cable. If you’re using an HDMI extension cable, try a different one. If you don’t have a spare HDMI cable, try plugging the Chromecast directly into your television. If it works like that but doesn’t get a strong enough Wi-Fi signal, you’ll need to obtain a new HDMI extension cable.

  5. Plug your Chromecast into a different TV. Disconnect your Chromecast from your television, and plug it into a different television. If it starts working, there may be a problem with the HDMI port on your TV.

  6. Factory reset your Chromecast. If nothing else works, try a factory reset on your Chromecast. You will need to set up your Chromecast after the factory reset, and it may also need to update your Chromecast before you can use it again.

  7. Contact Google support. If the Chromecast still doesn’t work after a factory reset, it may have failed. Contact Google support to see if your Chromecast is under warranty, as you will probably have to replace it.

How to Fix a Chromecast That Is Blinking Orange

If your Chromecast is blinking orange, there’s a good chance that it’s just updating itself. It's normal, and every Chromecast updates itself from time to time, so everyone will eventually notice the LED on their Chromecast blinking orange. If you wait for a while and the light finally stops blinking, then you don’t need to worry.

If you have a Chromecast with Google TV, the blinking orange light can also indicate that the device is doing a self-diagnostic. The light will eventually stop blinking if no problems are detected, or it will flash a different color if the Chromecast detects any issues you need to address.

Some Chromecast devices will also blink orange if the device needs a reset. If you have a second or third-generation Chromecast or a Chromecast Ultra, and the LED blinks orange for an extended time, you will need to reset your Chromecast.

How to Fix a Chromecast That Is Blinking Orange and White

If your Chromecast is blinking orange and white, you don’t need to do anything at all. This combination of LED colors only appears on the Chromecast with Google TV, indicating that the device is receiving an update. The light will eventually stop blinking, and you will be able to use the Chromecast again.

What Color Should the Light on My Chromecast Be?

The LED indicator on your Chromecast can change to many different colors, each of which means something. If your Chromecast is operating normally, the LED will be solid white. If you have a Chromecast with Google TV and the LED is white but dim, that’s also normal. A dim white LED on Chromecast with Google TV means that the device is in an idle state. If you start streaming to it, the LED will change to bright white.

Why Is My Chromecast Not Connecting?

If your Chromecast isn’t working right, that can lead to a poor or failed connection, which can cause issues with the device updating itself. When that happens, you may notice the orange light blinking on your Chromecast for an extended period.

To rule out connection issues, try to improve the Wi-Fi signal to the Chromecast by moving it closer to your router and removing obstructions. It’s also essential to make sure that your Chromecast is connected to the correct Wi-Fi network, but your Chromecast will blink white if it cannot connect to your network at all.

  • Why is my Chromecast blinking red?

    If your Chromecast is blinking red, it means there's an update in progress. If it's blinking red for a prolonged period, blinking red with a black screen, or is solid red, an error may have occurred. If there's an error, fixes include restarting the Chromecast; trying a different TV, HDMI port, or HDMI cable; checking the Wi-Fi connection, and factory resetting the Chromecast.

  • Why is my Chromecast blinking white?

    If the Chromecast is blinking white, it means the Chromecast is disconnected or needs to be set up, if this is the first time you're using it. Make sure your Chromecast is positioned near your wireless router. If you're still having connection issues, try an HDMI extender or ethernet adapter, restart your Chromecast, or factory reset the Chromecast.

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