Issues streaming on Chromecast

Playbook not working on Chromecast

The Playbook app for Chromecast and Chromecast Ultra allows you to control your Playbook experience from your Apple iOS or Android device. If you use the Google Chrome browser, you can also send Playbook to your TV from your phone.

If you have trouble setting up your Chromecast or Chromecast Ultra

  • Make sure the Chromecast's name does not contain any special characters. Special characters in the Chromecast name (like emojis or apostrophes) will prevent it from being seen by the Playbook app. To resolve this issue, launch the Google Home app on your casting device, select the Chromecast name, and remove any special characters. After changing the name of your Chromecast, restart the Playbook app, and look for the Cast icon when playing a TV show or movie.
  • Make sure you have the latest version of iOS or Android installed on your mobile device. Playbook on Chromecast is compatible with iOS 13.0+ iPhones, iPads, and iPods, and with WiFi-enabled Android 5.0+ phones and tablets.
  • Make sure the Playbook app is up to date. You can check for updates in the App Store or in Google Play. Android devices must be running Playbook app version 2.4 or higher. Apple mobile devices must be running Playbook app version 4.2 or higher.
  • If you're using the Chrome browser, make sure you are on the most recent version. Visit the Google Support page to verify you have the most recent version of Chrome installed.
  • Make sure your device is connected to the same wireless network as your Chromecast. Chromecast needs to be on the same Wi-Fi network in order to connect.
  • Is your router, modem, or gateway set to multicast? Your router, modem, or gateway owner's manual or manufacturer should have instructions for enabling multicast.

If you see an error that says you need to update the Playbook app

  • Make sure you have the latest version of iOS or Android installed on your mobile device. Playbook on Chromecast is compatible with iOS 13.0+ iPhones, iPads, and iPods, and with WiFi-enabled Android 5.0+ phones and tablets.NOTE: If you have completed all available updates for your Android phone or tablet and are still seeing the error, your device may not be compatible with Chromecast. You can check with the manufacturer to see if a newer Android version is available for your device.
  • Make sure the Playbook app is up to date. You can check for updates in the App Store or in Google Play. Android devices must be running Playbook app version 2.4 or higher.NOTE: If your device is not able to download the Playbook app directly from the Google Play Store, you may be unable to use the device with Chromecast. Certain Android devices, such as the Amazon Fire tablet, may not be compatible with Chromecast if they cannot access the Google Play Store. Apple mobile devices must be running Playbook app version 4.2 or higher.
  • If you are still getting the error on iOS, follow the steps below:

If the Cast icon is missing when you try to watch Playbook

If the Cast icon is missing when you try to watch Playbook on your Chromecast, it typically points to information on the device you're trying to cast from that needs to be refreshed. Follow the troubleshooting steps for your device below to resolve the issue.

Android phone

Make sure your Android is connected to the same wireless network as your Chromecast

  • From your Android, open the Google Home app.
  • Select the Home tab on the bottom left of the screen.
  • Scroll down to the Devices section and look for your Chromecast.
    • If your Chromecast is listed, it is on the same network as your Android.
    • If your Chromecast is not listed, it may be connected to a different network than your Android. See Google's support website for assistance switching networks.
  • Once your Chromecast is on the same network as your Android, try Playbook again.

Restart your Android phone 

Power off your Android phone or tablet by holding down the power button.
  • Confirm that you want to turn off your Android.
  • Press the power button again to power your Android back on.
  • Once your Android finishes turning on, try Playbook again.

Update Google Home and Google Play Services

  • Open the Google Play Store.
  • Tap the Menu icon, then select My Apps.
  • Select Google Home if it is listed, then tap Update.
  • Select Google Play Services if it is listed, then tap Update.
  • Once both apps have been updated, try Playbook again.
    • Please note that in some cases you may need to restart your device to complete app updates.

Reboot your Chromecast

  • Unplug the power source from your Chromecast for 15 seconds.
  • Plug it back in and allow Chromecast to reboot. 
  • Once your Chromecast is powered back on, try Playbook again.

iPhone

Make sure your iOS device is connected to the same wireless network as your Chromecast

  • From your iPhone, open the Google Home app.
  • Select the Home tab on the bottom left of the screen.
  • Scroll down to the Devices section and look for your Chromecast.
    • If your Chromecast is listed, it is on the same network as your iOS device.
    • If your Chromecast is not listed, it may be connected to a different network than your iOS device. See Google's support website for assistance switching networks.
  • Once your Chromecast is on the same network as your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, try Playbook again.

Reboot your Chromecast

  • Unplug the power source from your Chromecast for 15 seconds.
  • Plug it back in and allow Chromecast to reboot. 
  • Once your Chromecast is powered back on, try Playbook again.


NOTE:

Please make sure to enable the Local Network on your device. You will find that option under the Settings section.


If you’re trouble with casting, try casting to web: see video.



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