Chromecast is one of the best streaming devices and the best casting device available right now. It is the cheapest tool to cast or mirror media files from smartphones and PC to a TV. Like every other smart device, Chromecast also needs to be updated frequently. But the procedure to update Chromecast to its latest firmware version is completely different from other smart devices. It is not a click and goes the process. You need some workaround things.

How to Check the Current Chromecast Firmware Version?

It is important to know the current version of firmware that your Chromecast is running on. If you are using the latest version, there is no need to update.

(1) On your PC or smartphone, go to Google support page to check the latest firmware version available for Chromecast devices.

Update Chromecast Firmware

(2) Now, take your smartphone and open the Google Home app. Make sure your smartphone is connected to the same WiFi network as Chromecast.

(3) Tap on your Chromecast device.

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(4) Click the Settings icon on the top right side of the screen.

Update Chromecast Firmware

(5) On the Device Settings screen, scroll down to the Information section. Note down the Cast firmware version.

Information section

(6) Now, compare the version with the Google support page. If you are using an older version, get to the below section to update the Chromecast Firmware. If you are using the same version, do the update process when a new update is released.

Update Chromecast Firmware

Now, you have known your Chromecast’s Firmware version, let’s get into the update procedure. Throughout the update process, make sure that your Chromecast and smartphone (or PC) are connected to the same WiFi network.

Methods to Update Chromecast Firmware

As you know, Chromecast has no UI or no settings of its own. The device is controlled by your smartphone or PC all the time. For the update process too, you need to use the smartphone or PC.

  • Automatic Update
  • Manually Update

How to Update Chromecast Firmware Automatically?

In this method, you are going to use the smartphone

(1) On the Google Home app, go to Device Settings.

(2) Click the three-dotted icon on the top right side.

Update Chromecast Firmware

(3) A pop-up will appear, Tap the Reboot option.

Reboot option

(4) By doing this, your Chromecast will be restarted. While restarting, the device will be updated to the latest firmware version. The update process will appear on the connected TV.

(5) Once the update is over, you can use the Chromecast as usual.

(6) If your Chromecast is not updated to the latest version, this means that the latest version is not available for your Chromecast device. Try the update process after two or three days.

The procedure is the same for both Android and iOS smartphones.

How to Update Chromecast Firmware using Windows PC?

As we mentioned above, these two are forced to update processes. For a forced update, you need the IP address of your Chromecast. The IP address can be found in the same place where you got the Cast firmware version. Note down the IP address. Don’t use a VPN when you get the IP address.

(1) Open the Windows Powershell application on your Windows PC. You can use the Run program or you can choose the app from the apps list.

(2) Type the below command, in the place of [IP ADDRESS], enter your Chromecast’s IP address.

Invoke-WebRequest -Method Post -ContentType “application / json” -Body ‘{“params”: “ota foreground”}’ -Uri “http: // [IP ADDRESS]: 8008 / setup / reboot” -Verbose -UserAgent ” curl “

(3) After changing it, click the Enter button to execute the command.

(4) It will check for the new firmware version. This process will take time.

(5) When it is completed, you will get the Process Completed message at the window.

How to Update Chromecast Firmware using Mac and Linux PC?

You can repeat the same process using Mac and Linux PC as well.

(1) Open the Terminal application on your Mac or Linux PC.

(2) Type the following command, replace the [IP ADDRESS] with your Chromecast’s IP address.

curl -X POST -H “Content-Type: application/json” -d ‘{“params”: “ota foreground”}’ http://[IP ADDRESS]8008/setup/reboot -v

(3) Press the Enter button to execute the command.

(4) If an update is found, it will be updated. When it is completed, you will get the Process Completed screen.

These are three ways that you can update your Chromecast to its latest firmware version. Most of the time, force updates won’t be needed. It will be automatically updated to its latest version. If you are using the forced update method, try two to three times if the new update isn’t installed in the first attempt. If you have any doubts, tell us in the comments section.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the latest version of Chromecast?

Chromecast 3rd Gen is the latest version of Chromecast. The latest firmware version is 1.44.185164 (for Chromecast Ultra).

2. Does my Chromecast need to be updated?

Yes, like every other device, Chromecast needs to be updated.

3. How do I check my chromecast firmware version?

Use the steps mentioned in the first section of the article (Check Firmware Version).