As an owner of both Spotify and Chromecast, I have recently been frustrated by the fact that my devices don’t seem to be playing nicely together. After some research and testing, I’m here to share what I have discovered about why Spotify doesn’t seem to be recognizing my Chromecast and how I resolved the issue.
In this blog post, I’ll be detailing the various causes of this issue and how to fix it, as well as any other solutions I may have discovered along the way.
- First-generation Chromecasts may have difficulty connecting to Spotify, so make sure to update your Chromecast’s firmware.
- Make sure your device is set as discoverable to Bluetooth devices.
- Restart your Chromecast and Spotify app, and reinstall the Spotify app.
- Try playing a song on Spotify and then casting it to Chromecast.
- As a last resort, try casting Spotify Web to Chromecast.
3 Reasons Why Spotify Does Not See Chromecast
Casting your Spotify songs to Chromecast is fairly simple, but things can get frustrating if Chromecast doesn’t show up on Spotify.
More often than not, it’s due to one of the following reasons.
You Have a First-Generation Chromecast
Sometimes, a first-generation Chromecast tends to have problems connecting to Spotify, but this doesn’t happen as often with later versions of Chromecast.
In this case, users need to make sure to update their Chromecast’s firmware so that the device is more compatible with up-to-date Spotify versions.
Your Device Is Set as Undiscoverable
Another potential explanation for your Chromecast not showing on your Spotify device list is that your phone or tablet might be set as undiscoverable to Bluetooth devices.
This is likely the case if the Spotify app on other devices in your household connects to Chromecast just fine, but yours can’t.
See, when you make your device invisible to other Bluetooth devices, this may make it hard for your Chromecast’s Bluetooth receiver to find your phone. On the contrary, your Chromecast will look for other, more trustworthy connections!
It’s Just a Glitch
In most cases, just like when your phone lags or your web browser needs refreshing, Spotify can’t find your Chromecast devices because of a glitch.
We may not exactly know the reasons behind this, but it’s usually resolved with a quick restart of the Chromecast, the Spotify app, or both.
How to Fix the Problem of Spotify Not Seeing Chromecast
Thankfully, there are numerous ways you can go about solving this annoying problem, so let’s explore them one by one!
Method 1: Restart Chromecast and Reinstall Spotify
Sometimes, all you need is a fresh start, and you can achieve this by restarting both your Chromecast and your Spotify app. This also allows them to install any new updates that might be standing in the way of a seamless casting experience.
We suggest you restart Chromecast both manually and through the smart device paired with it for the best results.
To restart your Chromecast manually:
- Unplug the device from the wall power outlet or the TV USB port
- Wait for 30 seconds to a minute
- Connect the USB power cable once again
- Don’t remove the HDMI cable as it has nothing to do with restarting the device (not to mention that it’s easily prone to damage)
To restart your Chromecast via the Google Home app:
- Turn your TV on with Chromecast connected to it and plugged into its power source
- On your iOS or Android device, open the Google Home app
- Tap the device that your Chromecast is connected to (your TV)
- Select the “Settings” icon, then choose the three-dot menu icon
- Choose “Reboot”
After restarting Chromecast, uninstall Spotify on your smart device, restart the device, then install the app once again. You may also want to try factory-resetting Chromecast to cover all bases!
Hopefully, once you try casting Spotify to Chromecast this time, it should show up in the devices menu.
Just make sure you do the following, too:
- Install the latest Chromecast firmware update
- Have the most recent Spotify version
- Ensure your Chromecast and smart device are both connected to the same Wi-Fi network
- Set your device’s Bluetooth status to visible
Read more: Connect Chromecast to TV without USB port
Method 2: Play a Song, Then Cast It to Chromecast
Another neat trick that can help you cast Spotify to your Chromecast is to play a song first, then head over to the Devices menu.
Sometimes, the Chromecast option will appear in this case when it hasn’t before.
Method 3: Try Your Luck With Spotify Web
As a last resort, you can always attempt to cast Spotify Web to Chromecast instead of doing that with the Spotify app on your phone. This should work in most scenarios, and if it doesn’t, then the problem might lie in your Chromecast itself or even the TV.
To connect Spotify Web with your Chromecast:
- Switch your computer or laptop on and open the Chrome browser
- Head over to Spotify Web and play a song
- Use the “Cast” option in your Chrome browser to share the Spotify Web page with Chromecast
- The song should now play through the TV that Chromecast is paired with
Once you get this far, try opening Spotify on your smartphone or tablet and see if Chromecast appears there. If it does, good for you!
If not, Spotify Web will always have your back, so that’s great to know.
Read more: Why does Chromecast keep pausing?
Isn’t it a little inconvenient when Spotify does not see Chromecast?
It sure is!
After reading our quick guide, you now have several tricks up your sleeve to help you connect Spotify to Chromecast. Good luck casting!