Google Chromecast keeps disconnecting while streaming YouTube videos

Developed by Google, the Chromecast is a popular digital media player that allows users to stream content to their TVs. Users can control media using a mobile device or using voice commands through Google Assistant.

While the initial version of Chromecast was released in 2013, the latest version called Chromecast with Google TV is the first in the series to come with a user interface and remote control.

That said, Chromecast owners have had their fair share of bugs and issues such as where some Chromecast users with Google TV reported losing the ability to turn on Developer Mode and the YouTube Kids app not streaming to. televisions.

And now some Android users say Chromecast keeps disconnecting (1,2,3,4,5) every time they try to stream YouTube videos. Many say that videos stop after a random amount of time.

While some say they haven’t updated their Chromecast or YouTube app, others say the issue appeared after a recent update.


When casting videos from the YouTube app to Chromecast, the videos will simply stop playing after a few (random number) minutes and return to the Chromecast background screen. This started happening on Thursday October 28, 2021. When the problem started I was running the latest version of Android 11; now i am on android 12 (but note that the problem started before upgrading the phone operating system). My Chromecast’s firmware version is 1.49.250946 and the YouTube app version is the latest.

Every few minutes, the connection drops and Chromecast switches to the default screen. I usually have to restart the Chromecast and restart the phone app. Sometimes the sound goes out, before the connection is completely cut off. A few days ago I thought I had found the problem, because after a stall I found that the Wi-Fi bandwidth had dropped to 0.5 Mbps while the Ethernet remained at 72. BT support did. some tweaking and the wi-fi stayed at around 30, but the Chromecast continues to stall. I know Wi-Fi interference can be a factor, and we are getting a strong signal from a neighboring BT router.

Chromecast users said they tried resetting their devices and even erasing data from the YouTube app, but it made no difference.

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find a workaround that would help. Also, since Google hasn’t said anything about this yet, it’s still not clear what is causing the problem in the first place.

Nonetheless, we’ll be keeping an eye out for the Chromecast disconnect issue when casting a YouTube issue and update this space as needed, so stay tuned.

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