Google TV was just released on the new Chromecast and it has been creating quite a stir in the tech community. With its new and revamped UI alongside tons of features like 4K streaming and voice assistant on a budget, the new Chromecast seems to be the next best thing in entertainment.
If you have purchased the new unit by any chance then you might be in awe of the fancy controller that comes bundled with it. Sadly, pairing the Voice Remote seems to be causing some issues for some users. If you are having this problem too, then fear not as we have a fix for it. Let’s take a quick look at it.
Why can’t I pair my Voice Remote with Google TV
The issue arises due to the way Chromecast and remote are designed to connect with each other. Both these devices use HQ Bluetooth to pair automatically with each other. Theoretically, this pairing should work automatically once the device has been through the initial setup.
Pairing works when your Chromecast is turned on, the device automatically starts scanning for nearby Bluetooth devices to find the relevant Voice Remote. Sadly, if your Chromecast fails to find your remote, the pairing mode is turned off after a while and there is no manual way to begin pairing again. The only fix for this is to restart your Chromecast so that the pairing process can begin again.
How to know that Chromecast has stopped scanning for the remote
Once the scan for nearby Bluetooth devices fails, your new Chromecast with Google TV will play the following audio clip.
This is the default ‘Restart needed‘ chime set by Google which indicates that the Chromecast and Voice Remote have been unable to pair with each other. To fix this issue, you can use the guide below to restart your new Chromecast with Google TV.
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Restarting your Chromecast is a pretty straightforward process. You unplug your device from the wall and TV unit, wait for at least 5s and then replug them back in. Once replugged, power on your device and Tv unit, and the Chromecast should begin searching for the Voice Remote automatically.
Once paired, you should be able to use the remote with your Chromecast normally. You can try to push a few buttons on the remote in case the pairing does not happen immediately. This will wake your remote from sleep as well as send signals that will allow your Chromecast to pair with your Voice Remote much more efficiently.
And that’s it, you should now be able to use your Voice Remote with the new Chromecast. If you face any issues or have any questions for us, feel free to reach out using the comments section below.