Sometimes Hulu won’t connect to Chromecast, but you can perform some simple troubleshooting procedures to fix the connection.
Fortunately, Chromecast doesn’t charge any monthly subscription fees; however, you will need to pay a subscription fee to access content on Hulu.
Using the Google Chrome browser, you can transfer live streaming content and web pages to your television.
But Chromecast doesn’t allow you to access free television shows and programs from Hulu (or any other paid streaming service, for that matter).
Nevertheless, Chromecast offers support for the most popular live-streaming apps including Hulu, Netflix, Disney+ Google Home, Plex, and more.
But if you already have a paid subscription to Hulu and it won’t connect to Chromecast, use the following troubleshooting methods to fix it.
Internet Connectivity Issues
If Hulu is unable to connect iPhone to Chromecast, the root cause could be connections with your ISP (Internet Service Provider).
Hulu requires a functional internet connection to stream data. It’s possible that your ISP is experiencing a temporary service outage in your area.
To test if your ISP or mobile network carrier connection is the root cause, try pulling up a web page from your device’s web browser.
If you cannot browse the web, the root cause of not being able to access stream Hulu content may not have anything to do with your Hulu service.
Furthermore, your mobile device may simply not have a strong enough connection to your mobile network provider.
You can try rebooting your mobile device to reacquire a signal, though if you’re in a rural area, there may not be a strong enough signal to support streaming effectively.
Note: You can improve Hulu streaming with a mobile wireless network range extender.
Why Hulu Won’t Connect to Chromecast: Hulu Service Outages
If Hulu will not connect to Chromecast, the issue may not be local. Your internet connectivity or physical problems may not be the root cause.
Instead, it may simply be that the Hulu servers are experiencing service outages.
Before rebooting internet devices or trying to reinstall Chromecast, checking Hulu outage reports may save you a lot of time and frustration.
You can check the social profiles of Hulu for any outage reports. If the service reports an outage, you will have to wait as Hulu’s support staff fixes the problem.
Hulu Won’t Connect to Chromecast? Fix Steps
Step #1. Restart Your Hulu Session
If the connection between your device and Hulu isn’t working, you may need to restart your Hulu session. There are three steps to completely restart your Hulu session.
First of all, you should log out of Hulu. To log out of Hulu on your mobile device, use the following steps:
- Open the Hulu app.
- Press the Profile icon.
- Select the log out button.
After having logged out of the Hulu app completely, you should then reboot your device. After your mobile device has completely rebooted, wait for up to a minute.
Then, log in to your Hulu account. Sometimes errors like memory leaks and software bugs can cause the app to malfunction.
Once logged in again, try to establish a streaming connection with Chromecast.
Step #2. Reset the Cache by Deleting Its Data
Often times with web browsers and streaming devices, the cache can become bogged down with too much data.
When the cache is overwhelmed, it can cause errors, poor streaming performance, and a loss of connection.
Clearing the cache may establish a connection and improve the quality and smoothness of live streaming content.
To clear the cache on Android TV with built-in Chromecast, use the following steps:
- Navigate to the Quick Menu with your remote.
- Select Apps.
- Select the Show System Apps option.
- Select the Chromecast Built-in option.
- Choose the Clear Cache option.
Note: After the cache has been cleared, I would recommend restarting your mobile device.
Doing so restarts the casting connection process and clears any issues that may result from overburdened volatile memory (RAM).
Step #3. Manually Update the Hulu App
If you can’t cast streaming videos to Hulu, it may be because your version of the Hulu app is out of date.
You can try to resolve the connection issue by updating the Hulu app itself.
Mobile applications are constantly being updated by developers, and your version of the app may not connect or stream efficiently because of old software.
In addition, developers tailor app updates to specific makes and models of devices.
If you have an older model mobile device, the current version of your Hulu app software may not be compatible.
To update the Hulu app on your device, use the following steps:
- Open the Google Play app store.
- Select My Apps & Games.
- Scroll down to find the Hulu app.
- Look for the Update option.
- Tap Update and wait for the update to download.
Note: After any software and app updates, it is best to reboot your device before trying to reconnect with Chromecast.
Step #4. Update the Chromecast Firmware
In addition to updating the Hulu app software, you may also need to update the Chromecast device. As with the Hulu app software, the update procedure typically happens automatically.
However, glitches and unforeseen problems like internet connection outages may have caused the update process to fail.
Chromecast devices with old firmware may not support connections with the latest casting and mirroring applications. Sometimes there are compatibility problems with older versions of software and firmware.
To update the firmware on your Chromecast device manually, use the following steps:
- Verify that your Chromecast device has an internet connection.
- Open the Google Home app on your phone.
- Select the Settings menu.
- Select the Reboot option.
- Wait as the Chromecast device automatically updates.
The Chromecast firmware should automatically update after the reboot process. As it is going through the reboot process, do not unplug your Chromecast device.
Note: Unplugging your Chromecast device during the reboot and software upgrade process could interrupt its ability to establish a successful connection.
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If Hulu won’t connect to Chromecast, use the aforementioned troubleshooting methods and considerations.
Two of the main causes of a connection failure are a poor internet connection from a streaming device and application updates.
If you can’t get a strong Wi-Fi signal or a mobile device signal, a network range extender will improve the smoothness of streaming apps.
The root cause of why your Hulu is unable to connect to Chromecast may only be your stream device’s connection to Hulu.
Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.