Chromecast privacy settings
Cast usage data and crash reports
Google may collect system activity, crash reports, and usage data (details about how you use the casting functionality of your Cast device, including the apps and domains you cast).
You can control Google's collection of crash reports and usage data through a device setting, which is enabled by default.
- For Chromecast Audio, you can manage this setting through the device settings menu of the Google Home setup app.
- For Android TVs, you can manage this setting through the Chromecast settings in the Android TV settings menu.
- For Chromecast built-in audio devices, you can manage this setting in the device’s utility application settings.
Performing a factory data reset
You can perform a factory data reset (FDR) on your Chromecast Audio by using one of the two methods listed below:
- Option 1:
- Open the Google Home app .
- In the upper right corner of the home screen, tap Devices to see your available Chromecast Audio devices.
- In the top right corner of the device you'd like to FDR, tap the device card menu > Settings.
- In the top right corner, tap the More button .
- Tap Factory reset or Reset.
- Confirm you would like to reset your device by tapping Reset.
- Option 2:
While the Chromecast is plugged into the TV, hold down the button on the Chromecast for at least 25 seconds or until the solid LED light begins flashing on the Chromecast device and the TV goes blank and begins the reboot sequence.
Casting from apps and websites
When you cast content to your device with Chromecast built-in, the application or website that you are using will have its own logging practices and policies with regard to user data. A unique identifier for your devices with Chromecast built-in may be sent to the operator of that app or website for purposes of digital rights management ("DRM"). To learn more, please reference the privacy policies of the apps or websites you are using.
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