Windows 10, the successor to Windows 8.1, is one of the many versions of the Windows Operating System. The release of Windows 10 dates back to July 2015, making it the latest Windows version to date. This latest addition to the Windows Operating System comes with a handful of features that are capable of helping both personal, as well as business needs. Furthermore, the massive 1 billion active users for Windows 10 makes it the most popular Operating System for desktop and laptop computers!
In the latter version of Windows, there is the Cast to Device functionality that allows users to stream media content to Miracast/DLNA devices directly such as smart TVs, multimedia hardware, etc. The purpose of this function is mobility and save time, thus ruling out the need for manually transferring the video or picture. However, since the introduction of this feature, there have been criticisms. And they all say they are unable to pull off the Cast to Device option. Error messages like no cast devices found Windows 10, Cast to Device not responding, etc. are common with users trying to make this feature functioning. The following are potential fixes that can solve the issue. So without further ado, let’s see how to fix Cast to Device not working in Windows 10.
Fixes for Cast to Device Not Working on Windows 10
1. Run the Hardware and Devices Troubleshooter
- First, navigate to Start→Settings→Update & Security→Troubleshoot. You can also alternatively open the Windows menu by pressing the Windows key and input “troubleshoot”(without double quotes) in the search bar. Next, open the Troubleshoot settings from the results that appear.
- Once you’re in the Troubleshoot page, scroll down and click on the Hardware and Devices option. Clicking on it will show a new button Run the troubleshooter, click on it.
- This troubleshooter will start running successfully to detect errors and fix them.
2. Turn on the Network Discovery option
- Open the Windows menu by pressing the Windows key and navigate to Settings→Network & Internet→Status. You can also alternatively open the Windows menu and type in “network”(without double quotes) in the search bar. Then, open Network status from the results that appear.
- Click on Network and Sharing Center.
- On the next screen, click the Change advanced sharing settings option.
- Make sure the following items are checked/ticked:
- Turn on network discovery
- Turn on file and printer sharing
- Click on Save changes and try casting to the device again. If it still doesn’t connect, move on to the next method.
3. Reset Stream Permissions for Windows Media Player
- Open the Windows menu by pressing the Windows key and type in “Windows Media Player”(without double quotes) to the search box and open the result.
- Next, click on the Stream menu at the top and click the Allow Internet access to home media option
- Click on Turn on media streaming under the same Stream menu and follow the on-screen instructions to confirm the selection.
- After you return back to the main window, make sure the Automatically allow devices to play my media option is checked/ticked
4. Update Your Network Card Driver
- Press Win+X and click on Device Manager to go to the Device Manager settings on your device
- Expand the Network adapters option.
- Right-click on your driver and choose Update driver.
- Finally, Choose the Automatic update option and Windows will successfully download and install the latest driver for your network card.
Summing up our guide, the fixes listed above are potentially enough to counter the discussed problem. However, the root of the problem may arise due to different reasons for different users, so it’s essential that you try out each of the above fixes to find out which works for you. For the most part, users encounter this condition if the network drivers are outdated or the network is not configured correctly. Make sure to follow the guide thoroughly and they’ll hopefully help you fix it.