If you’re looking for entertainment, Hulu has it in droves. Featuring multiple ad-supported and ads-free plans from which to choose, the platform can also save you cash on your streaming.
However, Hulu not casting to smart TVs is an issue that lots of streamers have been experiencing. Here’s why this problem may be occurring for you—and, most importantly, how to fix it!
Why is Hulu Not Casting to my Smart TV?
Hulu not casting to smart TVs is an issue that some users have experienced, but not all. And not always for the same reasons. In some cases, a recent software update or even not updating Hulu or your devices may be the problem.
In other cases, Hulu not casting to smart TVs can be caused by temporary server-related or internet problems. Bugs, file corruption, your VPN, or other technical issues may also be at fault. Either way, we have some handy tips for you to find the problem and sort it out.
How Can I Fix the Issue of Hulu Not Casting to Smart TV?
If Hulu isn’t casting to your smart TV, you can try the steps below to diagnose and repair the issue. However, don’t be afraid also to check out the Hulu Community forum if none help. Here, you can find answers to issues and ask other Hulu members for tips.
Hulu Not Casting to Smart TVs? Check the Hulu Server Status
Hulu not casting to smart TVs may be a temporary issue related to its own servers. The Hulu servers store and broadcast data, including on-demand and live shows, movies, and TV channels. If these servers are down, you won’t be able to cast content.
To check if the Hulu servers are down:
- Visit a reputable down detector site, such as updownradar.com, to check.
- Unfortunately, as of writing, we are not aware of any official Hulu server page on which to check.
- Once on the down detector website, type the Hulu website address into the search bar.
- It should give you information on whether or not the Hulu servers are down. It may also give additional information on other technical issues.
Check That Your Internet is Fast Enough
Aside from the Hulu servers, you may also want to check your own internet speed. If your upload or download speeds have dropped considerably and don’t meet the minimum requirements, then you may experience issues. Hulu not casting to smart TVs at all may be one of them.
To ensure your internet speed is adequate:
- Use an internet speed checker, such as speedtest.net, to check your up/downloading speeds.
- Ensure these speeds meet with the recommended Hulu streaming speeds for your selected content and resolution.
- Contact your internet service provider (ISP) if you are experiencing persistent low internet speeds. You should be getting the internet up/downloading speeds you selected with your package. If these are too low as it is, you may need to upgrade your package.
- You can also try to reset your devices by switching them off for a few minutes, then back on. Do this for your TV, router, and casting devices, such as Google Chromecast, to see if it fixes internet issues.
Update Your Hulu App & Casting Device Software and Firmware
Updating your Hulu app may help if Hulu is not casting to your smart TV. Though updates should occur automatically when you restart Hulu, updating it manually may be necessary. You should also check that Hulu is set to automatic updates on your devices.
To update Hulu on an LG, Android, and Samsung TVs:
- You should receive Hulu updates automatically on both LG and Samsung TVs.
- However, for Android TVs, tablets, and phones, you can navigate to the Google Play store.
- Then, select the Menu and/or go straight to My Apps or My Apps & Games > find Hulu > tap Update.
- For Apple devices, you can find Hulu updates on the Apple Store for Apple TV boxes. Or on the App Store for iPhones and iPads.
- For other devices, including the Nintendo Switch, Fire TVs, and Fire TV Sticks, look on the Hulu update instructions page.
It’s also a good idea to update any casting device you’re trying to use. To update your Google Chromecast device:
- Ensure both your TV, tablet, phone, laptop, or device and Chromecast device are connected to the same internet network.
- Navigate to the Google Home app.
- Then, go to Devices > select the card for the Chromecast device in use > Device Card Menu > Settings > Cast firmware version.
- For other casting devices, look online to find the specific update instructions, as these will vary.
Switch Off Your VPN
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) help internet users to protect their IP addresses and other data. These can also allow users to access content in other regions. However, that’s exactly why you may need to switch your VPN off when casting Hulu. A VPN can cause a block that results in Hulu not casting to smart TVs. Try switching yours off to see if this helps.
Reinstall the Hulu App
In some cases, uninstalling and reinstalling the Hulu app can fix technical problems, corrupted files, and bugs. Try uninstalling your app and deleting all its data in the process to be sure to remove corrupt files. Then, reinstall it on your tablet, phone, laptop, or casting device.
Swap Over to Other Entertainment
Some Hulu streamers temporarily fixed the Hulu not casting to smart TV issue by doing this. They navigated to Hubs, selected, and watched programs they wouldn’t usually for a few minutes. Then, they switched back to their normal viewing options.
Ensure Hulu Has Access to Your Network on iOS
Trying to cast Hulu from an iOS device, such as an iPhone or iPad?
Luckily, iOS device users can try another fix:
- On your Apple iOS device, go to your Settings > find Hulu in the list of apps at the bottom.
- Then, ensure that the Local Network switch is on.
- If not, switch it on to allow Hulu access to your internet network to cast content.
- If you’re trying to cast over a mobile connection or hotspot, also ensure the Mobile Data switch is on. This will allow Hulu to stream over your mobile device data.
- Also, ensure that your TV and casting device are both also connected to the same mobile data connection.
Hulu not casting to smart TVs is a common issue that Hulu streamers experience. However, there are a number of reasons why this may be occurring. Be sure to try all the steps above and our tips for fixing Disney+ and Netflix screen-mirroring issues, as well. Perhaps one of these suggestions may help you.