- Resetting an LG Smart TV can help clear out stored apps and personal information, improving performance and ensuring data privacy.
- To reset an LG Smart TV, open the settings menu, go to General or Support, and select Reset to Initial Settings.
- Confirm the reset to restore the TV to factory settings, removing apps and reverting settings to defaults.
- To reset picture settings on an LG Smart TV, open the settings menu, go to Picture, and select Advanced Settings to access the reset feature.
An LG Smart TV has much more in common with your computer or smartphone than a TV from a decade ago. Modern smart TVs run on complex operating systems that allow them to stream content from your favorite streaming services. However, it is a good idea to reset an LG Smart TV if it is sluggish or before getting rid of it.
Because LG Smart TVs have so many capabilities, you may not realize that all the stored apps are slowing it down. Resetting the TV can help clear out the memory and force it to update. Additionally, personal information may be stored on the TV, including usernames and passwords for various streaming services. It is vital to perform a factory reset to erase this info before getting rid of the TV.
Step 1: Open the Settings Menu
Start by opening the settings menu. Do this by tapping on the gear icon on the remote. Alternatively, click the gear icon on the home screen of an LG Smart TV. All TVs running LG’s WebOS operating system use a similar method to reset to factory settings. However, the pictures and menu layout may vary.
Step 2: Go to General
With the settings menu open, scroll down and select All Settings, then General. Next, choose System from the sub-menu. LG TVs running WebOS 4.5 or older will have the option to reset to factory settings under Support rather than General.
Step 3: Reset to Initial Settings
Regardless of your TV’s age and operating system, you should now see Reset to Initial Settings. Click on this option to start the factory reset process.
Step 4: Confirm LG Smart TV Reset
Finally, confirm that you want to restore the TV to its factory settings. This will remove all your apps and revert any settings changes you’ve made to factory defaults. Once the reset is complete, you must sign back into the TV and reconfigure the settings. This includes running a channel search if you have cable TV, or use an antenna.
How to Reset LG Smart TV Picture Settings
If your LG Smart TV’s picture looks bad, you can reset the picture settings to factory defaults. This is the best option if the screen looks bad, and you don’t know how to fix it. Resetting the picture settings will not affect your TV’s apps or other settings.
Step 1: Open the Settings Menu
Start by opening the settings menu on your LG TV. Click the gear icon on your LG TV’s remote or the gear icon on the LG TV’s home screen.
Step 2: Go to Advanced Picture Settings
From the settings menu, click All Settings>Picture. Select Advanced Settings from the sub-menu to access the reset feature.
Step 3: Reset the Picture Settings
In the Advanced Settings menu, click Reset to restore the image to the default. Click OK when the warning message pops up to confirm you want to erase the settings for the given mode. You can repeat this step for each picture mode preset.
Your LG Smart TV should now be reset to its factory defaults. Don’t sign back into the TV if you plan on selling or giving it away. Otherwise, you can sign back in and add streaming apps. It is also a good idea to periodically check for updates, or turn on automatic updates. This will ensure your LG Smart TV supports new app updates and runs as fast as possible.
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