When software malfunctions keep you from watching your favorite shows, you’ll want to know how to reset a Roku TV. this restarts the device on a clean slate, ensuring the programs within your device work as well as they did when you first bought it.
However, committing to a factory reset requires careful consideration and execution. All data is erased, and it could affect your ability to reconfigure the device afterward. Read on for instructions on how to proceed.
Reasons to Reset a Roku TV
As one of the leading streaming platforms, Roku pounced on an opportunity to create the marketplace for watching video. Users can find Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and even the Roku app right on their Roku TV, making it the only device you need to watch your favorite shows.
However, sometimes the software becomes unresponsive or freezes. The television might experience connectivity problems, or a recently updated app doesn’t work with the current operating system and crashes. When you need to get past a variety of malfunctions, it’s worth knowing how to reset a Roku TV.
Most often, people find it easiest to factory reset using the Roku Remote. However, there are multiple alternatives to do this in case yours has gone missing. Let’s take a look at three ways to wipe your television clean.
NOTE: Factory resetting your Roku TV will erase all of your settings and data, including all of your installed apps and login information.
Option 1: Using the Roku Remote
Whether you’re trying to erase your personal information or the software started acting up, it’s easy to reset a Roku TV using the remote. To get started, follow these instructions:
- With your Roku TV turned off, turn it on using the power button on the remote or the device
- From the Home screen, Navigate to the menu on the left-hand side
- Select the “Settings” option and press the “OK” button on the remote
- Within the Settings menu, select “System”
- From the System menu, select “Advanced system settings”
- From the Advanced system settings menu, “select Factory reset”
- Follow the prompts to reset your Roku TV to factory settings
After the factory reset process finishes, the TV will return to the original setup screen. From here, you can follow the on-screen instructions to reconfigure your device.
Option 2: Using Your Mobile Phone
If you’ve lost your Roku remote, navigating through the television becomes a whole lot more complicated — but you probably already know this. Fortunately, Roku thought about that and released an app that turns your phone into a remote. Using this app, you can easily reset a Roku TV as well as manage many other actions. Here’s how it works:
- If you don’t have it, download the Roku app on iOS or Android
- Turn on your Roku TV using the power button on the device
- Open the Roku app on your mobile device, making sure it’s connected to the same network as your television
- Tap the “Devices” icon (the TV) in the app
- When your Roku TV appears in the list, tap it to connect
- After connecting the two devices, tap the “Remote” icon (the remote control) to use your phone as a Roku remote
- Follow Steps 2-7 from Option 1
Using your mobile device as a Roku remote allows you to do everything you could do with the original device, so long as the television and phone are on the same network. Keep in mind that when you factory reset your Roku TV, you’ll no longer be able to sync the two.
Option 3: Using the Emergency Reset Button
Sometimes, your television gets stuck on a black screen. If you’ve tried turning the device off and on without any luck, you’ll have to know how to reset a Roku TV without a remote or your phone. When all else fails and you can’t navigate to the factory reset button in the settings, you’ll need to use the emergency reset button.
- Locate the physical reset button on the backside of your Roku TV. NOTE: This is typically recessed, so you’ll need a small pointed object to reach it.
- Unplug any external devices from the television
- Turn on your Roku TV using the power button on the television
- With the television turned on, firmly press in on the reset button using the pointed object for about 20 seconds. Continue holding until the Roku logo appears on the screen
- Release the reset button as the Roku TV starts the factory reset process
Just as in option 1, your TV will return to its original setup screen following the reset process. From here, you can reconfigure the device.
Considerations Before Resetting Your Roku TV
I briefly mentioned it in Option 2, but if you’re considering resetting your Roku TV and you’re using the Roku app, you won’t be able to use it to set it up again. So if you don’t own a physical Roku remote and you need to factory reset your television, you have two options:
- Buy a Roku remote
- Connect your TV to the internet via an ethernet cable and screen share with a computer using an HDMI cable (here’s an in-depth guide to get started)
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