There may be times when you just want a fresh start. If you would like a fresh start with your Samsung TV, there are a number of ways to do it.
A restart of a Samsung TV involves turning it off and on again. More specifically, start with the TV turned on, unplug the TV from the wall and then hold the power button in for 30 seconds to drain residual energy. You can plug the TV in and when you push the power button, the memory cache will be cleared.
There may also be times when you want to reset the TV back to factory settings. This requires a little more work but it is certainly possible for any home user to do.
How To Reset Samsung TV
The following instructions will help you to reset your Samsung TV back to factory settings. Take the following steps to achieve that goal:
1. Navigate to Settings on your Samsung TV and choose ‘General’
2. In the general settings, choose Reset and you will be prompted for your pin. If you don’t know your pin, or if you never set it, try the default of 0000
3. You will again be prompted because you will be performing a complete reset. Choose okay and an automatic restart of the TV will occur.
There may be times when you have a Samsung TV that doesn’t quite line up with these options. If that is the case, navigate through your settings to Support and choose Self-Diagnosis.
Inside the self-diagnosis menu, you will see a reset option. Your user manual will also provide specific instructions on how your TV model is reset.
A soft reset is also possible on a Samsung TV. Here is how to do it with and without a remote control:
Soft Reset a Samsung TV with a Remote
Start with the Samsung TV turned on and press the power button on the remote control. You will have to hold down the power button for quite some time, as the TV will turn off and you will continue to hold down the power button until it restarts again. Your Samsung TV is now reset.
Soft Reset a Samsung TV without Remote
You could also reset your Samsung TV without using the remote control. You will start with the TV turned on.
Unplug the TV from the wall or disconnect the power cable from the back of the TV. Press and hold the power button on the TV for 30 seconds to drain residual energy.
Plug the TV back in and press the power button. When the TV finishes booting, the soft restart is complete.
What Are the Benefits of a Soft Reset?
Rather than restoring your TV to factory default and losing all of your settings, a soft reset helps to bring things back in line with where they should be.
The primary benefit of a soft reset is that it will clear the memory cache. Any apps that have been loaded in memory will be emptied.
If your TV has been acting sluggish or is not responding to the remote, it may be a problem with too many apps loaded in memory. Then again, it could be a problem with low batteries in the remote control.
Another benefit of doing a soft reboot is that it completely shuts down the TV. Most of us just turn the TV off or allow it to go into hibernation mode, sometimes referred to as standby mode.
When a TV goes into standby mode, all of the apps also go into standby mode. There may even be some that run in the background.
The problem is, none of those apps are closed and they will continue to stack on top of each other, causing the TV to run slowly. Doing a soft reset fixes that problem.
How To Reset Samsung TV Without Remote
If you don’t have a remote available or you would like to reset your TV without the use of a remote, it is possible to do so. In fact, you may find it to be an easier option.
Soft reset your Samsung TV by starting with the TV turned on and then unplug it from the wall. This will force your TV to shut down completely. Press and hold the power button on the TV (not the remote) for 30 seconds. Any residual energy will have been drained. You can then plug in the TV and push the power button to finish the process.
Many people want to restart the TV fully by using this process because they feel as if it is a better method than using the remote. In reality, both achieve the same purpose.
On the other hand, if you don’t have access to the remote control, you can use this method to get it started and clear the memory cache.
If you have a universal remote control, you can restart the TV just the same as if you had the original Samsung remote control. Both use the same method, as is outlined below.
It is also possible to restore a Samsung TV to factory settings without the use of a remote. It is more difficult, but it can be done if you don’t have access to the remote control and want to restore the settings completely.
Before restoring the settings to factory default, you will need to have access to your password or personal identification number. If you never set the pin, it is likely the factory default of 0000.
On the other hand, if you just don’t remember your pin, you can always restore it to the factory default of 0000. Start by turning off the TV using the remote control.
On the remote control, press Mute, 8, 2, 4, power. Do not press them all at one time but press them one after the other.
After this brief exercise, the TV password will be reset to the default of 0000. You can then reset the TV to factory default.
In order to accomplish this, you will have to use the buttons on the TV. Familiarize yourself with the buttons ahead of time so the process will go smoothly.
The first step in the process is to unplug the power cord from the wall. You will then press the power button and the volume down button at the same time on the TV.
Continue to hold down on the volume down and power button while you reinsert the plug back into the TV (or plug it back into the receptacle. A screen will then come up that provides some additional instructions.
Some have also said that you can hold the power button on the TV to turn it on and then point the remote control at the TV. Hold the exit button on the remote control for 12 seconds, push the enter button and the TV will be reset.
After the TV has been set to factory default, it will automatically restart. After it has fully restarted, you will have to go in and change any settings that have been adjusted.
How To Reset Samsung TV With Remote
You can perform a soft reset of the TV using the remote control. It is also possible to reset the TV to factory default without ever touching the TV.
To perform a reset of the TV using the remote control, point the remote control at the TV while it is turned on and press/hold the power button. The TV will turn off but you should continue to hold down the power button until it turns on again.
This process may take some time. After the TV turns on again, release the power button and the soft reset will be complete.
For some people, a soft reset is going to solve all of their problems. It resets the memory cache and eliminates many of the apps that may have been running in the background.
You should familiarize yourself with the soft reset process and anytime your TV is acting sluggish, it should be restarted in that way. Simply allowing your TV to go on standby when you’re not watching it will not achieve the same goal.
If you would like to do a more thorough reset, it is possible to turn things back completely to factory settings. In order to achieve this, you should have the remote control with fresh batteries and you need to know your pin.
If you never set your pin, it will be set to the factory default of 0000. If you forget your pin, turn the TV off using your remote control and press the following buttons in order: Mute – 8 – 2 – 4 – Power. The pin will now be 0000.
Enter the settings menu by pushing settings on the Samsung TV remote control. If you are using a universal remote control, look for the settings menu. It may be different from one remote to another.
When you are in settings, look for the general option and select reset. You will then enter your pin, which is either the pin you selected or 0000.
You are about to fully reset your Samsung TV. This is a process that you can’t back out of. All of your settings will be lost and your apps will no longer be downloaded.
Select okay to reset the Samsung TV and the TV will begin to restart automatically. Once it has restarted, the TV will be back to factory settings.
If you don’t see these options available on your Samsung TV, you may have to try a different method. It is similar, but you would go into settings, choose support, and navigate to self-diagnosis. Look in the menu and you will see reset as an option.
How To Reset Picture On Samsung TV
Samsung TVs offer an easy way to reset the picture back to factory settings. You can then change the settings to meet your individual needs.
To reset the picture settings on a Samsung TV, open Settings by using the settings button on your remote control or selecting the settings button on the TV. Navigate to Picture, choose Expert Settings, and then choose Reset Picture.
You will be given an opportunity to back out at this point but when you select okay, the settings will go back to factory default.
You might also find that a soft reset of your Samsung TV accomplishes a similar purpose. At times, we may be running an app on the Samsung TV the changes the picture settings but a soft reset will fix that issue.
Perform a soft reset by holding down the power button on the remote control while the TV turns off. Continue to hold the power button until the TV turns back on again. At this point, you have cleared the memory cache and the picture settings should be reset.
You can also run a diagnostic test to see if the TV is causing problems or if it is an app or another issue. It has been built into the TV and allows you to see where the problem lies.
To run the self-diagnostic, open Settings and go to Support. Choose Device Care and then select the option for Self-Diagnosis. Some models skip from support directly to self-diagnosis.
You will now be given the option to start a picture test. A high-resolution picture will show on the screen and you can look over it carefully to see if there are any flaws or issues. Instructions will also be on the screen to end the test.
If there wasn’t any problem when the picture was displayed, it is likely a connected device that is causing the issue. Carefully inspect the cables that are connecting the devices to the TV. Make sure that they are free of damage and new.
How To Reset Channels On Samsung TV
There may be times when you want to reset the channels on your Samsung TV and start from scratch. It’s actually an easier process than you might think.
To reset the channels on a new Samsung TV, enter the settings menu by selecting it on your remote control or the settings button on your TV. Navigate to Channel, Auto Program.
A prompt will come up at this point and ask you to select Cable or Air. Some TVs will automatically begin the scan process and will not give you the option to choose.
Resetting the channels is a fairly straightforward process, but there may be variations that you need to be familiar with. For example, newer TVs may have a broadcasting menu instead of a channel menu.
If you are using an older model Samsung TV, the process will be similar but rather the menu, the remote will say settings. The rest of the process is the same and the auto program will likely begin automatically.
If you are trying to reset channels on an older Samsung that is not a smart TV, similar options will be made available in the settings menu. The real difference is the fact that you are not connected to the Internet, you are just making the changes locally.
How To Reset A Samsung TV Remote
Has your remote control been giving you problems or do you have other devices connected and you need to wipe them? Here’s how to reset your Samsung TV remote quickly and easily.
To reset the remote control for a Samsung TV, begin by removing the batteries. After the batteries are removed, press the power button and hold it down for 10 seconds. This will fully reset the remote back to factory settings.
Put the batteries back in and try to use the remote. It should automatically pair with the TV.
After you reset a Samsung TV remote, you will lose any other devices that have been paired with it. If you would still like to use those other devices, such as a Roku, or a DVD player, you will need to look up the code so you can add them.
There may be times when we want to reset our Samsung TV remote because we think it is no longer working. You can actually check to ensure that an infrared signal is being sent.
A digital camera, such as the camera on your tablet or phone can be used for this purpose. Point the remote at the lens of the camera and hold down the power button.
With the power button depressed, look through the screen of the camera. If an infrared signal is being sent, you will see the colored light flashing or a steady light.
One other thing to consider is the possibility that the batteries are dying. If the batteries are getting low or were not properly inserted, the remote will act sluggish or may not work.
If all else fails, consider buying a universal remote control.
How To Reset Apps On Samsung TV
If you are having problems with your app store if you would just like to start fresh, you can reset Smart Hub on your Samsung TV. Otherwise, you can remove the apps one at a time.
To fully reset apps on a Samsung TV, navigate to the settings menu, go to Support, Service Care, Self-Diagnosis, Reset Smart Hub. On Samsung TV models prior to 2020, you will navigate directly from support to self-diagnosis. Enter your pin and then the reset process will start.
Resetting the apps on a Samsung TV means that you won’t have access to any of them until they are downloaded again. Some apps are on the TV by default, but many of our favorites will likely need to be downloaded.
You might find it beneficial to simply do a soft reset of the TV. This will not get rid of any of the apps but it will clear the apps out of the memory that may be causing your TV to run sluggishly.
Perform a soft reset of your TV by starting with the TV turned on. Press and hold the power button on the remote control and continue to hold it while the TV turns off and eventually turns back on again.
You can also do a soft reset by starting with the TV turned on, unplugging the TV, and then holding down the power button for 30 seconds. You can then plug the TV back in again. After pressing the power button and waiting for it to boot, the process will be complete.
The benefit of doing a soft reset is that it clears the memory cache altogether. Any apps that have been causing problems will be gone until you start running them again.
How To Reset Samsung TV Smart Hub
It is possible to reset Smart Hub on your Samsung TV. Doing so will reset the app store and take you back to factory default.
Resetting Smart Hub begins by navigating to the settings menu. You will choose Support, Service Care (on newer models), Self-Diagnosis, Reset Smart Hub. You will be prompted to enter your pin, and the default is 0000.
After resetting Smart Hub, you may have to download your favorite apps again.
One of the benefits of resetting Smart Hub is the fact that it signs you out of every app that you signed into. If you are signed into multiple apps, they may be running in the background and causing your set to run slowly.
This may also be a problem, because you will have to sign into every app that you have been signed out. You also need to ensure that you have an Internet connection because many apps will have to be downloaded again.
If you want to take things a step further, you can reset the TV back to factory default. This will reset all of the settings, including what has been established through Smart Hub.
How To Reset Color On Samsung TV
There are many picture options on your Samsung TV. It can be difficult to keep things straight and at times, you may just want to reset the color to factory default.
Resetting color to factory default is a straightforward process. It is done using the remote control or the buttons on the TV, which are less convenient. Enter the settings menu and choose Picture, Expert Settings, Reset Picture.
Before the color settings are reset, you will have to confirm by choosing yes. At that point, the color settings will be at factory default.
It isn’t always necessary to go through such a long process to reset the color settings. You may find it just is beneficial to go into the picture mode and choose a setting that is right for the show you are watching.
Enter picture mode by navigating to Settings, Picture, Picture Mode. You will then see four different options, Standard, Dynamic, Natural, Movie.
Any time you want a change, you can always go into this menu and reset back to a standard setting, and work from there.
How To Reset Samsung TV Volume
Is the TV volume on your Samsung too high or too low? You can reset it to factory default and start from scratch.
The easiest way to reset the TV volume on your Samsung TV is to enter the Settings menu. Search for Sound, choose Additional Settings or Speaker Settings. You will then be able to set the auto volume. To get it back to factory default and start from scratch, choose NORMAL.
There may be a number of different issues that are causing problems with your Samsung TV volume. Sometimes, it’s the fact that we have an external speaker plugged in and it is conflicting with the onboard volume controls.
This can sometimes be a problem if we are using a universal remote control and some people are adjusting the TV volume while others are adjusting the volume for the external speaker. Resetting this will help to get things back to normal.
Begin by turning the volume all the way up on the TV. Use the volume control on the TV, not the remote.
You can then adjust the volume on the external speaker. Be careful, the sound may be extremely loud at first.
How To Reset HDMI Ports On Samsung TV
Are you having problems with the HDMI ports on your Samsung TV? Resetting them is an option, but not the only option.
In order to reset the HDMI ports on your Samsung TV, you will have to enter the settings menu. Start by disconnecting the HDMI cable and entering the settings menu, selecting the appropriate input and output for each device. You can then plug the HDMI cable in and see if it works.
Although you may be able to reset HDMI ports on your Samsung TV, it is not typically necessary. More often than not, it is a problem with the HDMI cable that is causing the issue.
Inspect the HDMI cable for any visible damage and replace it if you see any. Make sure that the cable is firmly plugged into every port. Loose cables will not work well.
Finally, ensure that you are using updated HDMI cables. Older HDMI cables use older technology and trying to use them along with a newer technology Samsung TV will cause conflicts and other issues.
How To Reset Samsung TV Password
Do you need to reset your Samsung TV password? There’s a shortcut that allows you to do it.
The default Samsung password for their TVs is 0000. If you reset the pin or if you don’t remember the pin, you can reset it back to the factory default using the TV remote control. Begin by turning the TV off using the power button on the remote control. Press MUTE, 8, 2, 4, POWER.
This will reset your pin back to the factory default of 0000. You can then reset the pin to whatever you want.
Be aware that you have to push those buttons in order for this to work. Pushing them simultaneously will not accomplish the same goal.
If you are having a problem and need to reset your Samsung TV, begin by going to the Settings menu and selecting General. Navigate to the Reset option, enter your pin, and choose Reset. Finish the reset of your TV by choosing okay and waiting until the TV restarts automatically.
If you need to reset other Smart TVs please consider our How to Reset a Smart TV article.