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How to Reset Apple TV [All Generations] to Factory Settings

Apple TV not working properly? Do a simple reset.

It is common that electronic devices tend to act weird at times. It may not respond, frozen or will respond slowly for no reason. Apple TV is not an exception to this. You want to factory reset your Apple TV occasionally to get rid of such bugs. Situations like when you want to give your Apple TV to your friends, or you want to resell the device, or when your Apple TV is not working you need to hard reset Apple TV. If you don’t know how to reset your Apple TV (4K, 4th gen, 3rd gen, 2nd gen, 1st gen), simply follow the steps below.

Keep your Apple TV switched on when you are doing the reset to avoid technical issues.

How to Reset Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon on your Apple TV.

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Step 2: Choose System on the Settings menu.

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Step 3: Tap on the Reset option. You will see two options.

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  • Reset: This is the fastest way to factory reset your Apple TV. It doesn’t need an internet connection.
  • Reset and Update: This is similar to the above option. Additionally, choosing this option will update the software after the reset if there is an active internet connection.

How to Reset Apple TV 3rd Generation or earlier

Step 1: Tap the Settings icon on the Home screen of your Apple TV.

Step 2: Choose the General option on the list of options displayed.

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Step 3: Click on Reset option, Again here you will see two options.

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  • Reset All Settings: Choosing this option does a factory reset and will erase all your data and configurations associated with your Apple TV. You don’t need internet access to complete this option.
  • Restore: This is same as the above process but also installs software updates if any if connected to an internet connection.

How to Reset your Apple TV without the Remote

If your Apple TV Remote is not working, you can reset your Apple TV in two ways.

  • Using any of the iOS devices.
  • Using iTunes on PC or MacBook.

Steps to Reset your Apple TV using any of the iOS devices

Step 1: Install the Apple TV Remote app from the App Store or any of the Apple devices (iPhone / iPad). Already if you are having the app, check that it is the updated version.

Step 2: Connect your iOS device to the same WiFi network as your Apple TV.

Step 3: Open the Apple TV Remote app on the iOS device.

Step 4: Your Apple TV will be displayed.

Step 5: Enter the four-digit code that displayed on the Apple TV on your iOS device if asked.

Step 6: Now you can control your Apple TV with your iOS device with the Apple TV Remote.

Step 7: Do the same steps as mentioned on how to reset Apple TV 4K and Apple TV 3rd generation using the iOS device and reset the Apple TV without the Apple TV remote.

Steps to Reset Apple TV using the iTunes app

Step 1: Power off your Apple TV and connect it to your Windows computer or Macbook using the lightning to USB cable.

Step 2: After connecting it to your PC, power your Apple TV.

Step 3: Open the iTunes app. You will see the summary page of Apple TV. If it doesn’t appear, click the Apple TV icon on the top left side on your PC.

Step 4: Choose Restore Apple TV. It will start to restore.

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Step 5: While restoring, don’t unplug the USB cable.

Step 6: When the restore is finished, unplug the USB cable and power cable.

Try using the Apple TV now. It will work flawlessly. Still, if you face some glitch or error, take it to the nearest Apple Service Centre.

How to Reset your Apple TV Remote

Apple TV has two types of remote. Apple TV Aluminium Remote and Apple TV Siri Remote. Aluminium Remote is coloured white and the Apple TV Siri Remote is black coloured. If your remote doesn’t work properly, you can reset your Apple TV Remote also.

Before resetting your Apple TV Remote, remove the old battery and insert a new one in the case of Aluminium Remote. The Siri Remote has the rechargeable battery and not the replaceable one. Charge it for a few minutes or check its charge. Go to Settings and click Remotes and Devices. Choose Remote to see how much charge is left on your Siri Remote.

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Step 1: Press and hold the Menu button & Volume Up button for three seconds.

Step 2: It will reset your remote and re-pairs it to your Apple TV. When your remote is paired with your Apple TV, you will see a pop up on the top right side of your Apple TV stating that your remote is paired.

Resetting your Apple TV is one of the best solutions to any minor problem and solves all the present glitches and bugs if any. This will all the data including your Apple TV password. If resetting your Apple TV doesn’t resolve your issue, get it to the Apple Service Centre and rectify it.

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