While Android TVs surely have great features, we know that some years down the line, the TVs start showing issues. There are several problems with Android TVs ranging from boot looping, crashing, unresponsive UI, and more. While some issues can be fixed through software troubleshooting, severe issues like force crashing and boot looping require you to hard reset your Android TV. So if you are facing any such issue with your Android TV then worry not. In this article, I bring you a detailed guide on how to perform a forced factory reset on your Android TV. So on that note, let’s begin with the tutorial.

Hard Reset Your Android TV In a Safe Way (2021)

Before the guide, we have explained the difference between hard reset and factory reset. You can go through the explainer for in-depth information. And then you can proceed with the steps. We have mentioned both Factory and Hard Reset processes for Android TV.

  • How Hard Reset is Different from Factory Reset?

Hard Reset and Factory Reset are basically the same thing. It’s just a difference in approach. When you are able to access your device in a responsive manner, you can access the Settings page and perform a factory reset easily. However, when things go south and your Android TV does not turn on then you need to use hardware keys (hence hard reset) to factory reset your TV.

Even with the Android recovery mode, you are basically performing a factory reset on your TV. So in tandem, when you are able to access your TV then you can easily factory reset and when the TV is malfunctioning then you need to perform a hard reset.

Perform Forced Hard Reset on Your Android TV

1. To hard reset Android TV, first you need to open the Settings page and move to “Device Preferences“.

Hard Reset Your Android TV In a Safe Way (2021)

2. Next, scroll down to the bottom and open “Reset“.

Hard Reset Your Android TV In a Safe Way (2021)

3. Now, simply select “Reset” and click the “OK” button on your remote. Your Android TV will now reboot and reset itself. That’s it. Bear in mind, this process will completely wipe all your internal storage including your files, documents, apps, everything. You will have to log in with your Gooogle account again to install apps.

Hard Reset Your Android TV In a Safe Way (2021)

4. In case your TV is not booting at all or showing errors like “data corrupted” then you need to hard reset your Android TV through the recovery mode. Just turn off the TV and switch off the power or simply unplug the cord from the power supply.

5. Next, press the “OK” and “Back” buttons on the remote and press the physical power button of the TV. And then plug the TV cord into the power supply and turn it on. You will obviously need a second person to operate these instructions.

6. In case, you want to hard reset a Sony Android TV then you will have to press “Volume down” and “Power button” on the remote. No need to press the TV power button. After that, connect the power cord and turn on the switch. If that’s not working then just press and hold the power button on your Sony TV (not remote) and switch on the power supply.

7. From here, the steps are similar for all Android TVs. Now, you may have to press and hold the buttons for 30 seconds until you see the Android Recovery Mode or the TV logo. Once you get to that screen, release the buttons.

Hard Reset Your Android TV In a Safe Way (2021)

8. Now that you have booted to the recovery mode, it’s pretty simple from here. Use the up-down navigation buttons on your remote to move to “Wipe data/factoy reset” option and then press the “OK” button to open it. If you don’t have a remote or it’s not functioning then connect a mouse to your TV.

9. Now, move to “Yes” and press the “OK” button. You are done. Now, your TV will start the process to hard reset itself.

Note: This process will erase all your internal storage including files, documents and apps. You will have to re-login with your Google account after the bootup process.

10. After the process is complete, select “Reboot System Now“. Finally, your Android TV will reboot with a clean OS and without any issues.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will Unplugging My TV Reset It?

No, it won’t reset your TV. To learn about the reset process, follow our above guide.

Q. Hard Reset on My TV Not Working?

In that case, you will have to hard reset your TV through the recovery mode. Follow the instructions in this guide from step #4.

Q. How Do I Reset My TV If It Won’t Turn On?

You can reset your TV even if it does not turn on. Just press certain hardware key combinations to enter into the recovery mode. You can find the instructions from step #4 of this article.

Q. How Do I Reset My Smart TV to Factory Settings?

It’s a fairly simple process. If you have an Android TV then open Settings -> Device Preferences -> Reset -> Select the Reset button. That’s all. And if you have a smart TV by LG then move to Settings -> General -> Reset. For Samsung smart TVs, open Settings -> Support -> Self diagnosis -> Reset.

Q. How Do I Hard Reset My Samsung TV?

As I mentioned above, just open Settings -> Support -> Self diagnosis -> Reset. Now, enter the TV pin and your Samsung TV will reset itself.

Q. How Do I Fix My TV When the Screen is Black?

When your TV screen is black then try performing a hard reset from the recovery mode. You can find the instructions from step #4 of this article.

Q. How Can I Reset My Samsung TV Without a Remote?

You can’t reset Samsung TV without a remote. You need to buy a replacement for your remote.

Q. Why is My TV Not Responding to The Remote?

In the first instance, it might be a battery issue so try changing that. And if the remote is still not responding then you unpair and pair the remote from the Settings page.

Q. How Do I Factory Reset my Sony Android TV?

To reset Sony Android TV in an easy manner, open Settings -> Device Preferences -> Reset. And if your TV is not booting then press “Volume down” and “Power button” on the remote and then turn on the power AC. For detailed instructions, follow our above guide.

Q. How Do I Reset My TCL TV Without a Remote?

If you have a TCL Roku TV then you can reset your TV without a remote. You need to press and hold the “Reset” button at the back for 20 seconds and the TV will reset itself.

Q. Where is The Reset Button on My TCL TV?

If you have a TCL Roku TV then only you will find the reset button. It’s generally located at the top of USB ports.

Q. Is There a Reset Button on Sony Bravia TV?

No, there is no reset button on Sony Bravia TV.

Q. What Happens if I Factory Reset My LG TV?

All your apps, internal storage, files, and documents will be erased from your LG TV.

List of Popular Android TVs

The above tutorial will work with most of the popular Android TVs. You can find a list of popular Android TVs below. The list is not exhaustive by any means and is only to serve as an example.

BRANDModel NameSize
Marq (flipkart)Marq 43AAUHDM43
Marq 43AAFHDM43
Marq 32AAHDM32
Marq 65SAUHD65
Marq 49SAUHD48.5
Marq 32VNSSHDM32
Marq 49SAUHD/49SAHD-Black49
AconaticAconatic 32HS521AN32
Aconatic 43HS521AN43
Aconatic 55RS543AN55
Aconatic 55US300AN55
Aconati c65RS543AN65
iFFALCONiFFALCON 40F2A40
iFFALCON 32F2A32
iFFALCON 49F2A49
iFFALCON 75H2A75
iFFALCON 55K2A55
iFFALCON 65K2A65
iFFALCON 65V2A65
iFFALCON 65K7165
iFFALCON 55H7155
iFFALCON 65H7165
iFFALCON 43K3143
iFFALCON 50K3150
iFFALCON 55K3155
LLoydLLoyd 32HS301B32
LLoyd 43FS301B43
LLoyd 43US900B43
LLoyd 55US900B55
LLoyd GL32H0B0ZS32
LLoyd L32HS670A32
MicromaxMicromax L32CANVAS432
Micromax L32TA6445HD32
Micromax L40TA6445FHD40
Micromax L43TA7000UHD43
Micromax L55TA7001UHD55
MIMI L40M5-5AIN40
MI L32M5-AL32
MI L43M5-AN43
MI L43M4-4AIN43
MI L50M5-5AIN50
MI L55M6-EQG55
MI L32M6-EI32
MI L55M4-4XINA55
MI L65M5-5SIN65
MI L49M5-AN49
MI L32M5-AN32
MI L43M5-AI43
MI L32M5-AI32
PanasonicPanasonic TH-65HX700DX65
Panasonic TH-55HX700DX55
Panasonic TH-43HX700DX43
Panasonic TH-55HX635DX55
Panasonic TH-43HX635DX43
Panasonic TH-43HX625DX43
Panasonic TH-58HX45058
Panasonic TH-50HX45050
Panasonic TH-65GX655DX65
Panasonic TH-55GX655DX55
Panasonic TH-49GX655DX49
Panasonic TH-43GX655DX43
SanyoSanyo XT-43A081U43
Sanyo XT-49A081U49
Sanyo XT-55A081U55
Sanyo XT-65A081U65
Sanyo XT-43UHD4S43
Sanyo XT-50UHD4S50
Sanyo XT-55UHD4S55
Sanyo XT-65UHD4S65
Sanyo XT-43FHD4S43
Sanyo XT-32RHD4S32
SonySony KD-55X7400H55
Sony KDL-49W800G49
Sony KDL-43W800G43
Sony KD-55X9500G55
Sony KD-49X8000H49
Sony KD-55X8000H55
Sony KD-43X8000G43
Sony KD-49X7500H49
Sony KD-65A8F65
Sony KD-55A8G55
Sony KD-55X8000G55
Sony KD-65X9300E65
Sony KD-65A8G65
Sony KD-55X9300E55
Sony KD-65X8000H65
Sony KD-65A9F65
Sony KD-65X9500E65
Sony KD-55A8F55
Sony KD-75X8500F75
Sony KD-65A9G65
SonyKD-55X7500F55
Sony KDL-43W800F43
Sony KD-49X8000G49
Sony KD-55X8500G55
Sony KD-43X7500F43
Sony KD-65X8000G65
Sony KD-49X8500F49
Sony KD-43X8500F43
Sony KDL-49W800F49
Sony KD-43X8200E43
Sony KDL-43W800D43
Sony KD-65X9500G65
Sony KD-75X8000H75
Sony KD-55X9000E55
Sony KD-49X9000E49
Sony KD-55X9500E55
Sony KD-65X9000E65
Sony KD-55X9000F55
Sony KD-65X7500F65
Sony KD-49X8200E49
Sony KD-65X9000F65
Sony KD-55X8500F55
Sony KD-55A9F55
Sony KD-55A155
Sony KD-65A165
Sony KD-49X7500F49
Sony KD-55A9G55
Sony KD-85X8000H85
Sony 43X7400H43
Sony 55X7500H55
Sony 43X7500H43
Sony 65X7400H65
TCLTCL 50C71550
TCL 32S65A32
TCL 55C71555
TCL L65C2US65
TCL 55P71555
TCL L55C2US55
TCL 65P865
TCL 43P843
TCL 43S6500FS43
TCL 85P8M85
TCL 32S6500S32
TCL 65P71565
TCL 55P2MUS55
TCL L55P2MUS55
TCL 43P8B43
TCL 43P71543
TCL 55C81555
TCL 50P71550
TCL 65P2MUS65
TCL L65P2MUS65
TCL 55P8E55
TCL 55P855
TCL 49S6500S49
TCL 65P8E65
TCL 65C665
TCL 75P71575
TCL 55P8S55
TCL 65X4US65
TCL 50P8E50
TCL 65C71565
TCL 50P850
TCL 75C81575
TCL 55C855
TCL 40S650040
TCL 43P8E43
iFFALCON (by TCL)iFFALCON 43K6143
iFFALCON 50K6150
iFFALCON 32F2A32
iFFALCON 55K6155
iFFALCON 43K3143
iFFALCON 55K3155
iFFALCON 55H7155
iFFALCON 43F2A43
iFFALCON 55K7155
iFFALCON 43K7143
iFFALCON 40F2A40
iFFALCON 65K3A65
iFFALCON 65V2A65
iFFALCON 55K3A55
iFFALCON 65K2A65
iFFALCON 55K2A55
iFFALCON 75H2A75
iFFALCON 65K3165
iFFALCON 65K7165
iFFALCON 50K3150
iFFALCON 49F2A49
iFFALCON 65H7165
VUVU 43US43
VU 32US32
VU 55PM55
VU 50PM50
VU 43GA43
VU 55UT55
VU 85QPX85
VU 65PM65
VU 50UT50
VU 32GA32
VU 43PM43
VU 43CA43
VU 43UA43
VU 43UT43
VU 55-OA55
VU 43-OA43
VU 65UT65
VU 50-OA50
VU 43 OA43
VU 43 OA -V143
VU 55-OA55
VU 55-OA V155
VU 50CA50
VU 55CA55
VU OAUHD7575
HisenseHisense 43A71F43
Hisense 55A71F55
Hisense 55A73F55
Hisense 40A56E40
Hisense 32A56E32
Hisense 50A71F50
Hisense 65U7QF65
HaierHaier LE43K6600UGA43
Haier LE40K6600GA40
Haier LE43K6600GA43
Haier LE50K6600HQGA50
Haier LE32K6600GA32
Haier LE55U6900HQGA55
Haier LE65S8000EGA65
Haier LE50U6900HQGA50
Haier LE32W200032
Haier LE55U6500UAG55
Haier LE50F9000UAP50
Haier LE55K6600HQGA55
Haier LE65U6500UAG65
Haier LE65U6900HQGA65
InfinixInfinix 43X143
Infinix 32X132
KodakKodak 50CA707750
Kodak 65CA010165
Kodak 32HDX7XPRO32
Kodak 43CA202243
Kodak 55CA090955
Kodak 43UHDX7XPRO43
Kodak 55UHDX7XPRO55
Kodak 40FHDX7XPRO40
Kodak 43FHDX7XPRO43
Kodak 32HDXSMART32
Kodak 32HDXSMART V132
Kodak 32HDXSMART32
Kodak 55UHDXSMART55
Kodak 40FHDXSMART40
Kodak 40FHDXSMART V140
MotorolaMotorola 55SAUHDMQ55
Motorola 55SAUHDMG55
Motorola 43SAUHDMQ43
Motorola 43SAFHDM43
Motorola 43SAUHDMG43
Motorola 65SAUHDM65
Motorola 40SAFHDME40
Motorola 55SAUHDM55
Motorola 32SAHDME32
Motorola 32SAFHDM32
Motorola 50SAUHDM50
Motorola 43SAUHDM43
Motorola 50SAUHDMQ50
Motorola 75SAUHDM75
NokiaNokia 43TAFHDN43
Nokia 32TAHDN32
Nokia 43TAUHDN43
Nokia 50TAUHDN50
Nokia 55TAUHDN55
Nokia 65TAUHDN65
Nokia 43CAUHDN43
Nokia 55CAUHDN55
Nokia 65CAUHDN65
OnePlusOnePlus 43FA0A0043
OnePlus 32HA0A0032
OnePlus 55Q1IN-155
OnePlus 55Q1IN55
OnePlus 55UA0A0055
PhilipsPhilips 58PUT660458
Philips 50PUT660450
Philips 43PUT779143
ThomsonThomson 43TH600043
Thomson 50TH100050
Thomson 40M409940
Thomson 40M4099 PRO40
Thomson 32M3277 PRO32
Thomson 43TH009943
Thomson 43TH6000_UD943
Thomson 32PATH001132
Thomson 50OATHPRO121250
Thomson 55 OATHPRO 010155
Thomson 43 OATHPRO 200043
Thomson 43PATH454543
Thomson 55PATH505055
Thomson 65 OATHPRO 202065
Thomson 40PATH777740
Thomson 32PATH0011BL32
Thomson 50PATH101050
Thomson 43PATH000943
Thomson 75 OATHPRO212175
Thomson 43 OATH 100043
Thomson 49 OATH 900049
Thomson 32M327732
Thomson 55TH100055
ToshibaToshiba 32L505032
Toshiba 55U505055
Toshiba 43L505043

Hard Reset Android TV Without a Remote

So that is how you can reset an Android TV to factory settings with or without a remote. As I mentioned above, for Sony TVs, the recovery buttons are slightly different but the process onwards is almost similar. In case the above key combinations don’t work for you then you can find the right hardware keys for your particular TV from the internet. If you are unable to find one then comment down below and let us know. We will surely try to help you out.

And to learn more such Android TV tips and tricks, including the ability to remap hardware buttons on the remote and customizing the home screen, follow our linked articles.

1 COMMENT

  1. Hello, I have a Mitsui Smart tv, it stays on the Android screen and does not turn off unless I disconnect it, could you help me, thanks

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