How to reset an Apple TV to its factory settings

Apple TV is the best streaming hardware you can buy because of its impressive integration of software and hardware. And because of that, it will stay with you for years.

Chances are you’ll never need to reset your Apple TV. But if you do – maybe you’re gifting it to someone, upgrading to a new model, or it’s simply grown on you – it just takes a few clicks and a few minutes.

How to Reset Apple TV

Note that when we mention Apple TV, we’re talking about the latest Apple TV 4K as well as previous hardware versions that didn’t support 4K resolution. These are the same instructions you should follow when resetting your Apple TV, no matter the model.

step 1: Grab your Siri remote (yes, that’s its actual name) and go to Adjustment Application.

baksheesh: If you’ve lost your Apple TV remote, we have a great explainer on how to find it.

Settings app on Apple TV.

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step 2: scroll down System And select it.

System options in Apple TV Settings.

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step 3: choose reset,

Reset option in Apple TV Settings.

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step 4: Confirm if you want to do Basic resetOr reset and update,

Both do basically the same thing. But if your Apple TV isn’t running the latest software, the latter option will download and install the latest version of tvOS and then reset the whole thing to factory settings.

Unless you have a specific reason for not updating to the latest version of the software, we’ll go ahead and select reset and update,

Reset options for Apple TV.

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And that’s all there is to it. Resetting the Apple TV 4K is quick and easy. And it’s almost as quick and easy to install.

For more tips and tricks, check out our common Apple TV problems and how to fix them roundup.

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