Android TV devices are great, and if you are a user you are likely loving it. We also know every neat gadget reaches its time, though. Are you selling your device and upgrading to a new one? You may want to wipe it clean and perform a factory data reset.
For those of you who don’t know, a factory data reset pretty much leaves your device in the state it was when you turned it on for the first time (at least software-wise). Aside from getting rid of all your files, data and accounts, it is also known to fix many issues and the lag that comes with prolonged usage.
There are two ways to do this. You can perform a soft reset or a hard reset. A soft reset is the simplest, as it simply uses the device’s menu options. In short, it’s the user-friendly way to do it.
On the other hand, a hard reset will involve working with the actual hardware and accessing Recovery mode. This is usually the best option when the device has a problem and you can’t access the software function.
Are you ready to wipe your device clean? Let’s show you how this is done!
How to soft reset your Android TV
- Scroll down from the home screen and select “Settings”.
- You will find “Storage & reset” under “Device”. Select it.
- Select “Factory data reset”.
- Select “Factory data reset” again.
- Select “Erase everything”.
- This will start the process and the device will do its thing for some minutes. Let it be until it reboots.
- You are done!
How to hard reset your Android TV
Let’s start by telling you the experience may be a bit different per device. As of the time of this post’s publishing, only the Nexus player is around. With that said, let’s jump into how to hard reset the Nexus Player.
- Unplug the power cord.
- Press and hold the reset button on the bottom of the device.
- While holding the button, plug the power cord back in and continue holding the button until you see “Google” on your TV.
- When an Android on and the words “Normal Boot” show up, press the reset button once.
- The text will change to “Recovery mode”.
- Press & hold the reset button for two seconds to select Recovery mode. An Android robot with a red exclamation mark and the words “No command” will show up.
- Press & hold the reset button for two seconds to bring up a menu.
- Press the reset button to move down the menu until you get to “wipe data/factory reset”.
- Press & hold the reset button for two seconds to select the option.
- Press the button to move to “Yes – delete all user data”.
- Press & hold the button for two seconds to select.
- After this, the device will do its thing and reset to factory settings.