Are you ready to sell or give away your Apple TV? Changes are always good, but don’t hand out your Apple TV without performing a factory data reset first! This will ensure that your device is completely wiped, leaving it in the state it was when you turned it on for the first time.
Apple TV is not meant for storing content, so you don’t need to worry much about any files. The little smart TV box does come with a lot of account information, though. You may want to wipe the box clean for privacy concerns. Not to mention, a factory data reset often fixes system issues or odd behavior.
There are two ways to perform a factory data reset on your Apple TV. You can do it straight from the Apple TV’s settings, which is the user-friendly way to do it. You can also do it by using iTunes on your computer; the best solution for those who can’t access the settings, for any given reason.
Let’s show you how this is done!
How to factory reset your Apple TV using the settings
- Turn the Apple TV on.
- Access the Settings menu.
- Head to “General” and then “Reset”.
- After this, select the “Restore” option.
- The Apple TV will do its thing for a while. The process includes updating the software and cleaning your data.
- Make sure not to unplug your device during the process.
- After a while, the Apple TV will restart. You are done!
How to factory reset your Apple TV using iTunes
- Unplug everything from your Apple TV.
- Make sure your iTunes software is updated to the latest version in your computer.
- Open up iTunes.
- Connect your Apple TV to the computer via the microUSB port. If you have the 3rd-generation Apple TV, you will also need to plug it into a power outlet.
- On iTunes, click “Restore Apple TV” under the Apple TV summary page.
- iTunes will do its thing for a while.
- Make sure not to unplug anything!
- After it’s all said and done, a dialog box will tell you you can now unplug your device. Do so, and hook it back up to your TV.
- You are done!