The Apple TV can quickly become a focal piece of your home entertainment, so it is frustrating if something on it is not working properly.
But if you have tried every troubleshooting guide that you could find and are still experiencing issues, then the best solution may be to simply restore the Apple TV to its factory settings. The Apple TV will then download the most current software update and install it on the device.
Many other Apple devices have ways for you to reset them, too. Our factory reset iPhone 11 guide can show you how to restore your iPhone to its default state.
Restoring the Apple TV
The steps below are going to restore your Apple TV to factory settings, then the Apple TV will download the latest software update. This will remove any information that you have entered on the device, such as your Apple ID, login information for Netflix, and any additional configurations that you might have made.
Step 1: Turn on your TV and switch it to the input channel to which the Apple TV is connected, then press and hold the Menu button on the Apple TV to navigate to the main menu.
Step 2: Select the Settings option from the main menu.
Step 2: Select the General option at the top of the screen.
Step 3: Scroll down and select the Reset option near the bottom of the menu.
Step 4: Select the Restore option from this menu.
Step 5: Select the Restore option again to confirm your choice, then the restore steps will begin on the Apple TV.
It can take a substantial amount of time for the process to complete, as your Apple TV will need to download and install the latest software update as well.
Now that you know how to restore the Apple TV to factory settings, you will be able to use this option if your are selling your device, or if you are experiencing a problem and want to perform this action as a troubleshooting step.
Are you looking for a way to simply restart your Apple TV? This article will show you how to restart the device if something is not working properly.
Matthew Burleigh has been writing tech tutorials since 2008. His writing has appeared on dozens of different websites and been read over 50 million times.
After receiving his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science he spent several years working in IT management for small businesses. However, he now works full time writing content online and creating websites.
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