Reset or restore your Apple TV to its factory settings

Use these steps to erase your Apple TV, restore it to its factory settings, and remove all information on it.

Reset your Apple TV 4K or Apple TV (4th generation)

  1. Go to Settings > System > Reset.
  2. Choose a reset option:
    • Reset: This option is the fastest way to return your Apple TV to factory settings.  This option doesn't require an Internet connection.
    • Reset and Update: This option returns your Apple TV to its factory settings and installs software updates. This option requires an Internet connection.
  3. Keep your Apple TV plugged into power until the Reset process finishes.

Learn what to do if your Apple TV remote isn't working.

Reset or restore your Apple TV (3rd generation) or earlier

  1. Select Settings > General > Reset.
  2. Choose one of these options:
    • Reset All Settings: This option resets your settings, including your accounts and configurations.
    • Restore: This option returns your Apple TV to its factory settings and installs software updates. This option requires Internet.
  3. Keep your Apple TV plugged into power until the Reset process finishes. Then you can set up your Apple TV again.

Learn what to do if your Apple TV remote isn't working.

Get help

If you need more help, contact Apple Support.

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