Restore your Apple TV to its factory settings

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

Restore 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 and doesn't require Internet.
    • Reset and Update: 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.

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.
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