If your Roku TV is acting up and needs a reset, finding the reset button can sometimes be tricky. The reset button is usually located on the back or side of the TV, but the exact location varies by model. In this article, we’ll go over the steps to locate the reset button on most Roku TVs.
Check the back of the TV
The reset button is most commonly found on the back of Roku TVs. Turn the TV around and look for a small push button, usually labeled “Reset.” It may be located in a recessed area on the lower back or towards the bottom edge.
On some models, like TCL Roku TVs, the reset button is embedded into the input/output panel on the back. You’ll see a pinhole labeled “Reset.” Use a paperclip to press the button inside the hole.
If you don’t see an obvious reset button on the back, it may be on the side or bottom of the TV instead.
Look along the side or bottom edges
Some Roku TV models have the reset button along one of the side edges or along the bottom edge of the TV. These buttons are small and discreet but should be labeled “Reset.”
On an Insignia Roku TV, for example, you’ll find a tiny reset button on the left side of the TV, close to the bottom. It’s only about 1/4 inch wide, so look carefully.
Some Sharp and Hisense Roku TVs have the reset button along the bottom edge of the screen, towards the right or left side. Again, it will be labeled and fairly small in size.
Press and hold the reset button
Once you’ve located the reset button, press and hold it down continuously for approximately 12-15 seconds. You’ll know it worked if the TV shuts off. If it doesn’t, try holding the button a bit longer.
Here’s what happens when you reset a Roku TV:
- The TV will turn off completely
- Any stored video and audio settings will be cleared
- The TV will restart and reactivate its connection to the Roku account
- Channel lineups and subscriptions will remain intact
Resetting usually fixes issues like freezing, lagging, or problems connecting to wifi. Just keep in mind you’ll have to redo any custom picture and audio settings afterward.
When should you reset your Roku TV?
Some common issues that may require a Roku TV reset include:
- Problems connecting to wifi
- Frozen screen or interface
- TV not responding to remote
- Apps crashing or freezing frequently
- Errors about linking Roku account
- Failure to install software updates
Resetting is a quick troubleshooting step to try before digging into advanced options. It often resolves software-related glitches and connectivity problems.
Keep these tips in mind when resetting your Roku TV:
- Don’t press reset multiple times quickly. Give the TV time to fully shut down after holding the button for 15 seconds before trying again.
- Reset when the TV is unplugged as a last resort if the normal reset button doesn’t work.
- Call Roku customer support if resetting doesn’t address your problem.
- Check for foreign objects in the reset pinhole before using a paperclip.
- Reset will fix software issues but not physical damage.
Alternative reset options
If you can’t find the physical reset button or it’s not working properly, you have a couple other options to reset the TV.
Unplug TV reset
Unplug the TV from power for 2 full minutes, then plug it back in. This will clear up any temporary glitches as the TV reboots.
Factory reset from settings menu
You can reset your Roku TV to factory default settings right from the settings menu if the TV is still powered on and navigable:
- Go to Settings > System > Advanced System Settings
- Select Factory Reset
- Choose to reset channel lineup if desired
- Enter PIN if prompted
- Confirm reset
This achieves the same reboot as the physical reset button without having to locate the button itself.
Locating the reset button is the first step in troubleshooting a problematic Roku TV. While the position varies, it’s generally found along the back, side or bottom edge and labeled “Reset.” Press and hold for 10-15 seconds to reboot the software and clear up issues.
Resetting a Roku TV is useful for fixing wifi connectivity, frozen screens, app crashes and software errors. Just be aware it will reset video settings. Try the reset before diving into more complex solutions. And if the issues continue after resetting, contact Roku support for additional help getting your TV working again.