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How to reset Apple TV

Apple TV is a very useful device as it allows the user to do multiple activities in one place. It uses the latest technology and you can watch movies, play games, and even connect your other Apple devices to it. You can configure the settings according to your preferences and enjoy the smooth interface. But there can be many reasons you want to reset your TV like you want to sell it or there is a black screen glitch and maybe even lagging or buffering. Resetting your television will get it back to the factory settings and all of your preferred configurations will get erased, so be sure before taking this action as it can’t be reverted. So, if you have made up your mind and want to reset your device, here’s how you can do it.

See also: How to fix Apple TV lag

Identifying the generation of your Apple TV

You can identify the version of your television by knowing its model number. To determine the model number of your set, go to the settings, and select ‘About’ in the general section. Scroll down the screen and you will find the model number.

Model numbers and the generations they belong to are –

  1. A1218- 1st generation
  2. A1378- 2nd generation
  3. A1427/A1469- 3rd generation
  4. A1625- HD TV
  5. A1842- 4K TV

You can also find the model number on the bottom of your TV, written on the first line, near the middle.

Resetting the Apple TV- 4K and HD

To do this go to the system settings and click on reset. There will be two options to choose from, reset or reset, and update. The former is the quickest way to bring the TV to its factory settings and doesn’t require internet whereas the latter also updates and installs the software in addition to returning to the factory setting, so it requires the internet connection. Don’t unplug your TV from the main power source while it is resetting.

Resetting the Apple TV- 3rd generation or earlier

Go to the settings, under the ‘General’ section, click on ‘Reset’. Now, you will have two options to choose from, reset all settings, or restore. If you choose the first one, it will restore your settings to the factory mode and will erase your accounts and desired configurations. Choosing the second option will also update the software and restore the system back to the factory settings. Affirm that your TV is plugged to the power source during the whole process and after it is done, you can set it up again according to your needs.

Resetting using your personal computer

To reset the Apple TV using this method, disconnect your television from the power source. Also, disconnect the HDMI cable. Connect both of your devices using a USB cable if your TV is 4th generation. For earlier devices, use a Micro-USB cord to connect your PC and the Apple TV. Plugin the power cord for HD and 3rd generation devices but leave it unplugged from the 2nd generation TV set.

After the above process is done, install the iTunes on your personal computer and if you have a Mac, make sure that the iTunes is up to date. For OS Mojave and earlier, launch the app and select the name of your Apple TV from the list of devices and click on restore from the shown options. If the Mac has OS Catalina or later versions, then open the finder and click on your Apple TV from the roll and select restore. Once the resetting process has been completed, plug your TV back into the power source.

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