- Make sure you’re on the Roku dashboard and have your Roku remote handy
- Enter the following sequence on the remote control: Home five times, Fast forward three times, Rewind twice
- To select Return to factory settings on the “secret screen” that appears
If you frequently use a Roku device or streaming stick, chances are you have downloaded lots of apps from the built-in Roku Channel Store. Thanks to their relatively small file sizes and fast modern download speeds, filling your Roku dashboard with streaming apps is remarkably easy to do.
There may come a time when you feel like cleaning the slate clean on your Roku streaming device, and it could be for a number of reasons. Maybe you haven’t used your Roku in a while and prefer to start downloading apps from scratch. Or in the worst case, a bloated collection of apps can slow down the performance of the device.
In such cases, factory resetting your Roku device can come in handy. A factory reset essentially does what it says on the box; restore your Roku streamer to the state it was in when you first unboxed it. A reset will remove all apps from the device and delete cookies such as login information, individual app preferences, and settings.
Unfortunately, the steps to perform a factory reset won’t be immediately obvious. This is intended, however, to ensure that users do not activate a factory reset by mistake. But if you are thinking of reverting your Roku device to its original state, read on to learn how to factory reset your Roku device.
- Roku streaming stick or Roku device
- Roku Remote
How to Factory Reset Your Roku Device
Performing a factory reset on your Roku device is quite simple, but as mentioned, the method to do so is somewhat obtuse. Luckily, though, there’s really only one major step you need to take to begin the factory reset process.
First, make sure your TV is set to the HDMI channel assigned to your Roku device. Then, when you’re on the Roku Dash, grab your Roku remote and perform the following sequence of inputs:
Hurry Five times at home, followed by Fast forward three times, and finally Rewind twice.
If you are unsure which buttons these are, refer to the image below to see which ones you should press and in what order.
If you entered the button sequence correctly, you will be taken to Roku’s “secret screen”. This hidden menu isn’t really for general use, but the factory reset option is here. Along with that, you’ll find options to cycle through servers and manually perform a software update, along with a list of information about your device and its network connection status.
For the time being, continue with factory reset option, and a pop-up window will appear. This will ask you to enter a 4-digit code displayed at the bottom of the window. You can enter this code manually using the keyboard in the pop-up window or press and hold the microphone button on your remote to use your voice to enter the code instead. Either way, confirm the 4-digit code and press ‘OKAY.’
With that done, your Roku device will now begin the factory reset process. As a final warning, you will need to re-enter your account details when resetting to start using the device again. Factory resetting will delete all accounts saved on the device, so make sure you have your personal login details handy to avoid the risk of getting locked out of your Roku.
You have now successfully performed a factory reset on your Roku device. With the slate cleared on your streamer, you’re free to start building your app collection from scratch, and if your device suffered from performance issues like slow and laggy inputs, that should hopefully be cleaned up too. -the.
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