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How To Restart Roku TV: We Totally Believe in You!

If your Roku streaming device is experiencing glitches or not performing the way it’s supposed to, you have some options. So, how can you restart a Roku TV?

First, you should try restarting your Roku, as this soft reset does not erase any of your settings or log you out of your channels. In many cases, this will fix channels or apps that are repeatedly freezing or crashing. Then, if the problem persists, you can perform a factory reset, which is a more holistic solution that restores your device to its original settings. 

This is the simplest way to restart a Roku TV. But for anybody that owns or has owned a Roku TV, you know that there are frequent system glitches. In this guide, we will explore all the different ways you can restart your Roku TV. 

Restart ROKU TV: A Step-By-Step Walkthrough

Before we talk about restarting the Roku, we must first understand why you would need to restart it. For example, if the Roku suddenly stopped responding to your inputs or had no sound, a great way to get it working again would be to restart.

The same would apply to almost any issue you can have with the Roku, like an unresponsive app, black screens, or losing the internet connection.

Restarts revert any changes made to software after you turn the Roku on for that session, and chances are your issue lies with one of those changes.

But if you find yourself restarting the Roku TV too much, it could be an indication of an even more underlying issue that needs to be fixed with a factory reset.

You can restart your Roku from the Settings menu, or do a forced reboot by pressing a series of buttons on your Roku remote or unplugging the Roku power cord. 

To restart your Roku from Settings: 

  • From the “Home” menu, scroll down to the “Settings” menu.
  • Select the “Settings” menu by pressing “OK” on the remote.
  • Scroll down to select the “System” option. Press “OK” on your remote to open the menu. Scroll down to the “System restart” option and press “OK” on your remote. Select “Restart.” Your device will shut off, then turn on again. You will see the bouncing Roku logo while the device is booting up. If your Roku encounters a more serious glitch, it may freeze and block you from navigating the menus. In that case, you’ll need to press a series of buttons on your remote control to trigger a reboot.
  • Press the “Home” button five times.
  • Press the “Up” arrow once.
  • Press the “Rewind” button twice.
  • Press the “Fast Forward” button two times.

After pressing the buttons in this order, your Roku will eventually turn off. After a few seconds, you should see the bouncing Roku logo, and your home screen will return soon after. If you find you need to restart your device often for it to function properly, you could be experiencing issues with one of your installed channel apps, or the device itself. 

You can try deleting and re-installing any newly installed channel apps. Contact Roku support if you continually experience issues with your device. 

Other restart options to consider

When you factory reset your Roku, it will be set back to its original state. There are two methods to reset your Roku: selecting the reset option in the Settings menu, or pressing the reset button on the back of the device. 

To factory reset your Roku from Settings: 

  • Use the “Home” button on your Roku remote to jump to the home screen.
  • Navigate to the Settings menu by scrolling up or down until you find it.
  • Press “Ok” on your Roku remote to select “Settings.”
  • Choose “System” from the available menu items.
  • Choose “Advanced system settings.”
  • Select “Factory reset” from the available menu items.
  • When prompted, choose “Factory reset everything” and follow the reset wizard’s on-screen instructions.

After your device has been reset, it should boot up to the home screen. If you’re not selling the device or returning it, but instead looking to use the device again, you’ll need to reconnect to your home network. Once you’re connected, log in to your Roku account on your computer or from your mobile device to relink it to your account. 

Your Roku channels will begin downloading after the device has been added to your Roku account. You’ll need to log in to all your channel apps again. 

If restarting your system didn’t do the trick, you can always perform a factory reset. This means that your Roku will be wiped of all its current data and will be returned to its original pre-purchased state.

The downside of this technique is that you will need to set up your Roku again from scratch. Luckily, the setup process is pretty simple, so it shouldn’t take too long — though you will have to re-enter all of your passwords to your various services, which can be a pain. But you gotta do what you gotta do, right? 

Note: If you are pressed for time, you can restart your Roku device by unplugging it and waiting for about two minutes before plugging it back in again. Older models that do not have the System Restart option in the Settings tab may only be restarted using the forced reboot method. I use this trick all the time and it typically works. 

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