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How to Factory Reset a Samsung TV Without a Remote

Last Updated Jan 13, 2022
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Is your Samsung tv frozen and not working 100%? Maybe you just bought a used tv from a friend. Either reason could warrant a use for performing a factory reset. A factory reset or a hard reset will erase all content and data saved on the device, taking it back to the manufacturer’s settings. But what do you do if you don’t have a remote?

To factory reset a Samsung tv without a remote, you have three options:

1. Grab a second pair of hands and use buttons on the outside of the tv.

2. Attach a keyboard via USB

3. Use your phone as a remote. 

While a factory reset will most likely solve your issue; it will completely erase all settings. Therefore, if possible, try softer options first, like a soft or hub reset. However, if your issues warrant a factory reset, this article walks you through the options to get your tv running properly again.

What is a Factory Reset?

A factory or hard reset is a reset that returns the device to its original state before it was ever used, like a brand-new device you just bought from the store. When you perform a factory reset, you will lose all the data stored on your Samsung TV, like media, apps, accounts, and files. Any changes you made to the device settings, such as restrictions, brightness, etc., will also be gone.

When is A Factory Reset Necessary?

When considering a factory reset for your Samsung TV, it is best to know when it is necessary to avoid resetting all settings if not actually needed.

Factory resets on a Samsung tv is a good idea when:

  • If your tv is frozen or stuck on a screen.
  • If your tv will not turn on.
  • If you purchased the tv from someone else and need to start fresh.
  • If you are going to sell your Samsung tv to a new owner.
  • If your tv is lagging in performance.

How to Factory Reset a Samsung TV Without a Remote

Factory resetting a Samsung TV is not a difficult task to achieve, but it does become more challenging if trying to do so without a remote. Try these 3 methods below to accomplish the task.

Keyboard Method

One way to access your Samsung TV’s settings without a remote is by using a keyboard that can connect via USB.

Steps to connect a keyboard to your Samsung TV:

● Find a USB keyboard

● Locate the USB port on the back of the TV

● Plug the keyboard into the USB port (TV should automatically connect to the keyboard)

● Access settings by pressing the windows or command key

Samsung SmartThings App

The Samsung SmartThings app will allow you to use your phone as a remote for your Samsung TV to enter the settings menu.

Follow these steps to access TV settings via SmartThings app:

● Download the Samsung SmartThings app in the app store on your mobile device.

● Sign into your Samsung account or create a new account.

● Tap the + in the corner to add your Samsung TV.

● Tap on “device.”

● Select “TV.”

● Select “Samsung.”

● Choose “TV” once again.

● Follow the instructions that appear on the screen to connect to your TV.

Now that you have a way of navigating through the tv settings, you can move forward with the appropriate reset.

Hard Reset Using TV Buttons

Factory resetting a Samsung TV with the outer buttons is probably the most common method; however, depending on how far away your TV outlet is from the TV, you may need to grab a second pair of hands to help.

To factory reset your TV via outer buttons:

  • Unplug your device from the power outlet.
  • Locate the “power” button.
  • Locate the “volume down” button.
  • Press and hold both buttons simultaneously.
  • While holding these buttons down, have someone else plug the Samsung TV into the power outlet.
  • Once the TV is connected to the power source, you will see a reset screen appear.
  • Use the volume buttons to follow the on-screen prompts.

Bottom Line

While factory resetting is hard to avoid sometimes, if possible, to keep your current settings, try a soft reset or a smart hub reset before resorting to a factory “hard” reset.

As difficult as it is to troubleshoot issues, it can be even more difficult without a remote! Hopefully, this article has helped you learn how to factory reset your Samsung TV without a remote and without too much struggle in doing so. Make sure to purchase a remote or download the SmartThings app to have on hand for future use when needed.

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