How to Reset an LG TV Back to Factory Settings

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If you need to factory reset your LG TV and start over for any reason, don’t worry. Getting your LG TV back to factory settings is easy and will only take a few minutes. It’s getting everything else set up again after that will take a bit.

How to Factory Reset an LG TV

It’s important to note that while many LG TV models use several different WebOS systems, luckily, the instructions for factory resetting are the same for the following systems: WebOS 3.5, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, and 22. 

  1. Grab your LG remote and press the Settings or smart button.
    LG TV remote settings button
  2. Click on All Settings.
    All settings
  3. Select Support
    Support then reset to initial settings
  4. Then, click Reset to Initial Settings, and confirm you want to reset.
    Confirm Reset on LG TV

These steps may vary based on the age/OS of your TV.

Depending on why you factory reset your LG TV, you can add your new settings or leave it at its factory settings after the restart.

When to Factory Reset Your LG TV

There are two types of resets on your LG TV: With a soft reset or a factory reset. 

And here’s a video explaining how to do both:

The soft reset, i.e., turning the TV off and unplugging it for several minutes before plugging it back in and turning it back on, may solve your problem. 

The soft reset should almost always be tried first as if it does work, you won’t lose all your stored information and might just be good to go! 

However, there are certain situations in which factory resetting is the best option for your LG TV. 

Purchasing a Used LG TV

When you purchase an LG TV from another person, sometimes their information is still saved on the device.

Therefore, you will likely want to initiate a factory reset to sign in with your accounts and download the apps you like. 

Plus, it makes the initial setup much easier, as you’ll start from scratch. 

Selling Your LG TV

When you want to sell your LG TV, you need to factory reset it so other people can’t access your information.

You certainly don’t want a stranger using your apps and subscriptions or, worse, learning your personal passwords. 

LG TV is Malfunctioning

Here are just a few of the technical issues your LG TV may be experiencing that may require a factory reset: 

Now, when your LG TV malfunctions in one of these ways, there are quite a few tactics you should try first before initiating a factory reset. 

These solutions include a soft reset, updating the software, and checking the WiFi connection

But if your LG TV is experiencing technical issues that can’t be resolved with any other method, you can try factory resetting it to resolve your problem. And luckily, now you know how to do so! 

FAQs: Resetting an LG TV

Finally, you’re not alone if you’re struggling to factory reset your LG TV. Here are a few of the most commonly asked questions from LG TV users and the answers you need. 

Can You Factory Reset an LG Smart TV if You Lose the Password?

Fortunately, even if you’ve lost your password, you can still factory reset your LG TV. 

This method is extremely handy if you just bought the TV from someone else and need to reset it or don’t remember your password.

  1. Press the Settings button (sometimes the smart button) . 
  2. Navigate to the All Settings menu
  3. Select Advanced Settings
  4. Select Safety
  5. Hover over the Reset Password option. 
  6. Click the Channel Up button twice, the Channel Down button once, then the Channel Up button once more
  7. Enter the LG TV factory reset code 0313 and press enter.
  8. Enter the code 0000 and press enter
  9. You will then be prompted to set a new password

**Steps may vary based on the TV.

After you change your password, you can go through the standard factory reset method discussed in the previous section.

Can You Factory Reset an LG TV Without a Remote?

Good news, you can reset an LG TV without a remote by using the power button on the TV. 

And to make your life as simple as possible, we’ve created a how-to video with step-by-step directions for both soft resets and factory resets.

Here’s how we do it: 

Can You Do a Factory Reset if the Screen Is Black?

You can do a factory reset on your LG TV if the screen is black. However, the audio still needs to function to do so, as you will use the Voice Guidance function for this reset option. 

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