How to Restart or Reboot a Samsung TV

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Smart home devices make our world a lot easier, but they also come with their fair share of frustrations. But there is nothing worse than looking forward to bringing your favorite content and your smart TV suddenly decides to stop working! Right now, we’re looking for some guidance on how to restart or reboot a Samsung TV.

Restarting your Samsung TV and rebooting your TV are two separate functions and are executed in different ways. While restarting a Samsung TV is a simple process, rebooting your TV is complex. Depending on which type of reboot you choose, this may impact your Samsung TVs’ content and settings.  

It appears that we have more research to do to properly answer this question. What types of reboots are there, and what do we need to know about them to decide which one will address our problems? Let’s get into it, starting with how to restart a Samsung TV!

Start With Restarting Your TV

Before attempting a reboot, restart your TV first through the standard Settings menu. Smart TVs are similar to PCs and should be restarted often to install software updates. A simple shutdown and restart may address your current issue without the need for further troubleshooting methods or performing a factory reboot.

How To Soft-Reboot Your TV

 If a simple restart fails to address your problem, there is a more involved restart method available called cold booting

Occasionally, your TV can run low on memory, or build up a residual amount of electrical charge that causes apps to stop working, slower responses, and other glitches. Cold booting, also referred to as discharging, may address these issues by clearing unnecessary data and purging the TV of residual power. 

Cold booting can be accomplished using two methods, which we’ve outlined for you below: 

  How To Cold Boot Your TV:

  • Using the remote: Press and hold the Power button down until the TV turns off. Continue holding down the Power button until the TV turns on again. 
  • Unplugging the TV: With the TV turned on, unplug the power adaptor. Wait 30 seconds, then plug the adaptor in. The TV will restart automatically when plugged in. 

About Resetting Your TV

Should performing a cold boot fail to address your issue, you may have to consider doing a factory reset. It is important to consider your options carefully before restoring your TV to factory settings, as doing so will delete all login information, apps, and other personalized settings on your TV. 

This section will provide you with instructions on how to perform a factory reset. In addition to this, we have also included instructions for how to use the Self Diagnosis tools on your Samsung TV to rule out the possibility of a simpler fix before restoring your TV to its factory settings. 

Do I Need A Factory Reset? 

Before performing a factory reset, it is recommended to use the Self-Diagnosis tools on your Samsung TV beforehand, as these tools may address and correct the issue you are experiencing without the need for a factory reset. These tools can be found in the following way: 

  1. Select Settings
  2. Select Support
  3. Select Self-Diagnoses
  4. Select Network, Picture, Sound, or Smart Hub Connection Test, depending on your issue
  5. Follow further instructions on-screen to run selected Test

Should your TV not have the menu options listed here, we recommend that you consult the User’s Manual for your TV. 

How To Factory Reset Your TV

Before attempting a factory reset, it is important to keep in mind that this reset will erase your device history, app data, and your personalized settings. We recommend preparing for this by having login information for your Wifi and apps on hand to streamline the process of restoring your content. 

To perform a factory reset on your Samsung TV, follow the steps we have outlined for you below: 

  1. Select Settings
  2. Select General
  3. Select Reset
  4. Enter your PIN, or the default PIN 0000
  5. Select Reset
  6. Select OK to begin the reset

If these steps don’t appear for your TV, follow the steps outlined here: 

  1. Select Settings
  2. Select Support
  3. Select Self Diagnoses
  4. Select Reset, then proceed with Step 4 above

Should neither of these instructions apply to your Samsung TV, we recommend consulting the Users Manual for your TV.


Smart home devices can be frustrating, especially when you’re looking forward to a relaxing evening and find yourself fighting to fix a random glitch on your smart TV! 

In this article, we provided detailed instructions on how to restart and reboot a Samsung TV. We also found some key information about Samsung’s Self-Diagnosis tools that may fix your issue without the need for a factory reset. You’re all set to fix that glitch and get back to enjoying the content you love!

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