How To Troubleshoot When Reset Button Not Working

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Nothing’s more frustrating than your fancy, high-tech soundbar malfunctioning and blaring distorted audio. Before you completely give up on clear, balanced sound, try resetting your soundbar to factory settings.

Resetting your misbehaving soundbar is usually the first troubleshooting step, but it doesn’t always fix underlying issues. Certain steps can help diagnose why a reset isn’t working and guide you to restore your soundbar’s performance.

Let’s dive in and explore why soundbar resets can fail and how you can fully troubleshoot the problem.

Why a Soundbar Reset May Not Be Effective

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A factory reset is often the first step to resolve issues with a malfunctioning soundbar. Resetting deletes settings and reverts the soundbar back to original factory condition.

However, there are several reasons why performing a reset may fail to fix the underlying problem. The soundbar could have a hardware failure in an internal component that cannot be addressed through a simple software reset.

Interference from wireless signals, Bluetooth connections, crosstalk from other devices, and even power fluctuations could cause disruption that persists after a reset.

A faulty HDMI ARC, optical, RCA, or Bluetooth connection between the television and soundbar could also prevent proper operation even after a reset.

Additionally, if the firmware installed on the soundbar has become corrupted, the factory reset may not fully erase it and install a clean firmware version.

So while resetting the soundbar should be the first step, there are potential hardware, connectivity and firmware issues that could cause it to be ineffective.

Fixing Failed Reset Buttons on Soundbar Remote

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If the buttons on your soundbar remote used for initiating a factory reset or restoring default settings stop functioning, there are several troubleshooting techniques you can try.

Begin by replacing the batteries in the remote, as dead or incorrectly installed batteries are the most common cause of remote control issues.

Also check that there is a clear line-of-sight between the remote’s IR transmitter and the soundbar’s IR sensor, without any obstructions that could interfere with the signal.

Any objects blocking the path between the remote and soundbar sensor could impede the reset signals. If the remote works properly when held very close to the soundbar but fails at normal distances, obstruction is likely the issue.

Look to see if there are any buttons on the soundbar unit itself that could be used to initiate a reset. Some soundbar models have manual buttons that can activate a factory reset.

If the remote continues to fail, consider re-pairing or syncing it to the soundbar again per the manufacturer’s instructions.

As a last resort, replacement remotes can often be ordered from the manufacturer or consider using a universal remote as an alternative.

Resetting a Soundbar When Buttons Are Entirely Unresponsive

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In situations where both the remote control and the manual buttons on the soundbar unit itself are completely unresponsive, you will need to force a hard reset of the soundbar.

This can be accomplished by locating the small pinhole button labeled “Reset” on the rear or bottom panel of the soundbar.

Use a paperclip to press and continually hold this button down for 10 to 20 seconds. This will force the soundbar to fully power down and then automatically reboot, completing the reset.

If the unit does not have an external reset button, unplug the soundbar from power completely for at least 2 minutes before reconnecting.

This will accomplish a hard reboot and reset as well. Also check to see if disconnecting and reconnecting the HDMI ARC, optical, or other cables to your television restores operation.

Removing and reinserting these connections can reset the soundbar’s video and audio signal recognition in some models.

Steps to Take When Factory Reset Fails to Resolve Issues

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If you have performed a factory reset on your problematic soundbar using the remote buttons or mobile app but it has failed to resolve the issues, there are further steps to take in your troubleshooting process.

First, contact the manufacturer and verify that you followed the correct factory reset procedure for that specific soundbar model.

There are often very specific sequences involving holding certain buttons in combination before powering on.

Ask the manufacturer if they recommend any other reset methodology. Also, check the manufacturer’s website and any connected mobile apps to see if your soundbar has a firmware update available.

Downloading and installing the latest firmware can potentially help clear any corrupted firmware that may be causing the problems.

If the reset continues to fail, simplify your setup by only connecting power to the soundbar and removing any HDMI, optical, or other cables before resetting.

If the reset succeeds without any video/audio inputs connected, it’s likely that something in the TV connection chain could be causing the issue.

Finally, if you have tried all other troubleshooting steps without success, there may simply be an internal hardware defect within the soundbar requiring service or replacement.

Manual Soundbar Reset Using Hidden Buttons When Normal Methods Fail

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Most soundbars have a small pinhole or recessed button on the rear or underside labeled “Reset” that serves as a last resort manual reset button.

When your normal soundbar reset options using the remote, mobile app, or on-unit buttons fail to work, this hidden reset button can force a factory reset.

You’ll need a paperclip or other small narrow object to press the button. Hold the button down continually for 10 to 20 seconds until the soundbar fully powers off.

Continue holding the reset button down as the soundbar automatically reboots. Keep holding even as it turns back on to ensure the reset fully completes.

This will override any software crashes and return the soundbar to a clean factory default state.

Just remember to reconfigure your soundbar settings afterwards, as the forced factory reset will erase any customizations.

The manual reset button provides a foolproof way to reset a soundbar that’s otherwise unresponsive.


Resetting your soundbar can seem frustrating when it fails to resolve issues. But there are almost always solutions available if you methodically work through troubleshooting steps.

Check hardware connections, cables, power sources, and potential interference. Try reset sequences multiple times and in different configurations.

Consult the manufacturer for specific reset procedures and firmware updates. And when all else fails, the manual reset button located on the soundbar unit itself provides a guaranteed way to force a factory restore.

With persistence and creativity in trying these troubleshooting techniques, you can overcome most common soundbar problems arising from settings needing a fresh start.

Restoring your soundbar to full working order again through resetting just takes a bit of patience and creativity in applying the various approaches discussed here.