How to Reset your Roku Box or Streaming Stick


Times have changed and we have made so many advancements in technology that now, all we need is a Roku stick and we have the whole world at our feet. From movies, music to live streams of football matches and much more, one can enjoy anything and everything. Thanks to Kodi, an open source software that makes it all possible. Roku is an excellent alternative to Amazon Firestick, which is another beast of the size of your palm.

In this guide, I will be teaching you how to reset Roku stick. As you might be facing problems like it’s freezing or taking longer than usual to load. This is when you should try soft or hard resetting your Roku device. The good thing is that you won’t lose your data since all the apps are stored in Cloud. All you would need to do is sign in to all different accounts again.

What is Soft Reset on Roku?

A soft reset will allow you to restart the Roku stick or box. You won’t lose and data or previous settings from apps.

How to Soft Reset your Roku

There are two ways in which you can do a soft reset. Each one of them is dependent on whether you can access the menu or the screen is totally frozen. Below are the procedures on how to perform both of those methods.

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1. For New Models

Since you are choosing this option, I assume that you are able to access the menu on Roku. Follow the below steps:

  • From the home screen, select “Settings” from the menu
  • Select “System”
  • Select “Power
  • Now tap on “System Restart

This method works on all the newer models which include the Roku 4, Roku Premier and Ultra.

2. For Old Models

If you are one of those using one of the older models, then you need to find the “Reset” button at the back of the Roku box. (see image below)

You may require a needle or a paper-clip sometimes in order to push the button. Press and release that button and you will successfully restart your Roku.

3. Using Remote

What if your Roku is frozen? Well, we have a solution for this situation as well. All you need to do if press the below combination of buttons on your remote.

  • Home 5 times
  • Up 1 time
  • Rewind 2 times
  • Fast Forward 2 times

That’s it. This will restart your Roku device and hopefully even solve the problems you are facing.

4. Unplug Power Cord

If none of the above options work, you can try disconnecting the power cord for say 20-30 seconds and then plug it back in. This should be your last option while Soft resetting.

What is Hard Reset on Roku?

This is called the nuclear option because you should only use it if all the above methods fail. It will clear all the settings and reset them to the factory defaults.

You should certainly go for it if you are facing constant long loading times, freezes or other glitches.

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How to Hard Reset your Roku

Similar to the soft reset, there are different ways to do a hard reset depending on the Roku device model you are using. So let’s check out how it’s done.

1. For New Models

  • From your homescreen, go to “Settings
  • Select “System
  • Choose “Advanced system settings

  • Tap on “Factory reset
  • Enter the code shown on the screen and click on “OK

Or

  • Go to “Settings
  • Select “Factory reset
  • Tap on “Yes

2. For Old Models

  • Make sure that no cables are connected to the device other than the power cord
  • Press and hold the “Reset” button located at the back or bottom of the device for about 20-30 seconds (some models may require a paper clip to push it)
  • Keep the ”Reset” button pressed and then remove the Power cord from the device
  • Now let go of the ”Reset” button
  • Finally, plug back all the cords back in

Once done, you need to go through the setup process and start using your Roku again without any hassles.

Final Words

That’s all for today! I hope this mini guide on how to reset Roku helps you out to flush your minor problems you face while streaming media.

If you are still facing problems, feel free to specify them to me by commenting below so I can analyse and give some troubleshooting ideas. Alternatively, you can even get in touch with tech support on the Roku website, or by phone at 1 (888) 600-7658.

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