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How To Reset Samsung Soundbar?

Few things complement a nice home entertainment system, like a great soundbar. These days, they’ve even become more popular than complicated speaker systems. Soundbars are fast, easy to understand and use, and most importantly, they sound great.

The Samsung Soundbar is one of the most popular soundbars currently on the market. Tens of thousands of them sit beneath widescreen TVs all over the world, ready to unleash their visceral, immersive power. They are competitively priced, easy to use, and packed with great features. 


…these wonderful blocks of sound are pieces of tech. And, like any other piece of tech, especially those that work with their own software as well, are prone to bugs and malfunctions. The Samsung soundbar is no exception to this rule. 

Sometimes, they appear not to come on, don’t respond to commands, or simply don’t work as they should. Luckily, learning how to reset Samsung Soundbar can take care of this problem. So, in this short guide, I’ll be taking you through all the steps in the process in detail. Let’s get started with…


Why Do I Need To Reset My Samsung Soundbar?

How To Reset Samsung Soundbar

Think of your smartphone or computer. Now and again, you might have to restart, reset, reformat, and reinstall seemingly for no other reason than the thing won’t work otherwise. Soundbars are no different in this respect. So doing a reset now and again will be necessary. 

The situations when you need to reset a Samsung Soundbar are if the soundbar:

  • Won’t connect to your TV.
  • Can’t seem to connect to a subwoofer.
  • Pairs successfully with other devices via Bluetooth but doesn’t playback audio. 

It is easy to assume that you have been given a broken or faulty unit by Samsung. Or that the previous owner pulled a fast one if you bought it second-hand. But, before you go wailing off to those poor folks, try resetting your Samsung Soundbar to see if it fixes the problem. 

Let’s start by differentiating between the two types of Samsung Soundbar resets that we can perform. 

Soft Reset

A Soft Reset refers to turning the device on and off so that all the short-term “day-to-day” processes restart. The term “Soft” refers to the fact that you will lose no saved settings or configurations that you may have already set up on the device.

Hard Reset

Also called a factory reset. This means that it removes all saved configuration data, paired Bluetooth devices, and sound profiles that you have set up on the device. It will be returned to the same state it was in when it came from the Samsung factory. 

Some Things To Try Before a Hard Reset

It is tempting to just jump straight into performing a hard reset. Typically, that might solve most of the Samsung Soundbar problems you can run into from time to time. 

That being said, I would recommend trying some less extreme options before doing the hard reset. This will avoid having to lose all your configuration data and paired Bluetooth device profiles. 

  • Try connecting a different output device to the soundbar. For example, if you’ve been using your Samsung Soundbar exclusively with your TV, try connecting it to a smartphone or another TV to determine if the problem might not be with the other device.
  • Check for problems with the Bluetooth connection. Turn the Bluetooth connection on the source device on and off. This should be easy enough to perform with any smartphone, tablet, or TV.

How to Soft Reset Your Samsung Soundbar

How to Soft Reset

If the two options above didn’t do anything, it’s time to try a soft reset. It’s a very simple procedure done by following a few steps. So, let’s learn how to reset Samsung soundbar and still keep your saved data.

  1. Start by turning the soundbar off, then unplug the power cord from the outlet.
  2. Wait for at least two minutes.
  3. Replace the power cord in the outlet.
  4. Turn on the soundbar using the power button.

In the majority of cases, the above-mentioned procedures should help you to solve your problem. However, if you’ve tried them all and you are still having problems, then you’ll have to go to more extreme measures.

How to Hard Reset Your Samsung Soundbar

Don’t go getting intimidated by the more “severe” term; the process is quick and easy. The whole point of newer generation audio devices like the soundbar is for them to be accessible to people who don’t have audio engineering degrees. Let’s dive in:

  1. Start by making sure the soundbar is plugged in, then turn it on using the dedicated power button or the remote control.
  2. After the soundbar has turned on, press and hold the power button. Again, you can use the power button on the device or the remote control.
  3. Hold down the button and watch the display. After a while, the message “INIT OK” should show up on the display. Select “OK.”
  4. Your Samsung Soundbar should perform an automatic restart. As soon as the reset is done, wait for it to come back on again, and you should be good to go.

See, I told you it was quick and easy. Now that you’ve performed a Samsung Soundbar hard reset, you can go ahead and pair all your devices again. You should also go and recreate any sound profiles you might like since the ones you previously had are now gone. 

Need More Information About Soundbars?

We have you covered. Take a look at our detailed articles on How to Mount a Soundbar to a TVHow to Make a Soundbar Sound BetterHow to Connect a Soundbar to a TV Using Bluetooth, and How to Connect a Soundbar to a Computer for more information.

Also, check out our in-depth reviews of the Best Soundbars for TCL Roku TV, the Best PC Soundbars, and the Best Cheap Soundbars you can buy in 2023.

And, don’t miss our comprehensive Samsung HW-R650 Review, our Sony HT-S350 Soundbar Review, our Yamaha YAS-207BL Review, and our Yamaha Audio YAS-109 Review for more great soundbars currently on the market.

How To Reset Samsung Soundbar – Final Thoughts

Hopefully, this short guide has served you well, and your problem is now solved. I would recommend you go through the trouble to read your device’s user manual if you still have problems. Even if you don’t, it’s a good idea to read up on what the manufacturers say about care and maintenance. It might come in handy. 

Remember that it’s always possible for your specific model to be a bit different than most. So, there could be a slightly different procedure for performing the reset. 

Until next time, happy listening.

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About Corey Hoffman

Corey is a multi-instrumentalist who has played in numerous bands over the years, some good, some not so good. He has also written countless songs and recorded five albums in professional studios across America. Today he is a hobby musician but still loves the guitar after over 15 years of playing.

He considers his writing as a way to share what he has learned over the decades with younger generations ad always can't wait to get his hands on the latest gear.

He lives just outside New York with his wife Barbara and their two German Shepherds, Ziggy and Iggy.

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