Figuring out how to reset a Panasonic TV can be a good solution to a number of different problems that your TV may encounter. Resetting a Panasonic TV can help with audio issues, video issues, or apps that aren’t working correctly if it’s a smart TV.
The whole process should only take a few minutes, so whenever you’re ready, we’ve got the instructions for how to reset Panasonic TV sets.
Read This Before You Reset Your Panasonic TV
There are a few things you can do before resetting your TV. These aren’t mandatory, but it’s a good idea nonetheless. If you prefer to live life in the fast lane, you can skip this section and go right to the instructions on how to reset a TV.
- Take a backup: It’s a good idea to make a copy of your settings, just in case something doesn’t go as planned. You can do this with the “Copy Settings” feature. This way, you can reset your TV to fix whatever issue you’re having, and then you can restore your settings afterwards
- Disconnect devices: When you’re about to reset your Panasonic TV, you should unplug any other devices that are connected to it. Unplug your cable box, disconnect any video game consoles that are plugged into the TV, remove any USB drives that are plugged in.
- Check the manual: If you have your user manual handy, it’s not a bad idea to give it a quick skim. You can find instructions on resetting your TV (but we’ve got them here, too). More importantly, your TV’s manual should have a troubleshooting section where you can look up the specific issue you’re having, and the manual will suggest what you can do to fix it. Often, performing a rest will be the recommended fix, so you’re already in the right place.
Alright, that’s enough preamble, let’s get right into it…
How to Reset a Panasonic TV
Here are the different ways to reset a television made by Panasonic.
Power Reset for a Panasonic TV
A power reset is great for fixing minor bugs and glitches, but it’s not always as effective as a full reset. It’s faster, though, and easier, so we’ll start with this just in case it gets the job done.
- The first step is to TURN OFF your Panasonic television and to UNPLUG it from the power outlet.
- WAIT three or four minutes. It probably only takes 30 seconds or a minute, but we’re going to make absolutely sure we only have to try this once, instead of wondering if the TV was off for long enough and then having to try a second time.
- PLUG the TV back into the power source (wall outlet, or surge protector, or whatever you plug it into for power).
Reset a Panasonic TV With the Remote Control
With this method, you can try doing a software reset of your TV without even having to get up from the couch. Not bad, hey? (Okay, I lied, you’ll still have to get up to press a button on your television…)
- Press and HOLD the VOLUME DOWN button on your REMOTE and then press and HOLD the INPUT button on your TV.
- Continue to HOLD both buttons down and wait for your TV to turn itself off. In a moment, it should turn itself back on so don’t do anything after it turns itself off.
- After the TV turns itself off and on, you can release the buttons and the TV will complete the reset process.
Factory Reset a Panasonic TV
Here’s how to do a factory reset of a Panasonic TV. This method takes longer than the other two, and it’s a bit more involved, and it will erase any of the changes you made to the TV in terms of settings, data, downloads, etc.
Have your Wi-Fi password handy, and prepare to go through the initial setup process of your TV again, since it’s going to be like plugging it in for the first time after you do a factory reset.
- Press MENU on your TV remote.
- Go to SETUP and select SYSTEM MENU.
- Look for an option that’s called RESET TO DEFAULT. If you don’t see it, look for something called RESET TO INITIAL SETTINGS.
- SELECT one of the aforementioned options in your TV’s menu.
- You will see prompts on screen that will guide you through the process from here.
Troubleshooting Issues With Resetting a Panasonic TV
Here are some common issues that you might run into, and how to troubleshoot them to ensure a smooth process as you reset your TV, whether you’re doing a regular reset, or a full factory reset.
- WiFi connection not working: If you have a smart TV and you do a factory reset, you’ll need to re-enter your WiFi credentials so make sure you have those handy before you reset your TV. Your saved WiFi network information was erased when you did the factory reset.
- Picture looks strange: When you do a factory reset, you’re going to lose any settings or customization you did, which can include the TV’s calibration. Go through the settings menus and set-up your TV again. If it looks different than it did before, it’s mostly likely due to a setting being turned on or off to match the factory settings, whatever those were.
- Audio issues: If you’re having audio issues (See also: Hulu no sound), it’s likely caused by the same thing that’s described in the point above this one. You lose your settings when you did a factory reset, so you’ll need to reconfigure your audio settings.
- Missing apps: You will need to re-download your apps. If it’s not working, make sure you have the most up-to-date software for your TV.
Missing channels: If your Panasonic TV is missing channels after you do a reset, just re-scan your channels and you should be all set.
Important note: Doing a power reset or a soft reset won’t erase your TV’s settings but a factory reset will. Unplugging your TV and turning it off is called a power reset, or sometimes a “soft reset” since it’s not going to erase everything like a factory reset will.