If you enjoy watching movies or series or playing video games on a big screen, you will likely purchase a soundbar to have a greater and richer listening experience. Also, many soundbars can connect with your smartphone via Bluetooth, making it a huge Bluetooth speaker.
Samsung soundbars are very popular; they are affordable, easy to set up and provide a good audio punch compared to your TV speakers. On many occasions, people prefer soundbars over-complicated surround setups. However, even high-quality soundbars are not free of problems. Fortunately, you can solve most of these minor issues with your Samsung soundbar in a few minutes, just with a reset.
Why do we need to reset the soundbar?
After you use any device for a while, you will likely find some issues, especially when the device has been plugged in for long periods. We’re talking days or even weeks.
For a Samsung soundbar, some of the following issues could arise over time:
- The soundbar will refuse to connect to your TV.
- The soundbar won’t connect to the subwoofer.
- The soundbar will “connect” to a Bluetooth device but won’t play any sound.
Most people will consider buying a new soundbar or sending it to RMA (return merchandise authorization) with the manufacturer, in this case, Samsung. Instead, you can quickly fix these minor issues with a reset.
Be aware that there are two types of reset, Soft reset and Hard reset.
What is a Soft reset?
A Soft reset could be described as a restart of a device. It has the advantage that no configuration will be lost, and there is no need to pair your Bluetooth devices again.
What is a Hard reset?
A Hard reset could be described as loading the factory values of your device. It removes all user data, settings, and Bluetooth-paired devices and returns a device to the same state it was when it shipped from the factory. Hence, a Hard reset is also known as a factory reset.
Try these before you attempt a hard reset
A Hard-reset is the easiest way to solve most soundbar issues, including connectivity issues. Nevertheless, you will lose all your settings, which is inconvenient. So, you might want to try less severe fixes first.
First, try connecting to another device. For example, try using a smartphone if you’re having issues with your TV and soundbar. It will let you know whether the problem is with the soundbar or the connected device.
Second, if the issue is with a Bluetooth device, try turning the Bluetooth off and on. These can be done very quickly with any smartphone.
Third, perform a soft reset. Remember that you won’t lose any data or configuration, so doing a soft reset is safe. Please follow the steps:
- Turn off your soundbar and unplug the power cord from the outlet for 1 or 2 minutes.
- Plug your power cord back into the power outlet.
- Turn on your soundbar.
If none of the above works, you must perform a Hard reset (factory reset).
Steps to Reset your Samsung Soundbar
Now you’re going to reset (hard reset) your Samsung soundbar. Many people think it is a very complex process, but you will see it’s much easier than you think and can be completed in less than a minute. Please follow the steps.
- Turn on the soundbar by pressing the switch on button. You can use the remote control or dedicated button in your soundbar.
- Hold the power button either on the remote control or the soundbar control panel.
- Continue to press the power button until you see the ‘INIT OK’ message on the display panel.
- Wait for the soundbar to restart, and that’s all.
As promised, in less than a minute! Once your Samsung soundbar is back on, you must connect all your devices again, especially Bluetooth devices, and check the settings for any personalization you want to set.
These steps should work for most Samsung soundbars. As always, I strongly recommend you read your user manual. You can always find it via the manufacturer’s website if you don’t have it. Also, you could find helpful information about your product, like how to clean and store it, firmware updates, etc.