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How To Restart Samsung Smart TV

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Samsung TVs are high-quality and generally reliable. However, in using your TV, the built-in memory can run low or residual charge build up inside. In either case, the TV will likely encounter issues that impact your viewing experience, such as apps taking too long to open or not opening at all. Fortunately, a simple restart can help fix some of these issues. 

Quick Answer

Restarting your Samsung TV is very straightforward. Start by holding down the power button for at least 60 seconds, and the TV will begin the restarting process. Allow it time to finish, and then press and hold the power button again. Your TV will turn back on with the Samsung logo showing on the screen.

We’ve discussed the steps to restart a Samsung TV in detail below. Read on to understand how to do it so you can resolve the issues you might be experiencing. 

2 Methods To Restart Samsung Smart TV

A simple restart can resolve various issues that might be preventing your Samsung TV from performing optimally. It can help clear the memory and drain any electrical charge accumulated inside the mainboard. 

Restarting your TV is also referred to as a soft reset and involves turning the system off for a few seconds and then turning it back on. It won’t erase any important data, settings, and log-in information. Instead, restarting will only restart all the operations and functions on the TV. 

The following are the two methods to restart a Samsung TV.

Method #1: Use the Power Button 

Step #1: Turn On Your TV

Your TV needs to be turned on before you get started. So, ensure it’s on even if it’s not displaying anything on the screen. Ignore this step if your TV is already on.  

Step #2: Initiate Restart Process

Press and hold the power button on your TV remote until your TV goes off. You can also achieve the same outcome using the TV’s manual power button if you’ve misplaced your remote. Allow the TV to remain off for 30 to 60 seconds.

Step #3: Turn TV Back On

Press the power button again for the TV to turn back on. Your TV should now display the menu as normal, and hopefully, at this point, no app will misbehave. 

Method #2: Unplug the TV and Then Plug It Back In

Step #1: Unplug the Power Adapter

Remove the power adapter from the power source (socket) and wait for at least 30 seconds. That should help drain any charge residue on the board. 

Step #2: Plug the Adapter Back In

Now plug back in the power adapter and turn on your TV. Hopefully, any issues are gone, and your TV is working just fine. 


Make sure you don’t confuse restarting with resetting it. Restarting your Samsung TV means refreshing it by turning all functions and operations off for a moment (as explained above). On the other hand, resetting the system means restoring the TV to its default/factory settings. A factory reset erases all log-ins, changes in settings, and all data you could have stored on the TV. 


That was our article on restarting a Samsung TV. We’ve described two methods to do so; restart using the power button and restart by unplugging the power adapter. Both are straightforward. 

In the first method, you need to press and hold the power button on your remote until the TV turns off. After that, wait for at least 30 seconds and press the power button again to turn the TV back on. In the second method, you need to unplug the power adapter to turn off the TV and wait for about 30 seconds before plugging it back and turning it on. 

We’ve also learned that restarting (soft resetting) a TV is different from resetting. It helps resolve many issues by refreshing all operations and functions of the system without erasing important information saved inside. 

We hope that you were able to restart your TV using one of the above methods. If the problem you’re experiencing persists, we recommend you get in touch with Samsung Customer Support for assistance. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I restart my smart TV?

Restarting your smart TV at least once a month can help clear the memory and save you from issues impacting your viewing experience. Some of the problems that a restart can prevent include unresponsive apps, freezing mid-stream, and trouble signing in to some services. 

How long should I unplug a TV to soft-reset it?

Most technicians recommend unplugging your TV for at least 15 seconds before plugging it back on. 

How do I resolve issues with Smart Hub on my Samsung Smart TV?

Performing a factory reset can resolve most software-related issues with the Smart Hub. All the Smart Hub settings will go back to their defaults when you do that. However, you’ll lose all the info saved inside, including linked service accounts, Samsung accounts, etc. Consider backing up the info before you factory reset. 

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