How to Reset Your Samsung Soundbar: (All Models Guide)

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Updated on: September 28, 2023

Is the behavior of your Samsung soundbar hilariously confusing? Your constant companion in all your highs and lows, whose lively songs had you dancing on a merry evening, and calmed you down when you were not at your best, is now throwing tantrums.

It’s time to address the issue!

Pick up a newspaper or magazine, roll it into a wand, whirl, and point it towards your Samsung soundbar to fix it with magic and fairy dust.

Did it work?
Of course, it didn’t! Magic won’t solve this problem, but we can help.

Maintaining a soundbar is like caring for a pet; it requires vigilance to stay in good shape. Now that it’s showing some glitches in audio and throwing tantrums like it’s crossed with you, you need to find the reason behind it and how to resolve these problems.

“Since the magic wand didn’t work, sit tight as we answer all the questions clouding your thoughts.

Signs that your Samsung Soundbar needs a reset?

It’s your soundbar, and if you’re expecting an angel to come down and inform you why your soundbar needs a reset, then you’ve successfully failed to form an emotional connection with this fantastic piece of tech. Here are some signs that your Samsung soundbar needs a reset.

  • Bad audio problem: If your Samsung Soundbar has started to sound like your grandmother’s old radio from the 1950s, it’s time to reset your Samsung Soundbar. Sometimes you may find that the audio your soundbar delivers is more of a noise than the pleasant music or song you wanted to hear. The audio may also experience glitches or is sometimes lost while playing a soundtrack that covers frequency ranges.  In this case, you should reset your Samsung soundbar to resolve the problem.
  • Connectivity problem: When your Samsung soundbar seems to be possessed by a supernatural force hauling its Bluetooth connection with the TV, you must reset it. No need to call an exorcist in this case; this isn’t something you can’t solve. It usually happens when you have continuously exhausted your sweet little Samsung soundbar for a long time. Resetting the soundbar will most probably solve this problem.
  • Problem with Bluetooth connectivity: Another problem that might lead to a Soundbar reset is when you can successfully connect the soundbar to a Bluetooth device but cannot play a song or audio. You can resolve this issue by disconnecting and then reconnecting the soundbar with the device via Bluetooth or simply resetting the Samsung soundbar to fix all these connectivity issues. Now that you know the signs when your Samsung Soundbar needs a reset, and you’re facing one of the aforementioned problems, you might want to know the all-in-one solution to solve your problems: resetting the Samsung soundbar. Continue reading to learn the process in the simplest possible way.

How to Reset Samsung Soundbar

There is an old IT joke; if your device is acting weirdly, you need to turn it off and then turn it back on or just do a factory reset to fix the problem to the roots. Now, as your Samsung soundbar is acting like it’s possessed, here’s how to reset it to solve the issue.

Soft reset Samsung Soundbar:

samsung soundbar soft reset

So, go ahead with the soft reset if your soundbar seems to throw a tantrum, deliver glitchy or lossy sound, or crack when delivering audio of different frequency ranges. Here’s how you can soft reset your Samsung soundbar.

  1. Turn off the Samsung soundbar and remove the power switch from the main source.
  2. Leave it like this for around 30 seconds.
  3. Next, plug the switch back into the power source.
  4. Finally, Turn the soundbar back on..

These are the steps to soft reset your Samsung soundbar. However, if this doesn’t solve the problem or remove the supernatural force, you should continue to the next step.

Hard Reset Samsung Soundbar:

samsung soundbar hard reset

Now, this will make the ghost go away. With the hard reset, your Samsung reset will return to its factory settings or default settings; in most cases, this resolves the underlying audio-related problems. Here’s how you can do it:

  1. Turn on the Samsung soundbar if it’s not switched on already.
  2. Now, press and hold the Volume up and Volume down buttons simultaneously for about 5-10 seconds until the screen on the soundbar shows INIT.
  3. It shows that the resetting process has started.
  4. Wait until the screen shows “OK.”
  5. Now, turn off your Samsung soundbar and then turn it on again, and VOILA, you’ve successfully reset your Samsung soundbar.

These general steps to reset the Samsung soundbar may apply to many models successfully. However, there might be a slight change in these steps depending on the model that you’re using. For this, always check the user manual to know the exact steps to reset your Samsung soundbar.

Can’t get your Samsung soundbar reset using the written instructions? No worries! Check out our video tutorial for step-by-step visual guidance that could make it easier. We want you to get your soundbar back up and running smoothly, so give the video a try if the written instructions aren’t cutting it.

Troubleshooting Your Samsung Soundbar

Before proceeding to reset, it’s advisable to perform some basic troubleshooting steps to resolve common issues:

  1. Check Connections:
    • Ensure that all wires and cables are properly connected.
    • If using a wireless connection, make sure the soundbar is within range of your TV or other connected devices.
  2. Update Firmware:
    • Make sure your soundbar’s firmware is updated to the latest version. You can usually find updates on the Samsung support website.
  3. Volume Levels:
    • Check if the volume is muted or set to a very low level on the soundbar or your TV.
  4. Audio Format:
    • Ensure the audio format setting matches the capabilities of your soundbar. For example, if your soundbar doesn’t support Dolby Atmos, ensure it’s turned off on your device.
  5. Power Cycle:
    • Turn off your soundbar and connected devices, then unplug them for a minute. Plug them back in and turn them on to see if the issue is resolved.

Resetting Samsung Soundbar’s Subwoofer, Bluetooth, and WiFi Connections

Subwoofer Reset:

  1. Manual Reset:
    • Turn off the subwoofer and soundbar.
    • Press and hold the ‘ID SET’ button located at the back of the subwoofer until the red and blue LED lights blink alternately.
    • Turn on the soundbar, and it should automatically pair with the subwoofer.

Bluetooth Reset:

  1. Manual Disconnection:
    • If facing issues with Bluetooth connectivity, manually disconnect the paired device from the soundbar.
    • Turn off Bluetooth on your device, then turn it back on and try reconnecting.
  2. Factory Reset:
    • Perform a factory reset on your soundbar to clear all Bluetooth pairings. Follow the steps provided earlier in the article for a factory reset.

WiFi Connection Reset:

  1. Reconnecting to WiFi:
    • Download and install the SmartThings app on your mobile device.
    • Open the app and follow the on-screen instructions to add your Samsung soundbar.
    • Ensure your soundbar is in close proximity to your WiFi router for a stronger connection.
  2. Router Restart:
    • If the WiFi connection issue persists, consider restarting your router and then reconnecting your soundbar to the WiFi network through the SmartThings app.

A study conducted by the Consumer Technology Association in 2020 highlighted the importance of seamless connectivity in audio devices for an enhanced user experience. It emphasized the need for user-friendly troubleshooting and reset options to reduce user frustration and improve overall satisfaction. Incorporating easy reset procedures and clear troubleshooting steps, as outlined above, aligns with these findings ensuring a positive user experience.

Troubleshooting and Resetting Guide for All Models of Samsung Soundbars

1. Resetting Samsung HW-H750:

  • Turn off the soundbar and hold the + & – button on the soundbar until ‘INIT’ appears for a hard/factory reset.

2. Factory Resetting Samsung HW-Q990B:

  • Hold the + and – keys on the soundbar until ‘init’ appears.
  • It was also noted to disconnect any HDMI/etc. inputs and outputs from the soundbar first.

3. Resetting Samsung HW-Q800A:

  • Hold the volume + and – buttons on the soundbar until ‘INT’ appears on the front display.
  • Another suggestion was to first “wake” or “turn on” the soundbar (e.g., by pressing the circle button), then press the + and – together to reset. If that doesn’t work, try doing it with the TV turned off.

4. Factory Resetting Samsung HW-MS750:

  • Power on the soundbar.
  • Press and hold volume + and – at the same time until ‘INIT’ appears on the display.

5. Resetting Samsung Q870A:

  • Press and hold +&- buttons on the soundbar until ‘init’ reads on the screen.
  • If facing WiFi issues, remove the bar from the SmartThings app, and add it again to switch WiFi networks.

6. Factory Resetting Samsung HWQ990B:

  • For adjusting settings, it was suggested to download the SmartThings app and control the soundbar from the phone.

7. Troubleshooting Samsung Q70T:

  • Unplug the HDMI cable from the soundbar, unplug the sub, factory reset the soundbar, and then plug the soundbar back in.
  • For factory reset, hold the “+” and “-” buttons until you see ‘INT’ or ‘INIT’.

8. Factory Resetting Samsung HW-Q70R:

  • To factory reset, hold the Configuration button for 30 seconds.

9. Factory Resetting Samsung Q90R:

  • While the soundbar is on, hold down the volume up and volume down on the bar itself, not the remote, until ‘INT’ or ‘INIT’ appears.
  • Ensure that the TV is off while performing the reset.

10. Troubleshooting Samsung HWQ900A:

  • If the soundbar is glitching, unplug it from the outlet for a minute or two, reconnect it, and then begin a reset by holding the + and – on the device.


If you’ve made it this far, you are already an Avenger who can understand the villainous behavior of the soundbar and know the problem that’s causing this. If you have skimmed through the article and haven’t followed it religiously, spoiler alert, you need to go back and read it because there is no easy way out of it.

Try the simplest step of checking the volume and cable connections; if it seems right, you may also go ahead and try a soft and a hard reset.

Just know that, as much as you’ll keep an eye on your Samsung soundbar, it’ll never betray you.


What should I do if my Samsung Soundbar is stuck in a specific mode (e.g., “BT READY” mode) and how do I reset it?

A common issue faced by users is their soundbar getting stuck in a particular mode. This can often be resolved by resetting the soundbar. A particular method that has worked for some is powering on the soundbar, then holding down the two volume buttons on the soundbar simultaneously until it enters “DEMO MODE,” following which the soundbar should be powered off and then on again using the remote.

My Samsung Soundbar’s volume goes up to max on its own and doesn’t respond to the remote. How can I fix this?

This is a notable issue where the soundbar volume maxes out and becomes unresponsive to the remote. A potential solution is to reset the soundbar, either through the remote or by using the buttons on the soundbar itself. If these methods don’t resolve the issue, further troubleshooting or contacting Samsung support might be necessary.

How can I connect or re-pair my remote to the Samsung Soundbar post-reset?

Post-reset, some users find that their remote isn’t recognized by the soundbar. Re-pairing instructions can vary based on the soundbar model, and it’s advisable to refer to the user manual for the specific steps. If the issue persists, contacting Samsung support for assistance might be beneficial.

I’m Shaun Conroy, an audiophile & founder of HiFi Audios. Holding a Bachelor’s in Sound Engineering, I bring deep expertise in audio devices and offer insights & recommendations to fellow enthusiasts.

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