How to Fix Sony Smart TV Not Working After an Update

1 Introduction

After updating your Smart TV, you can sometimes experience problems with the television not functioning properly, such as rebooting randomly or repeatedly, performing slowly, or the apps not working properly. To fix any of these issues you will need to power reset your TV first, then if the symptoms persist you will need to reset the TV to factory defaults.

This guide will take you through that process.

Sony and Android TV.

2 Power Reset Android TV

There are three ways to power reset your Android TV. Expand the instructions below to view the method you prefer. If one method doesn't work, try another method.

Power reset Android TV with the remote control
  1. Press and hold the Power button on the remote control for about five seconds.
    Power button highlighted on Sony TV remote control.
  2. The Power off message will show up on the screen and the TV will turn off.
    Power off message showing on Android.
  3. Wait for the TV to automatically turn back on after about a minute.
    • If it doesn't, press the Power button on the remote.
Power reset Android TV through the menu
  1. Push the Home button on your remote.
    Remote inset with Home button highlighted.
  2. Select Settings.
    Android Settings.
  3. Select About.
    Android TV Settings menu with About highlighted.
  4. Select Restart.
    About menu with Restart highlighted.
  5. Confirm you want to Restart.
    Restart highlighted on confirmation screen.
Power reset Android TV by unplugging power cord
  1. Turn the TV off.
  2. Unplug the TVs power cord from the electrical outlet.
    Unplugging from outlet.
  3. Wait for 10 seconds.
    Wait 10 seconds
  4. Plug the power cord back into the electrical outlet.
    Plug into outlet.
  5. Turn the TV back on.

3 Factory Reset Android TV

This will remove any and all customizations from your Smart TV, and require it to be re-setup, re-customized, and reconnected to the Internet.

There are two ways to factory reset your Android TV. Expand the instructions below to view the method that fits your needs:

  • If your TV starts up normally and you can see the home screen, choose the menu reset method.
  • If your TV doesn't start up at all or keeps restarting in a loop, choose the forced reset method.

    The forced factory reset method is only available for TVs running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher. If your results aren't satisfactory, you will need to perform a factory reset through the menu as well.


Factory reset Android TV through the menu
  1. Push the Home button on your remote.
    Remote inset with Home button highlighted.
  2. Select Settings.
    Android Settings.
  3. Select Storage & reset.
    Settings with Storage and reset highlighted.
  4. Select Factory data reset.
    Storage and reset settings with Factory data reset highlighted.
  5. Select Factory data reset.
    Factory data reset prompt with Factory data reset highlighted.
  6. Select Erase everything.
    Factory data reset prompt with Erase everything highlighted.
  7. Your TV should begin the factory reset process. Once it has completed, it should behave as if it was just taken out of the box and powered up for the first time.
Force factory reset Android TV with buttons on rear

This reset requires specific timing while holding buttons on the television itself. You may need a second person to perform this reset.

  1. Unplug your television's power cord from the electrical outlet.
    Unplugging from outlet.
  2. Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons on the rear of your television.
    If your TV has 4 buttons
    Power and Volume Down buttons highlighted on 7-button rear panel of Sony TV.
    If your TV has 7 buttons
    Power and Volume Down buttons highlighted on 4-button rear panel of Sony TV.
  3. While still holding down the buttons, plug your television's power cord back into the electrical outlet.
    Plug into outlet.
  4. Continue holding the buttons for up to 30 seconds until the LED light on your television turns green, then release the buttons.
    Green light on bottom of television after successful reset.
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After updating your Smart TV, you can sometimes experience problems with the television not functioning properly, such as rebooting randomly or repeatedly, performing slowly, or the apps not working properly. To fix any of these issues you will need to power reset your TV first, then if the symptoms persist you will need to reset the TV to factory defaults.

This guide will take you through that process.

Sony and Android TV.

There are three ways to power reset your Android TV. Expand the instructions below to view the method you prefer. If one method doesn't work, try another method.

Power reset Android TV with the remote control
  1. Press and hold the Power button on the remote control for about five seconds.
    Power button highlighted on Sony TV remote control.
  2. The Power off message will show up on the screen and the TV will turn off.
    Power off message showing on Android.
  3. Wait for the TV to automatically turn back on after about a minute.
    • If it doesn't, press the Power button on the remote.
Power reset Android TV through the menu
  1. Push the Home button on your remote.
    Remote inset with Home button highlighted.
  2. Select Settings.
    Android Settings.
  3. Select About.
    Android TV Settings menu with About highlighted.
  4. Select Restart.
    About menu with Restart highlighted.
  5. Confirm you want to Restart.
    Restart highlighted on confirmation screen.
Power reset Android TV by unplugging power cord
  1. Turn the TV off.
  2. Unplug the TVs power cord from the electrical outlet.
    Unplugging from outlet.
  3. Wait for 10 seconds.
    Wait 10 seconds
  4. Plug the power cord back into the electrical outlet.
    Plug into outlet.
  5. Turn the TV back on.

This will remove any and all customizations from your Smart TV, and require it to be re-setup, re-customized, and reconnected to the Internet.

There are two ways to factory reset your Android TV. Expand the instructions below to view the method that fits your needs:

  • If your TV starts up normally and you can see the home screen, choose the menu reset method.
  • If your TV doesn't start up at all or keeps restarting in a loop, choose the forced reset method.

    The forced factory reset method is only available for TVs running Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) or higher. If your results aren't satisfactory, you will need to perform a factory reset through the menu as well.


Factory reset Android TV through the menu
  1. Push the Home button on your remote.
    Remote inset with Home button highlighted.
  2. Select Settings.
    Android Settings.
  3. Select Storage & reset.
    Settings with Storage and reset highlighted.
  4. Select Factory data reset.
    Storage and reset settings with Factory data reset highlighted.
  5. Select Factory data reset.
    Factory data reset prompt with Factory data reset highlighted.
  6. Select Erase everything.
    Factory data reset prompt with Erase everything highlighted.
  7. Your TV should begin the factory reset process. Once it has completed, it should behave as if it was just taken out of the box and powered up for the first time.
Force factory reset Android TV with buttons on rear

This reset requires specific timing while holding buttons on the television itself. You may need a second person to perform this reset.

  1. Unplug your television's power cord from the electrical outlet.
    Unplugging from outlet.
  2. Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons on the rear of your television.
    If your TV has 4 buttons
    Power and Volume Down buttons highlighted on 7-button rear panel of Sony TV.
    If your TV has 7 buttons
    Power and Volume Down buttons highlighted on 4-button rear panel of Sony TV.
  3. While still holding down the buttons, plug your television's power cord back into the electrical outlet.
    Plug into outlet.
  4. Continue holding the buttons for up to 30 seconds until the LED light on your television turns green, then release the buttons.
    Green light on bottom of television after successful reset.
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