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How to Fix a TV that Keeps Restarting (STEPS)

Why does my TV keep restarting?

Your TV may keep restarting because of a loose power cable connection, a pending restart, outdated software or a faulty HDMI cable.

  • Loose power cable connection
  • Pending restart or factory reset
  • Outdated software
  • Problematic HDMI cable


Loose power cable connection

A loose power cable connection can cause the TV to keep resetting itself. The reset may also happen due to a bent power cable.


Pending restart or factory reset

A long due full TV soft restart may be needed to stop the intermittent restarts. In some cases, it may be a factory reset that is needed.


Outdated software

An old or outdated version of the TV software can cause the TV to shut down and startup in a loop-like pattern.


Faulty HDMI cable

A faulty HDMI cable can trigger a bootloop of your TV. If there is no damage to the cable, an appliance connected to the TV may require a reset.


TV keeps restarting


How to fix a TV that keeps restarting itself?

You can fix a TV that keeps restarting itself by checking and tightening the power cable, doing a soft restart or a factory reset, updating the software and resetting HDMI gadgets.

  • Check and tighten power cable
  • Soft restart or factory reset
  • Update the software
  • Reset HDMI gadgets


Check and tighten power cable

  1. Turn OFF your television using the power switch and not the remote.
  2. Check if the power cable is firmly inserted in place into its socket. Change the cable and other power cords if any, if you find signs of bending.
  3. Make sure that the plug connecting the TV to the mains is properly inserted.
  4. Turn ON the TV again and check if the problem persists.


Soft reset or factory reset

You can follow the steps given below to do a soft reset.

  1. Turn the television OFF using the Power button on your remote.
  2. Disconnect the power cable from your television and its plug from the socket. You must leave it in that state for a couple of minutes.
  3. Plugin the power cable back in its original position into the TV and connect the plug once again.
  4. Turn the television ON once again to check if the restarting problem stops.


The steps outlined here help you to do a factory reset of your television.

  1. Turn ON the television. You can either use the power switch or the remote to do this.
  2. Press the Home button located on your remote control.
  3. Navigate to the Settings option using the Up or Down arrows of the remote.
  4. Select Storage and Reset or Device Preferences based on the option displayed on the screen. The option varies according to the television brand and model.
  5. Select the Factory Reset option and press OK to confirm your selection.
  6. Power ON the television if has turned OFF and check to see the problem is resolved.

It’s important to keep in mind that a factory reset will result in all data in your television getting erased.

Consider syncing the Google apps in your television to your Google account to save the data in them before doing a factory reset.


Update the software

  1. Press the Home button that is on the remote control.
  2. Select the Settings option followed by Support.
  3. Select System Update or Software Update depending on what is applicable for your television. Your TV will begin to do a scan to see if there is any pending update.
  4. Press Update Now to begin the software update.
  5. Turn OFF the TV and power it ON again to make sure that the problem is solved.


Reset HDMI gadgets

Reset the HDMI device connected to the HDMI cable. The exact reset process varies according to the HDMI gadget that is connected.

In most cases, you can do this through the remote of the HDMI device after making it’s turned ON. This is also a good chance to check if the HDMI cable is damaged or shows signs of bending and do a replacement if needed.


Tools needed to repair TV bootloop


Tools are usually not required to fix a  TV that is in bootloop.


This is especially true if you plan to resolve the problem by following any of the steps given below.

However, there are some rare instances where you will have to take off the back panel of the television to solve the bootloop issue.

To do this, you will need to remove the screws holding the panel in place. A Phillips screwdriver can help you with doing this.

This screwdriver is often not very expensive and you can often get one easily from a nearby hardware store for about $5. The price may be sometimes a little more depending on the brand and size of the screwdriver.


How to fix Samsung TV restarting itself?

You can fix a Samsung TV restarting itself by doing a software update, doing a power cycle or a factory reset or checking the power cables.

You can also look out for defective capacitors and motherboard, check the internet connection or reset the Smart Hub.

  1. Update the software of your Smart TV. You can either set for this to be done automatically or check for updates on a regular basis and do the software upgrade through the internet.
  2. Do a power cycle of the television. This process is also called soft reset and helps to reinitialize the parameters configured in your television.
  3. Perform a factory reset. This will load the default settings in your television. You may have to enter a PIN to proceed with this reset.
  4. Check if the power cable connections are tight and secure in place. If they are bent, you must change them. It’s a good idea to disconnect the power cords and connect them again as this will help you to clean the dust accumulated on them.
  5. Inspect the capacitors and motherboard for signs of defect and replace them. You may also check if the power supply board needs a change. It’s best to seek professional assistance in this regard.
  6. Make sure that you have a stable internet connection to avoid network issues leading to the restart. This is important if you’ve opted for automatic updates.
  7. Reset the Smart Hub of your television. Like the factory reset, it will be needed to enter the four-digit pin to proceed with the reset. There are instances where a recent Smart Hub update triggered the restarting issue. In some cases, a firmware update may also help.


How to fix LG TV restarting itself?

You can fix an LG TV restarting itself by checking its cables and connections, changing the timer settings or adjusting the internal HDMI and CEC settings. Changing the remote control and/or its batteries, doing a soft reset or a factory reset may also help.

  1. Inspect the power cords of your LG Smart TV and their connections. Make sure that the cords are not bent and change them if needed. You must also make sure that there are no loose connections and the power plug seats firmly in its socket.
  2. Check the automatic timer settings of your television. The TV has two different time settings for ON time and OFF time. Ensure that both the timers have been turned OFF.
  3. Try adjusting the HDMI and CEC settings. In some cases, disabling these settings has resolved the problem.
  4. Clean the remote control to make it free of debris and dust. Sometimes, this dust and debris around the Power button can result in it getting stuck thereby triggering the repeated ON and OFF actions. You can also open the case and clean the inside of the remote. If the problem persists after you’ve cleaned the remote, the issue may be due to low batteries. Try changing the batteries and see if the problem goes OFF. If neither cleaning the remote nor changing the batteries helps, you must get a new remote.
  5. Perform a soft reset or power cycle of your computer. This is the simplest fix for the restarting problem.
  6. Opt for a factory reset using the PIN associated with the Smart TV. It’s advisable to try this option as the last resort as this restores the default settings of the television.


How to fix Vizio TV restarting itself?

You can fix a Vizio TV restarting itself by checking the voltage for the TV, replacing the power adapter or checking if another remote is triggering the restart. It’s also worthwhile carrying out a pending software update, changing the power mode or doing a power recycle.

  1. Check the voltage coming from the power supply to which your TV is connected with the help of a voltmeter. If you notice a lot of fluctuations, you should definitely think of changing the power outlet.
  2. Inspect the power adapter and cords for signs of breaking and/or bending. If you notice such signs, you must replace them. You can also use another adapter in place of the old one. If that works fine, your adapter definitely needs to be replaced.
  3. Check if the remote of another Vizio TV turns ON the television. If so, the infrared signals from those remotes are likely to be the reason for the restart. You can either move your TV to a different place or disconnect it from electrical power when not in use.
  4. Check for pending updates and install them. This will help your TV to be loaded with the latest software and firmware, which in turn stops the restarting problem.
  5. Change the power mode setting to Quick Start You will have to select Settings followed by System to do this setting.
  6. Carry out a power recycle or soft reset of the TV. This is not only the simplest but also the safest solution for addressing the restarting issue.

If none of the above methods work, you can also do a factory reset to load the default settings related to your Vizio television. You can also consider keeping the TV unplugged when you’re not watching it.


How to fix Apple TV restarting itself?

You can fix an Apple TV restarting itself by refreshing the system, doing a restart or disabling the background app refresh feature. Updating the tvOS software or resetting the television may also work.

  1. Refresh the Apple TV system using a third-party tool downloaded on your Mac or PC. Remember to connect your TV and computer using a USB cable. The iToolab Fix go is a popular tool that you can run on the system in standard mode. Follow the instructions that appear on the screen.
  2. Restart the Apple TV by pressing the Home and Menu buttons on the remote until you notice a blinking light. When you notice this light, go to System and select System followed by Restart. You can also run a power cycle by disconnecting your TV from its power source for about half a minute. The restart fix will usually solve the problem if it’s a minor software issue.
  3. Disable the Background App Refresh feature on the Apple TV. You can either disable the feature for all apps or selected apps. It’s ideal that you do so for all the apps. To disable the feature, open Settings and select the General Scroll down the different settings until you get to the Background App Refresh feature under the USAGE section. Turn OFF this setting and restart the TV to check if the problem persists.
  4. Update the tvOS software of your Apple TV. To do this, you have to open the Settings app and scroll down till you reach System. Select this option followed by Software Updates and then Update Software. If there is any pending update, you will find the Download and Install and Update Later Select the Download and Install option to proceed with the update.
  5. Try resetting your TV by choosing the General option when you access the Settings Select Reset under the MAINTENANCE subsection.

If all the above methods fail, a factory reset will definitely solve the problem. However, keep in mind that doing so will remove your settings and restore the factory settings.


How to fix Sony TV restarting itself?

You can fix a Sony TV restarting itself by doing a power reset, ensuring that the power cord is firmly plugged or disconnecting the externally connected devices.

You can also try updating the software of your TV to the most recent version or resetting the television to its factory or original settings.

  1. Do a power reset of your Sony LCD or LED TV. This process is also referred to as a soft reset or a power cycle.
  2. Make sure that the power cord is secure and firmly plugged in place at both ends. The power cord should be plugged in behind the TV. Similarly, the plug pins should go in firmly into the socket.
  3. Disconnect all externally connected devices from the TV and switch ON the television. If it stays ON without restarting automatically, connect the devices disconnected earlier one by one and check if the restarting takes place with each of them. Avoid connecting those devices that trigger the restart or reset them before connecting them.
  4. Make sure that your TV software is updated to the latest version. Do an update if needed.
  5. Restore the original factory settings of your television with a factory set. Consider doing this step as the last option.

Ernie Lo

Ernie Lo is a qualified web designer and web developer. He works as an IT support technician and website manager at Benleigh Vending, and he also fixes vending machines.

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