I've had two Apple TVs in my household for some time now, and we only use one of them. It's only appropriate if you give one away or sell it so that it can be put to good use somewhere else. However, before shipping, you should remember to reset it to the factory settings so that all personal data and access are deleted from the device.
How it works? In this post, we'll explain in detail how you can reset the Apple TV to protect your personal data and ensure that the new owner receives a freshly cleaned device.
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Why should you reset your Apple TV?
Resetting the Apple TV is primarily a question of data protection. Without a factory reset, personal information, apps, login details, Apple ID and specific configurations are retained on the device. In the worst case, the future user can use your Apple account to buy, watch or view private films or pictures.
Passing on the Apple TV without resetting it also involves security risks that you simply shouldn't take. A reset ensures that all private data is removed and the device is returned to its delivery state.
How to reset Apple TV
- Switch on and connect: Turns on the Apple TV and ensures there is an active internet connection.
- Access Settings: Navigate to the main screen of the Apple TV and open the “Settings” using the corresponding gear icon.
- Navigation to the “General” menu item: Select “General” in the settings menu.
- Select “Reset” option: Go to the “Reset” option within the menu (far down in the menu on most tvOS versions).
- Confirm “Reset to factory settings”.: Here you have the option to completely reset the Apple TV. Confirm the selection and the Apple TV will automatically start and complete the process.
- Once the process is complete, the Apple TV will be restored to factory condition and ready to be sold or given away.
Instructions in screenshots
So that you can see what the procedure looks like in detail, I have listed the screenshots or photos of the dialogs here.
Resetting the Apple TV is of course an important step to ensure the privacy and security of your data. The fact that you landed on this guide shows that you know this.
With this in mind: Have fun resetting to the factory settings and feel free to leave us a comment if you need more information on the topic.
Jens has been running the blog since 2012. He acts as Sir Apfelot for his readers and helps them with technical problems. In his spare time he rides electric unicycles, takes photos (preferably with the iPhone, of course), climbs around in the Hessian mountains or hikes with the family. His articles deal with Apple products, news from the world of drones or solutions to current bugs.