how to reset polk soundbar

If you don’t know how to reset Polk soundbar to factory default settings, then you’ve just bumped into the correct guide.

Here we’ll cover the method of resetting your Polk soundbar for users having both newer and older models.

We made sure to create the guide easily understandable so there is no room for you to go wrong.

To reset a Polk soundbar you would need to locate the panel buttons and find the POWER, SOURCE, and VOL+ buttons. In case they are not there, find the Volume Down button and the Microphone Mute button. Using those buttons you can reset your Polk soundbar.

Since the reset operation is quite delicate, we highly recommend reading the entire guide before attempting it on your own.

Let’s jump straight into the reset methods.

How To Reset Polk Soundbar? – Best Methods!

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The method that you’ll be using to reset your Polk soundbar depends on whether you’ve got a newer or older model.

Regardless of the model you’ve got, we suggest reading the first method anyways since both ways have a lot in common.

Later on, depending on if the buttons on your Polk soundbar align with the steps, you’ll need to jump to the appropriate part of the guide.

Method #1 How To Reset Newer Polk Soundbars

In case you’ve got a recent model of Polk soundbar released about 4 years prior to 2022, then this guide will surely help.

Let’s start with preparing the soundbar to be reset.

Step #1 Prepare The Polk Soundbar

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The first and most essential step is to get the soundbar ready to be reset.

The preparation procedure is not complex, since the only thing that you have to do is to turn on the soundbar.

You will also want to examine everything before you begin, so let’s check what:

  • Verify that the Polk soundbar is plugged into the power source.
  • Check whether the Polk soundbar can be turned ON.
  • Make sure that none of the soundbar’s buttons are stuck.
  • Ensure that the device is running by the time you’re reading this.
Taking care of these factors must be your priority, otherwise, you may not be able to reset your soundbar in the upcoming steps.

Step #2 Locate The Reset Buttons

Since not all of the buttons on your Soundbar will be used for the reset, there are only 3 buttons that you will want to locate and later use.

There are 5 buttons on your soundbar.

For the reset process, you must locate the POWER, SOURCE, and VOL+ buttons. 
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When pressed in a specific way, these 3 buttons will trigger a reset on your Polk soundbar, which should last no longer than several minutes from the time you start the reset.

When observing the buttons, you will notice that the reset buttons are situated in an order.

All three buttons that you will use for the reset are positioned with one unnecessary button between them.

Note: The power button is on the end-left, the source is in the middle and the volume+ is on the end right.

Step #3 Start The Factory Reset

Now that you’re familiar with all of the buttons on your soundbar, it’s time to execute the factory reset, which is going to revert the settings of your Polk soundbar.

Once again you must verify that the device is plugged in and is receiving power from the source.

If not, the soundbar won’t respond to any commands which, in turn, won’t trigger the reset.

Here’s how to reset your Polk soundbar in the step-by-step guide:

  1. Go next to the Polk soundbar.
  2. Locate the POWER, SOURCE, and the VOL+ buttons.
  3. Press ALL of the buttons at the same time.
  4. Hold the three reset buttons for an interval of 10 seconds.
  5. Wait for the soundbar to notify you with a sound effect that the reset has started.

Besides the sound effect, the LEDs on your Polk soundbar should start flickering as an indication of a successful reset.

If you don’t see the LEDs flashing or the notification sound, repeat the steps from the beginning.

Alert: If the soundbar didn’t emit any sound, re-do the instructions above.

Method #2 How To Reset Older Polk Soundbars

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We assume you’ve already read the method for the newer Polk soundbars. Well, there’s also a way to reset Polk soundbars with an older generation system and different buttons.

Practically, the way of resetting older Polk soundbars remains the same but works by pressing different buttons.

Important: Read our preparation step at the top of our guide before proceeding with resetting your older Polk soundbar.

Once having your Polk soundbar is prepared to be reset, here’s what to do next:

  1. Double-check if your soundbar is plugged into the power.
  2. On the top panel of the device, locate all of the buttons.
  3. From all buttons, search for the Microphone Mute and the Volume Down button.
  4. Press both of these buttons and hold them down for 10 seconds.
  5. Once you’ve been notified for a successful reset (usually with a ding), let go of the buttons.
  6. Check if your soundbar has been reset.

Keep in mind that the microphone mute and volume down buttons are only available with older generation soundbars.

In case you’re unable to locate these buttons, scroll UP and use the reset guide dedicated to newer Polk soundbar models.

Notice: You can tell when your Polk Soundbar is reset if the LED indicator lights are flashing.

After Resetting The Polk Soundbar?

Regardless of whether you own a newer or older Polk soundbar, the factory reset does the same thing.

It reverts all of the settings of the device, back to their factory value.

However, there’s one major setting that you must configure after the reset – the input or the source setting.

soundbar after resetting

This is the channel that your TV and soundbar work on at the same time and also where the sound is getting transferred through.

You will want to hit the source button a couple of times until you get the channel with your TV right.

The majority of TVs work on a different channel than the soundbar when factory values are in use.

Tip: Play some music or media on your TV while getting the input correctly, so you can know whenever the TV and soundbar are on the same channel.

To reset a newer Polk soundbar press and hold the POWER, SOURCE, and VOL+ buttons at the same time for 10 seconds. In case you’ve got an older model of Polk soundbar, gold the Microphone Mute and the Volume Down button to perform the reset.

Read Next: How To Connect Polk Soundbar To Samsung TV?

Bottom Line:

Now that you know how to reset Polk soundbar regardless of whether you’ve got a newer or an older model, the rest is up to you.

The factory reset is a good approach to solve problems, or simply to revert the settings back to their defaults.

Either way, using our guide you can perform a factory reset anytime, without worrying too much.

We hope that this guide was enough to help you reset your Polk soundbar and in case you’ve got other inquiries, make sure to check for answers in our technical online blog!

Nicole B