Where Is The Reset Button On My Emerson TV?

We’ve all been there – staring blankly at the dark or glitchy screen of your Emerson TV, frustratedly wondering why it’s not working and how you can reset it. You know there must be a reset button somewhere on this contraption – if only you could find it!

The reset button is key to restoring your Emerson television to its original factory settings. Pressing this button clears temporary glitches, resets any changes you’ve made to the settings, and gets the TV working like brand new again. But where is that pesky reset button hiding on your specific model?

This guide will walk you through exactly where to locate the reset button on any Emerson television, whether you have an older retro TV from the 90s or one of their newest 2023 smart TV offerings.

Locating The Reset Button On Older Emerson TV Models

Reset Button On Older Emerson TV

Older Emerson televisions, approximately those made between the 1960s up until the early 2000s, tend to have their reset buttons conveniently located on the lower back panel or on the left/right side of the TV.

These older CRT and early flat-screen Emerson models don’t try to discretely hide the reset button – if you look on the rear outside casing or left/right side edge of the TV, you’ll easily spot a physical button labeled plainly as “RESET”.

Older Emerson TV with reset button clearly labeled on back casing

To reset one of these older Emerson sets:

  1. Locate the button on the back/side casing
  2. Use a pen or blunt object to press the recessed reset button
  3. Hold for 1-2 seconds until screen goes black
  4. TV will restart itself fresh!

And that’s all there is to it to reset your retro Emerson and get it working again.

Finding The Reset Button On Newer Smart Emerson TVs

Flash forward to the age of fancy modern bells-and-whistles TVs – Emerson’s latest models from approximately 2010 onward. These contemporary flat-screen Emersons have a discrete reset button hidden behind a removable panel door instead of obviously located on the TV casing.

Don’t despair about finding this tricky hidden button – below are step-by step instructions to access the reset on popular Emerson smart TVs:

Emerson LF391EM4, LF501EM5 and EM584 Series:

  1. Lay the TV face down on a soft surface to access the back panel
  2. Locate the small panel door closest to the TV’s inputs and switches
  3. Carefully insert a paper clip into the hole below the panel door to open the hidden port
  4. Inside this secret door you’ll find the pinhole reset button
  5. Use an opened paperclip to gently press and hold the reset button for 5-10 seconds
  6. The TV will begin power cycling to reset

Emerson EMF800 Series:

  1. Carefully lay the TV flat to see the back
  2. Remove the VESA TV wall mount plate covering the lower left corner
  3. Behind the mount plate is a covered panel; open it to uncover the reset pinhole
  4. Insert an opened paperclip until your feel the tactile click of the reset button
  5. Hold the reset button down for about 7 seconds
  6. TV will automatically restart and clear memory

Emerson EM123 Series and EM230 Series Smart TVs:

  1. Peel off the rubber foot pad on the centre bottom of the TV
  2. Hidden beneath this foot pad is a thin panel – slide it left to uncover reset
  3. Use a blunt object or paperclip end to gently press the reset button in
  4. Continue holding for 6 seconds while TV reboots
  5. Remove object, replace rubber footpad

And voila! With those simples steps you can successfully locate and press your new Emerson smart television’s sneaky reset button to reboot and refresh when trouble strikes!

What To Do If You Can’t Find The Reset Button

If for some reason the reset button still eludes you even after checking all possible panel locations, don’t panic! Here are some additional troubleshooting tips for refreshing your stubborn Emerson TV:

Double check model number – Confirm the exact model number tag sticker/engraving on your Emerson television. Cross check against Part 1 and Part 2 of this article to ensure you didn’t miss the described reset button location for that specific model range.

Contact Emerson support – As a last resort, reach out to Emerson’s TV tech and customer support line at 1-888-610-6889. Explain your TV model and inability to locate the factory reset button. Their technicians can provide personalized guidance for your exact device.

Attempt a forced factory reset through menus – Modern Emersons that still elude physical reset can often be forced to reset through hidden menus. Follow these steps:

  1. Turn on TV and access the input menu
  2. Select the menu icon followed by the preferences/settings cog
  3. Navigate to and select the advanced options tab
  4. Choose Factory Reset; confirm reset when prompted
  5. TV will wipe and restore original settings

While less convenient than a dedicated button, this menu reset achieves the same effect of restarting and clearing your problematic Emerson television.

In Summary…

Hopefully with this comprehensive guide you now understand the various locations and techniques to access the reset button on any Emerson TV regardless of the model or age. So don’t despair the next time your screen is stuck on the fritz – locate that reset pin and give it a simple press to revive your television!


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