How to factory reset Xbox Series S? [Easy Guide]

How to factory reset Xbox Series S? [Easy Guide]

Last Updated on November 1, 2022 by Amrit Chatterjee

How to factory reset Xbox Series S?

There are two ways that you can follow to factory reset your Xbox Series S. The first way is to use the ‘Settings‘ menu, and the other way is to do it via the console using a USB.

Follow the below steps to factory reset your Xbox Series S using the Settings menu:

  • Navigate to the settings menu directly from the apps section, or press the Xbox button on your controller and click on the ‘Settings’ option

Xbox Series S settings menu

  • In your ‘Settings’ menu, navigate down to ‘System‘ -> Click on ‘Console info

Xbox Series S console info

  • Once you are in the ‘System’ option, click on ‘Reset Console’

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How to factory reset Xbox Series S
How to factory reset Xbox Series S
  • Once you click on the ‘Reset Console’ option, you’ll get a prompt with two actions. ‘RESET AND REMOVE EVERYTHING‘ or ‘RESET AND KEEP MY GAMES & APPS.’ For a full factory reset of the Xbox Series S, click on the first option
How to factory reset Xbox Series S
How to factory reset Xbox Series S

How to factory reset Xbox Series S using a USB?

You can follow this approach for any boot-related issues on the Xbox Series S.

Prerequisites:

Prepare a formatted USB and make sure no data is present on the USB. Once it’s done, you can click on this highlighted link to download the reset zip file to download a fresh copy of the Xbox Operating System directly from the official Xbox website.

Save the zip file in a separate folder where you can access it easily. Select the file -> right-click on your mouse -> ‘Extract-all.‘ From the extracted items, copy the ‘$SystemUpdate’ file to your USB and make sure only no other file than the one mentioned is present in your USB.

Once the prerequisite is done, follow the below-mentioned steps to factory reset your Xbox Series S using the USB:

  • Turn Off your Xbox Series S
  • Once it’s turned off, remove the power cable and keep it idle for about a minute
  • Reconnect the power cable and plug in the USB drive containing the ‘$ SystemUpdate’ file
  • Click on hold the ‘Eject button and the pair button‘ on the console, and turn on the console while doing so. Keep holding the buttons until you hear the two beep sounds on the console. 

Once it’s done, the Xbox console should boot up, and the set-up guide should be displayed on your tv. Once you set up your console, you can safely unplug the USB.

There is one more way to reset your Xbox Series S:

  • First, you need to turn off the console by holding the Xbox button on the console.
  • Press and keep holding the little black ‘pair&sync’ button at the bottom of the console. While doing so, on the Xbox button once, and keep holding that black button until you hear that beep sound or the troubleshooting menu opens up
  • Once you’re in the ‘Troubleshoot’ menu, power on your controller and click on ‘Reset this Xbox

How to factory reset Xbox Series S

Types of reset to perform on the Xbox Series S:

Resetting your console can have numerous benefits, especially when the console has been used for a prolonged period of time. However, it’s also important to know the type of reset that you can perform on your Xbox Series S console before attempting.

Factory Reset: This is the type of reset you need to do to remove all the data in your console. Basically, it will reverse all the changes that you’ve made in the console during your use. So anytime you want to wipe all the data and want to have the Xbox Series S working as the time you first booted, this is the reset you need to perform.

Hard reset: This reset process serves the same outcome as the factory rest, the only difference being that you need to unplug the Xbox Series S from power. Due to the fact that it’s done without the console being in power, most of the issues are fixed using this method.

It’s recommended to keep a backup of your important data and game files, as once the reset is done, you won’t get them back.

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