How to erase and reset the NVIDIA Shield TV (2019)
Whether you own the NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) or the Pro variant, there may come a time when you need to clear everything out and start fresh. Thankfully, factory resetting an NVIDIA Shield TV is just as easy as factory resetting any Android phone or tablet.
Products used in this guide
- Tubular delight: NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) (opens in new tab) ($150 at Amazon)
- Play AAA games: NVIDIA Shield TV Pro (2019) (opens in new tab) ($200 at Amazon)
Before you get started
The best and easiest way to delete all the data off your NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) is to factory reset it, which will wipe all user data and return the device to its original condition for you to set up from scratch again. You can't undo a factory reset, so be sure to back up any local videos or files on your Shield TV (2019) you want to keep.
How to factory reset your NVIDIA Shield TV (2019)
- Go to Settings from the Shield home screen.
- Scroll down to Storage & reset
- Scroll down and select Factory data reset.
- Select Factory data reset to confirm the action.
Your NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) will begin factory resetting itself, deleting all user data, apps, and logins.The process itself takes just a few minutes, after which your NVIDIA Shield TV (2019) will reboot and bring up the beginning prompts to set up the device like new.
The best Android TV streaming box.
In terms of both hardware and software, the NVIDIA Shield TV 2019 is simply the best Android TV streaming box you can buy. It's a little pricier than other Android options, but you get a fully-featured Android TV experience, a capable gaming machine for streaming PC and Android games, and it's all backed by NVIDIA with great customer service and software support.
Play AAA games
Stream your favorite AAA games with ease.
The NVIDIA Shield TV Pro (2019) has the same Tegra X1+ chipset as the regular version, but you get 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and two USB ports that let you attach an external storage device. You also get the ability to play AAA games, so if you're looking to get a streaming box for gaming, the Pro variant is the default choice.
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