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Revive Your Sound: How To Reset Sonos Arc

Last Updated on August 11, 2023

Resetting a Sonos Arc soundbar can be intimidating. After all, you don’t want to accidentally delete any of your settings or do something that could damage your device. But fear not! With the right instructions and guidance, resetting your Sonos Arc is easy and straightforward. In this article, I’ll show you how to reset your Sonos Arc in several ways: through soft resets, hard resets, using the controller app, soundbar considerations, factory resets, rebooting processes and cleaning and protection tips. Read on for everything you need to know about resetting your Sonos Arc!

Soft Reset

Ready to give your sound system a fresh start? A soft reset can be just the thing you need! With the Sonos Arc, a soft reset is an easy way to restore its factory settings. This method is great if you’re experiencing any issues with your setup or simply want to start over from scratch. To perform a soft reset, press and hold the power button on the back of the speaker for 10 seconds until it turns off. Once it’s powered down, release and press the same button again for a few seconds until you hear two chimes indicating that it’s been successfully reset. Your Arc will now be restored to its original factory settings including Dolby Atmos and HDMI ARC smart speaker set up for music streaming.

If your Sonos Arc isn’t responding or isn’t connecting properly, then you may have to try another method of resetting called “hard reset” which we’ll discuss in more detail next. But before that, make sure all cables are securely connected as this could fix many of your connection issues without having to perform either type of reset.

Whether you’re looking for a clean slate or trying to solve some technical difficulties, both hard and soft resets are good options for restoring your Sonos Arc back to working order. By understanding their differences and following these steps correctly you can ensure that your device is always functioning optimally.

Hard Reset

To restore your Sonos Arc device to its original state, take a deep breath and press the power button firmly – like you’re taking control of the situation. A hard reset is more involved than a soft reset and requires disconnecting all cables from the speaker, including your power cord and any connections to other speakers like a Sonos Playbar. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Unplug the power cord from your Sonos Arc.
  2. Make sure all connections between your soundbar and other devices are disconnected for at least one minute.
  3. Turn off any additional speakers connected to your Sonos Arc by pressing their pause or mute buttons (if applicable).

After this process is complete, plug in the power cord again and wait until the LED ring lights up white before pressing the play button on top of your soundbar – then you can enjoy a freshly factory-reset experience with your Sonos Arc!

Controller App

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Take command of your audio experience with the intuitive Sonos controller app, allowing you to easily control sound levels and customize settings with just a few taps. With the app’s dedicated button, you can reset your Sonos Arc in seconds. All that is required is a light press on the power supply button for twenty seconds until a green light appears on the device. You’ll also need to be sure to have both a stable internet connection and cable connection before attempting this process. Additionally, if using a mobile device make sure it is connected to the same wifi network as your Sonos Roam speaker.

Once you’ve made sure all connections are secure, navigating through the inputs should be easy and straightforward inside of the app interface. Once there, simply locate your Arc device on the list of available speakers and select it from there. From here you’ll then be able to adjust various settings such as balance controls or equalizer settings with ease.

From basic troubleshooting steps such as setting up wifi networks or adjusting sound levels, controlling your audio experience has never been simpler with the use of one’s personal mobile device and Sonos Controller App. Making custom adjustments requires little effort while providing satisfaction that comes along with taking charge of one’s musical environment!

Factory Reset

If you need to start fresh or rectify any issues, you can perform a factory reset on your Sonos Arc soundbar to return it to its original settings. This process can help with any connection issues and also provide the option for a software update. To begin the reset, access the settings menu on your player and choose ‘Factory Reset.’ After confirming this choice, the player will restart and erase all of its contents in order to restore it back to its original configuration. Once this is done, you’ll need to go through the setup process again by connecting it directly with an audio device like a settop box or television and inputting your wifi password.

In some cases, simply restarting may be enough to address minor issues without having to perform a full factory reset. This simple action quickly refreshes the player’s firmware which often resolves connection problems. However, if this doesn’t work then try going through the full factory reset procedure as discussed above. If none of these steps are helpful then contact customer support for further assistance as other more technical options may be available. With that said, proceeding with a factory reset should set up your Sonos Arc soundbar properly so it’s ready for use again.

Reboot Process

You can easily get your soundbar back up and running by rebooting it. Rebooting your Sonos Arc is a simple process that only takes a few steps:

  • Press the menu button on the top of the soundbar to access the settings tab.
  • Unplug all connections from the soundbar, including any HDMI cables used for streaming video content or for voice control with your other sound systems.
  • Wait at least 10 seconds before plugging everything back into its original ports on the surface of the Sonos Arc. This will help reset any audio settings or connections issues you may have had previously.

Finally, double check that all cords are securely connected and turn up your volume to enjoy great audio again!

Cleaning and Protection

To keep your soundbar in top condition, clean it regularly and protect it from dust or debris build-up. To start, make sure to unplug the power cable first. Then use a soft damp cloth and gently wipe down the surface of your Sonos Arc. Be careful not to touch any of the ports or let any liquid enter them. If you can move your soundbar, place it away from direct sunlight or heat sources as this can damage its components.

It is also important to protect your device by putting a cover over it when not in use. This will help prevent dirt and dust settling on the surface of the Sonos Arc and will reduce its chances of overheating due to excess exposure to air flow. Additionally, if you have small pets at home like cats or dogs, be mindful that their fur may get stuck in the vents of your soundbar which could lead to blockage issues with airflow over time.

When cleaning and protecting your Sonos Arc, always remember to be gentle with all components of the device so as not to damage any internal wiring or connections while wiping down or moving around the soundbar itself.

Cleaning StepsProtection StepsBenefits
Unplug Power Cable
Use Soft Cloth
Wipe Gently
Avoid Ports & Liquid Exposure
Put Cover Over Device
Move Away From Direct Sunlight / Heat Sources
Watch Out for Pet Fur Buildup
Keeps Device In Top Condition
Prevents Dirt & Dust Settling On Surface
Reduces Chances Of Overheating Due To Air Flow Blocked By Pet Fur

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a soft reset take?

A soft reset on the Sonos Arc usually takes less than a minute. All you need to do is unplug the power cable from your device for 10 seconds, then plug it back in and wait for the light on your device to turn solid white or off. That’s it! The reset process may take a bit longer if there are multiple devices connected to your Sonos system, but once it’s done you should be good to go.

What are the risks of a hard reset?

A hard reset can be a useful tool for troubleshooting, but it should not be attempted without understanding the risks. Firstly, it can cause data loss or corruption if it is done incorrectly. Secondly, certain settings may need to be reconfigured after a hard reset and some of these could have been backed up in advance. Lastly, any software updates that were pending prior to the reset will need to be installed once again. With all this considered, one must weigh the benefits of a hard reset against its potential drawbacks before proceeding with this course of action.

Can the controller app be used to control other Sonos products?

Yes, the Sonos Controller app can be used to control other Sonos products. It allows you to easily switch among them and adjust settings from your mobile device. You can also group different products together, allowing for a seamless multi-room listening experience. The app is free and available on both iOS and Android devices, so you can start controlling your Sonos speakers wherever you are.

Can the factory reset process be reversed?

No, the factory reset process for the Sonos Arc cannot be reversed. This means that if you completed a factory reset on your soundbar, any custom settings or configurations you had made will have been erased and will need to be re-entered. It’s important to make sure that you have all of your settings saved prior to performing a factory reset so you don’t lose them.


Wrapping up, performing a reset on your Sonos Arc is a simple process. With the right steps, you can easily get it back to its original state and ready for use. Whether you’re using the app or hard resetting, everything should be taken care of in no time. The best part? You don’t even need any special tools or expertise! Coincidentally, that’s also how I felt after resetting my own Sonos Arc – relieved and empowered all at once. Now I’m back to enjoying my favorite music with crystal clear sound quality – and so can you!

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