How to Reset Pioneer Car Stereo [5 Easy Methods]

Pioneer car stereo systems can be a little tricky to operate, especially if you are experiencing lag or any other malfunction in the system.

how to restore pioneer car stereo to factory default settings

Don’t worry though, with just a few simple steps you will have your Pioneer car stereo back up and running. In this blog post, we’ll show you how to reset the pioneer car stereo in easy steps!

There are multiple methods that you can follow to get your stereo system reset to factory default settings. Detailed guides below-

1. Reset Pioneer DEH Series Car Stereos

If you own a pioneer stereo that has a model number starting with “DEH”, then this formula will work for you.

Find SRC Button

Find the ‘SRC’ button on your pioneer radio. It should be located at the top left corner of the stereo. Hold the button until the system goes to sleep.

Scroll to Reset Menu

Once you are done with the first step, it’s time to press the Menu button to access the settings. Scroll down until the screen shows ‘System Reset’ menu.

Reset the System

Once you get to the System Reset menu, it’s time to hit enter. It will ask you to confirm the reset operation, hit yes to let the system restore factory default settings.

2. Reset Pioneer AVH Series Car Stereos

If you have a touch screen Pioneer car stereo that has the model number starting with “AVH”, this method should serve your purpose. Follow the steps carefully-

Go to Settings

For reaching the reset options, you need to go to the settings menu of the stereo. It should be on the top right corner of the screen with a gear-like symbol.

Find System Options

After you are in the settings menu, go to the system options by clicking on the screwdriver and wrench icon.

Reset the System

Scroll down on the system options until you find the “Restore Settings” option. Tap on that option and press again on Restore to confirm the operation.

It will take around half a minute to restore the system to the factory default settings.

3. Hard Reset Pioneer Stereo If It’s Not Responding

As you can see the first two methods are as seamless as they can be. But the system may not always be this much responsive for you to reset the system. In that case, you need to follow this formula.

Remove Faceplate

The first step is to remove the faceplate of your pioneer stereo. It’s better to go slow in it as the plastic faceplate may get brittle after years of use and can get damaged if you don’t remain careful enough.

If you can take help from someone who knows how to do it properly, you may take help from him/her as well.

Find the Reset Button Hole

After removing the faceplate, find the reset button hole on your pioneer stereo. It’s normally at the center of the stereo, just alongside the AUX port.

The reset button can be in corners as well in some models. If you don’t find any hole near the AUX port, don’t worry, check if there is any tiny hole in any corner of the device.

Use a Paperclip to Reset Stereo

Insert a paper clip in that hole and press for around three seconds so as to activate factory default settings mode on your Pioneer car stereos. You can also use a toothpick in place of a paperclip.

Once the reset is done, reinstall your stereo faceplate with care and you are all set to rock on!

4. Soft Reset Pioneer Car Stereos

This actually not a reset, rather a complete shut down of the system to reboot it to a lag-free state.

Many times your stereo starts lagging or freezing after long hours of usage. It is because the system has not been reset in the past few days, so it starts to become slower and difficult for you to operate.

To avoid this situation, just soft reset your stereo by following these steps-

  • Open the hood of your car and find the battery.
  • Disconnect the negative terminal of the battery.
  • Wait for five minutes so that the system remains disconnected from the power source.
  • After five minutes, connect back the negative terminal of your car battery.
  • Now, start enjoying the stereo without any unusual freezing issues.

There is an alternative to this method in case you can’t disconnect the battery for some reason. Here’s what you should do-

  • Find the Fuse box where the stereo fuse is located.
  • Locate the fuse that’s protecting your stereo from any power surge.
  • Remove the fuse from the slot and keep it out of the slot for about five minutes.
  • Reinstate the fuse in its position.
  • You should have a nice and smooth stereo system now!

Problems that Can Be Solved by Factory Resetting Pioneer Stereo

Almost 90% of stereo problems can be resolved by a simple reset of the system. It’s because there are very few things that can go bad in your car stereo. One thing that’s common in stereo is hanging up due to heat or long time use, and software bug-induced freeze-up issues.


The Pioneer Car Stereo system is a sophisticated device that not only helps with music but also aids in navigation, radio stations, and more.

As such, it’s important to know how to reset the stereo when it starts acting up or freezing on you. Luckily, there are many quick ways for this that we’ve just explained!

Despite the methods we have stated here, you should check the owner’s manual that came with the stereo to ensure that you are doing the right thing to solve the issue that may have popped up recently.

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