How to Reset a Router Password to Factory Settings

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July 18, 2017 (Last Updated: ) | Reading Time: 1 minutes

This guide teaches you how to hard reset a router. Hard resetting a router restores the router to its factory default settings. The most common reason to hard reset a router is to reset the router user name and password.


What to Do If You Forgot Your Router Password and Can't Log In To Your Router

Uh oh, you forgot your router user name and password. Lost passwords and user names are a common problem. Luckily there is a simple solution.

Solution: Reset Router Password to Factory Settings

Performing a hard reset on your router will reset your router to its factory default settings. This means that the router user name and password will be reset to their default settings also. After hard resetting your router you should be able to log in using the default user name and password for your router.

TroubleShooting Steps

Wait! Before hard resetting your router, we suggest that you try a few troubleshooting steps that might get you logged in. Follow these three steps to troubleshoot.

  1. Check Router IP Address
  2. Try Logging In Using the Default UserName and Password
  3. Hard Reset the Router

How to Hard Reset a Router

On the back or bottom of your router you should find a small pin sized reset button.

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