How To Reset Pioneer Touchscreen Radio?

Norvan Martin

Resetting a Pioneer touchscreen radio can be an easy fix if you’re experiencing issues with the unit, such as freezes, glitches, or unresponsiveness. However, it’s important to note that resetting the radio will erase all settings and data, so it should only be done as a last resort or if you’re prepared to reconfigure the unit from scratch. 

The process is very simple: head to the gear symbol and then look for tools, in which you will find the reset and restore settings.

Now, we shall discuss this process in detail. Here is a glimpse of what we shall do:

  1. Resetting Pioneer Touchscreen Radio
  2. Alternate Method To Reset The Radio
  3. Why Should You Reset The Radio?

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Here is a detailed step-by-step approach to resetting your touchscreen radio:

Step 1. Click On The Gear Icon

The gear icon, or the settings, is on the top right of your screen. It is where you will see plenty of options on the screen’s left side, such as Bluetooth, tools, volume-related options, and more.

Step 2. Choose The Tools Icon

Once you have opened the settings on the left side of your screen, you will notice the second option has a wrench and a screwdriver made. That is the tools section. Once you find it, click on it to see more options. 

Step 3. Look For Restore Settings

After selecting the tools icon, scroll down to the last and locate the Restore Settings. Tap on the Restore Settings, and a prompt will occur, which will ask you: “The system will restore automatically to restore all settings to the default values. Press restore to begin.” You will find a Restore button below. Press that too.

Step 4. Resetting The Radio

After you click the reboot button, you will see another message: “Restore processing. Please do not turn off the unit.” This means that your radio is successfully going back to its default mode. 

Step 5. Restoration Complete

Once the process is over, you will land on the language page. This is an indication that the resetting is successful and complete. Now, choose your preferred language and click on the arrow in the top right corner, which will take you to the next page. 

On the next page, you will come across Speaker Mode Settings. In that, you have to choose between Network Mode and Standard Mode. Once selected, press OK on the top right. 

After this comes Device settings, where you choose what type of device you want to connect: iPhone or any other smartphone. You also have to choose the connection type; it can be USB or Wireless via Bluetooth. Once you have made your selections, your new setup is complete, with your radio restored to its factory mode, giving you a new, fresh look. 

Pioneer touchscreen radio

Alternate Method To Reset The Radio

There is another way you can reset your Pioneer Touchscreen Radio. You will see a button on your radio’s top left corner.

That button can restore to the default mode without going through the entire process. However, directly restoring may not display the setup pages, and you might be unable to make changes.

If you choose this method, all you have to do is long press the button for a few seconds and wait for the resetting page to appear. It will automatically restore everything. 



1. How do I find my radio code?

It is a simple process:

  • Check your car manual in case it has the code written in it.
  • Check for a separate card that was given to you when you purchased your vehicle. 
  • Contact your local dealership.
  • Check the code available on the car company’s website. 

2. Pioneer Reset Is Not Fixing My Issue. What Should I Do?

If you have tried everything, like resetting the radio to default mode, which is not resolving the problem, then it is best to contact your mechanic. Chances are there is a hardware issue or an issue related to the overall system, and you may also want to check your car’s battery in such matters. 

3. What is the meaning of factory mode?

Factory mode, also known as default mode, is where your entire data and information are wiped off from the system.  Everything is deleted from your device (like your touchscreen radio), making it brand new. 

4. Is Pioneer a good brand?

Pioneer is generally considered a good brand in the audio and electronics industry. It is known for its innovative technology and features, such as its advanced digital signal processing (DSP) technology, high-resolution audio playback, and integration with popular smartphone apps such as Spotify and Pandora.

The company has an excellent reputation for producing good-quality stereos, car audio, radios, music systems, etc. This brand is trusted worldwide and has been serving people for 85 years. 

5. Why Should You Reset Your Pioneer Radio?

Resetting a Pioneer Touchscreen Radio can be a helpful troubleshooting step if you’re experiencing issues with the unit. Sometimes, you may notice glitches hindering your listening experience or want to make significant changes to the radio for a fresh start.

You can also fix the freezing or unresponsiveness of the radio. You can clear any temporary issues or errors causing the unit to malfunction. This can often resolve the issue and restore the unit to its normal functioning state. 

Another reason to do so is if you plan on selling the radio. This way, you can erase the settings and protect your privacy and personal data, including your saved radio stations, Bluetooth pairings, and customized settings. 


So, as you may have noticed, resetting the radio is a straightforward process, and anyone can do it. You do not have to get intimidated by its mechanism. There is also an alternate method available to reset. 

Also, resetting the radio can help troubleshoot issues like glitches, freezes, or unresponsiveness, for a fresh start or when you want to secure your privacy before selling your radio to a buyer. Remember that this process can wipe out your data entirely and return it to its factory mode. 

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