How To Reset A Pioneer Radio

How To Reset A Pioneer Radio

There’s nothing like cruising along the highway while blasting your favorite music. That’s why a good car radio is essential for making those long drives more entertaining. And Pioneer radios are some of the best.

Despite being a great piece of equipment, you might not be completely happy with the settings on your Pioneer radio.

Thankfully, you can easily change these settings to suit your preferences, but the first step is to know how to reset them. 

In this guide, we’ll show you how to put your Pioneer radio back to factory settings so you can get the most out of your system. Keep reading to find out everything you need to know.

Resetting A Pioneer Single DIN Receiver

For single DIN receivers that are 2020 or later models, you can use this method to reset your radio. This method also works for the following models:

  • MVH-S320BT
  • MVH-S322BT
  • MVH-S522BS
  • MVH-S720BHS
  • DEH-S4200BT
  • DEH-S4220BT
  • DEH-S5200BT
  • DEH-S6200BS
  • DEH-S6220BS
  • DEH-S7200BHS

Step 1

Remove the front face-plate panel of the model first, being very careful when doing so. 

You only need to press the “remove” button in the corner to accomplish that.

Step 2

When you remove the panel, you’ll notice a little hole there that serves as the reset hole.

Put a pin or paperclip in the hole at this point to hit the button inside. Remove the pin or paperclip if you believe you have pressed the button.

Step 3

Finally, take the faceplate and put it back into its original position.

Resetting A Pioneer Double DIN Receiver

This method is used to reset double DIN radios or any of these models:

  • FH-S520BT
  • FH-S722BS
  • MVH-S420BT
  • MVH-S620BS
  • MVH-S622BS

Step 1

This first step is similar to the previous one for single DIN receivers. The only difference is that you won’t have to remove the panel.

When looking at the faceplate, you’ll see the reset hole near the USB port, which will have a reset button inside.

Step 2

Take a pin or paperclip, insert it inside the hole, and hit the reset button. Once you’ve done this, your radio should be reset.

Resetting A Pioneer DEH Radio


DEH radios are one of the most popular Pioneer systems. It might seem complicated to reset, but it only takes a few simple steps.

Step 1

Look for the SRC button, which should be in the stereo’s upper left corner.

Hold the button down after pushing it until the stereo enters Demo mode.

Step 2

Locate the system’s big selector button. Press and hold it now until the LCD screen displays “Menu.”

Step 3

Next, turn the button until the “Initial” choice appears on the screen.

After that, all you have to do to choose the option is press the selector button.

Step 4

You must turn the button once more after choosing the “Initial” option to get to the “System Reset” choice.

Press the button once more to select it when it appears on the screen, and the reset procedure will begin as soon as you do.

Resetting A Pioneer AVH Radio

You might have an AVH radio system in your vehicle. You can use this method to reset this type of radio.

Step 1

Firstly, find the gear setting symbol in the corner of the screen and tap it.

Step 2

Next, you should see a symbol of a wrench and screwdriver on the left of the screen. Once you see it, tap on that symbol.

Step 3

Finally, scroll down until you find the “Restore Settings” option. Select this option once you see it.

After you have selected this option, you will get a confirmation notification. Tap “Restore” to proceed with the system reset.

Frequently Asked Questions

When Should I Reset My Pioneer Radio?

These are the common reasons why you might need to reset your Pioneer radio system:

  • When something is preventing the required functions from occurring or when you need to adjust the stereo’s settings. If you want to restart the radio but are unsure of which settings to change, a reset can be the easiest alternative.
  • You could unintentionally alter your Pioneer radio configuration occasionally. Reset the system if you ever find yourself in this situation.
  • Your car stereo can lock as a safety precaution if you recently serviced your vehicle and likely disconnected the battery. You will therefore need to restart it before turning it back on.

How Do I know When My Pioneer Radio Needs Resetting?

If your Pioneer radio is acting in any of these ways, it may be time to reset it:

  • If the radio does not turn on.
  • If the radio turns off and on of its own accord.
  • If the radio display and audio turn on and off simultaneously.
  • If the radio turns off when driving around a corner or over a bump in the road.

Why Isn’t My Pioneer Radio Working?

There are a few reasons why your Pioneer radio might stop working. This is usually connected to a malfunctioning power source, meaning your system cannot operate properly.

These are the common causes of this problem:

  • Damaged wiring – The radio is connected to the energy source using wires beneath the dashboard, so if these wires are damaged, your radio is likely to stop working. If you’ve recently carried out electrical work on your vehicle and your radio isn’t working, you might need to take the car for servicing.
  • Blown fuse – An excess of voltage can cause a blown fuse, which in turn will stop your radio from working. You need to identify and replace this fuse for your radio to operate properly again.
  • Antenna damage – Antennas are prone to damage as they sit on the exterior of your vehicle. If it is damaged or broken, your radio system will not be able to pick up signals.

Final Word

With this guide, you’ll easily be able to reset your Pioneer radio. Resetting your radio can be beneficial if it’s not working properly, or if you just want to change the settings.

If your radio is still having problems after resetting, it may be time to take your vehicle for service to diagnose any underlying issues.

Dave Oliver

Dave Oliver is a seasoned car modification expert with over twenty years of experience in the field. His knowledge spans from restoring vintage models to implementing the latest customization technologies. He brings his passion and expertise to life through informative and engaging articles.

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