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How to Reset Alpine Radio

The first thing most of us do after upgrading to a 3rd-party head unit is tinkering with its settings.

And there’s nothing wrong with it. 

What’s the point in getting an aftermarket unit if you don’t play around with its settings?

But what if you’ve messed up some of those and don’t know how to revert them?

Maybe you’ve accidentally changed the HPF and LPF points in crossover settings. Or you’ve changed the EQ or balance/fade settings that just made the head unit sound less optimal.

Whatever the reason, now you don’t know the exact change that you need to revert.

Well, in that case, your only option left is resetting the car radio.

How to Reset Alpine Radios

In this article, we’ll discuss how you can reset some popular alpine head units.

How to Reset Alpine CDE-172 BT and UTE-73bt 

Resetting the CDE and UTE series radios is a simple two-step process.

  • Turn on your radio.
  • Then press and hold the “(.)” key (located between the radio mode buttons) and button no. 6 (in the bottom row) for more than two seconds.

Once you release both of these buttons, the reset process will start.

How to Reset Alpine iLX-W650 and iLX-107

In high-end double-din stereos like Alpine iLX-W650, the reset process is a little lengthier – but still straightforward.

  • First of all, turn on the radio.
  • Press the ‘home’ button in the bottom row.
  • Select the gear icon on the new screen. It will take you to the system settings.
  • Then select the ‘General’ option.
  • A new menu will appear. Select the ‘About’ Option.
  • In the ‘About’ section, you’ll see information regarding the head unit, such as Serial Number, Firmware Version, Bluetooth Device Name, Clear All Settings, etc.
  • There will be a ‘RESET’ button against the ‘Clear All Settings’ option.
  • Select that button.
  • A pop-up message will appear, asking you to confirm.
  • Press OK. It will start the reset process.

How to Reset Alpine iLX-F409

There will be a RESET switch in the bottom right corner. Press that switch with a ballpoint pen or any other pointy object.

It will start the reset process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I factory reset my car radio?

The easiest way to reset a car radio is by pressing the reset switch. If that’s not available on your model, you can try other methods mentioned above.

Where is the reset button on a car stereo?

It’s usually located in the bottom-right corner (of double-din units) or behind the faceplate (in single-din head units).


So this is how you can reset your alpine radios. Apart from the wrong settings, you should also reset your car radio if it’s getting unresponsive. Or if you’ve updated to a new firmware that turned out to be buggy/bloated. Or even if you’ve changed your car battery.

The main thing to remember is that the above methods apply to those specific models. If you’re using any other alpine stereo, they may or may not have a similar reset procedure. For more info, read the owner’s manual or search for it online.

Michael Brown is the founder of, a website that provides car audio installation guides and tips. A self-taught car audio enthusiast, Michael has been installing and modifying car stereo systems for over 15 years.

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