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How to reset a Baofeng UV-5R two way radio

Baofeng-UV-5R-Reset.jpgCertain circumstances may require you to perform a reset on your Baofeng. Performing a reset is extremely easy, however if you speak only English and the voice prompts are in Chinese, performing a simple reset or recovering from one may require a little more attention.

Follow the steps below to reset a Baofeng UV-5R, BF-F9, BF-F8+, UV-B6 or UV-82 two way radio from Buy Two Way Radios.

To perform a VFO Reset
1.Turn on the radio and press the MENU button.
2.Press the UP and DOWN arrow key to select RESET (Menu Item 40).
3.Press MENU to choose RESET.
4.Press the DOWN arrow key to choose VFO.
5.Press MENU. The radio will display SOURCE?
6.Press MENU to confirm. The radio will display WAIT... for a few seconds, then beep twice to confirm reset is complete. The radio will revert to Chinese language mode. Reset is complete.

To perform a FULL Reset
1.Turn on the radio and press the MENU button.
2.Press the UP and DOWN arrow key to select RESET (Menu Item 40).
3.Press MENU to choose RESET.
4.Press the DOWN arrow key to choose ALL.
5.Press MENU. The radio will display SOURCE?
6.Press MENU to confirm. The radio will display WAIT... for a few seconds, then beep twice to confirm reset is complete.
7.The radio will revert to Chinese language mode. Reset is complete.

To set language from Chinese to English
1.Press MENU.
2.Press the UP and DOWN arrow key to select VOICE (Menu Item 14).
3.Press MENU to choose VOICE.
4.Press the DOWN arrow key to choose ENG.
5.Press MENU to choose ENG.

NOTE: a VFO RESET only resets the frequency values in VFO mode. To reset the radio back to factory defaults, choose RESET/ALL. A reset may resolve some issues, but will not resolve them all. Some scenarios, such as inoperability due to an incorrect or corrupt image file cannot be resolved with a reset and require another resolution. It is, however, usually a standard first step when troubleshooting the radio.

9 Comments

Did a reset following your recommendations. However, didn't seem to reset the radio back to Factory setting as it kept my frequencies and did Not reset them back to the way when I got the units!
This was what I was attempting to do.
If there is a way to restore All the way back to 'Factory' setting, Please advise.
Tom P~

my PAIR of UV-5R's turn on and the display reads "welcome", then 458.725 upper and lower, Voice prompt says "Channel Mode"....
That's it.

I can't get either of them to do ANYTHING else.
Menu doesn't work...
VFO doesn't work...
A/B doesn't work....

Locked up... HHHEEELLLPPP!!!
Can someone help me, PLEEEZE?

I have a UV-5R and the updated 5RV2+. The V2+ programmed perfectly thanks to your instructions. The 5R, however, won't work. I keep getting an "incorrect model selection" error message in chirp whenever I try to download from the radio. Any ideas?

Look for a key icon on the screen. If it's there then hold the Key button until it says unlocked.

Hi, Ihave some issues with my BF-F8HP ( incorrect display reading at third digit of the display ( left to right). but the voice and the frequencies are operables. If I write 136000 de display show 131000 and other errors. can you help me with this. Thanks

THANK YOU. Reset seems to have worked. Next step, I'll try programming the unit via laptop. Unit not made any where near as well as my Yaesu VX6 but for the money, this Baofeng seems like a lot of bang for the buck to have as an emergency expendable. JB - K6QVA

Make sure you don't have the lock enabled. On the lower right bottom key there will be a key with a symbol of a key. Hold for 3 sec. also use by battery meter on LCD (right side) there should be a symbols of a key if it's locked when you unlock it will disappear

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