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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.

25 thoughts on “How to reset a Baofeng UV-5R two way radio”

  • Dave Smith

    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?

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  • Rick

    If the full reset did not work, there may be another issue with the radio.

    Reply
  • Tom Poleet

    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~

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