Resetting TP-Link Kasa smart plugs switches and outlets

Taking smart plugs with you when you move is simple – especially if you remember to explicitly mark them – but smart switches and wall outlets can be more complex.

These are frequently divisions that feel more hard-wired (literally in many situations) than smart plugs and other items that can be disconnected and removed. Moving into a property that lacks light switches and wall plugs may be unattractive to a buyer.

Many businesses produce smart plugs, switches, and wall outlets, but for the sake of this post, we’ll focus on the TP-Link Kasa Smart line, which is one of the more popular alternatives. Kasa Smart has expanded to accommodate a broad range of plugs, switches, and outlets over the years, but they all function in the same way.

Instead of presenting the instructions because they are compatible with virtually every Kasa Smart device – over 30 in total – we will be explicit to clarify when the instructions differ for a small number of Kasa Smart products.

Kasa Smart devices may be reset in two ways: soft reset and hard reset. The former does not wipe the device’s settings, whilst the latter resets it to factory defaults. A gentle reset is recommended if your smart plug, switch, or outlet is acting up. However, if you’re relocating and leaving the gadget behind, you should do a hard reset before the new owners take possession of it.

Resetting TP Link Kasa smart plugs switches and outlets

Here Are How To Resetting TP-Link Kasa smart plugs switches and outlets

To perform a soft reset of your Kasa Smart plug, switch or outlet, follow this simple instruction:

  • Press and hold the reset button for five seconds or until the Wi-Fi light blinks amber and green

The device can now be set up again using the Kasa smartphone app but will retain information like the name you had previously assigned to it. The only exception for this instruction is the TP-Link HS105 Wi-Fi, where the light blinks amber and blue instead of amber and green.

To perform a full factory reset and return your Kasa Smart plug, switch or outlet to an as-new state, follow this instruction:

  • Press and hold the reset button until the Wi-Fi light blinks amber rapidly (usually about 10 seconds). The device is not fully reset and ready to be set up as if unboxed for the first time.

A couple of exceptions here are the HS300 and KP303, where the control button works as both the power and reset button. For these devices:

  • Press the control button to turn on or off the corresponding outlet
  • Press and hold a control button for five seconds to re-enable setup mode
  • Press and hold a control button for 10 seconds to restore the outlet to factory default settings.

Remember, you will need to do this for each of the power outlets of the device.

Lastly, if you cannot find the reset button of your TP-Link Kasa Smart device, look at the printed instructions that came with the product, or head to the TP-Link support pages for more help.

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