How To Reboot Starlink: A Guide for Beginners

   Starlink is an amazing service that provides fast and reliable internet access to almost anywhere on the planet. But like any technology, it can sometimes have issues or glitches that affect its performance. That’s why it’s important to know how to reboot Starlink when you need to.

Rebooting Starlink means restarting the system, which consists of two main components: the dish and the router. The dish is the antenna that communicates with the satellites in orbit, and the router is the device that connects the dish to your devices via WiFi or Ethernet. Rebooting Starlink can help fix common problems such as:

  • Slow or intermittent internet speed
  • Disconnected or rebooting error messages
  • Dish not pointing to the optimal position
  • Router not working properly

In this article, I will show you three different ways to reboot Starlink, depending on your situation and preference. I will also explain the pros and cons of each method, and give you some tips and tricks to make the process easier and faster. Let’s get started!

How to Reboot Starlink with the App

The easiest and most recommended way to reboot Starlink is using the app. The app is a handy tool that lets you manage your system, check your stats, and troubleshoot issues. You can download the app for free from the App Store or Google Play Store. To reboot Starlink with the app, follow these steps:

  1. Launch the Starlink app on your smartphone or tablet.
  2. Tap Settings from the menu at the top-right corner.
  3. Under Reboot Starlink, slide the toggle to the right.

That’s it! The app will send a command to the system to reboot. You will see a message saying “Rebooting Starlink” on the app screen. The process will take several minutes, during which the app will say “Disconnected”. You might also hear some noises from the dish as it moves to its initial position. Don’t worry, this is normal.

After rebooting, the app will reconnect to the system and show you the status of the dish and the router. You might have to reconnect your devices to the Starlink WiFi network if they were disconnected during the reboot. You can also check your internet speed and signal strength on the app.

Rebooting Starlink with the app is the simplest and most convenient method, as it doesn’t require you to physically touch the system or go outside. It also ensures that the system is rebooted properly and safely, without risking any damage to the components. However, there are some drawbacks to this method:

  • You need to have the app installed and updated on your device.
  • You need to have a working internet connection on your device to use the app. If your Starlink internet is down, you might not be able to access the app.
  • The app might not always work as expected, or might have bugs or errors that prevent you from rebooting the system.

If you encounter any of these issues, or you just prefer a different method, you can try the next option.

How to Power Cycle the Starlink Router

The second way to reboot Starlink is to manually power cycle the system by unplugging the router. The router is also the power supply for the dish, so unplugging the AC power cord will turn off both the router and the dish. When you plug it back in, the system will restart. To power cycle the Starlink router, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the router and the AC power cord. The router is a white box with a Starlink logo on it, and the power cord is a black cable that connects the router to an outlet or a power strip.
  2. Unplug the AC power cord from the outlet or the power strip. You will see the lights on the router go off, and the dish will stop moving.
  3. Wait for at least 10 seconds. This will allow the system to completely shut down and clear any residual power or data.
  4. Plug the AC power cord back into the outlet or the power strip. You will see the lights on the router come back on, and the dish will start moving again.

That’s it! The system will take up to 15 minutes to boot back up and reconnect to the satellites. You can check the status of the system on the app or on your devices. You might have to reconnect your devices to the Starlink WiFi network if they were disconnected during the power cycle.

Power cycling the router is a more reliable and effective method than using the app, as it ensures that the system is fully reset and refreshed. It can also help fix some issues that the app might not be able to, such as corrupted firmware or software updates. However, there are some drawbacks to this method:

  • You need to have access to the router and the power cord, which might be located in a hard-to-reach or inconvenient place.
  • You need to be careful not to damage the router or the power cord, or cause any electrical hazards or fire risks.
  • You need to be patient and wait for the system to come back online, which might take longer than using the app.

If you don’t want to deal with these issues, or you want to try a different method, you can try the next option.

How to Reboot by Unplugging the Starlink Cable

The third way to reboot Starlink is to unplug the Starlink cable from the dish or from the router. The Starlink cable is a white cable that connects the dish to the router. It carries both power and data signals, so unplugging it will turn off the dish and disconnect it from the router. When you plug it back in, the system will restart. To reboot by unplugging the Starlink cable, follow these steps:

  1. Locate the Starlink cable and the connector. The cable is a white cable that runs from the dish to the router. The connector is a round metal plug that attaches the cable to the dish or the router. There are two connectors, one on each end of the cable.
  2. Unplug the connector from the dish or the router. You can choose either side, but it might be easier to unplug the connector from the router, as it is usually more accessible than the dish. To unplug the connector, gently twist it counterclockwise and pull it out. You will see the lights on the router go off, and the dish will stop moving.
  3. Wait for at least 10 seconds. This will allow the system to completely shut down and clear any residual power or data.
  4. Plug the connector back into the dish or the router. To plug the connector, gently push it in and twist it clockwise until it locks in place. You will see the lights on the router come back on, and the dish will start moving again.

That’s it! The system will take several minutes to boot back up and reconnect to the satellites. You can check the status of the system on the app or on your devices. You might have to reconnect your devices to the Starlink WiFi network if they were disconnected during the reboot.

Rebooting by unplugging the Starlink cable is a more advanced and specific method than the other two, as it allows you to reboot only the dish and not the router. This can be useful if you want to keep your WiFi network up, but want to restart the dish for some reason. It can also help fix some issues that the other methods might not be able to, such as the Starlink Unplugged or Rebooting error. However, there are some drawbacks to this method:

  • You need to have access to the Starlink cable and the connector, which might be located in a hard-to-reach or inconvenient place.
  • You need to be careful not to damage the cable or the connector, or cause any water or weather damage to the system.
  • You need to be gentle and precise when unplugging and plugging the connector, as it is a sensitive and delicate part that can be easily broken or misaligned.

If you are not comfortable or confident with this method, or you don’t have a specific reason to use it, you might want to stick with the other methods.

Final Thoughts

Rebooting Starlink is a simple and effective way to troubleshoot and improve your internet experience. There are three different ways to reboot Starlink: using the app, power cycling the router, or unplugging the Starlink cable. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, and you can choose the one that suits your situation and preference.

Rebooting Starlink is usually safe and harmless, but you should always follow the instructions and precautions carefully, and avoid doing it too often or unnecessarily. If rebooting Starlink doesn’t solve your problem, or you encounter any other issues or errors, you can contact Starlink customer support for further assistance.