If you’re here to learn how to delete recordings on DIRECTV, then you’re at the right place!
In this post, we’ll explain how the recordings are being stored, where to find them, and how to delete them permanently. We’ll also describe how smart recordings can be erased so keep reading to find out!
To delete DIRECTV recordings, you’ll need to access the “manage recordings” menu from the device that they were recorded on. Then you can delete specific or ALL targeted recordings from the list. As far as the smart recordings, they can be deleted from the details tab.
Let’s now learn more about how DIRECTV recordings are stored and how to manage them. Then we will move on to the step-by-step tutorial to delete ANY recordings on DIRECTV.
The show limit of your DIRECTV is about 100 episodes. Much, but not infinite. If you’ve reached that limit, don’t worry because there is a way to get rid of multiple recordings of your choice immediately.
Before we proceed to the actual step list, keep in mind that you must be logged in to your DIRECTV account on your main device. If you’re trying to erase the old recordings through an alt device, even if connected to your main DIRECTV account, you will be unable to delete any of them, since they will be missing.
In order to access the recordings, you must be using the device that recorded them, since DIRECTV does not offer cloud services and online transfer on recordings.
To delete recordings in the first place, you must first access the manage recordings tab. This option will appear in the settings tab and there will store your recordings if you haven’t redirected them to the DVR list.
Once the recording has been stored in the DVR tab, this means the recording is Legacy and from now on it will be stored on the DVR’s hard drive.
Keep in mind that even if the limit is a hundred recordings on the DVR, they can easily be exceeded if the recording’s size is larger than usual.
Now when you know how the DIRECTV recordings work you should not have any difficulties deleting them. We’ve designed a step-by-step guide so even if you have never deleted recordings before you definitely succeed with our tutorial.
Here is how to delete recordings on your DIRECTV:
The first step is to enter your DIRECTV menu and head to the DVR tab or manage recordings. Based on the location of the recordings upload and the firmware version of your DVR, you will have to head to the corresponding storage location.
Since the Manage Recordings tab is found in earlier versions of the firmware, try pressing the Menu button on your remote and head to the DVR settings.
Once in the DVR menu, you will be able to see all the recordings currently stored on your DVR’s hard drive and gain access to their settings menu. The first way is to individually select and delete recordings of your choice. Later we will get to know the way of getting rid of multiple recordings at once.
Here is how to delete a specific recording:
- By pressing the left, right, up, and down arrows on your remote, hover over to the recording you’re willing to delete.
- Once the recording is highlighted click the OK button on your remote control.
- You will access the detailed info.
Note: Keep in mind that for smart recordings there will be a detailed info page and for simple recordings, the menu that you will be getting is a drop-down.
Depending on the recording, you must have a different deletion approach. If the recording is a smart one, follow these steps:
- Highlight the recording and press OK on your remote.
- On the Detailed info tab, go to Details.
- Using the Down arrow, scroll down to Delete them with the Play now button.
- Press the OK button and confirm the deletion process.
If the recording is not smart, follow these steps:
- Highlight the recording.
- Access the drop-down menu and click on Manage.
- Scroll down to “Delete recording”.
- Press on Delete Recording.
At this point, you should be able to delete any kind of recordings. If you’re now wondering if it’s possible to delete multiple recordings at once, the answer is YES. Keep reading to learn how!
If you’re interested in erasing all of your DVR recordings or select multiple ones and don’t bother to highlight them individually. There is a way to target many of them at once. Keep in mind that using the Smart delete feature which envelops multiple recordings, only watched episodes will be erased.
In this regard, make sure to save any of the unwatched shows still, before applying the smart delete feature on the smart list.
Here are the steps to delete multiple smart recordings on DIRECTV:
- Press the menu button on your remote and head to the settings tab.
- Locate the DVR button and click on it once.
- Once in the DVR menu, locate the Current bottom on the bottom of the screen.
- Select the show you wish to delete and confirm the process by pressing the “del” button on your remote.
- Select the appropriate option and click ok.
All of the watched shows will be now deleted! If you’ve got any difficulties locating the delete button, next we’ll check what might have happened to your DVR.
If you’re unable to locate the record button, then this probably means your DVR software is out of date. Users report that such issues could occur with older interface viewers, so make sure to update the firmware before trying again.
If you’re still unable to locate the delete feature, Hard reset your DVR and try again. As a last resort, you can perform a factory reset on your DVR and hopefully, the issue will be gone.
If your recordings are nowhere to be found, you might be experiencing issues with your DVR. That might be the reason you’re not able to make new recordings in the first place.
In case you are unable to solve the problem yourself, don’t hesitate to contact DIRECTV customer service for help.
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Hence, to delete DIRECTV recordings you must locate the DVR tab or the manage recordings tab. From there you can simply highlight and delete the recordings you want. To erase any smart recordings simply go to the Details tab and scroll down to delete them.
Now when you know how to delete recordings on DIRECTV you should be able to manage your recordings as per your desires. You can also delete multiple recordings at once really easily and if you have missed that part, scroll up!
We hope that this post was helpful and you can now delete your recordings. If you’re experiencing any other difficulties with your DIRECTV setup, you will definitely discover the solution in our blog!
Kevin has over five years of experience working in various Tech startups and providing Technical solutions. He has contributed to many Tech publications and websites.