Ready to sell off/exchange your old phone and get a new, flashy model? Or did your phone get corrupted by some malware/virus? Or is it the case that your is device getting slower these days? What every may your reason be, the best thing to do would be to reset your Android device. Using the factory data reset method completely transforms your phone’s software, UI, and interface back to the original. In this article, we will cover some ways to factory data reset your Android device. Remember though, that some manufacturers add their own UI (and bloatware) to their Android phone models. So, your phone may have slightly different steps. Let us look at the methods and their steps:
Note: When you perform Android’s factory data reset feature, it will delete all the data on your phone. So, all your apps, photos, videos, data stored on your apps like accounts and passwords, etc. everything will be wiped out. To avoid losing all your precious data, it is best that you ensure a complete backup of it before you factory reset your device. Best make sure you do this as a last resort as it might be troublesome if you did not set an automatic periodic data backup. You can look for other guides pertaining to your problem on our website.
Pro-tip: Factory data reset will also delete all the data on your SD card. So, if you do not want to clear all your data on your SD card, simply remove it before you perform the factory data reset function.
How to factory reset Android Phone using Settings
- After making sure your device is completely backed up and is connected to a power source/has more than 50% battery, navigate to and launch the Settings app on your phone.
- Scroll down till you find the option of “System“/“About phone“, once you do tap on it.
- From this tab scroll down till you find the option of “Factory reset” and tap on it.
- Make sure to go through all the information on that page before tapping on the “Erase all data“/“Factory reset“.
- The process will begin after your confirmation (the system will ask you to enter your password, if you have set it up). Then your phone will reboot and will be ready to use in a few minutes.
Factory reset Samsung using Settings
- Unlock your phone and launch the Settings app.
- Swipe down to reach the bottom of the Settings page.
- Here you will find the “General management“ option.
- Now you will be presented with a list of options, from this list select the “Reset” option.
- Again you will be presented with a small list. Now, select the option of “Factory data reset”.
- Make sure to read all the information on this page and then tap on the “Erase everything”/“Reset”.
- Your Samsung device will ask you for your password, after entering that, tap on the “Reset” button at the bottom of your screen.
Factory reset Android using Recovery Mode
There are many cases when your phone just won’t launch, this may be because of a cracked software, which happens when a software update is interrupted in between. Of course, there might be other reasons why your device isn’t launching. When this happens, you will not be able to access the Settings app to reset your device. This is when the recovery mode becomes invaluable. If you follow the mentioned steps properly, you might be able to reset your device without the help of some professional. If even after doing this, your phone is still not functioning properly, it is best to take help from a professional. You can always approach your phone’s manufacturer for their customer service and maintenance. Here are the steps to use recovery mode to reset your device:
- If your phone is turned on, switch off your phone by holding down the power button (or whatever button combination works for your device) and selecting the “Power off” option.
- Now, when your device is switched off, hold down the power and volume down button. Instead of starting up normally, your device will go into recovery mode.
- Or your phone might enter fast boot mode or might show the green Android mascot being repaired. Now, you will have to hold the start and volume down button or the appropriate button combination for your device again.
- On the screen you will see a “Start” option with an arrow towards the power button and there will be directions/instructions for navigating.
- In general, the volume up and down buttons are used to navigate up and down the options and the power button is used to select the option.
- Use the volume down button to navigate to the “Factory reset”/“Wipe data” option on your screen, it should highlight as you navigate to it.
- Press the power button to select the Factory reset option.
- The system will ask you for confirmation, and then you can navigate to the “Yes” option and press the power button again to confirm the factory reset.
- The reset should be complete in a few minutes, and then the recovery mode menu should pop up again.
- Now navigate to the “Reboot system” option and select it to boot up your device.
- Note: if your device doesn’t enter the recovery mode, then you should look for the appropriate button combination for your device model and use that.
How to use Recovery Mode on Samsung
- Switch off your phone if it is turned on.
- Press and hold the power and volume up button till you see the Samsung logo.
- It will be followed by a “Installing system update” screen.
- Just wait for a few seconds and a “No command” text will be shown.
- Again, wait for a while till your device (automatically) enters the Recovery mode.
- Use the volume buttons to go up and down and the power button to select an option.
- Navigate to the factory data reset option using the volume buttons, it will highlight as you reach it.
- Select the “Factory reset” option with the power button.
- You will be asked for a confirmation and after that the reset process will begin.
- It should be completed in a few minutes. Then go to the option of “Reboot system” from the recovery menu and selected it to reboot your device.