How to Factory Reset an Android Phone

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There are several different methods to do a factory reset an android. In this tutorial, we will try to show you all of them with a proper explanation. You can choose any of them to reset your device.

Some information before starting the process

Before starting the process please read these to learn about factory reset and why should you do it.

Please be careful before going ahead. Once you have reset your android device, you can never undo it. Resetting your device will delete all of your data, apps, games, and media from your device. So we suggest you create a backup before doing it.

What is Factory Reset for Android?

Factory Reset for android is also known as hard reset android device.

There are two different reset available for and android device. These are:

  • Soft Reset (Restart)
    A soft reset is nothing but to restart your device. When you restart your device, all the functionality of your device will return to the default. Also if your device lag too much then restarting your device will help you a lot. It will also reset your performance to its best.

  • Hard Reset (Factory Reset)
    Performing hard reset or factory reset will delete all of your data and make your device just like a newly bought one. It will restore your device to the default settings and also deep functions which may have altered by some apps.

Why you should reset your Android device?

There may be several reasons to resetting your device. Some of these are:

  • Having Full Memory
    Some time your storage may become full and you can’t store any of your data. So you decide to reset your device to store more data. If your problem is this then we will suggest you, don’t reset your device. Because you don’t need to do this. You can just free up your android storage from your android settings’ storage section.

  • Forgot Your Screen Lock
    As resetting your device will restore all your settings to default, it will also help you to unlock your device if you have forgotten your screen lock. But there are some PC software, which can help you to unlock your screen lock without resetting your device. (For example iMyFone LockWiper (Android).)

  • Device Hangs Too Much
    If your device hangs too much or malfunctions and it can’t be fixed by restarting then resetting your phone will definitely help you. For this situation, our recommendation is to reset your android device.

  • Selling your phone
    When you want to sell your old phone, you must reset your device perfectly handing it over to the buyer. Because it will delete all your data and you don’t need to worry about your data anymore.

  • Or something else……
    All the reasons listed above may not be suitable for you. There may be something else that will lead you to do this action.

Backup your Android Device

Before you go ahead with the reset process make sure you have backed up all of your data. Because resetting your android device will delete all of your data and other media.

You can backup your images and videos using Google Photos.

Method 1: Factory Reset Android from phone settings

Follow these steps to do a factory reset of your Android device from your phone settings. These steps may be different for your device but the process is the same.

Step 1: First you need to go to your Phone settings. You can locate it on the all app section in your android phone.

Open Phone Settings
Open Phone Settings

Step 2: From settings, scroll down and click on “More Settings“. If your device don’t has this option then skip this step.

Scroll down and click on More Settings
Scroll down and click on More Settings

Step 3: Again scroll down and look for “Backup & Reset“. Click on it. For some devices, this might be the second step.

Look for Backup & Reset and click on it
Look for Backup & Reset and click on it

Step 4: Now click on “Factory data Reset” to proceed to reset your phone.

Click on Factory data reset to proceed to hard reset android phone
Click on Factory data reset to proceed to hard reset android phone

Step 5: Now you will see a button at the bottom of your phone window. The button name may differ for your device. It may be “Reset phone” or “Reset my phone” or “Reset device“. In our device which we are using for this tutorial, the button named “Are you sure you want to restore?“. Whatever it is, just click on the button to start the resetting process for your Android.

Click on the button located at the bottom of the window
Click on the button located at the bottom of the window

Now you need to wait for some time to complete the factory reset process. When the process will complete, your android will be restored and it will give you the feel of a new phone.

Method 2: Factory Reset your Android using the Recovery option

This method is really helpful for those people who are forgotten their screen lock. Because of this, you don’t even need to unlock your device and go to settings.

You can perform factory reset in your android device when it is locked.

Just follow these steps to do this action-

Step 1: First you need to Power off your device. Just hold your power button then chose “Power off” to turn off your device.

Press and hold the power button
Press and hold the power button
Choose power off to turn off your Android device
Choose power off to turn off your Android device

Step 2: After powering off your device, you need to enter the recovery mode of your android device. The process of entering recovery mode may vary from device to device. Here are some most popular device’s functions to enter recovery mode:

Hold these buttons at a time until the recovery mode starts

  • Nexus devices: Volume Up, Volume Down, and Power
  • Samsung devices: Volume Up, Home, and Power
  • Moto X: Volume Down, Home, and Power
  • Other devices: Volume Up and Power or Power and Home (Generally).

The device, which we are using for this tutorial, to go to the recovery mode we need to press, volume Up, Home, and Power.

Press and hold Volume up power and home buttons
Press and hold Volume up power and home buttons

Step 3: Recovery mode’s interface is almost the same for all devices. In recovery mode, you will see a list of options. Use the volume up and volume down button to scroll through the options.

Android Recovery mode interface
Android Recovery mode interface

Step 4: Now scroll to the “Wipe data/factory reset” option and using the Power button select it.

Scroll to wipe data factory reset option
Scroll to wipe data factory reset option
Press power button to select wipe data factory reset
Press power button to select wipe data factory reset

Step 5: Another option list will appear like the picture below.

Android recovery interface factory reset
Android recovery interface factory reset

Step 6: Now scroll down to “Yes – delete all user data” using the volume down button and select it using the power button.

Scroll to Yes delete all user data
Scroll to Yes delete all user data
Press the power button to select yes wipe all user data and factory reset an android phone
Press power button to select yes wipe all user data and factory reset an android phone

Step 7: As soon as you complete the step 6, your android will start resetting. It may take some time to complete.

Resetting android device
Resetting android device

After completing it, your device will restore to its factory settings.

Method 3: Factory Reset Android using PC software: iMyFone LockWiper (Android)

Follow these steps to do factory reset your android using your PC with the help of iMyPhone LockWiper software –

Step 1: First, you need to download iMyFone LockWiper Android and install it on your PC.

Download iMyFone LockWiper Android

Step 2: After installing it, open it.

Open iMyFone LockWiper Android
Open iMyFone LockWiper Android

Step 3: Now click on “Remove Screen Lock” to start the factory reset process.

Click on Remove Screen Lock
Click on Remove Screen Lock

Step 4: Again click on “Remove Screen Lock“.

Again Click on Remove Screen Lock
Again Click on Remove Screen Lock

Step 5: Now click on “Start” to let the software, start the process.

Click on Start
Click on Start

Step 6: Now it will ask you to connect your device to your PC via USB cable. Connect your device and wait until it recognized it.

Connect your device to PC via USB Cable
Connect your device to PC via USB Cable

Step 7: After connecting your device through USB, it will automatically detect your device and brand. If it unable to detect, you can select it manually. After selecting your device click on “Start to Unlock“.

Select your Device and click on Start to Unlock
Select your Device and click on Start to Unlock

Step 8: Now, it will show you some instructions. Follow those instructions and click on “Next“.

Follow these instruction and click on Next
Follow these instruction and click on Next
Again follow these instruction and wait to for a moment to start the resetting process
Again follow these instruction and wait to for a moment to start the resetting process

Step 9: At last, wait for some moment to complete the factory reset for your android process.

By following above process, you can easily factory reset your android using your PC.

Method 4: Factory Reset your Android using ADB

For this method, you also need a PC. Follow these instruction to reset your android device using ADB tool.

Download and Install Minimal ADB and Fastboot program

Step 1: First, you need to download the latest version of the “Minimal ADB and Fastboot program“. Click the button below to start downloading it.

Step 2: After downloading it, you need to install it on your PC.

Enable Developer options on your Android

Step 3: Now you need to enable the developer option on your Android device. To do this, first, go to your Android Settings.

Open Settings on your Android Phone
Open Settings on your Android Phone

Step 4: Now scroll down and click on “About“.

Click on About
Click on About

Step 5: From the About page, scroll down and click on “Build Number” for 7 times.

Click on Build number for 7 times
Click on Build number for 7 times

Enable USB Debugging for your Android

Step 6: You have successfully enabled the Developer option on your Android device. Now you need to enable “USB Debugging” from the developer option. To do this, you need to go to your Settings -> Developer options.

The location of “Developer options” may vary from device to device. You need to find it for your device. On our device which we are using for this tutorial, the “Developer options” is located inside the “More settings” option.

Step 7: So, first we need to go to settings. Then we need to click on “More Settings“.

Click on More Settings
Click on More Settings

Step 8: Now scroll down and click on “Developer options“.

Click on Developer options
Click on Developer options

Step 9: From Developer options, look for “USB Debugging” and click on it to enable it.

Click to enable USB Debugging
Click to enable USB Debugging

Connect your Device with your PC via USB

Step 10: Now you need to connect your PC with your Android Phone vid USB cable.

Connect your android device with laptop via USB
Connect your android device with laptop via USB

Open Minimal ADB and Fastboot terminal window and type these commands

Step 11: Now you need to open the Minimal ADB and Fastboot terminal window. You can find it where you have installed it. You can also find it by searching it on the search bar of the start menu.

Minimal ADB and Fastboot terminal window
Minimal ADB and Fastboot terminal window

Step 12: After opening the terminal, type these commands one by one.

adb devices [press enter] 
adb shell [press enter] 
recovery --wipe_data [press enter] 
exit [press enter] 
adb reboot recovery [press enter]

You are done. You have successfully given factory reset your android device.

Method 5: Factory Reset an Android online using Google Find My Device

To reset your android using the Google Find My Device online service, you must be logged in in your device with a Gmail account. Your device also need to be connected with internet. Now follow these steps to reset your android device-

Step 1: First, you need to go to Google Find My Device.

Step 2: Login with your Gmail account which is logged in on your android device which you want to reset.

Sign in to your Google Account which you have used in your Android device
Sign in to your Google Account which you have used in your Android device

Step 3: If you have used your Gmail account with multiple accounts, you will see all the device is being used through your account. From there choose the android device you want to do a factory reset.

Choose your device from the list

Step 4: After selecting it, you will find a option called “Erase Device” on the left side of the window. Click on it.

Click on ERASE DEVICE button From the left side panel
Click on ERASE DEVICE button From the left side panel

Step 5: Now, you will see a green button named “ERASE DEVICE“. Click on it factory reset your device.

Click on the green ERASE DEVICE button to factory reset your android device
Click on the green ERASE DEVICE button to factory reset your android device

If your device is not connected to the internet then your device will not be reset. But as soon as it connects to the internet, it will restart and start resetting and erasing everything.

Method 6: Factory Reset an Android online using Samsung Find My Mobile (Ony for Samsung)

Step 1: First, you need to go to Samsung Find My Mobile.

Go to Samsung Find My Mobile
Go to Samsung Find My Mobile

Step 2: On that page, you will find a “Sign in” button, click on it.

Click on Sign in
Click on Sign in

Step 3: Now Sign in to your Samsung account, which you are using for your Samsung Android device.

Sing in  to your Samsung Account
Sing in to your Samsung Account

Step 4: Now click on Erase Data.

Step 5: After that, it may ask you to provide your password again. Do it and click on “Ok” to confirm resetting your Samsung Android device.

Conclusion

All of these methods shown in this article for resetting an android is same for almost all brand. But you must be careful before doing any action. Taking any step could break your android functionality.

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