How to Hard Reset an Android Phone?

You may need to perform a hard reset for your Android phone for various reasons but don’t know how to do it. Don’t worry! This post will show you how to complete the hard reset for your Android devices steps by steps

Joy Taylor Last Updated: Nov. 20, 2020

A variety of software glitches and update failures may prompt you to start thinking about resetting your Android phone to factory settings. This process is fairly straightforward, but the exact steps you will have to take depend on the model of your Smartphone – Huawei, Samsung, Xiaomi, etc.

Hard Reset an Android Phone

Hard Reset an Android Phone

The location of the features that reset your phone to the factory settings varies for Samsung and Android One devices which is why it is impossible to create a comprehensive tutorial that can be used for all Android phones on the market.

Even so, the principles of hard resetting an Android device are the same as you can either approach this task by using hardware or software.  So, let’s take a look a the steps you need to take in order to hard reset your Smartphone.

How to Reset an Android Phone to the Factory Settings?

A hard reset will delete all data you have on your phone, which is the reason why you must create a backup if you don’t want to lose all your contacts, videos, images, or music. Once all your files are safely backed up you can choose the hard reset method you feel the most comfortable with.

Different Android phone manufacturers utilize different types of user interfaces, and for that reason, the location of the feature that enables you to wipe your phone clean may differ. Nokia, Motorola, and other industry-leading manufacturers use stock interface, while Samsung’s models usually run on One UI.

Resetting from the Settings menu

The easiest and fastest way to reset an Android phone to the factory settings is to use its reset options. These options are located in the Settings app on nearly all devices that run on an Android OS. So here’s what you need to do to reset your phone to factory settings.

Step 1.  Locate the Settings app on your device. You can do this by browsing through all apps on your phone or alternatively you can use the app drawer to find the Settings app. Tap on the app once you locate it and navigate to the System menu, located at the bottom of the screen.

Step 2. Tap on the Reset Options submenu that is located within the System menu and then choose the “Erase All Content and Settings” option.

Step 3.  Then you will be asked to insert the PIN code, and then tap on the Continue button.

Step 4. Afterward, you will see the “Erase Everything” button, and as soon as you tap on it the device will start the factory reset process.

Erase All Content and Settings

Erase All Content and Settings

The process we just described is going to be slightly different if you have a Samsung phone, as the reset functions are located in the General Management tab that can be accessed by opening the Settings tab.

All other differences are most nomenclatural since the feature that starts the hard reset is called Factory Data Reset instead of Erase all data, but they perform the same function. Like all other Android users, the owners of Samsung devices have to insert the PIN code in order to initiate a hard reset.

Use the Recovery Mode to Restore Your Phone to The Factory Settings

In case an update or malfunctioning software is preventing you from accessing the Settings app and restoring the device to the factory settings, you can use the phone’s hardware to access the Recovery Mode.

However, you should take into account that your device may be protected by the feature called Factory Reset Protection that was introduced by Google a few years ago with the aim of preventing hard resets of stolen phones. Consequently, you will be required to sign-in to your Google account, and if you fail to do so, you won’t be able to finish the setup.

Here’s how you can restore an Android phone to the factory settings from the Recovery Mode:

Step 1.  Make sure that your phone is switched off, and then hold the Power and Volume Down buttons until you see the Start arrow pointing towards the Power button. Use the Volume buttons to navigate to the “Recovery Mode” option, and then press the Power button to select it.

Access to Android Recovery Mode

Access to Android Recovery Mode

Step 2. Your device will reboot, and the ‘No Command’ message will be displayed on the screen. You should hold the Power and Volume Up buttons in order to enter the device’s recovery mode. A menu will appear on the menu, and you should use the Volume buttons to navigate through that menu and use the Power button to select the “wipe data/factory reset” option.

Select the "wipe data/factory reset" Option

Select the “wipe data/factory reset” Option

Step 3. You will be asked to confirm that you want to reset the device to the factory settings, so just select “Yes”, and use the Power button to initiate the reset. The recovery mode menu will appear on the screen after the factory settings were restored, and you should select the “Reboot System Now” option in order to continue using your phone.

Reboot System Now

Reboot System Now

The process of resetting a Samsung device to the factory settings is almost identical to the one we just described. The only major difference is that you need to press the Power button along with the Volume Up button to reach the Recovery Mode menu. Afterward, the ‘Installing System Update’ message is going to appear on the screen and the device will enter the Recovery Mode automatically.

The Bottom Line

Resetting an Android phone to the factory settings is easy regardless of the method you use. However, you shouldn’t resort to it every time your apps start lagging or your phone’s screen freezes, because you will lose all the data you failed to back up.

Also, you will be required to sign in to your Google account while setting up the device, and you won’t be able to continue using your phone until you do so. It is also worth noting that the process of resetting an Android phone to the factory setting is not the same on all models and you must check the exact steps for the model you have before starting a hard reset of your phone.

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Joy Taylor

Member of iMobie team as well as an Apple fan, love to help more users solve various types of iOS & Android related issues.