How to Hard Reset and Factory Reset Android Phone
How to Hard Reset and Factory Reset Android Phone – Is your Android smartphone laggy, frozen, unresponsive, or reacting improperly, or do you forget the phone’s password? You’re in for a treat! A hard reset, also known as an alternative reset, on the device is still a viable option.
Before we get started. If you can still access your device’s settings and navigate the phone, you might be more interested in reading How to backup and reset an Android phone, which walks you through the process of creating a full backup and then conducting a Factory Data Reset via the phone’s settings.
If you are unable to access your factory data reset options through the settings, you may still conduct a factory reset on your Android smartphone, as demonstrated in this article. If your touch screen isn’t working properly or you can’t navigate your phone properly, this is the ideal answer. It’s also an option if you can’t get your device to turn on completely or if your phone won’t turn on at all.
If you’re looking to do a reset on your Android smartphone, you’re probably aware of how successful a reset can be at resolving phone difficulties. This post will go through many methods for doing phone resets without having to travel via the touch screen. In most cases, your phone does not even need to be turned on!
Make sure the device is powered off
Most of these hard resets demand that your phone be totally switched off, so ensure that it is completely powered off and not simply locked. If your phone isn’t responding and you can’t turn it off with the power button, you may need to remove the battery out, count to ten, and then replace the battery. Just don’t turn the phone back on if you need to replace the battery. Keep the device powered off.
Check that your phone is not hooked into a charger. The reset will not function if the phone is connected to a charger or if the device is not completely switched down.
Methods and processes for doing a hard reset may differ.
Alternate resets often entail a sequence of key combinations, which we’ll go through in a moment. The key combination you must use will be greatly dependent on the exact make and model of the phone, as well as the version of Android OS (Operating System) that is currently installed on the device. For example, if your phone is running the 2.2 (Froyo) operating system, you might be able to reset it in one method.
then you upgrade your phone to the 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system and the approach no longer works, forcing you to utilize a new way (I have an example of this in methods 6 and 7 below). If you update to the 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS again, you may need to utilize a different method and key combination to accomplish the same alternative reset. So be wary about this.
You may also need to retry the reset a few times for it to be successful.
Please keep in mind that a reset is permanent and cannot be reversed. It will wipe all personal data and downloaded material on the phone; however, it will not damage or erase anything saved on your memory card or SIM card.
This covers material like images, ringtones, texts, applications, and so on, as well as software flaws, bugs, viruses, and so on. If at all feasible, backup your data first. When you need to conduct an alternative reset on your smartphone, you may not be able to perform a backup.
Preparing an Android phone for a hard reset
Just a quick word on a normal alternative reset so you know what to anticipate. You’ll turn off the phone, hold a certain set of key combinations (seen below), get to a fastboot/testing/recovery/etc screen, and then choose reset.
and then the phone will turn off on its own, and then turn back on again on its own. This may take a few minutes, and some phones may require up to 15 minutes to reboot (pretty uncommon though, the average phone probably takes 3-5 min). When it reboots, the phone will assume it’s brand new and fresh off the shelf. So go ahead and re-configure it as you did when you initially got it.
If you possess a Pantech Android Smartphone, you will be unable to conduct an alternate reset on your device. Pantech Smartphones do not presently have a hard reset function; the only way to reset a Pantech phone is through the settings.
Factory reset Android using the Settings
If you’ve chosen to factory reset your Android device, the easiest way to do it is through the Settings app.
- Make sure your device is connected or has enough battery to complete the reset process.
- Open the Settings app.
- Choose System.
- Expand the menu by pressing Advanced.
- Go to the Reset option.
- Hit Erase All Data (Factory Reset).
- Tap on Erase All Data.
- Enter the PIN code if prompted.
- Select Erase All Data and let the phone do its thing.
Factory reset Android using Recovery Mode
Some users may not be able to access your settings. This could be due to a malfunction of the phone or software. Fortunately, there is a way to do it without accessing the user interface.
- Check that the phone is switched off.
- Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously.
- Continue pressing them until the screen starts.
- A screen with the word “Start” pointing at the power button, text, and navigation instructions will appear.
- You can now use the Power button to make selections and the Volume keys to navigate.
- Hit the Volume Down button until you see Recovery Mode.
- Press the Power button to select it.
- The phone will restart and show an Android robot in trouble.
- Press and hold the Power button, then press the Volume Up button while still holding the Power button.
- Using the Volume buttons, highlight Wipe data/factory reset.
- Press the power button to select the option.
- Confirm with Yes and let the phone do its job.
- When done, select Reboot system now.