How to Factory Reset Android Phone or Tablet

Factory Reset Android Phone

Sometimes your Android handset stops responding or suddenly freezes without any obvious reason. It might be due to a bad app or multiple programs running at the same time. Most of the time, the problem can be fixed with a simple reboot. But in more serious case, you may have to opt for a factory reset. Here is a complete guide about how to reboot and factory reset Android phone or tablet in a more efficient and accurate way.

How to Reboot your Android Phone or Tablet

Your Android smartphone may be asking for a reboot or a restart when it suddenly stops responding. It can be an annoying situation when you are not able to use any program or conduct any operation on a stuck mobile phone. In this case, you will only have two workable buttons i.e., home button and power key. Bring these buttons in use and restart your phone.

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Press and hold the power key for five seconds and your Android device will give you options to either Power off or Restart your phone. Choose restart. If you hold down the power button for 20 seconds your phone will restart itself.

You can also give your phone a little break by shutting it down for a few minutes, and then power it on. It will give your phone a fresh start, and protect your apps, photos, videos, music, documents and other stuff from any damage.

Rebooting, also known as a soft reset, is just that simple. But in some cases, it is not enough to fix your trouble. If your Android smartphone continues to have troubles, it might be essential to do a factory reset. Factory reset is a more extreme measure that removes all your data but resolves more obstinate issues.

How to Factory Reset Android Phone or Tablet

When reboot does not help the problem and your phone continues the bad behavior, you may want to try a factory reset. This will restore your Android smartphone to its factory settings. The process is also known as formatting or doing a hard reset. Contradictory to its name, the hard reset is not actually very hard to do. Read on to know how you can do this.

There are two ways to do a Factory reset. The easier of them is with the Settings menu, but if it is not possible, the reset can be done in Recovery Mode. Here are the instructions for both ways.

Note: The factory reset will erase all the data from your phone’s internal storage. So, make sure that you create a backup for all your data ahead of time.

Factory Reset Android Phone from Settings

  1. Go to the Settings of your Android, find and open the Backup & Reset option.
  2. Tap Factory Data Reset, and enter your passcode. It will reset all settings and erase the data available on primary storage.
  3. After the reset process is complete, select the option to reboot your device.
  4. Once the mobile restarts, you can restore your phone’s data.

Factory Reset Android Phone in Recovery Mode

If you are unable to access the Settings menu because your smartphone is so messed up, you can still reset your device. You can use just the buttons of your phone to do a hard reset in recovery mode. But first, make sure that you back up your data because this process will erase all your stuff. Follow the given directions to factory reset Android phone.

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  1. Use the power key to turn your phone off.
  2. Press and hold down the volume down button and the power button simultaneously until the phone turns on.
  3. As you find the word Start on your phone display, press and hold volume down key until Recovery Mode comes out.
  4. Once you enter in Recovery Mode, press and hold the power key. While doing so, press the volume up key once. Now leave the Power key.
  5. Press and hold volume down button until Wipe data/factory reset appears. Press the power button to select it.
  6. Once the process comes to an end, press the power key to select Reboot System Now.
  7. When the mobile turns on, you can restore your phone data.

We hope that you would have found this post helpful. If you have any queries or any incident about the soft or hard reset of the Android phone, you can share it in the comments section below.