We all face problems with our Android devices, while some of them are very easily tackled with a reboot, others leave us no choice. Sometimes we are just forced to completely roll back our device to the stock settings. So, if you have found yourself in such a situation, we here here to help you on how to factory reset Android devices.
So, what is a Factory Reset?
A Factory Reset, commonly known as Hard Reset, lets you restore your Android device to the point when it first came to you out-of-the-box, i.e. when it was first delivered from the factory.
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If you opt for a reset, all your installed 3rd-party apps and softwares, passwords, accounts and the all the other data present on the phone will be erased. However, the external storage (SD card) is not affected by a reset. After the factory reset you can either reinstall the apps or restore a previous backup. Irrespective of the reason for which you perform a factory reset, it is quite effective and will bring your android back to normal work again
Advantages of a Factory Reset
It comes in handy in many situations, like while troubleshooting your phone’s software, or if you’re planning to take it to RMA for a repair under warranty. One of the biggest reasons is to erase the entire internal memory in one go, without much manual work. This is really helpful when someone is selling their phone and don’t want the buyer to have access to even a bit of your personal data.
A factory reset is convenient if you’re planning to switch from stock firmware to custom firmware (ROM), or vice-versa. This way, you can start afresh with your device.
How to Factory Reset Android Phone
Now you can factory reset Android through two different ways:
- Directly from the OS, in the Settings
- Or, from the stock recovery
Factory reset using the Settings menu is a much easier and direct way, but if you are an advanced user, you can do it from the stock recovery too. It’s just a matter of choice and depends upon the situation your phone’s in.
» From Settings
The easiest and the most direct way to do it, is within the Settings itself. As mentioned above, this process will remove all the data from the device, including internal storage. So make sure that you take a complete backup first.
- Go to the Settings. Scroll down and select Backup and reset, and then tap on Factory data reset.
- This is where Android will inform you about all the data that is going to be wiped, including system and app data, downloaded apps, music, photos, and any other user data. So tap on RESET PHONE.
- A final confirmation message will show up, asking you to confirm the process. So hit ERASE EVERYTHING.
- Your Android will instantly reboot and begin the reset process. When done, the phone will boot into the OS and you can start by setting it up.
» From Stock Recovery
This is a more advanced method, and you would need it in a situation where you actually can’t access the OS to get the job done. But you needn’t worry; you can reset your phone from the Stock Recovery mode. Now, every Android has a stock recovery, irrespective of the manufacturer or the Android version installed.
- Switch your phone off completely.
- Now, press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons (The button combination may vary from OEM-to-OEM, so make sure that you know the one specific to your device) altogether to access the bootloader mode.
- Within the bootloader mode, you will need to use the Volume buttons to switch the boot mode to Recovery. So use them to highlight “Recovery Mode” and then press the Power button.
- You shall now see an Android bot on the screen. Don’t worry, this is how we enter stock recovery. So, while holding the Power button now, tap the Volume Up key once and your device will finally be in stock recovery.
- Use the volume buttons to navigate through the options and highlight “Wipe data/factory reset”. Press the power button to select it.
- You will be asked to confirm the process, so select “Yes” using the power key again.
- When the process is complete you can select “Reboot system now”.
So this is how you factory reset Android phones and tablets. Restore all your phone’s data once it switches on. Let us know if you face any problems during the process. And don’t forget to share this article with your friends on social media.