How to Reset an Android Phone to Factory Settings - New and Improved

How to Reset an Android Phone to Factory Settings - New and Improved
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In easy English, learn how to factory reset an Android phone or gadget. This guide will lead you through everything without requiring any technical knowledge. Do you want to learn how to factory reset an Android device? When you read all the technical information on the internet, does it appear to be extremely difficult? This instruction will make it very simple for anyone to accomplish - no technical knowledge is required.

Whether you're trying to sell your Android phone, send it in for repairs, or simply restore something on it, we've got you covered. There will come a moment when you will need to do a factory reset – sometimes known as a hard reset – on your Android device.

Fortunately, completing a factory reset on an Android phone or gadget is really simple, and you'll be done in no time.

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How to Reset an Android Phone to Factory Settings - New and Improved

If you've been hacked, this tutorial will show you how to get rid of any phone hacks.

Before you can begin completing a factory reset, there are a few things you should know and prepare yourself for.

If you're planning to sell your phone, for example, you'll want to remove the SIM card as well as do a factory reset. This will further safeguard the security of your personal data and information. See my article on SIM card cloning and hacking for more information.

Creating a Backup for Your Android Phone

If you intend to use your phone after performing a factory reset, you must first learn how to back up your Android. Having said that, backing up your phone is a lot easier than factory resetting it.

You'll want to make sure you've backed up all of the data you'll need after the reset. This includes, among other things, images, videos, contacts, programs, bookmarks, and customizations.

You should be aware that your Android phone's backups are synced with your Google Drive account.

What Is the Best Way to Reset an Android Phone?

There are two methods for performing this reset. The first method is to use the menu system to travel to the reset area and begin the process of resetting the phone. However, if you have problems while updating your phone, you may not be able to use it at all.

This implies you won't be able to use this approach to factory reset your phone. Instead, you'll have to resort to the second option: recovery mode.

Because one of these options requires you to log in and the other does not, the process of resetting your phone differs significantly.

Using the Menu to Factory Reset an Android

As you may expect, this is a really simple procedure. You'll want to go to the Settings icon near the bottom of the screen on all devices except the Samsung Galaxy A8+ and scroll to the bottom of the menu. The System tab can be found here.

When you enter this tab, you'll see a section labeled "Reset" that contains all of the reset choices. The option labeled "Erase all data (factory reset)" should be selected from here.

Although different models may have somewhat different names, they will all be very similar. Once again, go to the bottom of the page until you see "reset phone" as an option.

You should be requested to enter your phone's pin; after doing so, select "Continue."

You should wipe everything before performing a factory reset. After you've finished, the phone will restart and you'll be prompted to complete the basic setup, where you can restore from a backup if necessary.

Things will be a little different for the Samsung Galaxy A8+. Opening the Settings icon is the same as before, but this time you'll want to go for the "General Management" option.

There will be a tab titled "Reset" and an option to "Factory Data Reset" after you get there.

Continue on to the next step, where you will be requested to input the device's password and a blue "Reset" button will appear.

After that, you should press the "Next" button, followed by the "Delete All" button. From here, the phone will restart in the same way that most other Android phones do, and you can start setting things up again as needed.

Using Recovery Mode to Factory Reset an Android

If you can't get your Android to start up but still want to try a factory reset to fix the problem, there's a method to do it. You may force a factory reset using recovery mode. This method has a few drawbacks. Factory Reset Protection is available on newer Google phones that are running Lollipop or higher.

This assures that no one you don't know is attempting to reset your device. In most cases, you'll just need to log in using the Google account linked with the device. You won't be able to continue if you can't or don't remember your credentials.

This technique differs between the Samsung Galaxy A8+ and most other Android phones.

For most other Android phones, make sure the phone is totally switched off before proceeding. You'll notice a "Start" with an arrow pointing toward the power buttons if you hold the Power and Volume Down keys together.

To navigate through your options, utilize the volume controls. Continue scrolling until you come across "Recovery Mode" as an option.

To enter recovery mode, press the power button. After your phone has reloaded, you should see a screen with the words "No Command" and a distressed Android robot on it. To load recovery mode, hold Power and Volume Up combined this time.

There will be another time when you use the volume controls to scroll through options.

Continue doing so until you reach the choice to "Wipe Data/Factory Reset."

To select it, press the power button. Make sure you really want to reset the phone. When the reset is finished, you'll be taken back to the same menu, where you should scroll down until you see "Reboot System Now."

You'll have to wait for it to restart, but it will eventually finish.

Except for a few minor differences, the process is virtually the same for the Samsung Galaxy A8+. Make sure your phone is turned off once more. To get started, press and hold the Power and Volume Up keys at the same time.

After it attempts to install a system update, you will receive a "No Command" warning after a few seconds.

Wait roughly 10 to 15 seconds after seeing the "No Command" prompt before your smartphone enters recovery mode. You'll also use the volume controls to navigate and the power button to make selections from here.

Continue scrolling until you locate the "Wipe Data/Factory Reset" option, then choose it using the power button.

After you've confirmed that you wish to reset your phone, you'll need to reboot the system. After this, your smartphone will have been factory reset, and you can resume your previous activities. The Android operating system makes resetting a breeze!

I also have similar guides for iPhone and other Apple devices here:

How to Back Up an Android Phone

How to Factory Reset an iPhone

I hope you find these articles helpful; thank you for taking the time to read them!