How to Factory reset an Android Device or to wipe all Data?

A factory reset is a process that erases the data on a tablet or smartphone and restores it to mostly the same condition as when it was first purchased. Whether you’re giving the device to a friend, trading it in to get a better device, or sending it off for a warranty repair, it’s handy to know how to completely wipe all of your personal information off of the device (and optionally, the SD card).

In this guide, we’re going to go over how to do that complete wipe so you never have to worry about leaving personal info on a device when you no longer have it.

Main reasons to perform a Factory Reset are as follows:

  • If you are selling your phone.
  • To fix the problems you are having with your device.
  • Setting Up a Secondhand device.
  • In case, you forgot your device’s password.

How to do a Factory Reset?

  • First ensure that you have a backup of all the important files in your device, because a factory reset will erase everything in your phone. It is very important to first backup the device, only after that begin this process.
  • After creating a backup, go to the Settings.
  • Scroll down and tap on Backup and Reset option.
  • Tap factory data reset button on the bottom.

After this last step, all your data would be erased, and your device will start like a new one. This whole process will take few minutes. In case, you forget your password and want to access your mobile, you can still perform the factory reset without accessing you phone.

A factory reset also work with a button command by going into Android’s Recovery Mode. This is helpful for those who cannot access to their phone, or forgot their password. A button command is different for every device. For example, for Samsung its- Volume Up, Home Button, Power.

The easiest way to find the information is to search Google for “master reset” and your device’s name. Only after that, perform the Hardware Reset.


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