How To Reset Your Android Phone

By | December 10, 2021

Did your smartphone suddenly freeze or stop responding? Often times, restarting your phone will fix the problem. However, in some more serious cases, you will have to resort to a factory reset. This is also something you should always do before selling your device to a new owner. Read on to find out how to soft and hard reset your Android phone.

How to restart your Android phone

Sometimes, the phone stops for no apparent reason. While that’s annoying, it can usually be fixed quickly and easily by restarting – also known as “rebooting” or performing a “soft reset” of your phone. This will give your phone a fresh start, and in theory, all your photos, apps, and settings should remain intact. Here’s how to do it.

  • If your phone suddenly freezes, just hold down the Power button for 30 seconds and it will restart itself.

Gentle reset on your Android phone is as simple as that! However, sometimes the phone can continue to have problems, so it may be necessary to perform a factory reset – a more extreme measure that will wipe all your data, but will usually fix stubborn issues.

How to factory reset your Android smartphone

If restarting your device doesn’t help and your phone is still having issues, you might want to try a factory reset. This will restore your smartphone to its factory settings. This process is sometimes also referred to as formatting or performing a “hard reset”. However, hard resetting your Android smartphone is actually not that difficult.

The quickest and least painful way to do a factory reset is through the Settings menu. If that’s not possible, you can also reset it in Recovery Mode. Here are instructions for both.

Reset phone to your Android Factory settings from Settings menu
Warning: this process will delete all data from your device’s internal storage, including personal files like photos. Make sure to back up all your phone data beforehand. The way to do this varies slightly from device to device, but the most common paths are:

  • In the Settings menu, find Backup & reset, then tap Factory data reset and Reset phone.
  • You will be asked to enter your pass code and then delete everything.
  • Once done, select the option to reboot your phone.
  • Then, you can recover your phone data.

On HTC, Google Pixels, and some other devices, you can find the factory reset option this way:

  • Go to Settings and scroll all the way down to find System.
  • Tap on System and find the Reset option.
  • From the list, tap Factory data reset.
  • You’ll see a list of data to delete, along with the account you’re signed in to and the Reset phone option at the bottom.
  • Tap it and select Delete all.

If you are still having trouble finding the factory reset option on your phone, just use the search tool and type in ‘factory reset’.

Factory reset Android in Recovery Mode

If your phone is so messed up that you can’t access your Settings menu, there’s still hope. You can reset in Recovery mode, just by using your phone’s buttons.

If possible, backup your phone data first, as this process will delete all data from your phone’s internal storage.

  • Turn off your phone.
  • Hold down the Volume down button, and while doing so, hold down the Power button until the phone turns on.
  • You will see the word Start, then you have to press Volume down until Recovery mode is highlighted.
  • Now press the Power button to start the recovery mode. You should see the Android robot by now.
  • Once you are in Recovery mode, press and hold the Power button, and while doing so, press the Volume up button once, then release the Power button.
  • Press Volume down until Wipe data/factory reset is highlighted, then press the Power button to select it.
  • Once done, press the Power button to select Reboot system now.
  • Then, you can recover your phone data.

Have you tried doing a reset on your Android phone? How is the result? Let us know what happened in the comments.

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