Resetting to factory settings or reboot Android will clean the phone from unnecessary files and return the gadget to the “default” settings. It also helps if you’ve forgotten your password or can’t turn on your device.
Very often, an Android device becomes clogged with unnecessary files, starts to slow down, or even stops responding to commands. In this case, a full system reset to factory settings can help. Also, “hard reset” will help if you forgot your gadget password and cannot turn it on.
After the so-called “reboot,” you will lose all the data stored in the smartphone’s memory: phone numbers, applications, SMS messages, account data, and calendar entries. In a word, the phone will be as good as new. To avoid losing the information you need, back up your data. Transfer them to your SD card, save them to the cloud, or drop them onto your computer.
If you can turn on your gadget, it is easier to reset the settings through the device menu or using special codes provided by the manufacturers. If your smartphone is frozen or does not turn on, you will have to use the Recovery menu or find a button to reset the settings.
Resetting settings through the Gadget Menu
This is the easiest factory reset method and does not require memorizing complex codes or key combinations. For the latest versions of Android OS, “hard reset” consists of the following steps:
- Go to the main menu.
- Find the “Settings” section.
- In the “Settings,” select “Backup and reset,” or “Back up and reset.” The name of the desired item may sound different (depending on the device’s brand or model).
To return the device to factory settings, you will need the “Reset” section, the “Reset settings” item.
Android will warn you that the phone will return to factory defaults after a reset, and all personal data will be deleted.
If you have made a backup of the necessary data and are ready to reboot Android, click on “Reset settings.” Depending on your device’s model, the desired button may also have the words “Erase All” or “Reset Phone Settings.”
The data deletion process will start, and then the device will reboot.
Resetting settings with service codes
This is probably the fastest way to do a factory reset. For this purpose, Android provides special service combinations – codes that must be entered in the dialing mode in the Phone application.
Each manufacturing company flashes its gadgets differently, so before using the codes to reset the settings, you should find the right combination for your model. Since the Android version is updated all the time, the service codes may change. It is best to check with your device manufacturer.
An example of codes that are suitable for resetting Samsung gadgets:
- * # * # 7780 # * #
- * 2767 * 3855 #
- * # * # 7378423 # * # *
After entering the code, all user information will be deleted from the device, and it will return to the factory settings.
Resetting settings in the Recovery menu
If your Android gadget does not turn on or is stuck on the system boot screen, you can restore it to factory settings using the Recovery menu. It is invoked by pressing a special key combination.
Different device models may have different keyboard shortcuts. The most common of them is the “volume down” plus “turn on” button. The combination can also look like “on” + “home” + “volume up” or “volume up” + “home”. To enter the Recovery menu, press the keys simultaneously and hold them for about 5 seconds.
Samsung Smartphone Recovery Menu
Moving between the menu items is done with the buttons “increase / decrease the sound.” To confirm the selection, use the “turn on” or “home” button. However, sometimes the sensor works in Recovery: then everything happens as in the usual smartphone menu.
To reset to factory settings:
- Select the item “Clear eMMC”. It can also be called “wipe data/factory reset” or “Clear Flash.”
- Click “yes – delete all user data” to reset the settings.
- To finish, select “Reboot System”.
You can use this method not only when you have problems turning on your smartphone. If you want to apply it to a working device, first turn it off, and when all the buttons and the screen go out, use the combination you need for your gadget.