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5 Ways to Reset Android Without Volume Buttons [2024 Update]

James Davis

Jun 14, 2024 • Filed to: Mobile Repair Solutions • Proven solutions

Sometimes, there may be a necessity to reset an Android device to its factory settings. Whether you wish to sell your device to someone else or unlock your device, you will most likely have to do a hard reset. Most Android devices can be reset easily by pressing a combination of volume and power buttons. But to hard reset Android tablet without volume buttons is a different ball game altogether and perhaps a lot more cumbersome. We are here to break that myth for you!

If the Android device is working well, to hard reset Android tablet without using the volume buttons won’t be much of a problem and can be done within just a few taps. But if the device is not functioning, it may pose a problem. That said, there are several methods to hard reset Android tablets without volume buttons. We have been able to list some of the easiest methods and describe them for you in the sections that follow. So read on to learn how to hard reset your Android device without volume buttons.

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Part 1: Reset Android without volume buttons using Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (Android)

If you need to reset an Android device that doesn't have functional volume buttons, Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (Android) can assist you in securely erasing all data and performing a reset. This software provides a reliable solution that doesn't require volume buttons.

Before proceeding with the reset using Dr.Fone - Data Eraser (Android), carefully consider whether you still want to delete all data from your phone. Resetting will permanently erase all files, settings, and personal information on your device, and it cannot be undone. Therefore, it is important to back up any important data before performing the reset. If you are certain that you want to proceed with the reset using Dr.Fone, follow the steps below:

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choose data eraser

  • Step 2: Click “Erase” to start erasing all data on the Android device. Think again about whether you want to delete all data and type “000000” to confirm.

start data earser

  • Step 3: Wait for the erase process to end, and you can view the erasure report to check the data type erased after erasing completes.

data eraser completes

data eraser completes

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Part 2: Reset Android without volume button in recovery mode (need home button)

Resetting an Android smartphone or a tablet is not very hard, especially, if there is a home button on your device. A combination of few button presses including the home button will be the first step to the factory data resetting process. But if there are no physical volume buttons, the process may be quite different from the normal tablets. Only after booting your Android tablet into recovery mode, you will be able to hard reset Android tablet without volume buttons. To know how to reset an Android tablet without volume buttons, follow the steps described below. Remember that this method would only work if your Android device has a home button.

  • Step 1: Press Power off + home button.

Press the power button until the options for Power off, Restart, and others appear. Now, tap on the “Power off” option and hold on to it while pressing the home button of your android device at the same time.

  • Step 2: Confirm boot into safe mode.

Now, the screen for rebooting into safe mode will appear. Tap on “Yes” to enter the safe mode.

  • Step 3: Enter recovery mode.

Press and hold the power button as well as the home button of your device simultaneously until a new screen appears. After it appears, release the two buttons and press the power button one more time. Now, press and hold down the home button. With that, you will enter into recovery mode and a new set of options will appear on the screen.

  • Step 4: Navigate and do Factory Reset.

Using the home button to navigate, move down to the “Wipe data/factory reset” option. Press the power button to select the option.

Wipe data/factory reset

You may have to confirm your choice by selecting “Yes”.

select yes

  • Step 5: Reboot your device.

After the reset is complete, navigate to the “reboot system now” option and select it to reboot your device. At the end of this process, your device will be reset.

reboot system now

Part 3: Reset Android with the reset pinhole

There are many reasons for opting to reset an Android smartphone or tablet. Sometimes, a forgotten password might get your tablet locked. At times, the screen of your smartphone or tablet might get stuck and fail to respond. Or your device might come with a non-removable battery to make matters worse. For all these problems and many others, you might want to reset your device. But if your device does not come with a home button or volume buttons, you might want to use a different method. Generally, such devices come with a reset pinhole on the device which can be used to reset the device. To perform a tablet hard reset without the volume button, follow the simple steps described below.

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  • Step 1: Find the Reset pinhole.

Look for a very small opening on the back panel or the bezels of a smartphone. Usually, such pinholes are marked “Reset” or “Reboot” and are available on the top left side of the back panel. But be careful not to mistake it with the microphone as using it for resetting your gadget may damage the small microphone permanently and lead to other complications.

  • Step 2: Insert a pin into the hole.

After locating it, insert a stretched paperclip or a small pin into the hole and press it for a few seconds.

Now all the data in your Android device will be reset. After this, you can continue to use your device normally without any problem.

Part 4: Reset Android from Settings (phone works normally)

If your Android tablet or smartphone is functioning normally, your device can be reset to the factory settings using just your device itself. Even if your device does not have a home button or volume control buttons, this method will be applicable and can be used to reset the device. But before using this method to reset your Android device, make sure to back up all the necessary information that you have on your device. You can also sync all the important files to the cloud using your Google account. Also, it is necessary to keep in mind that this procedure will remove all the accounts into which your device is signed in. To know how to reset an Android tablet without volume button, read on.

  • Step 1: Open the Settings app.

Tap on the Settings app in the app section of your device to open it.

  • Step 2: Select the Data Reset folder.

After that, navigate or scroll down until you can find the “Backup and Reset” option. Tap on it to open the folder.

select the data reset folder

  • Step 3: Tap on Factory data reset.

Now swipe down to find the “Factory data reset” option and tap on it. A new screen will appear, requesting you for confirmation to proceed with the process. Tap on “Reset device” to start the process.

backup reset

At the end of the process, your device will be reset and ready to use after it completes the mandatory reboot.

Part 5: Reset Android tablet to unlock Android using Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (Android)

If you are facing the challenge of resetting an Android tablet to unlock the lock screen, the easiest way is to use a dedicated tool. Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (Android) is recommended in this case. It is a helpful software that provides a solution to bypass screen lock and perform a reset on your Android tablet. 


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  • Reset Android tablets or phones when the device is locked or without a volume button.
  • Bypass the FRP lock of Samsung without a PIN or Google account.
  • Support most mainstream Android models like Samsung, Huawei, Xiaomi, etc.
  • Everyone can handle the lock screen without any tech knowledge.
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Here are the steps about how to reset Android to unlock lock screen.

  • Step 1: Launch Dr.Fone - Screen Unlock (Android) and connect your Android device.

First, install and launch Wondershare Dr.Fone on your computer. Select the “Screen Unlock” option from the main interface and then click “Android” > “Unlock Android Screen”. Using a USB cable, connect your Android tablet to the computer. 

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  • Step 2: Select your device brand and follow the guide to restart your device.

Dr.Fone will ask you to select your device brand and display the specific way to restart the device. You need to select your device brand in this step because the unlock way of different device brands is different. And then follow the instructions to restart your device.

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  • Step 3: The lock screen of your device is removed.

Wait for the reboot process to complete, and then you can access the phone or tablet without the password.

screen unlock successfully


So these are the methods with which you can do a reset without using volume buttons. The difficulty level of the methods depends on the type and brand of the Android device. The first two parts can be performed easily by anyone, and that too in a matter of a few minutes. However, the third method may pose some difficulty, particularly because manufacturers set different key combinations for rebooting the device into recovery. Nevertheless, once it is figured out, the rest is easy. Hence, it is up to you to decide on the method to be adopted for hard resetting your Android device.

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James Davis

James Davis

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