How to Hard/Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy Devices?

Samsung, the second biggest mobile manufacturing company in the world, have launched quite a few handsets for their highly popular “Galaxy” series. In this article our focus will particularly be on to learn how to reset Samsung Galaxy devices. First of all, let us discuss, why we need to reset device.

Samsung Galaxy devices come with great specs and high end performance. However, at times, when the phone gets old and has been used much, we face issues like freezing, hanging, low responsive screen and much more. Now, to overcome this situation it is necessary to hard reset Samsung Galaxy. Beside this, if you want to sell your device, you must hard reset Samsung to protect its private data. We will discuss about this a bit later.

• Factory reset can solve a number of problems from your device like –

Samsung Galaxy devices can be reset in two processes.

Part 1: How to Factory reset Samsung from Settings

The factory data reset is a good process to make your device fresh like new. But, before you proceed, you must follow the steps below -

• Back up all your internal data to any external storage device as this process will erase all the user data present in its internal storage. Alternatively, you can use Android Data Backup & Restore from dr.fone toolkit.

• Make sure that the device has at least 70% charge left to sustain the long process of the factory reset.

• This process cannot be undone so be very sure before you proceed with hard reset Samsung Galaxy.

The easiest process to factory reset or hard reset Samsung is using its setting menu. When your device is in working stage, you can only use this easy to use option.

Step - 1 Open settings menu of your device and then look for “Backup and Reset”

Step – 2 Tap on the “Backup & Reset” option.

backup and reset

Step – 3 You should now see the “factory data reset” option. Click on this option and then tap on “reset device”

factory data reset

Step – 4 when you successfully tap on “Reset device” option, now you can see “erase everything” pop up on your device. Please tap on this to let the Samsung Galaxy reset process start.

This may take a few minutes to completely reset your device. Please refrain from interfering during this process by forcing power off or removing the battery as this may lead to damage your device. After few minutes, all your data will be deleted and you should see a fresh factory restored Samsung device.

Part 2: How to factory reset Samsung when it's locked out

Sometimes, your Galaxy device might be locked out or the menu might not be accessible due to software problems. In this scenario, this method can help you to sort out these issues.

Go through the below mentioned step by step guide to factory reset Samsung Galaxy device.

Step 1 - Turn off the device by pressing the Power button (if not already off).

Step 2 – Now, press the Volume up, Power and Menu button all together until the device vibrates and Samsung logo appears.

boot in recovery mode

Step 3 - The device will now successfully boot into recovery mode. Once done, Select “Wipe data / Factory reset” from the options. Use volume up and down key for navigation and Power key to select the option.

Note: Do remember at this stage, your mobile touch screen will not work.

wipe data/factory reset

Step 4 -Now select “Delete all user data” – tap “yes” to continue with the reset Samsung process.

delete all user data

Step 5 - Finally when the process is complete, tap on ‘Reboot system now” to welcome a factory restored and fresh Samsung Galaxy device.

reboot system now

Now restart your device which will complete your process of factory reset and thus you would have overcome a lot of issues.

Part 3: How to wipe Samsung completely before selling

More and more new mobiles are being launched everyday in the market with new and better features and with this changing time, people want to sell their old mobile handsets and gather some cash to buy a new model. However, before selling, it is very important to erase all the settings, personal data and documents from the internal memory via the“factory reset” option.

The “Factory Reset” option performs a “wipe data option” to delete all the personal data from the device. Although, recent study proves that the Factory reset is not safe at all as when the device is reset, it keeps some token for the user’s sensitive data which can be hacked. They can use those tokens to log into user’s personal email id, restore contacts, photos from drive storage. So, needless to say, the Factory reset is not safe at all when you are selling your old device. Your private data is under risk.

To overcome this situation, we recommand you to try dr.fone toolkit - Android Data Eraser .

This tool is one of the best tools available in market to erase all the sensitive data from old devices completely. The main reason of its popularity is its simple and user friendly interface which supports all the Android devices available in the market.

By simple one click process, this toolkit can delete all the personal data completely from your used device. It does not leave any token behind that can trace back to the previous user. So, the user can be 100% secure regarding the protection of his data.

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The process is very easy to use.

Firstly, please download dr.fone toolkit for Android to your Windows pc and launch the program.

launch drfone

Then connect your Android phone to the computer using the USB cable. Make sure you have enabled USB Debugging mode on your phone.

connect the phone

Then on successful connection, the tool kit automatically pops up and asks you to confirm by tapping on “Erase all Data”.

erase all data

Once again it will ask you to confirm the process by typing “delete” on selected box and sit back.

type in delete

After a few minutes the data will be erased completely and the toolkit will prompt you with “Factory Reset” option. Choose this option and you are all done. Now, your Android device is safe to be sold out.

erase complete

So, in this article, we learnt how to format Samsung Galaxy devices and how to fully secure the data before selling it by using the dr.fone  Android Data Eraser toolkit. Beware and don’t risk your personal information in public. However most importantly, do keep in mind to back up all your important data before proceeding with hard reset Samsung device. Just be safe and secure and enjoy your brand new reset Samsung Galaxy.

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