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3 Methods to Hard/Factory Reset LG Phone

Jul 17,2019 • Filed to: Fix Mobile Device Issues • Proven solutions


We all have heard the word called factory reset especially in regards to our phone. Let us understand the basic meaning of factory reset. Factory reset, or more famously known as master reset, is a method in which any electronic device is brought back to its original setting. While doing so, all the information stored in the device is erased completely so that it is reset back to its old manufacturers settings. But why do we need to factory reset any phone? The answer to this question would be if your phone or electronic devices faces any malfunction, you forget your PIN or lock password, you need to remove a file or a virus, factory reset is the best option to save your phone and reuse it as a new one.

Note: Factory reset should not be done unless absolutely necessary as it will delete all and any important information in your phone. Try these Android backup software to backup your phone before reset your LG phone.

In this article, today, we will focus on different methods which you can use for factory reset of your LG Phone.

Part 1: Hard/Factory Reset LG by Key Combination

How to Hard Reset your LG phone using Key Combination:

1. Switch off your phone.

2. Press and hold the Volume Down Key and Power/ Lock Key located at the back of your phone simultaneously.

3. Once the LG logo appears on the screen, release the Power Key for a second, however, immediately hold and press the key once again.

4. When you see the Factory hard reset screen appear, release all the keys.

5. Now, to continue, press the Power/Lock Key or the Volume Keys to cancel the factory reset.

6. Once again, to continue, press  the Power/Lock Key or the Volume Keys to cancel the procedure.

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Part 2: Reset LG phone from Settings Menu

You can also reset your LG phone from the settings menu. This method is helpful in case your phone has crashed, or any of the installed apps freeze/hang, making your device non-functional.

The following steps will reset all the system settings barring your personal data such as downloaded apps and saved media files:

1. Go to Apps from Home Screen

2. Then click on Settings

3. Tap Backup and reset option.

4. Choose reset phone

5. Confirm by clicking OK.

This is a quick and easy method to reset your phone without losing personal saved data.

factory reset lg from settings

Part 3: Reset LG Phone when Locked Out

This is one of the most common reasons for factory reset.

Have you ever forgotten your phone password and got locked out? No, yes, maybe? Well, many of us, I am sure must have faced this situation especially after you have bought yourself a new device and it is extremely frustrating.

factory reset lg when locked out

Let us learn today, how to get rid of this situation in the most easy and quick way.

There is actually a simple way of factory resetting LG phone and that can be done using the Android Device Manager. Android Device Manager application or the website can be use to erase a device remotely. We know that all android devices are configured with Google account and that acts like a pathway to erase the phone connected to a particular Google account remotely.

Factory Reset using Android Device Manager website

Remotely erasing the device deletes all the data stored in the device. Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1:

Sign in to your Google account on android.com/devicemanager. You will find the below screen after you have signed in.

factory reset android when locked out

Step 2:

To select the device which has to factory reset, click on the arrow which is present beside the device name and you will see the location of that device.

Step 3:

After having selected the device which has to be erased, you will find 3 options saying “Ring”, “Lock” and “Erase”, as shown below.

factory reset android remotely

Click on Erase, the third option and this will permanently delete all the data in the device selected. This will take few minutes to finish.

Factory Reset using Android Device Manager Application

Android Device Manager application can also be installed on any Android phone to erase your Google account configured device.

Step 1:

Install the Android Device Manager application on the device you plan to use to erase.

reset lg phone with android device manager

Step 2:

Sign in to your Google account and you will find the configured Android device as shown in the picture below.

reset lg phone remotely

Step 3:

Tap the arrow which is present beside the device name, to select the device which has to be reset.

Step 4:

Tap on the third options i.e. “Erase” to permanently delete the data present on the device selected.

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Read More: 4 Ways to Reset LG Phone When It's Locked

Part 4: Backup LG Phone before Reset it

We clearly know and understand the repercussions of factory reset on our LG phone. As clearly told in the above methods, phone reset option always carries the risk of losing data which we may never be able to recover like our personal photos, videos, family media files and so on.

So, indeed data backup is of foremost importance before opting for factory reset.

In this part, we will learn how to use dr.fone - Backup & Restore (Android) to backup the LG phone before performing the factory reset.

dr.fone - Backup & Restore (Android) has made it extremely easy and reliable to backup and never lose data on your LG phone. This program is very helpful in all types of data backup using a computer and your LG phone. It also lets your selectively backup restore data on your phone.

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Let us look at the few steps that will teach us how to use dr.fone to backup LG phone before resetting.

Step 1: Install and launch dr.fone on your computer and select Back & restore.

backup lg phone before resetting

Using a USB cable, connect your LG phone to your computer. Do make sure that USB debugging mode is enabled on your phone. In case you have Android software version of 4.2.2 or above, there will be a pop up window on the phone which will ask you to allow USB Debugging. Once the phone is connected, click on Backup to continue.

backup lg phone before resetting

Step 2: Now go ahead and select the types of file you want backup for. By default, dr.fone will select all the files in your phone, however you can deselect the ones you want to skip. Once selected, click on the backup button on the bottom right hand side of the screen.

backup lg phone before resetting

It will take a few minutes to backup the files so wait patiently and avoid doing anything like disconnecting the phone, using it or deleting anything from your phone during the process.

backup lg phone before resetting

Once you see that dr.fone has completed the backup of the selected files, you may click on the tab called View the backup to review all the backup done so far.

backup lg phone before resetting

Great, so you have successfully created the backup of all your data on your LG phone, to your computer before proceeding with factory reset. This method is fully compatible with any Android device, although today we completely focused on LG devices.

It is always recommended to backup your data at least once a week to avoid losing any important information due to any mishap. Today we shared with you three different methods of reset for your LG smartphone. It is advisable to keep the hard reset option as the last resort, however before going forward with reset, do not forget to backup your data using dr.fone - Backup & Restore (Android) - the easiest and simplest way of keeping your personal data safe and secure.  

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