How to Factory Reset Samsung Android Phone

How to Factory Reset Samsung Android Phone

Justin Duino / How-To Geek

If you are having issues with your Samsung Android phone, or you want to sell it or give it away to someone, you may want to reset your phone to factory settings. Doing so erases all settings and data on the phone. We’ll show you how to do that.

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How does a factory reset work on your Samsung Android phone

When you reset your phone, your phone deletes all settings, apps, custom games, and everything else you’ve stored on it. Once the reset is done, you can set up your phone from scratch.

One way to reset your phone is to use the Settings app. You can use this method if you are not experiencing any software issues on your phone and we recommend you to use this method if possible.

In case you are unable to access your phone’s settings menu, use the phone’s built-in recovery mode to reset your phone. This method works even if Your phone refuses to turn on. Since this is an advanced method, we suggest that you only use it if you cannot use the settings.

Before you begin, make sure to backup any important files saved on your phone as you will lose all your phone data.

Use your phone’s settings to return to factory defaults

To start the reset process, launch the Settings app on your Samsung phone.

In Settings, scroll down and select “General Management”.


In the General Management menu, choose Reset.


On the Reset page, select Factory Data Reset.


Scroll to the bottom of the page and tap Reset.

warning: Note that all your data will be erased when you reset your phone. Make sure that you have successfully backed up your important files before moving forward.


Your phone will ask you to Enter your PIN or pattern. Do this to start the reset process.

If you have linked a Samsung account to your phone, enter your account password to continue. Then wait for your phone to finish resetting.

Once that’s done, you’ll be greeted with your phone’s “hello” message, and you can then start setting it up from scratch. Enjoy a clean Android phone!

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Reset your Samsung Android phone with recovery mode

If your phone won’t turn on or if you have other software issues, Use recovery mode to reset your phone.

To use this method, first turn off your phone. While your phone is off, press and hold the Volume Up + Power buttons at the same time. Your phone will enter recovery mode.

NB: If your phone fails to enter recovery mode, connect it to the charger and wait a few minutes before trying the Volume Up + Power key combination again.

When recovery mode starts, use the Volume Down button to select the “Wipe Data / Factory Reset” option. Next, access the option by pressing the Power button.


On the next page, use the Volume buttons again to highlight “Factory Data Reset” and select it with the Power button.

warning: Make sure you are okay with losing all your phone data. You will not be able to recover your files once you delete them.


Wait for your phone to finish resetting. Then, in the recovery mode main menu, select “reboot system now” to boot your phone in normal mode.


Your phone will turn on and you will have to link your Google account to it as well as set up its other features.

And this is how you restore your Samsung phone to factory condition. Very useful in many cases!

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