Performing a factory reset (also known as a hard reset) on your smartphone restores it to its ‘factory settings.’ Every customisation and setting gets reset to its default state and all your personal data is erased from the device. In other words, a factory reset turns your phone back to how it was when you pulled it out of the box. So, when should you perform a factory reset? Most users tend to utilise this option when they need to quickly erase all data from their device. If you’re selling your smartphone, a factory reset will remove all the pictures, files, login information, apps, and every other kind of personal data from your device. A factory reset also comes in handy when your phone is experiencing some issues but you cannot diagnose the problem. In this article, we show you how to perform a factory reset or a hard reset on a Samsung smartphone.
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How to factory reset your Samsung smartphone from Settings
Before you perform a factory reset on your smartphone, make sure you back up all your data either on an external storage device or on an online data backup service. Once the factory reset is completed, all data will be erased from your smartphone.
Step 1: Go to Settings, scroll down and select General management.
Step 2: Tap on ‘Reset.’
Step 3: Select ‘Factory data reset.’
Step 4: Scroll down and tap on ‘Reset.’
How to factory reset your Samsung smartphone using Find My Device
Google’s ‘Find My Device’ service helps you find your smartphone in case you lose it or it gets stolen. If you are logged in to your Google Account on your smartphone, you will be able to locate it even if it is switched off. One of the better features of ‘Find My Device’ is that it lets you remotely wipe out all the data from your device so it doesn’t fall into malicious hands. Here’s how you can do it.
Step 1: Go to the ‘Find My Device’ webpage and log in using your Google Account.
Step 2: Click on ‘Set up Secure and Erase.’
Step 3: Click on ‘Erase’ in the popup dialogue box.
Step 4: After the factory reset is complete, the lock screen will appear on your screen. Select ‘Use my Google Account instead’ to log in to your device.
How to factory reset your Samsung smartphone using ‘Find my Mobile’
Samsung’s very own ‘Find my Mobile’ service can also help you remotely erase all the data on your smartphone. Follow these steps to find out how.
Step 1: Go to https://findmymobile.samsung.com/ and sign in using your Samsung account.
Step 2: Select ‘Erase data’ from the menu on the right side of the screen.
Step 3: Enter the code sent to your smartphone to verify your identity. After you’ve entered the code, the factory reset process will begin.
This is how you can perform a hard reset or factory reset on your Samsung smartphone. While performing a factory reset is the easiest way to restore your smartphone to factory settings, you don’t need to use it all the time. It is usually reserved for rare occurrences when you can’t diagnose the problem with your phone. If you are experiencing a network issue with your smartphone, you can try performing a network reset. Experiencing issues with the onscreen keyboard? Try resetting accessibility settings. Unlike a factory reset, these fixes will not erase your data.
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