How To Factory Reset Samsung Phone

You may not think that you will have to do it, but every phone will need a factory reset at some point.

Whether you are upgrading to a new model or you need to fix your current phone, a factory reset will help you keep your data secure and in some cases, it can improve your phone if it’s not working correctly. 

How To Factory Reset Samsung Phone

Samsung is constantly releasing new phones, which will leave you with an old phone that you need to dispose of. Before you get rid of it, you need to make sure that you perform a factory reset.

But how does one perform a factory reset on a Samsung phone? All the answers you seek can be found in this article.

We are going to show you how to factory reset your Samsung phone, regardless of what model you are using. 

What Is A Factory Reset? 

It’s important to understand what a factory reset is before you perform one.

A factory reset is basically a function on your phone that allows you to reset your phone’s software back to its original state (as in when you first bought it) by erasing all the information and files that are currently stored on it. 

Also known as a hard reset or master reset, factory resets allow you to wipe your phone completely and revert it back to its original state.

People factory reset their phones for lots of reasons, but the most common reasons why are usually because they want to secure and erase their data or try and fix their phone. 

Performing a factory reset isn’t a complicated process, but if you don’t know how to do it yourself, it can seem like it is. As long as you follow the steps below for your appropriate phone model, you will be able to perform a factory reset in minutes. 

How To Factory Reset Your Samsung Phone

Performing a factory reset for your Samsung Phone really depends on which model you have. Any Samsung phones over the Galaxy 8 are currently running on Android 12 software, whereas the 6 through to S7 are running an earlier version of Android.

Because of this, that means that the factory resets are going to be slightly different. 

Before you follow any of the steps below, work out which model you are trying to factory reset and which version of Android it is running. Once you have worked that out, follow the steps in the appropriate sub-section to factory reset your phone. 

Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+, S9, S9+, S10, S10e, S10+, Note 8, Note 9, Note 10, And Note 10+ And above

  1. First, turn off your phone and remove all of the charging cables. 
  2. Next, press and hold the Volume UP, BIXBY, and power buttons at the same time. 
  3. After this, release all the buttons once your phone powers on and displays the Android logo*
  4. Now, press the volume down button so you can highlight the Wipe data/factory reset option.
  5. Use the power button to select this option. 
  6. Next, press the volume down button, which will highlight the Factory data reset option, and use the power button to select it. 
  7. Once the factory reset is complete, the menu items will reappear and the Reboot system option should now be highlighted.
  8. Finally, press the power button to select it. 

*If the phone displays No Command after step 3, the Android Recovery Menu should appear after a couple of seconds.

If the No Command option does not appear, simply hold the power button, then press the volume up button and make sure to release them at the same time. 

How To Factory Reset Samsung Phone

Samsung Galaxy S6, S7, S7 Edge, J3 (All Versions), And J7 (All Versions)

  1. First, turn off your phone and make sure it is completely unplugged. 
  2. Place your fingers on the volume up, home, and power buttons at the same time and press and hold them.
  3. When the phone powers back on and shows the Android logo, release all 3 buttons*
  4. Now, press the volume down button.
  5. Highlight the Wipe data/factory reset.
  6. Press the power button to select this option.
  7. Press the volume down button in order to highlight the Factory data reset and press the power button to select it. 
  8. Once the factory reset is complete, your menu buttons will reappear and the Reboot system will now be highlighted.
  9. Finally, press the power button to select the reboot system option. 

*If the phone instead displays No Command after step 3, give it a few seconds and the Android Recovery Menu should appear.

If the No Command does not disappear, then hold the power button and press the volume up button, and make sure you release both buttons at the same time. 

Other Samsung Phones

  1. Turn off your phone and make sure it isn’t plugged into any cables. 
  2. Press and hold both the power button and volume up buttons at the same time. 
  3. Then, release both buttons after the phone powers on and shows the Android logo*
  4. Now, press the volume down button which will highlight Wipe data/factory reset
  5. Use the power button to select this option. 
  6. Press the volume down button in order to highlight the Factory data reset option and press the power button to select it. 
  7. Once the factory reset is complete, the menu should reappear with the Reboot system now highlighted.
  8. Finally, press the power button in order to select it. 

*If the phone instead displays No Command after step 3, give it a few seconds and the Android Recovery Menu should appear.

If the No Command does not disappear, then hold the power button and press the volume up button, and make sure you release both buttons at the same time. 

Conclusion

Performing a factory reset on your Samsung phone is a relatively straightforward process, regardless of which make or model you have, you will be able to do it.

As long as you follow the steps we have provided, you should have no trouble performing the factory reset for yourself.

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