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How to factory reset your Android mobile or tablet?

Android factory reset is one of the crucial steps to keep your device running without issues. Maybe you’re willing to sell the device or have some software issues with it; your smartphone goes through a factory reset process at least once. The process is super simple and only takes a few minutes to perform a factory reset on Android devices, including smartphones from major manufacturers like Xiaomi, Samsung, OPPO, and others. 

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It is worth noting that not all devices need a factory reset. If your smartphone is working as it should, there’s no need to factory reset. However, if you’re having trouble with the software or you want to sell it, then you need to perform a hard reset on your device. Here is a quick overview of how and when to perform a hard reset on an Android device. 

What is a factory reset?

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Factory reset is a self-explanatory term used to describe a complete reset of a smartphone. This process eliminates most of the software problems on an Android device and erases all user data. Without going over the intricacies of smartphones, a factory reset can be best-described as restoring a smartphone to its factory state. The process completely wipes out all the data, including contacts, images, cookies, passwords, and everything else.

As mentioned before, factory reset is a term used to describe a complete removal of data, applications and other data associated with an electronic device. However, factory reset is not limited to only smartphones. These devices include printers, computers, gaming consoles, tablets, smartphones, and everything that holds data. In this quick tutorial, you will learn how to reset your smartphone yourself. The process will be divided into five sections, and by following the instructions, you can easily reset your smartphone to factory settings.

Why is the Factory reset important?

A factory reset is an effective way to remove all the user data available on a device. The process is almost identical to formatting a hard drive on a computer. A hard reset deletes everything available on the smartphone and makes it similar to a factory version of the device. Additionally, it is worth noting that a simple reset and a hard reset are two different functions. 

While a simple reset reboots the device, a hard reset completely wipes it off any user data. Meaning, at the end of the reset process, your device will lose all the images, application data, stored passports, Google user data and everything that once existed on the device. Below is a simple procedure to factory reset an Android device. 

How to Factory reset an Android smartphone: Xiaomi, Realme, Samsung, and more

Regardless of what brand device you’re using, the process to factory reset an Android device is the same. Here is a quick overview of factory resetting an Android smartphone.

  • Firstly, make sure you have removed your SD card and SIM cards from your device
  • The process deletes everything on the device, so make sure you back up all the mobile data beforehand
  • Now, go to the Settings menu
  • Look for factory reset option (this varies from brand to brand like ‘Factory Reset’ for Xiaomi and ‘Factory data reset’ for Samsung)
  • Tap on the Factory reset option and select Erase all data
  • Tap on the Agree/Yes button to confirm
  • Enter your device password when asked 
  • Finally, tap on the “Erase data” to begin the factory reset process
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Ashish Khaitan

Ashish Khaitan is a Delhi University graduate with 2+ years of experience in tech writing. He has written troubleshooting guides for hardware and software products, and has previously worked for publications like AnimeIndia and OTAKUSMART. Ashish covers deals, gaming and features on Pricebaba. He enjoys reading comics and is a big fan of Japanese anime.