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Reset Android phone to factory settings

Anyone who disconnects from their Android smartphone or struggles with technical problems should reset their device to the factory settings. All data will be deleted in the process. We explain how to do it.

If you want to reset your Android device and delete all settings and data in the process, you can reset the device to the factory settings. We explain how to do this in just a few steps. However, it is important to know that all data will be lost. If you want to keep photos or other data, you should save them beforehand on another device or with a cloud service.

If you only want to reset the settings in your device but want to keep the data on your mobile phone, you can choose another option instead, more on this in the text.

In addition, you should log out your own Google account from the device before resetting if you do not want to log in again afterwards. You can find out how to do this below. We also reveal how you can perform a so-called hard reset - i.e. reset the device, even if the Android interface no longer wants to start properly.

1. Open the "Settings" app

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First, open the Settings app. It is usually represented by a gear symbol.

2. Open "System" or "General Administration"

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On Android smartphones the whole thing is solved very inconsistently, depending on the manufacturer and Android version, where the options for resetting the device are located. In the current Android version from Google you can find the sub-item Reset under "System". With Samsung devices, however, it looks different:

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Instead, select the item "General administration" under Settings.

3. "Options and reset"

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In the unadulterated Android 11, users now have to tap "Advanced" to expand missing menu items. Finally, here you will find the "Reset Options". With Samsung devices, the point is simply called "Reset", with Huawei as well.

4. Factory settings - all data will be deleted

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To reset the device to its initial state and to delete all data, select "Delete all data" here. With Samsung, the menu item is called "Reset to factory settings". Huawei calls the same function just "reset phone". It is of course important here: After this step, all data stored on the smartphone are lost. So what you want to keep should be saved beforehand.

Important: If you want to reset your device without losing data, you can choose one of the other options instead. They are called differently by the individual manufacturers - but they leave the user's data intact on the device.

Also important: If you want to sell or give away the device after resetting it, you must first delete the connection to your own Google account - otherwise the new owner will not be able to log into the device. You can find out how to do this in the following paragraph.

Sign out your Google account from the device

In order for other users to be able to log into the smartphone after the reset, it is essential that you have previously logged out of your Google account from the device, which is done as follows:

  • Open the SettingsApp on the smartphone
  • Now tap on Accounts. The menu item can also Accounts and backup (Samsung) or Users & accounts (Huawei) are called.
  • With pure Android or Huawei's user interface, the Google account can now be selected and then removed. On Samsung devices, you sometimes have to go to the menu item beforehand Manage accountsbe typed.

Hard reset when the device is switched off

Sometimes it may be necessary to reset the smartphone without going through the Android interface. That works with the hard reset. To do this, when the device is switched off, press the power button and the volume down button at the same time and hold them down until a menu appears on the display. Here you can also select and carry out the "Factory Reset".

With some devices, the power button and the volume up button must be pressed and held at the same time.

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