Don’t you wonder what would life be like if we have a reset option? Well this guide is not about life but it does come close. This article is about how you can factory reset your Android device and make it just like the day it was purchased.
Android’s strongest point is its Google Play app store. There are literally thousands of epic apps and games which you can download and enjoy. The worst thing is that many of the awesome apps are completely free. I recently bought a 64 GB SD card because the 32 GB internal memory was filled to the brim with apps and games.
Unfortunately there comes a time when your Android gets bogged down by some apps. You could use the app killers for Android but those are kind of hard to use, especially if you have a ton of apps to kill. Thankfully Google knows that when such a time arrives, you should be able to wipe the slate clean and start over.
This option of deleting everything from the device and starting fresh is called factory reset. It’s called that because the device is returned to the form when it was freshly baked in the factory.
Naturally when you get a new device there is absolutely nothing on it. Well apart from the ugly bloatware from your manufacturer and essential apps from Google there is nothing else on it. This how to factory reset your Android device guide will completely wipe the traces of usage from your phone. On some phones your pictures and data might also be lost but in most cases it remains on the phone.
I would recommend that you back up important data before embarking on the how to factory reset your Android device guide. I would also suggest keeping the files on your PC for better protection and safekeeping.
Go to Settings
Go to the app drawer and locate the settings icon. Tap on that to enter your device settings. It will look something like this.
From that screen, click on the General tab. You will be able to see options like these. The options will vary from device to device but generally they are placed at the same place. OEMs (Original Electronic Manufacturers) like to put their own personal skin on top of stock Android so your device might have a slightly different layout.
The Real Work
Now locate the option called Backup and Reset. Tap on it to access further options.
Now you can see that Factory Data reset option. You know what to do right? Click on it like usual.
The device will give you information about what will be deleted from your phone. I highly recommend that you re-read all that data. This way if you are missing something it will be reminded.
From there you can simply click on the Reset Device button. The device will take a few minutes to sort things out and factory reset your Android operating system. Keep in mind that the device might reboot after the wipe, so do not panic.
Wipe External SD Card
If you want you can go back to the general tab in the settings and locate Storage.
This feature allows you to see what is on your device and what is taking up all that space. Scroll down to find the Format SD Card option.
Click on it and everything will be wiped from your SD card as well.
Now you will have a completely fresh Android at your disposal. If the hardware is working perfect, the device will seem just like it was taken out of the box. If you faced crashes or suspicious data usage, it will be gone now. I highly recommend that you use this built-in feature of Android before selling off your Android device. It is highly important that you do not keep any sensitive data on your Android device if you are aiming to sell it soon. If you have any questions or problems about this short guide, feel free to type them in the comments below.