Reset Samsung Galaxy S6

How to Factory Reset the Samsung Galaxy S6 (2 Methods)

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is a great device, but sometimes you need to get it back to the way it was when it arrived in the box. A factory reset might not get rid of any blemishes, but it will restore the phone to its default settings, and it won’t cause any kind of damage.

We have a large number of S6 tips and tricks articles on offer. From rooting your S6 Edge to customization of your Galaxy S6, we have a wide range of topics covered. If you’re having problems, we also have a troubleshooting guide for the Samsung S6 for the handset.

Warning: Restoring your S6 to factory settings will delete all data from the device. Make sure to back up any important files such as contacts and images.

Backing up your Data:

You can use a variety of different apps to backup your important data, such as Google backup or Samsung Kies.

Method 1: Soft Reset

The simplest way to factory reset your device is through the settings. Again, be sure to back up your data before you start the process.

The reset can be done by:

1. Opening your Settings and navigating to Backup and Reset.

2. Tap Factory Data Reset.

3. You should now see a prompt appear onscreen asking you to confirm the reset.

4. Confirm, and press Reset Device.

Your phone should now be restored to factory settings.

Method 2: Hard Reset

If the first method isn’t working for you or you can’t access the Settings Menu, there’s another way to reset the device; using the Maintenance Boot Mode menu.


1. Turn off the device.

2. Once the S6 is switched off, hold the Volume up, Home, and Power buttons down simultaneously.

3. Kept the buttons pressed down until the phone loads into the boot menu.

4. From here, navigate to Wipe Data/Factory Reset using the volume keys to move up and down. The power button confirms your selection.

5. Go to Yes, delete all user data, and uses the power button to confirm once again.

6. The device will now start the factory reset.

7. Once complete, press the power button one final time to restart the device.


It’s not the hardest task, but it’s best to know what you’re doing if you want to factory reset your device. Just be sure to backup your files, and you should be good to go.

If you have any questions or you have a different problem with your Galaxy S6, let us know in the comments below and we’ll get back to you with a solution as soon as possible.

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  1. Hi Alberto,
    To remove malware the first thing you will need to do in boot your phone into safe mode. By doing this, you are going to prevent any third-party apps from running and that includes any malware.

    Then open your settings menu and select Apps, after that make sure you are seeing the Downloaded tab. If you are not sure what the name of what has infected your phone, just go through the list and look for anything with a suspicious name or something you know you haven´t installed on your phone.

    Now, tap on the malicious app and then click uninstall. Now, you just need to get out of safe mode and you should be OK now. Hope this helps. =-)

  2. I used finger print lock and after few days it doesnt recognized my finger print i have a back up password but i forget it. If only i can open my mobile data or wifi then i can retrieve it from my e mail address..kindly help me i need to save my phone book and other files thank you..

    1. Hi Abram,
      Have you tried holding down the Power button for ten seconds to get the Galaxy S6 to restart? Try the fingerprint scanner again when the S6 comes back on. Wipe the scanner with a clean cloth and then try pressing firmly and, if that doesn’t work, try pressing very lightly. If you set it up without a case on your S6, and then put a case on, it could be affecting the scanner.

      Try removing it. If you do manage to gain access, then go to Settings > Lock screen and security > Fingerprints and make sure that you add new fingerprints and delete the old problem ones. Ensure that you move your finger around to cover different angles when you are adding new prints and use all four slots to maximize your chances of it working. Hope this helps. =-)

  3. Is there anyway to password protect the Maintenance boot mode so if the phone is stolen the thief cannot factory reset?

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