How to Factory Reset Nexus 6P

How to Factory Reset Nexus 6P (2 Dead Easy Methods)

It’s usually never a good sign when you want to factory reset your Android device, as the process will delete all of your files and contacts saved on the handset. If you’re selling or returning the device, it’s a must, and it can often be a good way to fix any issues, but it’s still a drastic method.

If you want to find out how to get it done on the Nexus 6P, here’s a list with a couple of different methods showing how to do so.

Why I should backup my files? 

It’s important to backup your important files, as the reset will delete all of your personal data. There are a variety of apps and methods you can use, including Google’s services and connecting your device to your PC to copy the files over.

MUST READ: Top 10 Android Backup Apps to Save Your Essentials

Whatever you do, make sure that you’ve made a copy of your data.

Method 1: Using the 6P software

There’s an inbuilt method for factory resetting the Nexus 6P, and it only takes a few steps to complete;

  • Go to your Settings menu, and tap Backup and Reset.
  • Tap Factory Data Reset to begin the process.
  • Tap Reset Phone, located at the bottom of the device.
Reset Phone
  • If you’re sure you’ve backed up all of your data, tap Erase Everything.
  • Your device will restart. When complete, the phone will be reset to factory settings, and you’ll be ready to use your device again.

Method 2: Using the Hardware

You can also use a combination of the physical buttons to factory reset your device. To factory reset your Nexus 6P using buttons, follow below steps:

  • Power off your 6P.
  • Hold the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons simultaneously.
  • Select the option called Recovery Mode by using the Volume buttons to navigate and the Power button to confirm your selection.
  • When you see the signature Android robot on screen, hold down the Power button.
Android Icon
  • Keep it held down, and press the Volume Up button.
  • In this menu, use the volume buttons again to navigate to Wipe Date/Factory Reset.
  • Use the Power button to confirm your selection.
  • Select Yes – Delete All User Data.
  • Again, use the Power button to confirm.
  • When prompted, reboot the device. When it’s done, your phone will reset, and it’ll be ready to use.


A factory reset is usually a great way to troubleshoot major issues, but you’ll need to be sure to backup your important files. Hopefully, you should now know how to reset your Nexus 6P whenever necessary, but if you continue to face issues after the reset, you may need to invest in a new device.

If you want to customize your 6P when you’re finished, check out our guide with 12 great tips.

If we’ve missed an easy way to reset the 6P or you have questions about one of the methods on this list, let us know in the comments below, or you can contact us via Facebook or Twitter.

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  1. I have reason to believe the used/refurbished Nexux 6p I recently purchased does not have a ‘clean’ version of the Android OS. What would be the best way to install the current, unadulterated, version.

  2. When I follow the instructions to hard reset my Nexus 6P after selecting recovery the Google logo appears on the screen constantly flashing.
    I have attempted this reset process multiple times but get same result every time.
    I have let the battery run down then charge again and retry but same results again!
    Is there anything else I can do?

    1. Hi Kev, you might want to try to press and hold the volume down button and the power button. Turn your device off first then press and hold the power and volume down button until you’re booted into maintenance mode. There, you can navigate by using the volume control. Select recovery mode and from there, select wipe data/factory reset to perform a hard factory reset.

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