Do you plan to give away or sell your phone to buy a new one? Or do you face any problems with your Android smartphone? These are the prominent reasons why you might do what is known as the “nuclear solution”, or in simpler terms, a “factory reset” that would wipe all your data from internal memory.
We will show you the ways and steps to factory reset your Android phone and highlight some important tips to keep in mind before and during the process.
Before we start, let us remind you that you do not have to factory reset your phone from time to time because smartphones have become over the past few years able to avoid many problems by leaning on some other default functions that will speed up the phone even after several months or years of use without needing the fuss of a factory reset now and then. Although sometimes you find yourself, for one reason or another, obliged to factory reset the phone to erase everything and start over. However, in general, before selling our phones, we factory reset to remove all personal data from our accounts and phones.
In any case, regardless of the cause of why to do the factory reset, this article will show how to do it in a few steps.
What do you need to know before factory resetting your Android phone?
We will go through the steps of formatting an Android phone from Xiaomi, but it is most likely the same on all other Android phones, regardless of the OS version. You may notice slight differences in names and functions, but in the end, they all do the same job.
In addition, it is better to remove the Google account from the settings before starting. This is not a necessary step except for old Android phones that necessarily require setting up the Google account once ending the reformatting process.
Steps to factory reset Android and delete all data:
We will show you the steps to erase the data and factory reset your Android phone. This will make your phone look as new as the day you bought it.
First, open your phone’s Settings app, and go to System
Second, scroll to > Reset options as shown in the previous image.
On the reset page, you will see some options:
- Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth: this is good and often reliable to solve Internet connection problems, as it removes the network to search for it and insert its credentials again.
- Reset app preferences: will return the default settings of all apps, services, and notifications on the phone to their defaults.
- Erase downloaded SIMs: This option refers to removing any SIM cards on the phone.
- Erase all data (factory reset): It is the option we need to remove everything from the internal phone memory and factory reset the phone and restore it to its factory state that it came to the first time.
• Here, select Erase all data (factory reset).
Then, you will see a list of all content that will be affected by the full reset. This includes your Google account, system and app data & settings, all games and applications downloaded from the Internet, music, photos, and all media and other data on the phone’s internal memory.
- Once you click on “Erase all data”, you will be logged out of your Google account. Enter your PIN to confirm that you are the owner of the phone and not someone else.
• All your personal data, whether from apps, media, or others, will be wiped out. Click on “Erase all data” and note that you can no longer undo it now.
Make sure that the phone has enough charging capacity, or you can connect it to the charger to complete the process successfully. In a few minutes, the process will be over and that’s it.
All in all, this is the correct and default method that factory resets your Android phone very smoothly.