How to Factory Reset Your Android Phone?

Is your Android phone slow, misbehaving, or overloaded with data? A factory reset may be the solution you are looking for. This method resets your phone to its factory settings, wiping all data, apps, and settings. It's like getting a fresh new phone without setting it up from the beginning.

This guide will give you the knowledge you need to successfully factory reset your Android phone. Before taking the plunge, we'll review everything you should know: the two major methods for resetting (using Settings and recovery mode) and how to reset even if you've lost your password.

What You Should Know Before Factory Resetting Your Android Phone.

Before pressing the reset button, take a time to consider these important factors:

  • Backup your data: A factory reset erases your data like a clean slate. This encompasses contacts, photographs, videos, texts, apps, and data. Make sure you have a recent backup of any vital data. Many Android phones include built-in backups to Google Drive or other cloud storage services. Consider using a specialized backup program to provide extra peace of mind.
  • Charge your phone: The reset process does not happen instantly. To avoid disruptions during the reset, ensure your phone is charged at least 50%. A low battery charge may cause the reset to fail, rendering your phone inoperable.
  • Know your Google account information: Following a factory reset, you will be prompted to log in using the Google account previously linked with the phone. This account is frequently used for different Google services, such as Play Store access and data syncing. If you have forgotten your Google account login information, you may be locked out of your phone following the reset. Consider recovering your login information or creating a new account first.
  • Remove your SD card (if applicable): A factory reset will mainly affect the phone's internal storage. However, it is advisable to remove any external SD cards before starting. This assures that your data on the SD card, such as music, videos, or additional images, is safe and unaffected by the reset.
  • Understand the impact on security features: Certain Android phones include security measures such as fingerprint unlocking or facial recognition. A factory reset may turn off these functions, forcing you to re-enroll your fingerprints or facial data once the reset is completed.
  • Consider alternate options: A factory reset may be an extreme approach if you wish to fix speed issues or delete unnecessary data. Consider other solutions, such as cleaning the app cache, removing unwanted apps, or using built-in storage management tools. These approaches can occasionally resolve performance issues without requiring a complete data wipe.
  • Think twice before selling your phone: If you intend to sell your phone, a factory reset is required to remove all personal data and provide the new owner with a clean slate. However, if you are only troubleshooting difficulties, you may be able to remedy them without performing a factory reset.

Before beginning a factory reset, carefully examine these considerations to guarantee a smooth and effective process. Remember that a factory reset is a powerful tool; use it wisely!

How do you factory reset Android using the settings?

This is the most common and straightforward method for factory resetting your Android phone, provided you can still access the Settings menu.

  1. Open the Settings app on your phone.
  2. Depending on your phone's brand and Android version, navigate to the System or General Management section.
  3. Look for options related to Reset or Backup and reset.
  4. Tap on Factory data reset. You might receive a warning message highlighting what will be erased during the reset process. Read it carefully.
  5. If prompted, Enter your PIN, password, or lock screen pattern to confirm your identity.
  6. You might see an additional option to erase internal storage or use similar wording. Select this if you want to wipe all data from your phone's internal storage completely.
  7. Finally, tap on Reset Phone or Erase Everything to initiate the factory reset process.

Your phone will display a progress bar as it erases your data. Once complete, it will automatically restart and boot up with the default factory settings.

How do you factory reset Android using recovery mode?

If your phone is unresponsive, has a malfunctioning operating system, or you've forgotten your lock screen credentials, you can utilize recovery mode to perform a factory reset. The exact steps might vary slightly depending on your phone's manufacturer, but the general process is as follows:

  1. Power off your phone completely. Ensure it's not connected to a charger.
  2. Now, press and hold a specific button combination to enter recovery mode. This combination typically involves the power button and one or both volume buttons. Consult your phone's user manual or manufacturer's website for the exact key combination for your specific model.
  3. Once you see the Android recovery screen (it might look like a simple text-based menu), use the volume buttons to navigate and the power button to select options.
  4. Look for options like Wipe data/factory reset or Reset phone. Select this option using the power button.
  5. You might be presented with a confirmation screen asking you to confirm data deletion. Use the volume buttons to navigate to Yes or Wipe data and select it with the power button.
  6. The phone will now begin the factory reset process. After completion, it might prompt you to reboot the system. Select Reboot system now using the power button.

Your phone will restart and boot up with the factory settings restored.

How do you factory reset an Android phone without the password?

If you've forgotten your lock screen password or PIN, you can still factory reset your phone using recovery mode, as described in the previous section. Since you're not accessing the Settings menu, you won't be prompted to enter your lock screen credentials during reset.


Will a factory reset remove viruses or malware?

Yes, a factory reset will erase any viruses or malware that might have infiltrated your phone's internal storage. However, if the malware is also present on your SD card, it will only be removed if you format the SD card as well.

What happens to my apps and app data after a factory reset?

All your downloaded apps and associated data will be deleted during a factory reset. This includes app settings, login information, and any downloaded content within the app.

Can I recover data after a factory reset?

Unfortunately, recovering data after a factory reset is generally only possible if you have a recent backup. The reset process overwrites the storage space where your data resides, making it difficult to retrieve it. However, some data recovery software claims the ability to recover data after a reset, but their success rate can be unreliable.

How can I restore my data after a factory reset?

If you created a backup before the reset, you can restore your data after the factory reset process. The restoration method depends on the backup solution you used. Cloud storage services like Google Drive typically offer easy-to-follow instructions for restoring backed-up data to your phone.


Factory resetting your Android phone can be a powerful tool to resolve performance issues, remove unwanted data, or prepare your phone for a new owner. You can confidently utilize this option when necessary by understanding the process, what to expect, and the importance of backing up your data beforehand. Remember, a factory reset is a permanent solution, so proceed cautiously and ensure everything is backed up before taking the plunge.