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How to hard reset any Android device

Updated on May 1st, 2021

A few days ago, I had a big issue with my Android phone. All of a sudden, it got stuck, and I couldn’t do anything. Pressing buttons did not have any effect, neither did my attempts to scroll the screen. It seems that something was lagging, and I needed to reset my device.

How? Let’s go set by step and see.

Difference between Reset and Reboot

The first thing I’d like to explain is the difference between reset and reboot. For most people, those are synonyms. However, in “Android” terminology, those words have an entirely different meaning. Please don’t confuse it.

A reboot simply restarts your phone. A reset wipes all data to clear bugs. So, if your phone is stuck and has some minor lags as mine did, you need an Android reset.

Difference between Soft and Hard reset

Yes, there is more terminology for you. Even though it sounds funny, there is good logic behind the terms “Soft” and “Hard” reset. If you are using your phone software to reset it, we are speaking about a soft reset. On the other hand, if we are talking about any hardware part, such as a battery, that would be a so-called hard reset.

A hard reset is applied when your phone’s software is not operative or not responsive. Usually, you should first try a soft reset, which is something your phone is “used to”, and it’s considered a standard method. However, if it doesn’t work, you can always switch to a hard reset. Let’s see how. 

How to Hard Reset any Android phone or tablet

As already discussed, a hard reset implies using hardware parts. On older Android models, this is very simple. Open your phone’s cover, take out the battery, wait a minute and put it back. And the reset is done.

However, new Android devices do not have this option. The battery is built-in, and you cannot even access it. This is why now we have a bit advanced approach – hold your Volume Up and Power button simultaneously for 20 seconds, and your phone should reset automatically. It will look like it’s shut off, but after 10-15 seconds, it will turn on with issues fixed.

Reset to Factory Settings

Before starting a reset, make sure that your device has at least 75% of the battery. The best would be to have a charger nearby, just in case. Android devices make it easy to return your phone to factory settings. To do so, go to Settings > Backup & reset > Factory data reset.

How to hard reset any Android device

If you can’t access your settings for some reason, you will need to reset your device in Recovery mode.

To boot into recovery mode, make sure that the device is powered off, then follow these instructions:

  • Hold the Volume Up and Power button simultaneously 
  • Hold the button combination until you see the Android logo
  • Use volume buttons to scroll to “Recovery” and press the Power button to select it
  • If you see “No Command”, hold the Power button and press the Volume Up button once
  • Use Volume Down to scroll down to “wipe data/factory reset” and press the Power button to select it

How to hard reset any Android device

  • Select Yes – erase all user data and press the Power button

How to hard reset any Android device

If your device has a physical Home button, follow these steps:

  • Press and hold the Volume Up, Home button, and Power button at the same time
  • When you feel a vibration, release the Power button
  • Your device will vibrate again, and you will see the Menu
  • Release all the buttons and navigate as shown in the previous section.

If your phone does not have a Home button nor separate Power button, follow these steps:

  • Press the Volume Up and Side buttons simultaneously
  • You will feel the vibration and see the logo appear on your screen
  • Release the buttons and proceed to navigate as shown before.

If you see something else on your device, we recommend checking your manufacturer’s support site for device-specific instructions.

What if…

… your device doesn’t turn on at all? Your phone might be soft-bricked. Check out our guide on how to fix soft bricked Android phones.

… you want to make a backup before resetting to factory settings? In most cases, you won’t have to worry. Most of your device’s content will be linked to your Google account anyway: apps you downloaded, contacts, messages, emails, etc. However, if you are rooted (that’s how you root an Android phone), you can make a so-called Nandroid backup, which can be restored so that your phone will look and feel exactly like before.

If you have any other ideas how to perform hard reset of your device, or there is something I did not cover, please let us know it the comment section below!

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Daniel Bulygin

Daniel Bulygin

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10 thoughts on “How to hard reset any Android device

Sanet Nieuwoudtsays:

After my tablet was rebooting itself allnight, I decided to see what the internet got to help me. I found your site and followed the steps. Now it works 100%. Thank you for your help!!

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Alabamasays:

I would like to add, so many of these tutorials don’t mention the fact you need at LEAST 25% BATTERY LIFE. some phones need more. You can’t even access the boot menu whatsoever if your battery life is low. You can combo press the buttons til the sun goes down but that boot menu just don’t come out to play without good battery levels. I’m doing my Sony xperia sp right now, it’s on 25% battery so far and still can’t get that little boot screen to come up. So if you think your doing it wrong… Your probably nott if your battery is less than 25%. Leave it to charge a while and try again! Bonne chance amigos!

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Chaitanya Lelesays:

Hay,
I’m using sony xperia z1….plzz give me ur opinion
Shall I take backup of my data using inbuilt app backup and restore??

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ezrsedsays:

thx alot

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YTHARTH MADAANsays:

I want to hard reset my micromax a107 but my volume button are not working.

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Aashiq Baigsays:

Hey, my phone (Galaxy Note 3) stopped connecting to the internet but when I route it from my laptop using connectify, it works. How do I make make my phone connect to the internet directly. Thanks in advance

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Melody Foxsays:

Hi Peepz… (~_*)

I’ve got a Motorola 3rd generation, and, last night, as I was trying to remove some applications, because of *space* problems, all my Whatsapp contacts have disappeared. Disappeared meaning that I can only see phone numbers, without names… (;o(* (I had removed Google maps, and Hangouts…the numbers only happened a couple of hours later, after removing *Hangouts*.

I rebooted, but it’s still blank (#s visible, but not names)

Thank you for whatever help…(Unfortunately, this smartphone, although nice looking, has very little internal memory…I got a SD, where pictures are stored)

Melody Fox (aka the Princess of Rock)
LPM

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Néstor Acevedosays:

*Power and Volume Down buttons simultaneously* actually that’s a screen capture.

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cinnamonsays:

this isnt working for me… does it work on revo 555

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Debbie Picton Steedsays:

Got a Samsung galaxy tab s2.cant receive any emails for last 24 hrs do I need to do a reboot

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