How to Reset Samsung Galaxy phones?

Are you looing for a way to reset your Samsung Galaxy phone to default settings or factory settings, or want to wipe all data on your Samsung mobile phone before selling it? Samsung phones offer you the Factory data reset function to accomplish that. In this article we will show you this easy way to reset Galaxy S5. You will learn how to reset Galaxy S5 settings and erase all data on your phone. To perform a factory reset on your mobile, you will get a fresh start, this is also one of the easier solutions to fix slow performance issues, phone freezing problems, personal privacy protection, etc. You can find more tips before selling your old phone from this guide to protect your privacy when selling your old phone. Please also note the phone reset will only wipe data from phone’s memory. If you have SD card mounted in the phone, you will need to format the SD card on Samsung phone in order to quickly erase all data from the MicroSD card.

Before we going to reset Samsung Galaxy mobile, take a look at below chart see what you will lose or delete after Factory data reset.

android mobile factory reset

Factory Reset on your Android smartphone will wipe any data from its internal storage, thus you will lose any info saved on it, such as your mobile contacts, SMS messages, call history, galley and photos, videos, music files, documents, etc. Normally it does not erase data or applications stored on external or removable storage. However the latest technology has proved that factory reset can’t help you prevent the erased data from being recovered. For example, you can refer to this guide to recover deleted photos and videos from Samsung Galaxy, and this guide to recover lost text messages from Samsung phones.

Make sure to back up your phone if any important data saved on it. You can find the options to Backup My Data and Auto Restore in the same place with the factory reset. This helps you back up content from cell phone to Google server. You can also follow these steps to back up data from Samsung phone to computer.

Check out below instructions see how to do a factory reset on Galaxy S5 and other Samsung Galaxy smartphones to reset your cell phone to factory setting and remove all user data from it.

Steps to Reset Samsung Galaxy phone

Before you perform factory reset on your Samsung Galaxy, make sure your phone is charged fully. As you have no idea how long it will take to complete. To be safe than sorry, you can keep your Samsung Galaxy phone plugged in and charging during this process.

step 1. Tap to open Apps from the home screen of your Galaxy mobile.

Step 2. Tap on the Settings icon.

Step 3. From the Settings screen, scroll down to the USER AND BACKUP section, then choose Backup and reset, you will be taken to a new screen.

factory data reset samsung galaxy s5

Step 4. On the Backup and reset screen, you should find two sections: Backup and Restore, Personal Data. Find and press the Factory data reset under the Personal Data section to reset the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone.

You’ll be given one more warning screen before making the plunge. On this screen you will see a list of items that will be erased by Factory data reset. To continue to reset Samsung mobile phone, you need to scroll down to the bottom and tap Reset device button.

galaxy s5 reset and data removal warning

Make sure to pop out the SD card from your mobile before you hand off your Samsung Galaxy phone to someone else if you have saved sensitive data on it. You can also scroll up to the first paragraph and click the linked guide to learn how to erase SD card on Samsung phone.

If your Galaxy phone is freezing, press and hold the power button to turn off and power on again see if any update. If still can’t access the menus to reset your phone, you can try hard reset following below instructions.

How to Factory reset your Samsung Galaxy phone (hard reset)?

Step 1. Power off your Samsung Galaxy s5 or other model. If you can’t turn it off as usual, you can remove the battery and put it back after a while.
Step 2. Press and hold the volume up, the home button, and the power button together at the same time.
You will see your phone boots with the words Recovery mode in the upper left corner. Do not release the three buttons before that.

Step 3. Use the volume up and down buttons to navigate on the recovery mode screen. Press the volume down button three times until the Wipe data/factory reset option is selected.

Step 4. Press the power button to confirm the selection.

Once your Galaxy S5 has been reset, you should see it once again like a new one delivered from the factory, an unboxed one with out any personal data or settings.

If you accidentally performed a factory data reset on your Samsung mobile or other Android mobiles and want to get back the deleted data, you can refer to this guide: How to Recover Mobile Data after Factory Reset?

5 thoughts on “How to Reset Samsung Galaxy phones?”

    1. Make sure there are more than 20% battery left on your phone before you scan and recover data using this tool.

  1. Does anybody know how long this process will take? I know there isn’t an exact number but are we talking minutes, hours…?

    Thanks for any help.

    1. Normally less than half an hour based on my personal experience. I suggest you to cancel the scan if it takes too long, then try again.

  2. after restoring my phone to factory settings, it restarts very slow and the words android and the icon appears. how do I get it to show e name of e phone when restarting

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