Factory data reset or factory reset is a quick way to erase anything and obtain a clean slate on the phone. In this guide, we will walk you through the easy steps to reset Samsung Galaxy S4. To perform a factory data reset can’t only help you delete all personal data on the Android phone quickly but also fix many software issues that arise with prolonged usage, such as bugs and glitches, poor battery life, Wi-fi connection troubles, slow performance, etc. If you want to sell, trade in or donate your Galaxy S4 phone, it is highly recommended to erase your phone through factory data reset. After the phone reset, many people may not be able to recover data from your Galaxy S4 unless they have professional data recovery software tools. See how to recover erased data after factory reset on Android phones.
There are basically two different ways you can reset your Samsung Galaxy S4. One is called the soft reset, the other is hard reset. The former is the most popular method to reset Samsung Galaxy S4 and works under most scenarios. Check out details below.
How to Perform Factory Data Reset on Samsung Galaxy S4?
- Open the Settings app from your Galaxy S4 home screen or the Apps menu.
- Tap the Accounts tab.
- Tap Backup and reset button.
- Touch Factory data reset.
- Touch Reset phone.
- Select Erase everything.
Now you have reset your Galaxy S4. It will be like a new phone taken out from the box without any personal data on the phone. You can go to set up your Galaxy S4 like a new phone now. It is recommended to back up your phone before the factory reset. If you want to recover deleted files from your phone without backups, you can refer to this guide to recover deleted photos and videos from Galaxy S4. Other files can also be retrieved. For example you can follow these instructions to recover deleted messages on Samsung phones, retrieve deleted contacts on Samsung mobile, etc. If the phone does not switch on or you have forgotten your unlock pass you will need to perform a hard reset using the buttons on your phone.
How to hard reset Samsung Galaxy s4?
- 1. Power off your Galaxy S4, or remove and re-insert the battery if you can’t turn off the phone. Do not turn your Galaxy S4 back on.
- 2. Hold down the Volume Up, Menu (Home button) and Power buttons at the same time for approximately 10 seconds.
- 3. Release these three buttons until you see the Android logo.
- 4. You can access the unlock/reset menu now. Just navigate through the unlock/reset menu using the volume up and down buttons and the power button to confirm selections.
- 5. Scroll down and select Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
- 6. When prompted scroll down and select Yes – Delete All User Data.
The Galaxy S4 phone should reboot automatically. If it does not, select Reboot System Now. The phone will then reboot to its factory settings with the security lock removed.