Factory Data Reset on Samsung or Android smart phones is the option to return your device to its factory defaults. If you perform a factory reset on Samsung mobile phones, you will revert back your device to the status just as if you bought a new phone and pulled the device out of the box. Factory data reset is the standard method to clear all personal data on Android phones, including Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, Lenovo, Nexus, and many others. If you device to sell, trade in, donate, recycle your phone, a factory reset is highly recommended. Sometimes when your smart phone encountered severe problems, you can also use this method to fix many software or system issues. Note that although most users may not know how to access your private data after a factory reset, some mobile phone recovery software in the market can help with that. We have discussed how you can recover deleted data after factory data reset on the phone. If interested, you can refer to that article now, you will see how your erased files can be recovered after factory data reset on Android phones. In this quick Galaxy S6 tutorial we will show you how to perform a factory data reset on the phone.
How to factory reset Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge?
Soft reset within the Android system is the best and easiest way to reset your Samsung Galaxy S6 phones, including the variant Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Here are the steps to do a factory data reset on Galaxy S6.
- From the Home screen on your Galaxy S6, tap Apps;
- Find and run Settings app, go to the Personal tab;
- Scroll down and select Backup & reset;
- Tap on Factory data reset;
- Tap Reset Device;
- Select “Erase everything” or tap on the ‘Delete All’ button to confirm the Reset
Note that Android manufacturer organizes things a little differently. You may sometimes find some buttons or options aren’t where you think they should be. Sometimes you may find the titles or icons are different on different brands, phones or models.
Warning: This factory reset on Galaxy S6 or S6 edge will permanently erases ALL data from the device, including Google or other account settings, system and application data and settings, downloaded applications, as well as your music, photos, videos, and other files. After resetting Samsung Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge, if you like to recover the data erased during the factory data reset, you will need to use the Android recovery software for that. Scroll up to the first beginning of this article and refer to the linked guide to recover data after factory reset on Android mobile phones. You can also refer to this guide to recover deleted photos and videos from Samsung Galaxy S6. It is not only the media files can be recovered after phone reset. See another guide here to recover deleted text messages on Samsung mobiles.
How to reset Galaxy S6 or S6 Edge through hard reset?
Sometime the soft reset through the normal Android OS does not work. For example your phone may be frozen, you can’t power on your mobile phone.
- Power off your Galaxy S6 or do not power it on;
- Press and hold the volume up, the home button and the power button at the same time untile your phone boots with the words Recovery mode in the upper left corner; Release the buttons and wait until the Galaxy S6 fully boots into the Recovery Mode;
- Use the volume up and down to go up and down in the recovery mode screen. The power button is to select an option. Press volume down to highlight the “Wipe data/factory reset”. Press power button to select this option. Continue to reset your Galaxy S6 following on-screen tips until the reset completes and your Galaxy S6 reboots.
Once all of this is done, you will be asked to activate and setup the Galaxy S6 again just as like a new phone.
Are you using other Samsung mobile phone models, like S4 or S5? Check out this guide see how to perform factory data reset on Galaxy S5. And you can follow the instructions outlined in this guide to reset your Samsung Galaxy S4.