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There comes a time in every apk device’s life when it needs a reset. Maybe you want khổng lồ sell it, or maybe it’s just not working as it should. Thankfully, it only takes a few minutes khổng lồ do.

If your device is still fully functional—meaning it powers on và you can use it—then you should be able to factory reset it from the Settings menu. The process is very similar across all manufacturers, but keep in mind that the wording may vary slightly between android phones.

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The first thing you’ll need to bởi is head into the Settings menu. Swipe down once or twice from the vị trí cao nhất of the screen và tap the gear icon in the notification shade

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In the Settings menu, scroll down to “System.” Samsung owners should look for “General Management.”

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Expand the “Advanced” section if you need to and select “Reset Options.” Samsung owners will see “Reset.”

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Now look for “Erase All Data (Factory Reset)” or simply “Factory Data Reset.”

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You’ll see a warning lớn let you know that this process will erase all of your app android phone’s or tablet’s internal storage data. Tap the “Erase All Data” or “Reset” button.

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Enter your lock pattern, PIN, or password lớn confirm you want to lớn reset your phone and then tap the button one more time to lớn complete the process. There’s no going back after this.

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The device will immediately reboot, & the “erasing” animation will show up. After a brief period, the app android phone or tablet will reboot itself a final time & prompt you khổng lồ complete the cài đặt process.

While factory resetting your device will completely wipe the internal storage, it’s worth noting that the SD card may not be included in that. This will vary between devices, but if you plan on selling or otherwise getting rid of the device, it’s recommended khổng lồ either remove the SD thẻ completely or format it on the PC first.

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Joe FedewaJoe Fedewa is a Staff Writer at How-To Geek. He has been covering consumer giải pháp công nghệ for over a decade & previously worked as a News Editor at XDA Developers. Joe loves all things technology & is also an avid DIYer at heart. He has written thousands of articles, hundreds of tutorials, & dozens of reviews. Read Full Bio »