How To Reset A Samsung Phone

Written by Claire Smith


Posted on September 03 2023



There are times when you might need to reset your Samsung phone. Whether you're experiencing performance issues, planning to sell or give away your device, or simply want to start fresh, performing a factory reset can be a valuable solution. In this guide, we'll walk you through the process of resetting a Samsung phone safely and efficiently.


Before You Begin


Before diving into the reset process, it's essential to take some precautions to ensure you don't lose any important data:

 1. Backup Your Data: Make sure to back up all your important files, photos, contacts, and app data. You can use Samsung's built-in backup feature or third-party apps like Google Drive.

2. Remove Your Google Account: Go to Settings > Accounts and backup > Accounts, then tap on your Google account and choose "Remove account." This will prevent FRP (Factory Reset Protection) from locking you out of your device after the reset.

3. Remove External Storage: If you have a microSD card inserted in your device, it's a good idea to remove it to avoid accidentally erasing its data during the reset.

Once you've taken these precautions, you're ready to proceed with the reset.


Resetting Your Samsung Phone


There are two main methods for resetting a Samsung phone: through the device's settings and using hardware buttons. We'll cover both methods below.


Method 1: Resetting via Settings


This method is suitable when your Samsung phone is functioning correctly and you have access to its settings.

1. Open the Settings: Swipe down from the top of your screen to access the notification panel, then tap the gear-shaped Settings icon or go to your apps drawer and find the "Settings" app.

2. Scroll Down and Select "General management": In the Settings menu, scroll down and tap on "General management."

3. Tap on "Reset": Within the General management menu, select "Reset."

4. Choose "Factory data reset": You will see various reset options. To perform a complete factory reset, tap on "Factory data reset."

5. Confirm Your Choice: Read the warnings and information provided. If you're sure about proceeding, tap "Reset" at the bottom of the screen.

6. Enter Your PIN/Password: To confirm the action, you'll be asked to enter your device's PIN, password, or pattern.

7. Reset: Finally, tap "Delete all" to initiate the reset process. Your Samsung phone will restart, and the data wipe will begin.


Method 2: Resetting Using Hardware Buttons


This method is useful when your Samsung phone is unresponsive or you can't access the settings.

1. Power Off Your Device: Make sure your Samsung phone is powered off completely.

2. Press and Hold Key Combinations: Depending on your Samsung model, the key combination to enter recovery mode may vary. Commonly, you can try holding the "Volume Up" button, the "Bixby" button (if applicable), and the "Power" button simultaneously.

3. Navigate to "Wipe Data/Factory Reset": Use the volume buttons to navigate through the recovery menu and select "Wipe data/factory reset." Confirm your choice by pressing the power button.

4. Confirm the Reset: Scroll down to "Yes" and press the power button to confirm. This will initiate the factory reset process.

5. Reboot: Once the process is complete, select "Reboot system now" to restart your Samsung phone.




Resetting your Samsung phone can be a powerful solution to various issues, but it should be done with caution. Always back up your data and follow the steps carefully. After the reset, you can restore your data from your backup, ensuring a smooth transition to a refreshed device or preparing it for a new owner.