How to Reset Your Samsung Device (Soft, Factory, and Hard)

How to Reset Your Samsung Device

In this article, I will show you the correct way of how to reset your Samsung device using different methods.

Samsung, founded in 1938, is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world, producing electronic gadgets with compatible-OS to a global audience.

The Galaxy Series of Samsung has been a big hit amongst users and was among the first wave of smartphones to dominate the market.

However, over the years these smartphones have been subjected to intense workload by their users, thereby hampering their efficiency.

Is your Samsung device slowing down? Are you experiencing lagging displays? Are you tired of having to wait a long time for the simplest of tasks? Resetting or Rebooting your device might just be what your phone needs.

There are different types of reset depending upon the type of problem. Hence, the reset of a Samsung device is divided into three types-

  • Soft Reset
  • Factory Reset
  • Hard Reset

How to Soft Reset Samsung Device?

This is the easiest and simplest form of reset. Soft reset resolves simple problems like phone lags, it can be rebooted to work properly again.

The first way to restart your Samsung tablet or phone is with the soft reboot method. This method does not require any complex steps to be followed as it is the standard method of rebooting any Samsung device.

To soft reboot your device, all you need to do is press and hold the Power button for about two seconds and you will see the menu with the reboot option. Choose the option and your Samsung device will restart.

The best advantage about the soft reset is that you never end up losing any data, as it is a minor reboot of your phone. Soft reset gives the best results for your mobile phone and keeps it running efficiently for a long time. It is the standard method to restart any of your Samsung devices and should work in most scenarios.

How to Factory Reset Samsung Device?

Practice of doing factory reset Samsung Phone depends on the version of Android OS.

Steps for Android OS Version 7.0+ (Nougat) & Above

Step 1

Swipe up on the Home Screen or tap on Apps.

Step 2

Tap on Settings.

Step 3

Scroll down and then tap on General management.

Step 4

Tap on Reset and then tap on Factory data reset.

Step 6

Scroll down to the bottom and tap on Reset.

Step 7

Confirm that you understand about all data being lost and cannot be recovered. Tap on Delete All.

Step 8

Now we have to Enter our Samsung Account Password and then tap on confirm.

Please note: It will only ask for your Samsung Account Password if a Samsung Account was set up on the device.

Steps for Android OS Version 6.0+ (Marshmallow) & Android OS Version 5.0+ (Lollipop)

Step 1

Go into the Settings > Backup and reset.

Step 2

Tap on Factory data reset.

Step 3

Tap on Reset Device.

Step 4

Enter in your lock screen credentials and then tap on Continue.

Step 5

5 Confirm you understand that all data will be erased by tapping on Erase Everything.

Your device will restart and begin the Factory Data Reset.

How to Hard Reset a Samsung Phone?

When you are unable to switch on your display to access Factory Reset, you can execute a Hard Reset. It can simply be executed using the device’s hardware.

Factory Reset and Hard Reset have similar effects but differ in terms of its association with the phone’s settings and execution.

The factory reset or master reset is associated with the rebooting of the entire system while hard reset is associated with resetting the hardware alone in the system.

When to Use Hard Reset?

  • The device freezes or is unresponsive
  • The user experiences intermittent crashes and lags
  • You are unable to access the system’s Settings
  • The device is locked or has a malfunctioning display
  • To refresh the device hardware

Below are the steps you need to follow to hard reset a Samsung device –

Make sure you take a backup of all your data: either transfer them to the SD Card or use a cloud backup.

Step 1

Turn off the phone.

Step 2

The Volume UP button has to be pressed along with the Home Button and then we should wait for some time.

Step 3

Then the power button will have to be pressed till there is a vibration in the phone and then all the buttons have to be released.

Step 4

Use the volume buttons and power button for control.

Step 5

Under the menu, choose Wipe data/Factory reset. Use the volume button to scroll down.

Step 6

Select “Yes” using the power button.

Step 7

Now, wait for a while for the phone to reboot and then when we see the menu again, we can select the reboot system.

Step 8

The screen will switch on soon after the reboot; wait for a moment to set up the device and enter your account details.

In brief,

This is how to reset Samsung phone. Following the instructions as per your specified OS version will execute the reboot process, hopefully increasing your phone’s productivity and lifetime in the process. Happy Surfing!