What if I factory reset my phone?

Android Reset Android to factory settings

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Sometimes your Android smartphone may not work as it should. If you can't isolate the problem, sometimes the only way to do it is to do a factory reset. This will delete all files on your internal storage. These include downloaded apps, music, pictures and videos, but also linked accounts and settings. Learn how to factory reset your Android smartphone from this article.

Danger: Factory data reset does not completely erase the data from your Android smartphone. This means that your pictures, apps and videos could be recovered using a special program. So if you want to sell your cell phone, deleting it by resetting it to the factory settings is not enough; in this case you should securely delete the data.

Reset Android - here's how

Note: All of your files on the internal storage will be deleted. Make a before resetting Backup Your smartphone or the most important data. In this article we explain how to make a backup of your Android smartphone.

Follow our step-by-step instructions or take a look at the quick start guide.

Remotely reset Android

If your Android device has been stolen, you can also try to erase your data remotely:

  1. Open the online app using your browser Find my device.
  2. Sign in with your Google account at.
  3. Click on "Clear"and then again on"Clear". As soon as your smartphone is online, the data will be deleted.

Quick guide to reset Android

  1. Open your smartphone settings (gear symbol).
  2. Go to "Backup & reset"(On some smartphones on"system"and then on"Reset to default").
  3. Tap on "Back to factory condition".
  4. Finally confirm the process with "Reset phone".