Last Updated on April 9, 2018 by Ope Quadri
Resetting an Android phone to factory setting shouldn’t give you an headache, even though the process may slightly be different depending on the device.
Whatever the case is, we’ll show you how to format Android phone and restore the factory setting.
You may lose important files and documents, and app resetting or formatting your device. Please understand the basics. InfomediaNG won’t be held liable for any error.
Note that formatting a system may lead to decline in the internal memory of a device, android and smartphone techie says.
What is Android factory reset?
“A factory reset is a process that erases the data on a tablet or smartphone and restores it to mostly the same condition as when it was first purchased,” Daniel Nations of lifewire.com says.
The question one may ask is:
Why would anyone reset their Android phone to factory setting?
Resetting an android device is a troubleshooting tool to clean up your device back to its original state.
And you may want to format your Android device because of any of the reasons below:
- Malfunctioning device
- Entering wrong password more than required times
- Inability to remember unlock pattern
- Deliberate effort to clean up system
- Trade in or selling it
If your device is malfunctioning due to corrupt files you’ve tried to delete but won’t still go off, then you may need to reset factory data.
Factory data reset means you will lose some apps you installed after purchase. However, you may backup your apps with another backup app like cleanmaster.
Ensure to back up your phone on your local drive or Google account. This procedure will leave your SD card untouched.
Entering wrong password more than required times
If your tablet device or android phone is passworded with patterns, pin, or code and you or someone erroneously entered wrong PIN or password more a specified time. In this case you’ll be locked out.
You can only gain access if your data was activated, through which you’ll be able to use google account linked to your device. This is applicable to android users.
In a situation whereby your data was switched off at the time of entering wrong code, then it becomes imperative to format your tablet device or smartphone using the hard reset option.
Google gives android users, who forgot their phone’s unlock pattern or password a chance to remotely unlock it by signing in to their Google account that is connected to the PlayStore App.
Inability to remember unlock pattern
If you forgot the unlock pattern or pin. In this situation you locked yourself out.
Deliberate effort to clean up system
If you want to free system memory, you may want to reset your Android device.
Trade in or selling it
If you want to sell your device or trade-in for a new one, then it’s important to wipe off your data so that you don’t leave it in the hands of a third party.
Two major ways to format your tablet device are:
- Factory data reset
- Hard reset method.
Formatting your Device Using Reset factory data option
Tap “Settings” on your phone
Scroll down to category “PERSONAL” and click “Backup & input”
Back up your data by selecting the option “Back up my data”
Scroll down to tap “Factory data reset”
Note that this option will erase all data on phone’s internal storage, including your Google account, system and app data and settings, and downloaded app as earlier pointed out.
To clear music, pictures, and other user data, you can tick erase phone storage and click “Reset Phone”
You are done.
Allow phone to come up , you can restart it again if you like.
How to reset Tecno DroiPad 10D
The process is slightly different on Tecno DroiPad 10D, to reset your tecno tablet to factory setting simply follow the steps below:
Step 1: Click “Setting”
Step 2: Select “Backup&Reset”
Step 3: Click “Factory Data reset”
Step 4: Click “reset tablet” enter your device PIN or password if your phone has password or uses unlock pin.
How to format Android Phone Using Hard reset method
This option is for those who are completely locked out due to wrong password, PIN, or code.
Power off your device by holding the switch off button till it goes off.
Allow it to completely go off say 5-10 seconds
Hold the POWER key and volume key together simultaneously (volume down button) to start the resetting process.
Wait till the factory mode comes up, depending on your device, anyway.
A command-like window with sometimes a green text appears, and use the up/down volume keys to scroll and use the Power key to select “WIPE DATA”.
Allow your device to reboot some minutes.
Let’s know if it worked or doesn’t work for you.