There are several reasons why you might want to reset your router or modem to factory settings. Perhaps you want to sell your devices. Or maybe you want to reset your IP address. Whatever the case, here’s how to reset your router and modem.
Warning: Resetting your router or modem will erase all your custom settings. Make sure to have a copy of your settings before doing a factory reset. You can find these settings in your manual or online. Simply do a web search for your router or modem model’s manual.
How to Reset a Router
- Keep your router plugged in.
- Find your router’s reset button. This will be on the back or the bottom of your router.
- Use a paperclip to hold down the reset button for 30 seconds.
- Release the button.
- Wait for the router to power back on.
If your router doesn’t have a reset button, you will have to reset it using its configuration web interface.
How to Reset Router From Configuration Page
- Type your router’s IP address into any web browser’s search field. Here’s how to find for your router’s IP address.
- Enter your username and password when prompted. If you didn’t change these, you will find the default username and password on the back or bottom of the router.
- Go to System or System Tools. This will differ depending on what kind of router you have.
- Look for Restore or Factory Default.
- Click Restore or Reset and OK to confirm.
- Wait for the router to reboot.
How to Reset a Modem
The steps to reset a modem may be different depending on which model you have, but the basics are the same. Here is the general process:
- Keep your modem plugged in.
- Find the modem’s Reset button. This may be on the back or bottom of the device.
- Press and hold the button with a paperclip.
- Release the button when the modem lights start to flicker.
- Wait for the Internet light to turn green.
While your modem or router is resetting, do not interrupt the process by clicking a link, closing your browser, or powering off the device. Doing so might corrupt the firmware.
Now that you know how to reset your router, check out our guide on how to test your WiFi speed.
If you need additional information or help to reset your router, try the reset steps in Reset Router to Factory Settings, see the Cisco support document Reset a Cisco Router to Factory Default Settings, refer to the documentation for your router model, or contact Cisco dCloud Support.
Reset Router Using Reset Button
To reset your router to its factory-default configuration using the Reset button:
- With the router powered off, connect the power cord to your router, and plug the power cord into your power source.
- Find the Reset button on the router.
- Press and hold the Reset button while you power on the router.
- Release the Reset button after 10 seconds.
- Wait 5 to 10 minutes for the router to finish booting. You can check the lights on the router — when the lights are solid or blink in repeating patterns, the router is finished booting.
- Power off your router.
At this point, your router is reset and will boot into its factory-default configuration the next time you power it on.
Reset Router Using Router Commands
To reset your router to its factory-default configuration using router commands:
- With your router powered off, connect the power cord to the router, and plug the power cord into your power source.
- Connect your laptop to the console port on your router with the console cable.
- Power on the router and wait 5 to 10 minutes for the router to finish booting. You can check the lights on the router — when the lights are solid or blink in repeating patterns, the router is finished booting.
- On your laptop, start the terminal emulator program and use it to access your router’s command line interface (CLI).
- In the router CLI, enter the commands in boldface to erase the existing configuration on your router and reload the factory-default configuration on the router:
router# write erase
Erasing the nvram filesystem will remove all configuration files! Continue? [confirm]
Proceed with reload? [confirm]
Would you like to enter the initial configuration dialog? [yes|no] no <Press Enter key>
Do you want to save the configuration of the AP? [yes|no] no
At this point, your router is reset and will boot into its factory-default configuration the next time you power it on.
To reset a Cisco router to factory default (removing the startup configuration file), perform these steps:
1.To erase the configuration file, issue the erase nvram: command. Reload the router by issuing the reload command.
2.If this does not solve the problem, attempt to break into ROM Monitor (ROMmon) by issuing the break sequence (usually Ctrl and break from the Hyperterminal) from a console connection.
Refer to: Cisco Standard Break Key Combinations. You should see this ROMmon prompt:
3.Change the configure register value to ignore the startup configuration by issuing the confreg command, as shown in this example:
4.To reload the router, issue the reset command, as shown in this example:
5.After the router boots, issue the enable command at the Router > prompt. The prompt changes to Router#, indicating that the router is now in privileged mode.
6.To enter config mode, issue the config terminal command. You should now see a Router(config)# prompt.
7.To change the configure register to recognize the startup configuration, issue the config-register command, as shown in this example:
To break out of configuration mode, press Cntl and Z. To save the blank configuration, issue the copy-running config-startup config command.
This document describes how to restore a Cisco router to its original factory default settings.
In order to perform the procedures described in this document, you must have “enable” (also known as “privileged EXEC“) access on the router.
This document is not restricted to specific software and hardware versions.
The information in this document was created from the devices in a specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you understand the potential impact of any command.
For more information on document conventions, refer to the Cisco Technical Tips Conventions.
Instructions to Reset a Cisco Router Back to Factory Defaults
There are two main methods to return a Cisco router to its original factory defaults. These two methods are described below.
This method uses the config-register 0x2102 command in global configuration mode.
Check the configuration register on the router by issuing the show version command.
The configuration register setting is displayed in the last line of the show version command output and should be set to 0x2102. If this is not the case, enter the config-register 0x2102 command once in global configuration mode.
If the show version command is issued again, the same line in the command output will have ‘(will be 0x2102 at next reload)‘ appended to the current register setting.
Erase the current start-up configuration on the router with the write erase command.
Reload the router with the reload command. When prompted to save the configuration, DO NOT save.
Once the router reloads, the System Configuration Dialog appears.
The router is now reset to the original factory defaults.
This method uses the config-register 0x2142 command in global configuration mode.
Enter the config-register 0x2142 command in global configuration mode.
This causes the router to ignore the start-up configuration on the next reload. If a show version is issued, the last line in the command output will have ‘(will be 0x2142 at next reload)‘ appended to the current configuration register setting.
Reload the router using the reload command in enable mode. It is not necessary to save when prompted to save the system configuration.
After the router has reloaded, the System Configuration Dialog appears.
Enter no to the question “Would you like to enter initial configuration dialog?”
Change the configuration register setting to 0x2102 by entering the config-register 0x2102 command once in global configuration mode.
Issue the write memory command in enable mode to overwrite the existing start-up configuration with the current running configuration.
Reload the router with the reload command in enable mode.
Once the router reloads, the System configuration Dialog appears.
The router is now reset to the original factory defaults.
Note: The configurations below are stored in ROMMON, and cannot be reset to Factory Default Settings by the write erase or config-register 0x2142 commands.
This section provides information you can use to verify that your router has been returned to the factory defaults.
Certain show commands are supported by the Output Interpreter Tool (registered customers only) , which allows you to view an analysis of show command output.
show running-config—Used to verify that the previous running configuration has been erased. The user should be left with a skeleton configuration. For example, there should be no IP addresses configured under any interface on the router.
show version—Used to verify that the configuration register is set to the default value of 0x2102.
What if we forget the login credentials of our Cisco routers or switches and we are not able to log in to make changes in configuration? To reset the Cisco router or switch is one of the quickest ways to resolve the issue. It will make a new and blank startup configuration file, and it will show you the setup wizard for a quick configuration of the router.
But what if we want to retain the existing configuration on the router? Another solution is to perform a password recovery on the router. We will discuss how to restore our Cisco routers and switches to the factory defaults and also how to implement password recovery on them.
Factory Reset on Cisco Router or Switch IOS
The following procedure is the steps when we are going to factory reset a Cisco router.
1. In the global configuration mode, create a hostname first on the router as we will use it for verification if the router is already reset into the factory settings.
2. Verify the configuration by using one of the following commands.
3. Save the configuration using the ‘copy running-config startup-config’ command.
4. Resetting the Cisco router to factory default involves erasing the NVRAM.
5. Reload the Cisco router to complete resetting to the factory defaults, and the startup wizard or initial system configuration dialog will appear.
6. Verify if the Cisco router is reset to factory default by checking if “hostname Router 1” is disappeared and changed to default.
Password Recovery on Cisco IOS
Before we proceed with password recovery, we will take a look first at the configuration register. We can use the ‘show version’ command to check the configuration register setting on our device. Configuration Register is a special 16 bits value that can be configured in Cisco routers. It is mainly used to determine how the router boots, to determine boot options, and to set console speed. The following are the most commonly used configuration register settings:
- config-register 0x2102 – boot normally (default configuration register setting)
- config-register 0x2120 – boot into ROM Monitor (ROMMON)
- config-register 0x2142 – ignore contents of NVRAM (startup-configuration)
The following procedure is the steps when we are going to recover the forgotten enable password or enable secret command configured in our Cisco router or switch.
1. Power ON the router.
2. Press the break sequence (ctrl-Break) while the router is initializing to break into ROMMON prompt.
3. Follow this command, confreg 0x2142, to ignore the startup-configuration and reset or reload the router.
4. After reboot, it will not ask you the secret password and will proceed to the setup wizard or initial system configuration dialog, as it booted up with a blank configuration.
5. The startup-configuration is still there with the full configuration, including the unknown enable secret, but the router does not use it when it boots. Enter a new enable secret in global configuration mode to overwrite the old one. This will go into the running-config.
6. In the global configuration mode, configure the configuration register back to default by entering the ‘config-register 0x2102’ router command, so the router will boot normally on the next restart.
7. Save the configuration. This will merge the new enable password into the existing startup-configuration.
8. Reboot the router using the ‘reload’ command and see that the secret password is changed to the one we configured earlier.
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If your Windows 10 PC is running slow or acting abnormally, one of the most surefire ways of fixing the issue is by performing a factory reset. This is also recommended if you’re selling your computer. Here’s how.
Before you begin the factory reset process, be sure to back up your files. Otherwise, some important data may be irretrievably lost.
When you’re ready to factory reset your Windows 10 PC, open the Windows Settings menu by clicking on the Start button and then selecting the Gear icon.
The Settings window will now appear. Here, select the “Update & Security” option found at the bottom of the window.
A list of Update & Security options will now appear in the left-hand pane. Here, select “Recovery.”
Now you’ll be in the Recovery window. Under “Reset This PC”, carefully read the description and then select the “Get Started” button.
Once selected, the “Reset This PC” window will appear. You’ll have two options to choose from:
- Keep my files: This option will keep all of your personal files while removing installed apps and system settings.
- Remove everything: This will completely wipe your Windows 10 PC.
Choose the option that works best for you.
In the next window, you’ll see a message showing you what will happen when you reset your computer. This message will be different, depending on which method you chose in the previous step.
When you’re ready, select the “Reset” button.
Your Windows 10 PC will now begin to factory reset. This may take several minutes, so be patient. When the process is finished, your computer will reboot.
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You may want to reset your network router if you can’t remember the administrator password, you’ve forgotten the network wireless security key, or you’re troubleshooting connectivity issues.
The following process is not the same as restarting a router or modem.
Best Methods for Resetting Routers
Several different router reset methods can be used depending on the situation. Hard resets, power cycling, and soft resets are commonly recommended.
How to Reset a Home Network Router
A hard reset is the most drastic type of router reset and is commonly used when an administrator has forgotten the password or keys and wants to start over with fresh settings.
Some router manufacturers might have a preferred way to reset their router, and some methods to reset a router may differ between models.
Since the software on the router is reset to factory defaults, a hard reset removes all customizations, including passwords, usernames, security keys, port forwarding settings, and custom DNS servers. Hard resets do not remove or revert the currently-installed version of router firmware, however.
To avoid internet connectivity complications, disconnect the broadband modem from the router before performing a hard reset.
To perform a hard reset:
With the router powered on, turn it to the side that has the Reset button. The Reset button is either on the back or the bottom.
With something small and pointed, like a paperclip, hold down the Reset button for 30 seconds.
Release the Reset button and wait 30 seconds for the router to fully reset and power back on.
An alternative method called the 30-30-30 hard reset rule involves holding down the Reset button for 90 seconds instead of 30, and can be tried if the basic 30-second version doesn’t work.
Shutting off and re-applying power to a router is called power cycling. It’s used to recover from glitches that cause a router to drop connections such as corruption of the unit’s internal memory or overheating. Power cycles do not erase saved passwords, security keys, or other settings saved using the router console.
To power cycle the router:
- Turn off the power to the router. Either turn off the Power switch or unplug the power cord.
- On battery-powered routers, remove the battery.
Some people wait 30 seconds out of habit, but it’s not necessary to wait more than a few seconds between unplugging and reattaching the router power cord. As with hard resets, the router takes time after power is restored to resume operation.
When troubleshooting internet connectivity issues, it can help to reset the connection between the router and modem. This may just involve removing the physical connection between the two, not manipulating the software or disabling power.
Compared to other kinds of resets, soft resets take effect almost instantaneously because they don’t require the router to reboot.
To perform a soft reset, unplug the cable that connects the router to the modem, then reconnect it after a few seconds.
Some routers may have a different way to perform a soft reset:
- Look for a Disconnect/Connect button on the console. This resets the connection between the modem and the service provider.
- Open the router console. In the menu, select Restore Factory Defaults or something similar. This feature replaces the router’s customized settings (such as passwords and keys) with the original ones it had at the factory, without requiring a hard reset.
- Find and press the Reset Security button on the Wi-Fi console screen. This will replace the subset of the router’s wireless network settings with the defaults while leaving other settings unchanged. Specifically, the router name (SSID), wireless encryption, and Wi-Fi channel number settings are all reverted.
To avoid confusion around which settings get changed on a security reset, Linksys owners can avoid this option and use Restore Factory Defaults instead.
Replacing the Router
If you’re trying to solve a problem with the router by resetting it, and that didn’t fix the issue, it may be time to replace it with a better router.
This manual is suitable for all models: Xiaomi Mi WiFi 3c, Xiaomi Mi WiFi Nano, Mini WiFi, Mi WiFi Router 2. Reset can be done either by pressing the Reset button on the router itself or via the control panel. But since the control panel is most likely in Chinese (if you haven’t installed the English firmware), it’s better to use the button.
After restoring the factory settings, the router will be like new. And you’re gonna have to reconfigure it. Reset often helps to solve many different problems. If the router is unstable, you’re confused, or you can’t configure anything, we reset and try again.
If you want to save the router settings to a file and then restore them, please see the second part of this manual, where I showed you how to do it.
Method 1: Restore factory settings with the Reset button
Press and hold the Reset button to reset. On the body of the Xiaomi router, there is a reset button. The button is marked with English: Reset. When the Xiaomi router is plugged in, keep pressing the Reset button for more than 10 seconds. This millet router is restored to factory settings, as shown below.
Method 2: Resetting the Xiaomi router via the control panel
Step 1: Enter miwifi.com in the browser > enter “administrative password” and log in to the settings page of the Xiaomi router.
Step 2: Open the “Common Settings” -> “System Status” -> click “Restore Now”, you can reset this Xiaomi router.
Step 3: Click on the button on the right to restore the settings. If you click the button on the left, the router will ask you to save the settings to a file so that you can restore them later. If necessary, you can use this function and create a backup of the parameters.
Step 4: If you choose to create a backup, you can select which settings to save. I suggest you leave all the ticks and confirm the surgery. The download of the Xiaomi router settings backup file will start immediately.
Step 4: After clicking on the “Select a file” button, select the file with the backup of the settings.
According to Microsoft, Windows 10 has around 400 million active users to date, making it four times more popular than Mac. While that is still a far cry from the tech company’s initial estimate of 1 billion users by 2018, the figures are still relatively astonishing. However, nothing in this world can be absolutely perfect. So, like many other new technologies, Windows 10 can run into some bugs and problems that are quite challenging to solve.
The operating system is riddled with glitches and issues, including one that affects the reset process.
What if Windows 10 gets stuck in an endless reboot loop after you try to bring it back to its factory settings?
In this article, we will show you several ways to resolve that problem. However, before you learn how to fix Windows 10 stuck in a boot loop after a reset, let’s take a look at the common scenarios related to the issue:
- Resetting this PC stuck at 35 – It is possible for the reset process to get stuck at any time. In most cases, you just have to wait it out until it is complete. Do note that the process may sometimes take several hours.
- Dell, HP, and ASUS laptop factory reset got stuck – This problem can affect various laptops. If you are the unlucky victim, you can try removing your device’s battery. Insert it again, then resume the factory reset process.
- Computer’s factory reset got stuck – If this happens to you, you can try using the Startup Repair feature to resolve the issue.
- Surface Pro 4 factory reset got stuck – The problem can affect Surface Pro 4 too. However, you can resolve it, using the solutions we’ve shared in this post.
- Factory reset stuck in a boot loop – This issue can be fixed by performing a clean install. However, remember to create a backup of your files before deciding to proceed with that option.
Method 1: Repairing the System using a Bootable USB Flash Drive or Disk
One of the ways to fix this issue is to run the Startup Repair. Before proceeding, you need to download the Media Creation Tool and create a bootable media. Once you’ve done that, you can proceed to the following steps:
- Insert the bootable USB flash drive or disk to your computer, then restart your device. After plugging the bootable media, you should see a list of options, asking whether you want to boot your PC from the USB stick or DVD. On the other hand, if you do not see that message, you must go to your BIOS, then place the USB stick or DVD on top of the boot order.
- After booting into the Windows installation, select Repair your Computer, then click Advanced Options.
- Now, you have to select Troubleshoot, then click Startup Repair.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the process.
Once the Startup Repair process is done, check if the issue persists.
Method 2: Waiting it Out
When the factory reset gets stuck, one of your best options is to simply wait it out. Several factors can cause this issue. If your hard drive LED indicator is still blinking, then it means the reset process is still running. In this case, you just need to wait for it to complete. Many users reported that this can take several hours. You might even need to leave your computer running overnight to ensure that the process finishes completely.
Method 3: Disabling your Internet Connection
You might ask, “What if Windows 10 gets stuck in an endless reboot loop?” Well, it is possible that your Internet connection is interfering with the process. Your computer might have gotten stuck after downloading some updates. To resolve the problem, you need to disable your Internet connection. Simply unplug the Ethernet cable from your computer or switch off your wireless router. Once you’ve disabled your network, you will be able to complete the factory reset.
Method 4: Changing your BIOS Settings
The issue might have something to do with your BIOS settings. It is possible that some features are interfering with your system, disrupting the factory reset process. To resolve this problem, you need to go to your BIOS settings and perform the following:
- Disable Secure Boot.
- Enable Legacy Boot.
- If the option is available, enable CSM.
- If necessary, enable USB boot.
- Place your bootable disc or USB drive on top of the boot order.
Once you’ve done that, remember to save the changes you made. Try performing a factory reset and see if you can now complete it successfully.
Method 5: Reinstalling Windows 10
If you’ve tried the previous methods and none of them worked, then your last resort is performing a clean installation of Windows 10. However, before you do that, we strongly advise that you create a backup of your files. Keep in mind that this solution will remove all the files in your C drive. Once you’ve created a backup of your files, use the Media Creation Tool to create an installation media. If you have your bootable disc or USB flash drive ready, you can proceed to these steps:
- Plug the installation media to your computer.
- Boot your device via the installation media.
Note: You might need to go to your BIOS settings to change the boot order, ensuring that the installation media is at the top of the options.
- You will now be asked to choose your preferred installation language. Once you’ve made your selection, click Next.
- To proceed, click the Install Now button.
- You will be asked to submit your product number. If you wish, you can skip this step and opt to activate your system later.
- Read the Terms of Service. If you agree with them, select Accept, then click Next.
- Choose the ‘Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)’ option.
- The next thing you need to do is select the drive where Windows is installed.
Note: Typically, this is the System and Primary drive. However, that is not always the case. So, to be certain that you’re selecting the system drive, check everything before you proceed. Keep in mind that if you choose the wrong drive, you will end up formatting it and removing all the files it contains. Moreover, you will have two versions of the operating system on your computer. So, it is important that you take precautions, ensuring that you are selecting the drive with Windows.
- You can proceed by clicking Next.
- Follow the on-screen instructions to complete the installation process.
After finishing the installation, the problem should be resolved. Remember that this is a drastic solution. That said, you should only use this method if the other solutions did not work for you.
Pro Tip: If you decided to perform a Windows 10 factory reset because your computer was intolerably slow, you should get to the bottom of the problem to prevent it from happening again. In this case, we recommend installing a powerful tool that can consistently maintain the speed and performance of your PC. There are many programs out there that can perform this job, but you can truly rely on Auslogics BoostSpeed.
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It is a common question from frustrated Zyxel users who are unable to access their web server after having installed and configured the router. The most common reason is that they have forgotten their router login password after the router has been successfully installed and configured on the host system. In most cases, the password should have already been set on the router prior to installation, but it is possible for one to forget their router login password after installation if they were not careful enough when setting it up. In this article, I will outline two methods you can use in order to reset zyxel router login password.
Zyxel Router Login Password Reset
The following is a bit by bit procedure to walk you through the password evolving process. Note that there are two sorts of organization interfaces for Zyxel ADSL CPEs, and their password changing methodology is marginally unique.
- Open a browser and type in your switch IP address on the URL field. If you haven’t transformed it previously, you can use the default IP address (192.168.1.1) to log in.
- Login to the gadget with your customized secret password. If you haven’t transformed it before changed it, please login with default username and password (1234)
- After login, go to Maintenance
- Type your new secret key in the field and type it again in “Confirm Password,” at that point click, then snap “SAVE.”
- After saving the new password, you need to re-login with the new password.
- Your password is effectively reset.
- The first method of resetting your Zyxel router login password is to follow the steps outlined in the “How Do I Fix My Router’s Login Password” guide at Zyxel. In order to use this method, you should first check and see if your router is in fact connected to the router port that is specified on the Zyxel website. If your router is not connected to the port you need to make sure that you have plugged the router into the power source properly before doing anything else.
- Next, log into the Zyxel control panel by typing in the IP address or domain name of your router into the browser’s address bar and hitting enter.Once you are in the control panel, scroll down to the Networking section, select the tab called “services”, and then click on the service which is indicated as “Zyxel”.
- Next, click on the icon that represents the password reset button. When you are done, select “OK” and you will be required to enter your password before the service can be completed.
The second method of resetting Zyxel is to use a software program that can help you reset your password. These programs are available online for free, and usually work perfectly for most people. Once downloaded, these programs allow you to run an online command which is a “trick” used by the software to break down the complex code used to encrypt the password.
Reset Zyxel Routers
If you can’t sign in to your router, you are likely using an inappropriate username or password. Make sure to make a note of both after you have changed them from the default ones provided.
Have you overlooked the Login Password? Make a decent attempt resetting your router login. Press and hold the little dark button found at the back of your router for around 10 seconds then release. The command will reset your router to the factory settings. Resetting means the set password is no longer viable. You can only use the default ones that come with the router.
The Biggest Advantage
One of the biggest advantages of the Zyxel Router is that it can make a big difference in your business. When your customers come to your shop, they are usually looking for a particular item, and if you do not offer what they are looking for, then they will walk out. You will not be able to make a sale when your customers don’t have what they are looking for.
There are many different reasons why people will choose a certain product over another. The Zyxel Router will be able to offer you the advantages that you need to help you increase your sales and profits. If you want to find a way to help your business grow, then you might want to consider using this product to make a difference.
Another thing that you will find when you use the Zyxel Router is that it will help you save money on the products that you use. You will not have to spend a lot of money on tools when you are running your business. You can purchase the tools and parts that you need for a cheaper price and still have a good amount of money left over to use to buy more tools.
Sometimes things go wrong and knowing how to hard reboot or reset your Android device can come handy.
To kick things off I think it is best to explain the difference rebooting and resetting. Rebooting is the same as restarting, and close enough to powering off and then turning off your device. The purpose is to close and reopen the operating system.
Resetting, on the other hand, means taking the device back to the state in which it left the factory. Resetting wipes all your personal data. Although the terms may seem similar they are quite different.
Soft and Hard Reboot
Rebooting or restarting is the way to go if your phone or tablet starts acting funny, or maybe showing a bit of sluggishness. If you experience one of those symptoms all you need to reboot is press the power button and choose restart. This is also known as a “soft” restart.
But what if you device freezes, goes blank, or becomes unresponsive and you can’t get to that menu… What do you do then?
You can go for what is known as a “hard” reboot. Depending on your device, this can be achieved by pressing a combination of buttons. In most Android devices, you have to simultaneously press the power and volume down buttons for 5 seconds. This should work for any stock Android device like Google Nexus and Google Pixel, Samsung Galaxy, and LG phones.
Some other devices, like most Motorola phones are slightly different, the procedure is the same but instead of using the volume down button you use the volume up button.
The Factory Reset
If you need to reset your Android device to its factory state (a common reason is if you’re selling and moving to a new phone), there are two ways to perform a reset.
Android offers a built-in soft reset option, readily available from your phone’s settings menu. Go to Settings, choose Backup & Reset and the select “Factory Data Reset.” You will be prompted to confirm. Once you take the plunge, your phone will be wiped from any personal data and clean boot exactly how it was when it came out of the box. Do note memory cards inserted will be left untouched.
Finally, there is the hard reset. This is somewhat of a last resort. The most common scenario for using this option is a bricked device, something went awfully wrong, and there’s no way of getting Android to boot.
To perform a hard reset:
- Turn off your device.
- Hold the power button and the volume down button simultaneously until you get the Android bootloader menu.
- In the bootloader menu you use the volume buttons to toggle through the different options and the power button to enter/select.
- Choose the option “Recovery Mode.”
- You should see the words “no command” in a black screen.
- Press and hold the power button. While holding the power button press and release the volume up button.
- You should now see a list menu with the option to Wipe data/Factory reset.
After selecting the Factory reset option you will warned you are about to erase all user data. If your mind is made up, select Yes and your device will be restored to its factory state.
5 days, 5 killer tech tips is a TechSpot monthly feature
On the third week of every month, we’ll publish 5 killer tech tips, one for each day of the week for a given app, service, or platform. This month we’re covering Android.