How to Perform a Factory Data Reset on Android Phones

BY Tudor Graur / April 5, 2013
BY Tudor Graur / April 5, 2013 / How To

A factory data reset is an action that will delete all your personal data and settings from your internal SD card and phone. It will delete all installed apps, all accounts and all the settings that you have. It will basically restore your Android device to its original, factory state.

Why should you perform a factory data reset on Android?

There are a few reasons why you need to do a factory data reset on your Android device:

  • You are experiencing hardware issues and a factory reset may fix the problem
  • You are experiencing battery issues or charging issues
  • Your device is experiencing lag issues
  • Your device gets stuck very often or malfunctions
  • You have too many apps installed and you want to clean your device
  • You want to sell your device and you need to clear your personal data from the device

These are just a few reasons, but a factory reset can solve a lot of issues!

Note: After the reset you will lose all your personal data so it’s advised to do a backup first!

How to Perform a Factory Data Reset on Your Android Smartphone:

  • Go to Menu AA1304051331315093346, then Settings AA1304051331315093347. Click on “Back up and reset” > “Factory data reset“. 
  • You will be prompted with some information. After that, select “Reset device” > “Delete all“.
  • Factory reset process will begin. It can last from a few seconds to a few minutes depending on the amount of data on your device.

That’s it! This is how you perform a factory data reset on your Android device. Did it work for you? Let us know if the comments below or on the Updato forum.


  1. Exactly! Very helpfull, I checked this topic before we would go back to the phone shop to change the mobile phone because of microfone issue, factory reset –> BINGO, thanks a lot!
    Have a nice day

  2. My speaker isn’t working on my phone, but I do not want to delete all my downloaded applications on my phone that will happen if I choose to do a factory reset.

    How do I resolve this?

  3. My Google speaker is not working for almost a week now and it is 12/29. Please fix

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