Nexus 6P is latest addition to Google’s line of Nexus series smartphones. This fact alone makes it a great device, however like any other Android handset, it can experience some issues. For users experiencing problems such as random reboots, sudden crashes, or just general annoyances, the easiest solution for all this can be performing factory reset. Here is a few steps on how you can perform a factory reset on the Nexus 6P.

Nexus 6P Factory Reset via Settings

A factory reset reverts your phone into its original factory condition. This means that you all the data stored on the device will be wiped out with only the firmware updates being exempted.It is recommended to sync your Google account before conducting the factory reset to make it easier to restore it afterwards. Like any major system change, ensure that all the important files, apps and even login information you may need is backed up.

A Nexus 6P factory reset using the Settings is pretty straighforward, head to the Settings tap the Backup and Reset option and select Factory Data Reset. This clears all the data on your Nexus device and automatically restart the handsets, hopefully resolving all its previous issues.

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Nexus 6P Factory Resetting using the hardware keys

If you can’t access your phone’s Settings or you are stuck in a bootloop, which is when your phone keeps rebooting before loading Android; don’t fret, you can just as easily do a factory reset using the hardware buttons on the sides of the phone. Here is how:

  • Turn off the Nexus device
  • Press and hold the power and volume buttons together
  • Once the options menu appears on the screen, using the volume down key, choose Recovery
  • Tap the power key to confirm your choice
  • When the Android robot appears, press down the power key
  • While still pressing the power button, tap the volume up key
  • Scroll to the Wipe Data / Factory Reset option using the volume down key
  • Tap the power key to confirm the selected option
  • Opt for Yes-Delete All User Data
  • Using the power button confirm your selection
  • Choose Reboot Sytem Now
  • Once it has rebooted, your Nexus 6P has now been factory reset.

If you are experiencing performance issues on your Nexus 6P, here is what you could try before considering a factory reset

A factory reset should be the last option after exhausting all other potential solutions, so it is good idea if you tried out other options initially.

  • If its app-related, look out for patterns. If an individual app is experiencing issues then wiping the app’s cache may help, go to System >> Apps then select the application. Alternatively, try uninstalling, rebooting then reinstalling the app.
  • For Wi-Fi issues, most of these problems stem from the wireless routers.
  • Try Google to find out if other users are also encountering similar issues or may know the solutions to fix the problem.

Nexus 6P Factory Reset Protection: What you Need to know

Devices powered by Android 5.1 and above have been integrated with an anti-theft feature known as Factory Reset Protection to protect all the data on your device. After rebooting your phone once you’ve done a factory reset, a message will appear stating that the device was reset and prompting you to sign in with the previous Google Account that was synced to the device before you can proceed, that is the Factory Reset Protection. In case you don’t know the Google Account’s username or password, you’ll be locked out completely.

If intend to reset your device before giving it to someone else, you can disable this feature by switching off via Settings >> Security, the screen lock and then deleting the Google accounts on your device. Aterwards you can reset the device without the need of your Google account details to continue.

What do you think about the Factory Reset Protection? Let us know in the comments below.


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