How to Factory Reset Any Samsung Devices (Old and New Galaxy Phones and Tablets)

Last Updated on February 2, 2023 by Jack Robertson

Being a Samsung fan, getting the latest Samsung device is so amazing, like the Samsung Galaxy S22 Ultra or Tab S8/A8. After setting up the new Samsung, what about the old device that you use? It’s not a good choice to give it away or sell it when all your data is still stored.

So, let’s reset this Samsung that once was your company day and night. By wiping this Samsung, nobody is able to peak at your privacy and you can give it out with no concern at all.

Besides erasing all data, a factory reset can restore this Samsung phone back to factory settings, which will solve most of the system and software errors. You won’t bother to go to a repair center. Just reset the Samsung and fix whatever error you face.

Note that resetting your Samsung is never just tapping some buttons on your Samsung phone or tablet. The data on your Samsung will be gone forever if you don’t back them up first. Also, there’re chances that your reset will fail if you don’t follow the right steps.

Now, follow the complete guide below, let’s keep your data and privacy safe! Do a correct and thorough factory reset on your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet.

Step 1: Do a Backup Before Resetting Your Samsung Galaxy Phone/Tablet

A factory reset will wipe your Samsung completely, both data and settings. So, if you have something that’s important on your Samsung phone or tablet. Back it up first, then you move to reset the Samsung.

Here, let’s back up your Samsung data first. There’re multiple ways to back up your Samsung. Today, I will tell you two ways and you can pick up either of them.

Method 1: Back Up Samsung Phone/Tablet to Computer before Resetting It

In the first place, we can back up your Samsung Galaxy device with Android Data Backup & Restore. This is a handy tool that can help us save your Samsung data to a computer without hassle.

This program supports a flexible backup that you can decide the data to back up and the folder on the computer to save the backup. Meanwhile, to secure your privacy, you can add a password to your backup file. In this case, you’re the only one that knows where the Samsung backup is and how to access it.

Step 1

Download Android Data Backup & Restore and install it on your computer.

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Step 2

Start the software and find Android Data Backup & Restore button on the preface and click it to the next step.

Step 3

There, you can start to back up everything from the Samsung to the computer via the One-click Backup button. Or you can select the green button Device Data Backup to do a flexible backup.

Step 4

In this step, you may connect your Samsung phone to the computer via a USB cable to get ready for backup.

Step 5

Select the data that you want to back up. Click the Start button and data backup will begin. Encrypt it if you’d like to. You may wait for several minutes till it finishes.

Having backed-up your data, now you may start to hard reset your Samsung phone.

Method 2: Back Up to Cloud Before Factory Resetting a Samsung Galaxy

Besides computers, you can also choose to back up your Samsung Galaxy to Samsung Cloud before you reset the device.

Follow this:

Step 1

On your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet, go to the Settings app. Tap on Accounts and backup.

If you haven’t signed in or even created one account, tapping that option will lead you to. Finish it anyway.

Step 2

Hit Manage account - Samsung Cloud - Back up data.

All done, in this way, your data on this Samsung device will be saved to the Samsung Cloud storage. Later, you can restore them back to your new or current Samsung Galaxy device after the reset.

Caution:

If you plan to switch to another brand’s Android phone, like Xiaomi or Oppo, Samsung Cloud may not be the perfect tool for you. You cannot log in to it on any other Android phone. Try to back up your Samsung data to Google One before you reset it.

Step 2: Factory Reset your Samsung Galaxy Completely via Samsung Settings

All your data is perfectly saved now, let’s start to reset it!

To reset a Samsung Galaxy device is never difficult when you’re available to access the Settings app.

Try this on any of your Samsung Galaxy devices, including: Samsung Galaxy S1 to S22, Galaxy Tab S1 to S8, Galaxy Note Phones running Android 7 and above.

On your Samsung phone or tablet, go to Settings. Swipe up and find General Management - Reset - Factory data reset - Reset - Delete all.

Lastly, if you’ve logged in your Samsung account on this Samsung phone, enter the credentials to reset the device. If not, enter the screen lock passcode to start the reset.

Done! Your Samsung phone or tablet will be reset in a few minutes. All the data and settings on this Samsung Galaxy device will be wiped clean.

Tip: Hard Reset Your Samsung Galaxy Phone/Tablet When the Samsung Is Bugged

When everything works just fine on your Samsung device, you can easily reset it with the process above. However, if you’re about to reset the Samsung Galaxy phone because of a disturbing error like:

  • You forget the screen lock passcode or Samsung account credentials;
  • The Samsung is having a broken or unresponsive screen;
  • An error like Black Screen, Auto Reboot, Unable to Start the phone hits the Samsung.

All these situations make you unable to factory reset your Samsung as normal. Don’t lose hope yet, let’s try to hard reset your Samsung Galaxy phone and tablet.

Samsung Hard Reset: Wipe A Samsung Phone/Tablet with Android Recovery Mode

There’s a way that you can reset your Samsung Galaxy phone or tablet without taping anything on the screen - Android Recovery mode.

This is the default troubleshooting option of the Android system. When an error occurs, any Android user can put the phone or tablet in Recovery mode. Then, choose the command from the boot menu of Recovery mode, and the system will start to perform the command you choose.

To begin with, let’s put your Samsung into Recovery mode first. Note that since there’re so many models of Samsung phones and tablets, the ways of entering Recovery mode differ from each other. Follow the guide below, identify your device first and enable Recovery mode.

Power off your Samsung before anything else.

For Samsung with a Home button (Earlier Samsung Devices):

  • If you plan to reset a Samsung Galaxy S5/6/7, A5/6/7/8, Note 6/7 that has a Home button, press and hold the Home, Power, and Volume Up buttons together.

For Samsung with a Bixby button (Galaxy S8, S9, Note 10, etc):

  • Samsung introduced a Bixby button on Galaxy S8 and some of the later devices. If you find this on your Samsung, press the Bixby button along with the Power and Volume Up buttons.

For Samsung with Power and Volume buttons only (latest Samsung):

  • Samsung has removed the Bixby and Home button from their latest devices like Galaxy S22 and S21 series. In this case, you just need to press and hold the Home and Volume Up button.

Release the buttons when you see the Android Robot icon popping out.

Reset your Samsung with Recovery Mode

Under Recovery mode, use the Volume Down key on your Samsung to choose the wipe data/factory reset option. Press the Power button to confirm.

That’s all, your Samsung will be reset in minutes.

Other Notes about Samsung Factory Reset

Below, I will share some common knowledge of Samsing factory reset. Read on and learn more about facoory rest.

1. Factory Reset your Samsung Remotely via Find My Mobile

Samsung's Find My Mobile is a phone location service that's designed for people who lose their Samsung phones. With this, you can see the last location of your Samsung phone or tablet. If it's lost forever, to secure your privacy, you're able to erase your lost Samsung phone remotely via Find My Mobile's interface.

Note that to use it, you need to have the Find My Mobile activated on the target Samsung device first.

Follow this to reset your Samsung remotely:

Step 1

Visit Find My Mobile on any device, and sign in with your Samsung account. Make sure this account is the one that you signed in on the target device.

Step 2

Once logged in, locate the left-hand menu bar, find the target device, and click Erase Data from the right-hand pop-up panel.

Then, the website will prompt you to verify this action. A verification code will be sent to your Samsung phone (or tablet). If the target device is not around, you can choose to Verify with text message, verify with another Galaxy device, or Verify with backup code.

Step 3

Lastly, click Erase - OK and enter your Samsung account password to confirm the factory reset. Then, Find My Mobile will start to erase your Samsung remotely.

Tip:

If you’ve enabled Google Find My Device on the target Samsung device, you can use that to reset your Samsung instead. It’s the same result and the steps are easy too.

2.You Will Very Likely to Encounter Google FRP

On any Android device that has a Google account logged in, you will encounter the Google FRP after you reset the device.

Google Factory Reset Protection, short as FRP, is a protection method of Google. In case of any Android devices are stolen and reset by the bad guys, Google develops this method. Once a device is reset, FRP is activated on it.

To continue using this device, you will have to enter the Google account and password that is synced on this device before.

If anyone steals or picks up your Android/Samsung and resets it, they cannot use your device anymore due to the absence of the Google account and password.

However, if you forget the password of your Google account and can’t pass the FRP, well, try 4Ukey for Android to remove the FRP.

Download the program and launch it on a computer, choose Remove Google Lock (FRP) on the interface. (This program only works on your Windows PC or Mac)

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Connect the target device to the computer. And tap “View” on the Samsung screen after it’s connected.

Then, follow the on-screen prompts to download Alliance Shield to this Samsung. Next, launch the app on your Samsung and register an account for it. Log in afterward.

On the app, choose the model for this Samsung and tap Next. Turn on the Device admin and Knox as prompted. Go to App Manager and search Service Mode.

Turn on this mode and check the “MTP+ADB” option. Replug your Samsung from the computer.

What you need to do now is to wait. 4Ukey for Android will start to remove the FRP from your Samsung.

FAQs

1How to restart my Samsung phone

Press and hold the Power(Side) button and tap Restart on the screen.

If your phone is frozen or having an unresponsive screen, try press Power and Volume Down buttons together for at least 7 seconds. In this case, you can force restart this Samsung.

2How do I delete everything on my Samsung
To delete everything on your Samsung, you need to factory reset it. Try this path on your Samsung: Settings - General Management - Reset - Factory data reset - Reset - Delete all.
3What is the difference between hard reset and factory reset

At the very beginning, Hard Reset was referred to Force Reboot of a phone. But as time went by, now people tend to take Hard Reset and Factory Reset as the same thing - an action to reboot both the phone and system, wiping everything on the phone.

The only difference between them is that Hard Reset also relates to Force Reset. When you cannot reset your phone normally via the Settings app on your phone, for example, the phone is frozen, black-screen, smashed or you forget the password, you need to Force Reset it - Hard Reset.

4What is the factory reset code for Samsung?

On Samsung phones, there're codes that you can dial on the keypad to reset the device's system or erase the phone.

First of all, back up your Samsung, remove the SIM card and SD card ( if any).

There're two factory reset code for Samsung, one is "*2767*3855#", and the other is "*2767*2878#".

The first code wipes everything on your Samsung and puts the phone back to factory settings, while the second one restarts your phone only.

5What are soft reset and hard reset
Soft reset offen refers to restart or reboot a device while hard reset means to put the phone or tablet back to factory settings, erasing all data and settings.