So you have been using the BlackBerry Classic for a while and it’s time to upgrade? You better perform a factory data reset before you sell it or hand it over to its next owner. This will ensure all your private information doesn’t land in unsafe hands. It’s also great to do a factory reset when your phone is misbehaving, as it completely wipes the device and leaves it the way it was when you first turned it on (software-wise, of course).
Oh, and because everything will be deleted, you better make sure all your important files are backed up, too. With all of that in mind, let’s jump into the details and show you how a factory reset is done.
There are a couple ways to do this on the BlackBerry Classic. The first is called a soft reset, which is the safest and easiest way to do this. This is because you just have to use the phone’s settings. The second is called a hard data reset. This is usually done when, for whatever reason, you don’t have access to your phone’s software settings.
How to soft reset BlackBerry Classic
- Turn the BlackBerry Classic on.
- Go to Settings.
- Select Security and Privacy.
- Select Security Wipe.
- Type in “blackberry”.
- Tap on Delete Data.
- Let the phone do its thing and it will be done in a few minutes!
How to hard reset BlackBerry Classic
- Download the BlackBerry Link program to your computer.
- If you already have it (or you are finished installing it), simply open the program.
- Connect the smartphone to your PC.
- Choose your device in the BlackBerry Link program.
- If you are using Windows, select “Backup & Restore”, then select “Factory Reset”.
- If you are using Mac OSX, select “BlackBerry Link”, then go to “Preferences”, “Reload”, and then “Reload” again.