Even if Google’s Nexus 6 was priced much higher than other affordable Nexus devices, it proved to be quite popular among fellow Android fans. The phone is powerful, beautiful, large and the UI is as clean as they get. It’s an amazing phone, but you won’t be keeping it forever.
At some point you will hand it over to its next owner, and you will want the phone to be free of your private files, accounts and everything you have put in it. You can easily wipe your phone by performing a factory data reset, which we will show you how to do in this tutorial.
This process will completely wipe your device and bring it back to the state it was when you first turned it on (of course, only software-wise). This means it could also be the solution to many issues that come up after prolonged usage. A factory reset can often speed up your phone or fix issues that just won’t go away.
There are two ways to do this. The first is through the phone’s settings, a process we call a soft factory reset. This would be the easiest option, but if for some reason you can’t access the phone’s software options, you can also use the hardware buttons to access Recovery Mode.
Let’s just show you how it’s done, shall we?
How to soft reset a Nexus 6
- Turn your phone on and unlock it.
- Access your Settings app.
- Under “Personal”, you will find “Backup & reset”. Tap it.
- Then select “Factory data reset”.
- If your phone is protected, you will be prompted to enter the PIN, pattern or whatever you are using.
- Select “Reset phone”.
- The device will do its thing for some minutes and then reboot itself.
- You are done!
How to hard reset a Nexus 6
- Turn your Nexus 6 off.
- Press and hold both the Volume Down and Power buttons until the device turns on.
- You can now use the volume buttons to navigate, while the power button will serve as the select button.
- Highlight and select “Recovery mode”.
- The screen will display an Android robot with a red exclamation mark.
- When this screen shows up, press & hold the Power button, then press & release the Volume Up button.
- This will display the Recovery Mode menu.
- Select “Wipe data/factory reset”.
- Select “Yes – erase all user data”.
- The phone will do its thing for a while. When it’s done, you will get the option to reboot your phone. Do so.