There are many reasons why you may want to factory reset your Samsung Galaxy S5. Maybe you are ready to sell it and simply want to clear all your accounts and private files. Sometimes the device is having issues and factory resetting is the easiest solution.
For those who don’t know, factory reseting your device will delete everything in your phone, except for your stock software. It will literally take the smartphone back to how it was the very first time it was turned on (software-wise, of course).
In this tutorial we will show you a couple ways of performing a factory reset on your Samsung Galaxy S5. It’s a rather simple process, so let’s take care of it together.
How to soft reset a Samsung Galaxy S5
If your phone is in working condition and you are able to use it, you can easily perform a soft reset. This is done straight from the settings and there should be no danger. Do remember to keep your phone plugged in or make sure it has enough battery to go through the whole process, though! This applies for both soft and hard resets.
With that said, here is how you soft reset your Samsung Galaxy S5:
- Open your app drawer and go to the “Settings” app.
- Scroll down to the “User and Backup” section.
- Tap on the “Backup and Reset” icon.
- Press “Factory data reset”.
- Confirm that you want to perform a factory reset.
- If there is a password on the device, you will be prompted to enter it.
How to hard reset a Samsung Galaxy S5
If you can’t do a soft reset, there is an alternative way to clean up your device. This method is most often used when the device is having problems and you somehow can’t access your device’s settings. Some people may prefer it, too. Regardless, it’s always good to have options, so here you go!
- If turned on, power off your Samsung Galaxy S5.
- While off, press and hold the power, volume down and home buttons simultaneously.
- You can let go when recovery mode has been displayed (menu with multiple options).
- Using the volume buttons to navigate and the power button to select, choose “wipe data factory reset”.
- You can also clear the cache by selecting “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
- Select “reboot system now” to go back to the Android UI.