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Reset Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4, Note2, Note3 Without Losing Data

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How can I restore my pictures and contacts on my S3?

I had to reset my phone is there a way of getting back my pictures

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Do I keep my pictures and music after a Hard Reset?

I can't install WhatsApp anymore so I want to Hard Reset my S3

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Use Samsung Kies to back up your music and photos to your PC, and then go ahead with your Hard Reset. After you've completed that step, just go ahead and move everything back over to your device and you'll be set.

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Hi I've restored my Note2. I backed it up to Dropbox but when I restarted it I lost all my numbers. please can you help?

Hi I've restored my Note2. I backed it up to Dropbox but when I restarted it I lost all my numbers. please can you help

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Is there a way to restore your data if you factory data reset your tablet?

I want to factory data reset my tablet and I want to know if I log in with my Google account will I get it back

When you Hard Reset your phone, you lose all of your files and contacts. Using a Google account to backup your files is one of the ways you can keep them safe. However, by a Google account will only let you back up your contacts, photos, and videos. If you want to back up other data, including music and documents, you'll need to backup your files using the Samsung Kies program on a PC.

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If you haven't used this program previously, follow the steps below to install and backup your files:

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    On your PC desktop, open a web browser.
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    In order to download Kies, click on 'Kies 3' under the 'Downloads' section.
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    Once the setup is downloaded, launch it.
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    Follow the instruction on the setup to install the program.
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    Wait for the installation process to complete.
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    Once it's installed, run it.
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    Plug your Samsung device to the PC.
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    When the Kies program identifies your phone, click on the 'Backup/Restore' option.
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    Click on 'Data backup'.
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    In order to backup all of your contents, mark the checkbox next to the 'Select all items'.
    However, if you don't want to backup all of files, you can only mark those you want to backup.
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    To proceed; click on the 'Backup' option.
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    Wait for the process to complete.
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    Now you've successfully backed up your phone data.
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You can now Hard Reset your phone, and you don't need to worry about your files and contacts. To learn more about resetting your phone follow the main article, by clicking on the title of this Q&A page or the link below the article summary.

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If you have more questions regarding resetting your phone, let us know in the Q&A section below.

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Reset Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4, Note2, Note3 Without Losing Data

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If I do a Hard Reset will it erase my photos?

Is there any way to save it without putting it all on the computer

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Does a hard reset in recovery mode delete data?

Galaxy S2 is stuck on Samsung screen. I read to try a Hard Reset by holding volume up, home and power after the phone is powered off. Will that erase data from the phone?

YES, it will erase all your data and settings and bring the phone to the state like when you first bought it.

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Hi the problem is that we did a Hard Reset but now it is asking for an email used; we bought this from someone second-hand so none of our emails are working at the moment. any suggestions?

We did a Hard Reset on the Samsung without backing up; now it is asking for an email used and it won't accept any of ours. this phone was purchased second-hand in China because the original user could not use it in Israel and we had a local person 'crack' it so we could install Skype and other software not so easy to download in China

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I'm not ready to do a Hard Reset yet. This morning my keyboard disappeared?

I was typing an e-mail and the keyboard disappeared on my S3. In settings Language & Input, the Samsung Keyboard is the Default however the settings gear does nothing and the check mark in the Samsung Keyboard is greyed out....I have no microphone, no keyboard, nothing so cannot text, e-mail, etc....can't even type in first few letters of a contact to call someone....very frustrated.

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Do I need to do a Hard Reset - and if so - how can I best get my apps and icons backed up?

I am getting an error on my Note3. Unfortunately, TouchWiz Home has stopped. Hitting OK brings the same error back again - a never ending loop. Tried clearing the Cache, no help. Also my outgoing calls will not work (although its tough to test as the screen is locked out with the above error. But I tried to return a miss call - another error on that one.

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SO I am thinking Factory Reset, but I have 4 "screens" of icons in various folders, etc. Can I save them?

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See more questions like this: Reset my mobile without losing apps?

I deleted some pre-installed apps now I'm getting Android.process.acore has stopped?

It keeps giving this message help if you can

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I forgot my app lock code so help me to reset it back?

I just need a code that enables me to reset my phone

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Can't download some apps, Google play services and clock stops?

Uninstalled Facebook because it kept closing, upon reinstall I get an error message: Unknown error code during application install "-24"

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Hi, When I try to hard boot I am getting not able to mount /efs?

I tried with Kies to install software but with no use

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Hi , whenever I try to hard reset my Galaxy S3 it writes in red line that it can't find the file and error?

Even when I reset the phone it still freezes on start up

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I have lost my video that I recorded on my S2?

When I try to play it, it opens camera file icon, when I tap that it says no files.

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I have a Galaxy S5 and I'm wanting to reset it as it is running quite slow and I think I may have a virus. Is there a way I can do it without deleting any of my messages, contacts, music, photos and apps?

I have a Galaxy S5 and I'm wanting to reset it as it is running quite slow and I think I may have a virus.

Is there a way I can do it without deleting any of my messages, contacts, music, photos and apps

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