Clean Data from Samsung Galaxy S4 by Reset

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Should there be a need to delete all the files on your Samsung Galaxy S4 for whatever purpose you intend it to, you can easily do it by going to settings. Below are the steps on deleting data on your Samsung Galaxy S4 by way of a reset.

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Instructions

  1. 1
    Go to you Samsung Galaxy S4's home screen.
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  2. 2
    Tap on the Application Menu icon to be able to view the applications drawer on your phone.
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  3. 3
    Tap on an application that has a gear icon, this is the Settings
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  4. 4
    When you are in the Settings Menu, tap on Backup and Reset
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  5. 5
    Tap on Factory Data Reset
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    You will be shown with an option to Erase Everything.
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  7. 7
    Tap on it and confirm to start the resetting process.
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  8. 8
    Your phone should reboot and should be clean upon restart.
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  9. 9
    Congratulations!
    You have just cleaned all the data from your Samsung Galaxy S4.
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Hard Resetting the Phone, Backup and Restore

Aside from the software reset, you can also reset the device by pressing some buttons simultaneously. Again, data will be deleted after the reset. See below how to perform a Hard Reset and how to back up and restore:

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Hard reset

  1. 1
    Power off the phone by either pressing and holding the power button and then tapping "Turn off" or by taking the battery out of the phone.
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  2. 2
    Now you have to press and hold the power button then the volume up button.
    You may need to press and hold the home button as well.
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  3. 3
    The volume up and down will be used to navigate, while the home button will be used to select your options.
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  4. 4
    Move down and select the option for "Reset to factory" or "Wipe data".
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  5. 5
    Select "Wipe data" again and wait until it completes the process.
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  6. 6
    Select "Reboot device now" to restart the system and to boot the phone normally.
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  7. 7
    Check your phone to see if the data has been deleted.
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Back up files

When doing backup on a Samsung mobile, you need to download and install your Samsung Kies first to your computer. If you have the mini disc that came in the package, you can use that to run the installation or you can download from here: Samsung.com/ph/support/usefulsoftware/Kies/JSP. Then install to your computer.

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  1. 1
    After you install your Samsung Kies, connect the phone via USB to your computer to perform backup.
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  2. 2
    Now Launch or Run the program (Samsung Kies) to start the process.
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  3. 3
    Once you have the program running, click on you phone under the connected devices and select USB cable/cord connection.
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  4. 4
    From the three tabs (Basic Information, Sync and Backup and restore), select "Back up and restore".
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  5. 5
    Mark or select the items you want to backup on your computer.
    For example, you may want to back up Apps, Music, Photos, Videos and any other folders or items.
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  6. 6
    Select the destination of the backup and click "Backup" to start the process.
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  7. 7
    Once complete, click on "Complete" to end the backup session.
    Then reset the phone or wipe data to empty the phone.
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Restore files

  1. 1
    Connect the phone via USB to your computer to perform restore on the applications and any other stuff on the recent backup you made.
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  2. 2
    Now Launch or Run the program (Samsung Kies) to start the process.
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  3. 3
    From the three tabs (Basic Information, Sync and Backup and restore), click "Back up and restore".
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  4. 4
    Now click on "Restore data", and then select the recent date that you made a backup.
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  5. 5
    Wait for the process until it completes the restoration, and click the "Complete" button
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  6. 6
    Restart your phone, by turning the power off and then back on, and check all the files to see if your phone has been successfully restored.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Make sure to backup data before resetting in case you want to use the data in the future.
  • Reset only affects phone data. Your SD card data should remain.

Questions and Answers

Just bought a second hand phone and there are still the person's details on like Facebook how do I rest all my phone?

Clean phone delete all information off my phone

If this is an Android phone, simply go into the Settings>backup and reset and select the factory data reset option to erase the previous user's data. See screenshots here:

http://screencast.com/t/hsElZfJxw9b

The phone will reboot and when it powers up again, it will prompt you to enter your own Google account.

Wipe data and factory resetting?

Hi I can't put my phone to cwm mode and wipe the data it does not go in download mode.

I own a Samsung Galaxy S4 and I have had some experience with performing the Hard Reset on this device in order to be able to wipe my data from my device. By following my steps below you will be able to perform a Hard Reset on the device to get rid of the information on the device:

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-Power off your device completely

-Hold the power + Volume Up + Home key button

-The device will power itself back on with the boot menu

-On the boot menu release the buttons

-Use the volume keys to highlight the Factory Reset option

-On the option press the power button to make the selection

-After confirming the reset use the volume keys to highlight the reboot option

-Press the power button to make the selection

This will cause your device to reboot itself with its Factory Reset settings with no data on the device.

Is there a way to factory reset with a black screen?

I dropped my phone, the screen went out, but the touch still works. I've tried to reset it by touch but it doesn't work, so how can I hard reset it before I send it back? I've gotten a new phone and set it up already so I can't delete it through online because its only tracking the new activated phone.

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You can hard-reset it by performing a remote wipe-out. Please refer to our tutorial on how to do so.

Your other options are hard-resetting it from the powered-down state as shown in this tutorial or reflashing it with Kies (in "Tools" > "Emergency Firmware Recovery") or ODIN as shown in this tutorial.

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Need to wipe S4 after broken LCD?

Need to wipe S4 after broken LCD, in order to sell for parts. Can it be done?

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I can't log into my Google account it keeps giving an error message what do I do?

It says: Can't establish a reliable connection to the server. This could be a temporary problem or your Android device may not be provisioned for data services. If it continues, call Customer Care.

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My Galaxy S4 has been wiped by Vodafone during a repair -- can I recover the lost data?

I own a Samsung Galaxy S4 on Vodafone.

Unfortunately, if you didn't back up your data before you sent the phone in repair, you cannot recover the files you lost.

See more questions like this: I am selling my Samsung Galaxy S4 and want to wipe it clean. How do I do that

My Galaxy internal LCD screen cracked so I can not see the screen to actually reset it. Is there any way I could do this over the computer?

Please help. I need to sell this phone asap.

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I have just purchased a second-hand Galaxy S4. It has data on it that I would like to delete. Should I do a Factory Reset?

I have a contract on my old S3 and have put the SIM card into the new S4. Would doing a reset be the best way to go? I'm not very technical minded. Many thanks.

You will need to hard-reset it.

  1. 1
    Press and hold the power button until a menu appears where you can power down your smartphone.
    Do so.
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  2. 2
    Wait for a minute until the smartphone has been shut down completely.
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  3. 3
    Press and hold the volume-up, home, and power buttons simultaneously.
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  4. 4
    Release all of the buttons when you see the recovery mode pop up on the screen.
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  5. 5
    Use the volume buttons to go up and down the menu items.
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  6. 6
    Use the power button to confirm selection.
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  7. 7
    Select "wipe data/factory reset".
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  8. 8
    Select "Yes -- erase all user data".
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  9. 9
    Select "reboot system now".
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  10. 10
    Your smartphone will be as good as new!
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Can't reboot my phone, how can I get it out of recovery mode?

My phone failed in some way and is now stuck in the recovery screen. It is a Samsung S4

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How do I wipe my Samsung GS4 when the screen is broken and does not project an image?

I've backed up all of my data needed, and just need to wipe my phone. Screen is severely shattered and does not project an image.

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How to erase all pics out phone?

My screen is shattered and I can't see

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How to clean all download data in internal storage?

1. I use Samsung Galaxy Note3 2. that phone is second hand 3. cannot download anything even I already format SD card n phone 4. what should I do..so sad

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Holding the Power, Vol-Up and Home buttons does not do anything?

The Phone does not start, we tried everything even a Hard Reset

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I have a business phone and the previous employee has left the company. I'd like to remove some files but leave the company proprietary file intact?

Specifically want to remove the Gmail account etc.

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