Delete Data on Samsung Galaxy S3

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There are times when you want to clean all data from your phone. It might be because you plan on selling it, giving it to someone, or you just want to start clean. You may be able achieve this by resetting your Samsung Galaxy S3. Below are the instructions so you can delete all of your phone's data by using the reset.

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HOW TO ERASE ALL FILES ON Samsung Galaxy S3

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This method is called the soft reset. We use the term, soft reset, because you are accessing the settings on your phone, and use the reset to erase all the files on your phone. Check the steps below regarding how to perform a soft reset.

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    On your phone's Home screen, tap the soft Menu key on the phone located on the bottom left side of the phone - right next to the home button.
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    You will see a pop up menu on your phone screen
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    Select the last option on the list - Settings. This is the short cut to get into the settings of the phone. But you can always go to Apps then look for the "Gear" icon or the equalizer for Settings.
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    Once the Settings menu is on screen, just scroll down and look for the "Back up and Reset"
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    Tap "Back Up and Reset" to bring up the next settings menu on screen.
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    On the "Back up and reset" menu, tap the option that says "Factory data reset" then on the next screen, tap the "Reset device" and the "Delete All"
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Now you need to wait until it is finished resetting your phone back to factory settings. Reboot your phone and it will be like a brand new phone, running more efficiently. Although this process will delete all your phone data storage, all of the contents on your SD card will not be affected, and left in tact. All of the Apps, pictures and videos that you've saved on your SD, will still appear on your Samsung Galaxy S3.

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Another method to reset the Samsung Galaxy S3 is by dialing a combination of numbers, pound sign and the Asterisk. It has the same effect - to wipe or erase all your data. You may check the steps below on how to:

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    On your phone, simply launch the dialer application.
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    On the dialer screen where you see all the numbers, asterisk and the pound sign
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    Dial this combination code: *2767*3955#. You will receive a message on your screen that says "Factory Format". Do not press any buttons on your phone - just wait. Your phone will now restart itself and when it reboots, it will return to factory settings - be the same as when you first got the phone. Now you will be able to configure the phone and input all the information that you need.
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The last method would be for you to do a Hard Reset on your mobile phone. To do this, you need to press a combination of buttons while the phone is off to boot it in the stock recovery. This is a useful method, especially if you forgot the phone lock pattern or password to unlock your phone. Again, this process will delete all the internal storage on the phone, but the contents on your SD card contents will remain intact. The steps are as follows:

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    Simply shut the phone off
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    Press and hold power then tap Turn Off or remove the battery and insert after waiting for 5 seconds.
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    On your Samsung Galaxy S3, press and hold the Volume Up button, the physical Home button then the power at the same time and wait till you have the Android logo on screen or a blinking blue message that will appear on the top left of the phone screen then let go.
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    On your Samsung S3, use the volume down key to highlight the "Wipe data/ reset" then press Yes, to start the process
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    Use the home button to select.
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    Go back to the previous menu then select Reboot and wait until the phone is ready
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    Now it will be on Default Values.
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HOW TO DELETE AN APP FILE FROM Samsung Galaxy S3

There are two ways to delete/uninstall an application file from your Samsung Galaxy S3.

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To do this, follow these methods:

Method 1

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    From your Home screen, tap Menu button to see options.
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    Go to "Settings" (an application with a gear icon).
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    Scroll down and tap "Application".
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    Tap "Manage Application" to see all the applications.
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    Find the application that you want to delete.
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    Tap the application (Example
    :
    Fruit Ninja).
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    Tap "Uninstall" to delete the application file.
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    You're done
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    That application on your Samsung Galaxy S3 has been successfully deleted/uninstalled.
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Method 2

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    From your Home screen, tap "Application" or open your "Application drawer".
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    You can see all the applications installed on your Samsung Galaxy S3
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    Find the application you want to delete or uninstall.
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    Press and hold the application that you want to Uninstall.
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    You will see an option at the top of your screen "Uninstall".
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    Drag the application to "Uninstall icon"
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    You're done
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    This application on your Samsung Galaxy S3 has been successfully deleted/uninstalled.
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HOW TO RESET APP DATA FROM Samsung Galaxy S3

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    From your Home screen, tap Menu button.
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    Go to "Setting" (an application with a gear icon).
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    Scroll down and tap "Applications".
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    Tap "Memory Usage"
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    Scroll down and find the application that you want to reset.
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    Tap the application (example
    :
    Fruit Ninja).
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    Then simply tap "Clear data" to reset the data of your application.
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    You're done
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    The application data of your Samsung Galaxy S3 has been successfully reset.
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      • Take note: If you clear the data of your application, all of the saved data will be reset.***

HOW TO CLEAR THE NAVIGATED PAGE HISTORY IN Samsung Galaxy S3

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    From your phone home screen, Tap the "Menu" button.
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    Then tap your web browser application or the internet icon.
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    While your browser opens, tap on the soft button that is located on the lower left corner of your screen.
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    Then scroll down and tap on "Settings"
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    Tap on "privacy and security".
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    Tap on "clear history".
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    Tap "OK" to confirm.
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    Now you have cleared the 'navigated page history' in your Samsung Galaxy S3.
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Tips Tricks & Warnings

  • Reset will only delete your phone's data, not your SD card's data
      • If you want to retrieve the files in the future, make sure to backup before doing the reset.***

Questions and Answers

Is there any way to delete all date including old user data?

Like to delete EVERYTHING return it ... like its BRAND new not just box new

Yes, if you have access to your device you will simply need to do the following:

1. Go to settings

2. Go to the tab Accounts

3. Scroll down to the bottom where it says "backup and reset"

4. From here you will be able to clear all information from this device including the information off of the SD card.

How do I delete everything from a Galaxy S3?

I can get all the way up until where it says hit delete all, then it keeps asking me to enter a new password. If I type something in and hit enter, it just keeps asking for a new password and never reboots to erase the data. What do I do?

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If you want to delete everything on your Samsung Galaxy S3, You may Hard Reset your phone. To Hard Reset your phone, please do the following.

  • Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S3
  • Press and hold Volume up, Home Button and Power button simultaneously until Samsung logo appears.
  • Wait until Android system recovery shows up.
  • Select Wipe data/Factory reset with your volume key then press Power button to confirm.
  • Select YES, then confirm by press Power button again.
  • After wipe is complete, select Reboot System Now then press Power button again to reboot your phone.
  • That's it. You have now successfully completed a factory data reset on your Samsung Galaxy S3.

What does the icon look like for the internet?

The internet browser icon for Android devices looks like our planet earth. That icon is noticeable when you first held the phone, as it is present in the home screen. It also depends on the phone themes you have applied to the phone. There are a lot of themes that can be downloaded and installed on your phone to obtain a different look to your phone's applications appearance, but the default looks like the planet earth. Double check your phone's app drawer as it is present there

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I do not have the option that says "Erase Everything" on my phone

When you tried to reset the phone by going to the Settings, if you are not seeing an option that says "Erase Everything" you should be able to see there an option that says "Delete All". They may look different but it is just the same as to erase everything on your phone's content. If you cannot find the "Delete All" or "Erase Everything", you can do a Hard Reset on your phone instead that is equivalent to the soft reset from the steps you are following. If you want to save the contents to a computer, just use the Samsung Kies to back up your data - then restore later. See the steps how to: Use the Volume keys later for you to highlight then the home button to select the one you highlight.

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1. Turn off the device and wait for 10 seconds before doing a Hard Reset.

2. Press and hold Volume Up + Home Button then the Power on your phone. Wait for an Android logo to appear on your Samsung Galaxy S3 phone screen and let go of the buttons.

3. Select Wipe Data and Reset then YES to start. After the process, go back to the previous menu and select Reboot to restart the phone and restore all the files

After, your backup.

How do I clear out unwanted data without deleting it all? And is there data stored in cache or other places that's simply not needed?

I am running out of space on the hard drive and don't have enough space to download a new app.

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My Samsung Galaxy S3 LCD screen is broken and will not light up and I can't use the touch screen. I want to unlock my phone so that I can backup all my information to my computer and wipe it clean. How can I do that if I cannot unlock the phone or sync it to the Kies software?

My Samsung Galaxy S3 LCD screen is broken and will not light up and I can't use the touch screen. I want to unlock my phone so that I can backup all my information to my computer and wipe it clean. How can I do that if I cannot unlock the phone or sync it to the Kies software

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How do I reset my late husband's phone so I can sell it. I've already had the service discontinued?

How can I delete his information?

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I deleted photos I'd like to have back. How can I get them back?

Deleted photos I'd like to have back. How can I get them back?

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Just about to Factory Reset for re-sell, then realized I needed to save contact's details: where does they save to?

Just about to Factory Reset for re-sell, then realized I needed to save contacts details: where does it save to? I have it plugged into my PC but cannot find the .vcf file?

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I just fixed it but thank you a lot?

Thank you, I just fix it, I was trying to reset it to factory settings

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Yes, please help me! How to uninstall "Letgo", if uninstallation turns off the phone?

Yes, please help me! Just now I stupidly installed a service called "Letgo", mistakenly thinking that it is "Lego", and in a minute after I realized that and tried to uninstall it. It stops - turning off the phone and then saying "Unfortunately, VZWAVSService has stopped". How to get rid of it?

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