Do a Hard Reset on Android Devices

Edited by Jen M, Dougie, Jasmina, Maria

If you have an Android device, Smartphone or tablet, and you have forgotten your pass-code/number pass-code, pretty much whichever it is. There is only one way at this time to get in, and that is to do a Hard Reset.

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    That is going to erase all your data
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    So it will bring your phone back to being like a brand new phone out of the box. There was a way to crack this. You had to push the emergency button that was only on certain Android phones. You click the emergency button or the emergency call and do a couple things here and push the power button. But the good thing is that Android updated all their software, so you are not able to do that. That is a good thing because if your phone ever gets lost or stolen, no one is going to be able to retrieve your data.
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    Even if there is a way now to crack into this device without losing anything, it shouldn't be posted for privacy reasons, to keep from thieves getting your data
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    So, you have forgotten your pass-code or your number code, so you need to get in and do a Hard Reset
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    Pretty much, all the phones are similar. Depending on what phone you have, you may have a different way to do it. For instance I am using the Samsung Galaxy S3, it has 3 buttons that you have to hold down. For example on your phone you may only have 2 buttons, like the volume up and down and the power. With the Galaxy S3, what you have to do is hold the volume up and the home button.
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    So, I am going to show you now how to do a Hard Reset on this phone
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    The first thing you have to do is reboot the phone.
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    What you want to do is power it off completely
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    Let it shut down
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    I will continue once my phone has completely shut off
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    OK, so my phone is completely off now. As I said, this is the Samsung Galaxy S3, different phones will have different combinations. For the Galaxy S3 or at least allot of the Galaxy, what you're going to want to do now, hold the up of volume button.
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    At the same time, hold down the Home button
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    At the same time, hold down the Power button
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    You want to wait till you see this little blue text, or for some of you depending on your phone, will have a little Android guy
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    As soon as you see that you can let everything go.
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    Now from here
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    To navigate on here, you would push the volume key up or down
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    So for instance, on here what we want to go to is where it says 'White data Factory Reset'
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    In order to select that, we have to push the power button
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    From here, what we want to do is go all the way down to 'Delete all user data'
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    So remember, once you do this it is going to delete everything on your phone, pictures/files/apps, whatever you have on there is going to be deleted
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    Now this is going to make your phone like brand new as if you have just taken it out of the box. So I am going to select this and press the Power button.
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    Now I am going to wait for it to go throw this little process here
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    Now it says 'Wiping data, Formatting data'.
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    OK, so it says here on the bottom 'Data wipe complete'
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    Then what we want to do is reboot our cell phone now
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    It says 'Reboot system now' it is already on there.
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    And what I do is press the Power button again
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    Now let this boot back up
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    From here it should be pretty much like a brand new phone
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    All the data is wiped off. There is nothing on here as if it is a brand new phone out of the box. And of course from here you have to go throw your introductory phase
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    Just you do the couple beginning steps on here
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    Now, this is the only way as of right now to bypass your code. Like I said if there is another way to bypass that pass-code without losing your data, it should not be Posted anywhere on the internet.
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    So if you guys need any help with anything, just comment in the bottom, and I will get back to you when I can
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    Thanks. Bye
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Questions and Answers

MID- Android tablet,won't reboot...I did everything right to get the tablet into recovery mode but when the time comes for reboot I select reboot system and nothing happens?

Hi, I was trying to recover my tablet so I did all the things with volume+- , did the recovery but every time I end with reboot system now appears an Android in the center of the screen and that is it....it can stay like that for days....uhh than I tried with volume+ and power button and shows " misdone ... So the system will be a recovery for 20,19.....sec and appears down Android ( erase.......) and again the Android in the center will appear..... Please tell me what can I do ,if is there something to be done?. Sorry for my English and thank you. Sorry but maybe I didn't understand the article or I miss the right one.So please can you send me please the link so I can see what have I missed ????

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Recent edits by: Jasmina, Dougie, Jen M

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