How to Factory Reset your Samsung Galaxy S5

Are you experiencing some issues with your Samsung Galaxy S5? Maybe it’s running a little slow lately or some error message keeps on popping up when you are using it. In cases like this you may want to do a factory reset on your device. What this procedure does is it returns your phone to the condition when you first bought it except of course for the Android software version which will be the latest update.




A factory reset however should be the last course of action that you should take when troubleshooting your device. You should consider other courses of action first such as rebooting your phone or clearing the cache and data of a particular app. You should also try starting your phone in   Safe Mode first to check if the issue gets resolved. The reason why this is recommended as the last option is that it erases everything in your device. This means that you will have to back up your data first and once the procedure is done you will have to restore your data and install your apps.

There are two ways to perform a factory reset which is shown below. (It is important that you backup your data first before performing this procedure.

Galaxy S5 factory reset using Settings menu
  • From any Home screen, tap Apps.
  • Tap Settings.
  • Scroll to 'USER AND BACKUP,' then tap Backup and reset.
  • If desired, tap Automatic restore to clear the check box.
  • If desired, tap Back up my data to clear the check box.
  • Tap Factory data reset.
  • Tap Reset device.
  • If you have screen lock turned on, enter your PIN or password.
  • Tap Continue.
  • Tap Delete all

Galaxy S5 factory reset using hardware keys
  • Turn off the device.
  • Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time: Volume Up key, Home key, Power key.
  • When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and the Home key.
  • When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  • Press the Volume down key several times key to highlight 'wipe data / factory reset.'
  • Press Power button to select.
  • Press the Volume down key until 'Yes -- delete all user data' is highlighted.
  • Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
  • When the master reset is complete, 'Reboot system now' is highlighted.
  • Press the Power key to restart the device.

You can choose either of the two procedures above as they will have the same end result. The factory reset using hardware keys is done when your phone is unresponsive and you can’t navigate to its menu choices.

Hopefully this guide will come in handy the next time your Samsung Galaxy S5 acts up
How to Factory Reset your Samsung Galaxy S5 How to Factory Reset your Samsung Galaxy S5 Reviewed by Chad Buenaflor on 9/14/2014 12:54:00 PM Rating: 5

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