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How to reset most Android phones

Are you looking to sell your Android phone or give it away to a new owner? Maybe you’re experiencing a glitch or difficulty with your phone and you need to reset it or perhaps your phone has become too bogged down and you are looking to speed things back up with a fresh start.  Perhaps you’ve forgotten your password or phone has frozen. No matter the reason you need to reset your Android, we must warn you that performing an Android factory reset will delete all of your data and bring the software back to its original state. This means that all apps and data that are stored on your device will be deleted and gone forever. Be sure that you backup all of your important files and data before you start the reset process. This article will go over how to reset most Android phones with examples of the Sharp & LG smartphone.

Reset most Android phones through settings

The easiest way to reset most Android phones is to go through Settings.

• Ensure that your phone is either plugged in or has sufficient battery to last for the reset process

• Open Settings —> System —> Advanced —>Reset Options

• Once you are in Reset Options, hit Erase All Data (Factory Reset)

• Now tap Erase All Data and enter your pin, if prompted 

• Let your Android reset 

Use recovery mode

• Turn your phone off

• Press and hold the Power and Volume Down buttons at the same time until the screen starts

• A screen that says Start pointing at the power button will appear as well as text and navigation instructions 

• Now use the Power button to make your selections and the Volume keys to navigate

• Hit the Volume Down button until you see Recovery Mode and press the Power button to select it

• Now the phone will restart 

• Press and hold the Power button, then press the Volume Up button while continuing to hold the Power button 

• Using the Volume buttons, highlight Wipe Data/Factory Reset and press the Power button to select 

• Confirm by selecting Yes and let your phone reset 

• Once complete, select Reboot System Now

Hard reset for Sharp Android smartphones

• While the phone is off, hold the Sym button (found on the keyboard) and the Power button at the same time

• Once the Android boot screen pops up, highlight the Wipe Data/Factory Reset option using the Volume buttons. Then, use the Return key to make the selection

• Scroll down and choose Yes— Delete All User Data, using the Power key to confirm

• Select Reboot System Now and press Power key to confirm and let your phone reboot

Hard reset for LG Android smartphones

• Turn phone off

• Press and hold Volume Down button and Home button at the same time

• While holding the Volume Down button and Home button, press and hold the Power button

• Continue holding all three keys at the same time until you see the LG logo

• When you see the LG logo, let go of all three keys

• This will complete the reset on many LG phones

• You will now be given the option to select your language and can proceed setting up your phone

• If you are instead taken to a fast boot screen or another screen with different options then use the Volume Down key to scroll and highlight the Wipe Data/Factory Reset option then press the Menu key to make the selection

• Now you may see a confirmation screen. Use the Volume Down key to scroll and highlight Yes— delete all user data and press the Menu key to make the selection

• If you now see Reboot System Now option, select that using the Menu key

• The phone will now reboot and the hard reset will be finished 

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