Soft Reset - In the unlikely event that your device becomes unresponsive, frozen, blank or black screen, or will not respond to the power button, you can perform a force restart on the device by following the steps below.
Press and hold the Power button for 10 - 20 seconds, the device will restart and go through the boot-up sequence.
Note: The forced restart or reboot will not delete any data on your phone.
Resetting your phone erases all data and brings it back to out-of-the-box condition. This data will be erased from the phone:
- Google account
- Media (music, photos, videos)
- System settings and data
- App settings and data (including text messages)
- Downloaded apps
Before you reset
- Back up your data.
If your phone works and you can unlock it, be sure to:
- Copy your photos, videos, and music to a computer or to cloud storage.
- Make sure that any changes you made to contacts or calendar are synced to an account.
- Make sure you have your security information:
- The username for a Google account on your phone. (Settings > Accounts)
- The password for that Google account. If you've forgotten the password, you can reset it. Wait 24 hours before resetting the phone if you reset your password.
- If you set a screen lock, make sure you know the PIN, pattern, or password.
To erase all data and reset your phone:
- Go to Settings > System > Backup.
- If you’re resetting because you suspect a third-party app is causing problems, turn off Back up to Google Drive. Instead of automatically restoring apps after the reset, you’ll want to restore them one at a time to determine which is causing the problem.
- Touch , then touch Advanced > Reset options > Erase all data (factory reset).
If you can’t access Settings, do an external reset.
- Charge your battery 30% or more.
- Turn off the phone.
- Press and hold the Volume Down button and the Power button at the same time until the phone turns on.
- Press the Volume Down button until you see Recovery mode.
- Press the Power button to restart in Recovery mode.
- If you see an Android robot with a red exclamation mark, press and hold the Power button, then press and release the Volume Up button to display the menu options.
- Use the Volume buttons to scroll to Wipe data/factory reset, then press the Power button to select it.
- Use Volume buttons to scroll to Yes, then press the Power button to select it.
- Use Volume buttons to scroll to an option and press the Power button to select it:
- Userdata only: preserves personalized content shipped with your phone, including power up message, image, wallpaper, and ringtones
- Userdata + personalized content: deletes all content and data
Allow several seconds for the reset to complete.
- Use Volume buttons to scroll to Reboot system now, then press the Power button to select it.
Allow several minutes for the reboot to complete. If the phone doesn't finish rebooting, press & hold the Power button until the screen turns dark, then release it to power up normally.
- If you reset your phone because you suspect a third-party app is causing problems, when you set up the phone again, be sure you don't copy all apps. Then, restore one app at a time and use the phone for a while. If the phone has no issues, install the next app and retest.
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