How to Format your Android Mobile Phones

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Jan 8, 2024

How to reset your phone?

The generic steps for factory reset will involve the below similar steps:

  • Go to the Settings app in your phone and find System.
  • Select Reset Option.
  • Reset option usually features erase all data button. Please click on it to format your phone. The page also mentions in detail what all data will be deleted during a factory reset.
  • If you have a PIN or a Passcode for your phone enabled, you will have to enter the same here.
  • Review the warning and proceed to start deleting your data from the phone.
Your data will be deleted completely, and factory reset will be complete. Most of the steps are similar for all android phones. The only difference is in location of the factory reset option. We will now take you through various brands and their factory reset steps.

How to reset my phone – Samsung models?

Follow the below steps to format your phone:
  • Open the Settings app in your Samsung smartphone.
  • Now look for ‘General Management’ option from the list. You will need to scroll down to find the same.
  • Now select Reset>Factory Data Reset. The screen will show you all the data which will be deleted. Review the list and see if you have backups for all your important data.
  • Scroll down and hit ‘Delete all.’
  • If you have assigned a password for your Samsung account and are signed in with the same, you will be asked to enter the same password and then proceed with the reset.

How to reset Android phone – Xiaomi?

Xiaomi phones offer factory reset option right on the top of the Settings app. Therefore, it is easier to reset your Xiaomi phone.
  • Open your Settings app.
  • Click on ‘About phone’ option.
  • Scroll down. You will be able to locate ‘Factory Reset’ option right below ‘Back up and restore’ option. Click on ‘Factory Reset.’
  • It will show the details of data which is going to be deleted like Accounts, Contacts, Photos and Videos, Apps, Backups, and Other items on the device. Review this list.
  • Now click on ‘Erase all data.’
  • You will have to enter your password/PIN.
  • Post that, you will receive an alert asking for confirmation. Click on ‘Next’ and your data will be wiped off from the phone.

How to factory reset OnePlus phones?

The steps are similar to other Android brands. Let’s take a look.
  • Go to Settings app>Additional Settings.
  • Scroll down and find ‘Back up and reset.’
  • Tap on ‘Erase all data (Factory Reset).’
  • Now again select ‘Erase all data’ and put in your password/pin/pattern.
  • Select ‘Erase data.’
Your phone will be reset with all data deleted.

How to format Realme phones?

The steps for Realme phones are very similar to OnePlus phones. Please refer the Oneplus section to factory reset your Realme phones.

How to reset Vivo Phones?

Another leading Android phone is Vivo. Here are the steps to reset your Vivo phone:
  • Head over to the Settings app in your phone.
  • Scroll down to find ‘System Management.’
  • Under System Management option, click on ‘Backup/reset.’
  • Now click on ‘Erase all data.’
  • You will have to enter your password or pin.
  • Now again select ‘Erase data.’ Your data will be deleted.

How to format an Oppo Android phone?

The steps to format your Oppo phone are similar to OnePlus and Realme phones. Please refer to the OnePlus section to know the detailed steps to factory reset your phone.

How to reset android phone when locked?

You might have to go for a factory reset if your phone is frozen or can’t be turned on. In this case, you need to perform a factory reset in the ‘Recovery Mode.’

A factory reset in recovery mode acts in the same way as normal reset. All your data will be deleted. Therefore, we advise to keep backing up your data regularly.

The steps for factory setup in recovery mode are:

  • You need to press Volume up + power key + Home button at the same time.
  • This command will lead you to the Recovery mode. Here, you will have the option to wipe the data/factory reset. Use the volume keys to navigate up and down.
  • You can confirm or enter with the power key.

Pointers to keep in mind before factory reset

As mentioned before, a factory reset will totally wipe off everything from your smartphone. It is an irreversible decision. Therefore, you should be very sure before going for a complete reset.

Here are a few pointers you need to tick off before a factory reset:

  • Make sure you have a VCF backup file for all your contacts. Transfer them to a different device than your phone or sim card.
  • Take a backup of your gallery on your google or apple cloud account to not lose them during the factory reset. If some of the photos are not synched recently, make it a priority to back them up first.
  • If you are a person who makes important notes in the Notes app, back it up to your cloud or copy the information in another device.
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