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How to Delete Personal Info from Android Phone by Factory Data Reset

Since the phone you have is your personal property, you might be storing many of your personal details. Smartphones comes with many of the features that you can add to your mobile phone and many users add their personal information like Google account, email account, bank details, credit card number, etc.,.

Then are many situations in which you might require to have a factory reset on your phone. When you are selling your handset to some one else, its advised that you do a factory reset on your mobile phone in order that your personal contacts are not known by others. Also when you feel that your phone is very slow in responding then you can go with factory data reset on your phone. Deleting the information manually will take a lot of time and so it’s advised to go with a factory reset on the phone. But wait a minute, before you proceed with the factory reset you should backup everything on your mobile phone.

Backing up Data

Before going with the factory data reset on your mobile phone, there are some pre requisites to be fulfilled. With Soft reset on your phone, you will be erasing all the data or the content on your phone. If you take the backup of what is present on your phone it can be easily restored on the other Android smartphones. Here are the effective way to backup most of the things on your phone –

SMS – Use “SMS Backup & Restore app”,
ContactsSync with the Gmail application,
Call Log – Call Log and Restore,
Songs, Videos, Files – Copy to internal / External SD Card,
APN and MMS Settings – Note down from the path “Applications > Settings > Wireless and Network > Mobile Networks > Access Point Names

So once when you are done with the backup, we would be proceeding to factory reset your phone.

Factory Data Reset on Android

When you are ready follow the below procedure to proceed with factory reset on your mobile phone –

  • From the home screen on your mobile phone, tap on the Menu button, then proceed with Settings and then tap on Privacy.Settings
  • Under Privacy you will find the option of Factory Data Reset.Data Reset option
  • You will be ask to read the disclaimer and when you are read that tap on Reset Phone.Data Reset
  • It will take some time to reset your phone and once it’s done, it will reboot automatically.
  • That’s it, its done.

Once the factory reset is done, you will find that your phone is just like a brand new one and it will be faster than previous usage. I hope things went perfectly with your phone in this guide. This guide is not just for the Samsung powered Android smartphones but this can be applied to any smartphone which is powered with Android operating system regardless of the Android version included in it.

6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. nandkumar

    March 24, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    nandkumar says:
    March 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm
    I followed the procedure for factory data reset as explained by you. The phone has reset and is working like new as you mentioned. However, the data on SD card is not read or restored on the phone. On connecting to the computer, the SD card is showing the files and apps. However, the same is not seen on phone. What could be the problem and the solution?

    Please let me know whether you are going to answer my above query posted on 20th March 2012?

    • Neela Pradeep

      March 24, 2012 at 2:06 pm

      which phone you are using and how this happened? please explain in brief!

  2. nandkumar

    March 21, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Please urgently reply to my difficulty asked you yesterday 20th March.

  3. nandkumar

    March 20, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    I followed the procedure for factory data reset as explained by you. The phone has reset and is working like new as you mentioned. However, the data on SD card is not read or restored on the phone. On connecting to the computer, the SD card is showing the files and apps. However, the same is not seen on phone. What could be the problem and the solution?

    • Yogesh Patel

      March 20, 2012 at 6:24 pm

      That issue happened to me as well. The reason is that your SD card is corrupted and you need to format it or it might not be working. I haven’t fixed mine yet.

  4. Kavita

    March 18, 2012 at 7:12 am

    Nice Comparison Sir. Its very informative…
    🙂

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