How to Reset Android to Increase Space & Speed

Hard Reset AndroidA Reset of your phone means you are restoring your device software back to the normal as it came when you first purchase it. Generally there are two types of reset options available for you which are –

Soft Reset

The easiest way to reset your phone is to format the SD Card and formats your phone to factory default. By this way you can increase the storage space and speed up your mobile phone. The soft reset doesn’t require any assistance of technical guy or expert.

Hard Reset

If soft reset is not possible or it has interruption, then you can use the hard reset method to reset your mobile phone. Generally a hard reset to your mobile phone includes some codes or procedure to format and this method require a few idea and techies can easily do it. The process is equivalent of resinstalling an operating system on your PC. Note that data on your SD card still remains and you would need to follow another process to remove it.

With the hard reset, you need to redownload your apps and settings and follow the procedure mentioned below to get a hard reset for your phone –

  1. Turn Off your mobile phone.
  2. Hold the HOME button and RED Power button for 30 seconds until you see a triangle with an exclamation mark at the centre. Keep holding it even though the G1 logo shows up.
  3. Now you have the following four options –
    • ALT + L Toggle log text display between exclamation and menu options
    • ALT + S Apply SD card Update
    • ALT + W Wipe data and factory reset
    • HOME + BACK for reboot of your mobile

Reset Android Phone Video Tutorial

If you hard reset your mobile phone then you need to re-register your mobile phone. Generally hard reset is done when you have forgotten the Lock Pattern or the Unlock Password.

  • Oscar

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  • Teebald Wongbay

    my htc has pattern lock and i can’t do any thing on the phone

  • charles

    hard reset ones worked on my infinix X401….but now it isnt working again….when it worked,as soon as i reached d factory reset option,it hanged,and wouldnt do anything further….plz help me out

  • siva

    my LG optimus p 350 cannot hard reset please give me some suggetion

  • Jitendra Sahu

    the process to reboot into recovery mode of micromax A89
    my phone is pattern lock and mobile data is off so i am not able use gmail

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can hard reset the phone to get back the device to use

  • audra

    I have a sph m580 samsung that i can not remember my stupid new passwords lol please help me to reset my phone the power and home keys do not work for resettin this one thanks

  • kasim

    Galaxy Ace 5830i

    1) switch off mobile
    2) press volume key up, home button and power button(All these at a time). wait for few seconds.
    3)select factory reset.
    4) select yes to remove all data by using volume key up and down. Wait for a minute.
    5) Done,Congratulations.

  • Required

    I have a samsung galaxy s, i forgot my pin lock but still know my email and password for the phone. But i cant access the forgot password page???? Plz help me :'(

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can either reset via Google Account or can hard reset the device to get away with the password

  • Manu Gupta

    I forgot my password as well as security pattern . With the help of your instructions now i am out of trouble…thank you very much

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can reset the device from recovery mode

  • M cool j

    Hello this site is gud lol :-);-):$:-S:@:-P:-D:-o:-(B-):'(:-*

  • manuel

    sir neal i just want to ask about screen lock because i forgot my screen lock patterns how can i open my samsung galaxy tablet? thank you

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can probably contact the service provider

  • Vimal

    How Do i hard reset my mobile ?? Model : Hauwai 8160/ VOdafone 858 Smart..
    Problem: Too many Pattern Attempts (I forgot my pass).. Please Help me.

    • Pradeep Neela

      Press and hold VOLUME UP to press the power button for entering your device in the Recovery Mode

  • Sergio_g49

    how to hard reset a droid 3??? so hard and whats the home button

  • Anand9892 2008

    how to hard reset sony xperia play r880x

  • shivam

    I hve funbook…..same problem..hlp me

  • Liam

    How do i do it on Huawei?

  • Brook

    How do you hard reset a Samsung Galaxy Q

  • pavneet

    how to hard reset xperia s plz say

  • tde

    I have an android motorola and i had a pattern pin on it & locked myself out and I don’t have a google account to get on what do I do?

  • alisha

    i turn the phone off then click home and the power button and it turns it on and goes back to the menu, HELP!

  • Hardik

    Volume up down button is not working on my micromax funbook…for hard reset

  • disqus_JlvFuquVRw

    my friend tried unlocking my android Avail by the pattern and tried it to many times and completely locked it up and i forgot my username and password to my gmail account.

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can make use of forgot password and security options

  • Samuel Enrique Giron Rios

    how do i reset a g2, not the mytouch.

  • Jentice

    Worked well for my HTC G1……. I was about to cry

  • chibo

    how to hard reset mini xperia st 15i

    • Pradeep Neela


  • Ali

    sir I forget the lock pattren but when i signin my account my wlan is off so its not working please tell me how can i hard reset my htc amaze 4g

  • Dustin Schuler

    how to hard reset galaxy s2

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can reset galaxy s2 from recovery mode

      • elsonteng

        wat is the mean of recovery mode? where can i enter to the mode ?

        • Pradeep Neela

          its mentioned in the article on how to enter the device in the recovery mode

  • naresh

    shall i turn off my mobile phone n den press home n red button..?

    • Pradeep Neela

      yes you need to reset the phone

  • Sana Khan

    I have samsung galaxy y young GT S5360
    Is Shows
    Too many pattern attempts!
    to unlock sign in with your google account.

    but I forgott mu username and password
    plz help me
    how can I reset my mobile.
    Send Manual Please

  • Sana Khan

    I have Samsung Galaxy Y young, GT S5360,
    It ShowsToo Many Pattern Attempts!To Unlock Sign in with your Google acount. but I forgott my username and passwordhow can I reset my soft reset or by hard reset.please send me manual for reset my mobile.

  • Ximena9

    My phone is a my touch q. I dont have any “Red Power Buttons” And i Have in the front for buttons are Options Home Return And Geniouse button. :L

  • M_jamil

    i have a xperia x8 it dnt work

  • M_jamil

    i have a xperia x8 it dnt work

  • Ashley0709

    what if your android phone does not have a red power button? we have a samsung replenish

    • Pradeep Neela

      the red power button means the call cancel key!

    • Pradeep Neela

      the red power button means the call cancel key!

  • alex

    i got an android with no home buttun and i got the power butten and th hand up butten and need to know what do i do

  • Britney

    hi i have an samsung android phone my daughter locked my phone by to many pattern attemps and i forgot my gmail account.. can u please help me

  • Shansain

    thanks!!!!! it saved me 300 pesos! wooohoo!

  • max

    it really helped thanx.. !!! :)

  • ruez

    i cant remember how to open the galaxy ace gt-5830 i cant open.. can you help me!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jamie

    i held the power button and the home button for ages and my phone just turner on and no triangle with an explaination mark in the middle showed up

  • Tamira

    I did everything I was instructed. I see the triangle and the exclamation mark inside of it and I also see the android little robot. I held it longer and nothing no options came up. What am I suppose to do now? Please help me!!

  • Sebastian

    I have no coverage on the phone when I did as it stood how do I get coverage? respond quickly please

  • Tina

    I want to reset my samsung galaxy 2, but there is no red button there. What should I press on to reset?

  • sharan

    Hi i am really confused? If i hard reset my phone do i have to register it after?

  • jones

    will this work for my verizon motorola droid razor

  • niko

    hi i brrought a samsumg galaxy ace s5830 off a mate but in has a password code i dont no wat it is and he moved away is there anyway i can rid of the old password plez help ivehad it for 4 months

  • Amk

    hey how can i enter the recovery mode by samsung galaxy s2 gti9100

  • hayden

    How do I do it on a Xperia x10 , I tried to factory data reset but can’t because I forgot the lock pattern & don’t know the g mail password ?

  • mic-mic custodio

    i have the same problem with my samsung galaxy young, where is the red button? where can i find it in my device?

  • Kaytee

    UHM HI, I have an HTC Status and the only home button on it is touch screen one and no triangle is showing up…

  • Karina

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! My child brutally put on a pattern lock…although i had hidden my phone…he’s a 2 year old, of course, he didn’t even have clue. But also there wasn’t an option to enter my google account. And *2767*3855# also didn’t work i the emergency call pad…wow, ”ALT + W Wipe data and factory reset” did it just fine…so again, thank you. :))

  • Hemant karki

    i have samsung galaxy y and i forget the unlock pattern and gmail account can i solve this problem?

  • al-francis

    pls sir help me with my samsung galaxy s2 the step that you mention on the other phone’s dont apply at all… you see i first turn off the unit the press the volume down up and press the power button and then it appers the same thing the same menu that require the acct. info of my google pls help me sir… this phone is new

  • Waseem

    I have samsung galaxy s2 and my friend lock the pattern i have reset my google id bt it doesnot work. Now i have tried to hard reset but the screen still showing downloading for more than 1 hour. Can somebody help me in this regards

    • carmen

      my phone says too that it’s downloading ,but nothing changes, only downloading… Do not turn off target is on the screen. what should i do?

      • Pradeep Neela

        connect your phone to the computer with the help of original usb cable while keeping odin opened in your pc.

  • Marlon

    I have a sony ericsson wt19i, does anyone know how to hard reset this one?

  • seafishy

    I have a Samsung Galaxy Q. There’s no red power button, so how can I reset my phone?

    • Pradeep Neela

      you can make use of the call disconnection button!

  • Rebecca

    I have a samsung galaxy s2 and I have forgotten my passcode, and it’s not working. where is the red botton? plz help me!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      you need to enter into the recovery mode and clear the cache!

  • srinivas

    How to hard set

    • Pradeep Neela

      which phone you are using?……..

  • Kun

    Hi there.

    i was wondering if any one would know how to fix a problem i have. well I have a Samsung Galaxy Y DUOS (young) when i have placed a pattern lock on it i didn’t activate a Gmail Account. so when i turn it on all i can see is the 9 pattern Dots, and a tab the says emergency call. I have forgotten my pattern and I was hoping if there was any way to reset the whole phone clean???

    so Plz Reply.

  • vishal

    i have a galaxy s2…… & my problem is tht i cant download from android market….. download never gets started….. so any solutions guys………..please…..

  • vishal

    i have a galaxy s2…… & my problem is tht i cant download from android market….. download gets started….. so any solutions guys………..please…..

  • Rene Francois

    my samsyng galaxy tab GT-P1000 doex not recognise my password although I know it. How can I reset it

  • kundana

    pls help me

  • kundana

    hi, i have samsung galaxy y i forgot my unlock pattern pls help me now

  • rutthhhh says hi

    i forgot my pattern code and gmail account and i dont know how to fix it and i have a LG Optimus V from virgin mobil please help!),:

  • dude

    i have the optmus slider for virgin mobile and this was not helpful at all….. -.- . what do i do? does it even work?

  • Clive chappell

    Hi my daughter has locked her phone by forgetting the password, it now says to many pattern attempts, her gmail and password is not being accepted either, have followed ur procedue to hard reset but this doesn’t work on ther htc incredible s please help!!!
    Thank you

  • navdeep

    will this work with a samsung galaxy prevail
    plz help!!!!

  • sathyadevil

    yaaa maaan wata maan … its really working … i struggled for three days … thankx mann

  • radhika

    i have a samsung galaxy y, what is the RED POWER BUTTON ? and where it is located on my mobile?

    • Pradeep Neela

      its the call disconnnect button!

  • alfredo

    i have a tmobile mytouch 3g
    and i forgot my passcode and i dont know gmail account either
    how can i get in

    • Pradeep Neela

      enter into the recovery mode and wipe the data!

  • Tiahna

    i have a samsung galaxy wonder, (w)
    and i forgot my passcode and i dont know gmail account either, its my brand new phone, im so sad :( HELP, PLEASE!!!!

    • Pradeep Neela

      turn off the phone, press volume down up button and press the power button to enter into the recovery mode. in recovery mode, clear all the data, it will not ask the pass code

      • skodengman

        hey..this cudnt help my galaxy w…..pls help :)

  • maryan

    thanks a lot . it works . i have my cell back

  • Elizabeth

    I have a T Mobile Samsung Galaxy S 2and I don’t have an actual menu button so somebody please tell me how to reset my phone. T Mobile wants to charge me 30 bucks to do it and I want to try to just clear it out by myself before I pay. Somebody please help me!

    • Pradeep Neela

      just enter into the recovery mode and clear all the cache and wipe the data! simple! You saved your $30 :)

  • mary

    have a verzion Android phone

    • Pradeep Neela

      please root the same and use apps2sd app from play store

  • mary

    the only thing i can do is when people call me i can answer but nothing else

  • mary

    what if i forgotten my pattern password and my user name on my gmail and there no way i cant get in my phone at all .

  • Bips

    my samsung galaxy s2 SGH T989 got locked after wrong pattern for several times, i tried to log in with gmail, but it says wrong username or password infact it is correct and work on computer, i also tried hard reset and still not working..what shall i do to unlock?

  • Eugene Takyi

    fanks alot i just fixed ma mobile phone by following you i was goin to pay huge sums of money to fix it

  • ruliqanamy

    my phone juz lock for 2 days.i enter the recovery mode but it dont work anyting.cnnot be i want to clear it.???i cant remember my id gmail n using galaxy ace..

    • Neela Pradeep

      enter into the recovery mode and clear off the data and cache! factory reset!

      • mary

        can you read my problems something wrong with my phone

  • anshul jain

    i forget id
    plz solution

  • heidi

    my daughter has forgotten her pattern password and wont let her sign in to gmail on her phone but she can do on a laptop can you please help???????

  • aamir

    i have samsung galaxy nexus and it does not have a home button …just a power button so wht do i do..////////?????

  • abdul

    hello,,,i have a galaxy s2 i forget my unlock pattern and my gmail account pleas help me thank u

  • Jason

    Hi,i have a galaxy y and my brother tries to use my phone when i was away and it end up locked.
    I forgot my ID for the phone,so,help plsss~~

    • Neela Pradeep

      enter the recovery mode and clear the cache!

      • Muhammad Imran

        how to enter in recovery mode?

        • Neela Pradeep

          which phone it is?

          • al-francis

            ey sir neela how can i use the soft reset style on my samsung galaxy s2? the problem is i dont remember the password of my google acct. and i lost track of the pattern so can you help me reset it or open it that i will not have to lose my sd data

      • kundana

        hi i forgot my unlock patttern

  • john s1985

    the hard reset doesnt work on my samsung galaxy s2 can anyone help?

    • Neela Pradeep

      any error message you are getting?

      • intan

        hi.. i’ve tried to do the hard reset. but, nothing happened. after pressing home n off button for almost a min, nothing turn on. what should i do now? please help me..

  • Julie

    With the hard reset, you need to redownload your apps and settings and follow the procedure mentioned below to get a hard reset for your phone –
    1.Turn Off your mobile phone.
    2.Hold the HOME button and RED Power button for 30 seconds until you see a triangle with an exclamation mark at the centre. Keep holding it even though the G1 logo shows up.
    3.Now you have the following four options – ■ALT + L Toggle log text display between exclamation and menu options
    ■ALT + S Apply SD card Update
    ■ALT + W Wipe data and factory reset
    ■HOME + BACK for reboot of your mobile

    HINT ***use the volume bar on the lefthand side of the phone to toggle between options

    This is the best advice website, it saved me $66 and a trip to the repairers that only took me 2 minutes to complete myself.
    Thankyou so much

  • Don

    Hello, I have a Galaxy Y and I forgot my unlock pattern and my Gmail account. Please help me. :(

    • janjan

      @Don, me too! help us guys pls pls pls i havent used my phone for like a month already! help meeeeeeee ;-(

    • suzi

      same here

  • Asad Bukhari

    today i had same issue. i have samsung galaxy s2. i was entering right username and pasword but i didnt work. but suddenly it worked after so many tries.. so try your username and pasword again n again (gmail) and it will work for sure. :-)

    • Tems

      Bro after you press volume down up button and press the power button, how do you enter recovery mode?

      • Pradeep Neela

        which phone you are using?

        • Tems

          Samsung galaxy fit gt-s5670

        • Tems

          Samsung Galaxy Fit GT-S5670 please help bro

        • Tems

          Samsung Galaxy Fit S5670 its still showing the google account username & password

        • jacob

          okay man im using a inq cloud and im locked out and i cant get into it an i dont knw my gmail and i tryed to hard reset an its not working what do i do

      • Pradeep Neela

        which phone you are using?!!

        • Tems

          Can I bypass the username?

          • Pradeep Neela

            no you cannot bypass

          • tit

            i forgot draw lock pattern,how to reset and back,phon is Huawei8500,pls

        • alone jsd

          samsung omnia w

  • Anna

    re-register my mobile phone ?
    sry im not so good in this…
    how do i re-register it? go back to the shop where i get it?
    And what if i dont register it?
    pls help me… =( THX =)

    • NeaL Pradeep

      have you tried removing the account and adding the same again?

      • jhoshua

        sir what is recovery mode and where can i find it in my galaxy y?

        sir please help me T_T

        • Neela Pradeep

          press the menu button and power button when phone is turned Off!

  • Lucy

    hi, does this work with galaxy s2 I don’t know the screen lock code?

    • NeaL Pradeep

      yes it will work

      • jhoshua

        sir where is the red power button?

  • Joe S.

    In none of these reset articles does it say whether OS updates would be wiped too. I bought my Samsung Galaxy tab 7 with android 2.2 on it, but it now has 2.3.3 and I want to go back to 2.2 (to make it useable again). I can’t work out whether these reset procedures would revert the OS, or just data. I’d be wasting a huge amount of time doing this factory reset only to find that I still have gingerbread at the end of it, but no apps or data.

  • michelle

    I can’t remember my pattern and my email will not work how can I regain access to my sprint HTC EVO 4G cell phone. Please if you no of any other way for me to get on my phone?

  • sunil

    I am using galaxy ace GT-S5830.I bought it unlocked from my friend from america.I am user from nepal
    If i set this mobile to the factory setting, will i need to unlock it again. If so how it is possible to unlock being in Nepal…
    plz answer

    • NeaL Pradeep

      you can unlock by updating the firmware from our site!

    • moe

      no you wont need to unlock again

  • Umer

    Hi Neal,,can not apply SD card erase,,do not know what’s the reason,,SD card is not highlighted on my SGS,,so that i can select it. I am currently on XXJVQ and its rooted.