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How to factory reset a Galaxy S5

Are you looking to trade your phone in and get something new? Before you pass it on to someone else, you’ll want to make sure that it’s wiped clean. Maybe you’re bumping up against some Galaxy S5 problems that you can’t seem to resolve. You might find that a fresh start is what you need. Either way it’s time to factory reset your Galaxy S5.

You should make sure that your Galaxy S5 is fully charged before you begin.

Don’t forget to back up

Before you think about wiping your Galaxy S5, make sure you have backed up all of your precious files. You can back up basic data in Settings > Backup & reset. For the rest of your files you can use a backup app or service. You get 15GB of space in the cloud with Google Drive and there are many alternatives.

Encrypt data first?

A security firm recently revealed that it is possible to recover some data after a factory reset, but you can take a precautionary step to prevent this from being possible before you reset the phone. If you’re selling your S5 or passing it on to someone else then we recommend encrypting it first.

Go to Settings and choose Security listed in the System section. Choose Encrypt device and follow the onscreen instructions, select a password, and it may prompt you to plug in the charger. This process can take an hour, or more. Once it is complete, you can follow the instructions below.

How to factory reset a working Galaxy S5

Pull down the notification shade and tap the gear icon to bring up Settings. Choose Backup and reset listed under User and Backup and choose Factory data reset.

Double check that everything is backed up and then tap Reset device at the bottom of the screen. Tap Delete all on the next screen and wait for the process to complete and the phone to reboot. You’re done.

How to factory reset a Galaxy S5 using hardware keys

If you find that the touchscreen is unresponsive, there’s a problem accessing the menu, or maybe you forgot your pattern lock, then you can still factory reset your S5 using the hardware keys.

  1. Turn the Galaxy S5 off.
  2. Now press and hold the Volume up button, the Home button, and the Power button together until you see the Android on screen.
  3. Now use Volume down to highlight the wipe data/factory reset option and press the Power button to select it.
  4. Use Volume down again to highlight Yes – delete all user data and press Power to select it.
  5. Wait until you see the reboot system now option and then use the Power button to select it.
  6. When the S5 restarts it should be completely wiped and ready to set up again.