Up to this date, every samsung Galaxy phone includes a “secret” hard reset Samsung mechanism inside them. This Samsung Hard Reset method includes the need for the user to input a secret code in the Android dial pad, as if it were a phone number to be dialed.
Actually this is a rather common way to introduce “secret” commands into your phone. In fact, Samsung has routinely implemented a plethora of “hidden” codes to perform different -rather technical- tasks, not only on their Galaxy line of phones, but on all of their phones.
Anyway, the specific code that performs a Samsung Hard Reset is *2767*3855#
The *2767*3855# code will Hard Reset your Samsung phone by performing the following internal steps: First it will reformat your firmware and then it will delete all your personal information and settings from it’s internal memory.
There is a second “secret code” which is a bit less drastic -but rather definite nonetheless- which is *#*#7780#*#*
This second code will limit the extent of the Hard Reset Samsung routine up to the deletion of all your data and apps only, efectively performing a Factory Default wipe out. As we understand it, this hard reset Samsung routine won’t fiddle with your phone’s firmware.
Hard Reset Samsung and other secret codes
*2767*3855# – Hard Reset
*#*#7780#*#* – Factory Reset
*#*#4636#*#* – Phone Information
*#*#7594#*#* – Change End Call/Power Option
*#*#197328640#*#* – Service Mode
*#*#0842#*#* – Device test (Vibration test and BackLight test)
Your Samsung Galaxy S3 may be quite powerful, but after some months of use and abuse -we know, you’ve been installing tons of apps and games- it may turn a bit unresponsive, or even start to freeze and / or give some errors on you. Maybe you are not having any trouble with it, but after some months of use, you may want to sell your Samsung Galaxy S3.
Actually it doesn’t matter why, but truth is that at some point of your Samsung Galaxy S3 life you will need to hard reset it turning into a factory default state. This means that it will be completely cleaned from your stuff: all your messages, contacts, installed games and apps … everything will be wiped out. Your phone will return into a “just bought” state.
Hard reset instrucctions for your Samsung Galaxy S3
You can invoke the hard reset routine in your Samsung Galaxy S3 from inside Android OS itself:
From your home screen, select your Settings menu
From your Settings Menu select BACKUP AND RESET
Select Factory Data Reset and confirm the process.
If your Android OS is unresponsive, don’t panic! You can start the hard reset process on your Samsung Galaxy S3 by pressing a combination of keys upon power up:
Turn off your Samsung phone.
Press and Hold your Volume UP, Power and Home buttons
When the phone logo appears, release the buttons.
Select Wipe Data / Factory Reset from the menu that will appear (you can navigate it with Volume UP / Volume Down buttons and select with Power button)
Confirm your Factory Reset procedure
By any of both methods you will end up with your Samsung Galaxy S3 completely clean and devoid of any data you may have stored before on it.
You may need to perform a hard reset into factory defaults on your Samsung Galaxy Note. Maybe you are selling it, or even it may happen that your Samsung galaxy Note is behaving erratically. Both situations may be fixed by performing a reset into factory defaults. This operation will leave your Samsung Galaxy Note just as when you took it out of the box for the first time. All your personal data including contacts, messages, installed apps and games will be gone.
Hard reset your Samsung Galaxy Note
An easy way to reset your Samsung Galaxy Note is by using the incuded option inside your Android operative system. You meed to use the settings menu, from your home screen. Inside Settings menu you need to scroll down into PRIVACY option and click it. Inside PRIVACY option you will find the “FACTORY DATA RESET” button.
A sure way for resetting your Samsung Galaxy Note
This second method involves the following steps:
Turn off your phone
Press and hold the Power, Lock and Reset buttons for about 15 seconds
A menu will appear listing your booting options
Scroll down and up by using the Volume Down and Up buttons.
Select the Recovery option
Your Samsung Galaxy Note will reboot into the Android logo with an exclamation mark.
At this time, press toghether the Volume Up and Down buttons.
Your Samsung Galaxy Note will change into a black background with some blue text
You can Scroll down with the volume down button and choose with the Power button to select.
Scroll into the Wipe Data & Factory Reset option and confirm it by pressing the Power button.
Confirm again the procedure by choosing YES – Delete all user data. This time you confirm by pressing again the Volume Down button.
It will take a bit of time for your Samsung Galaxy Note to perform the hard reset and reboot.
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Maybe you may need to send your Samsung Galaxy Nexus into a service or repair shop, or time has come to depart from it, as you may have sold your Nexus or even might give it away. In any of these situations you may want to factory default your Samsung Galaxy Nexus, getting rid of all your personal data, including contacts, messages, installed apps and games. Even -God forbid!- you might have ended up with a freezed unresponsive phone, or eventually slugish enough as not to be happy enough with it, maybe due to over installing stuff and over-customizing it’s settings. In these situations, your Samsung Galaxy Nexus will also benefit with the revival procedure of hard resetting Android.
Hard reset Samsung Galaxy Nexus from inside Android
If you still got access to your Android operative system inside your Samsung Galaxy Nexus, then you can invoke the hard reset Android procedure from the settings menu. Please follow these steps:
From your home screen, press the Apps button.
When the Apps tab is open, select Settings button.
From Settings menu, in Personal Section, please select Backup & Reset option
You need to decide if you want to backup your data and after your Samsung Galaxy Nexus is factory defaulted, get everyhing back, or not.
Press into the Factory Data Reset option.
A final warning text will appear, explaining what will happen, and below it you will find a confirmation button.
Confirm your hard reset.
Android’s hard reset procedure will take several minutes to run. When finished, your Samsung Galaxy Nexus will reboot and preset itself as if it just got out of its factory.
If your phone is unresponsive, or you don’t care to start it up into Android, or even you do not need to backup your data, as it turns out you only want to hard reset your Samsung Galaxy Nexus in a fool-proof’s forceful way, then you can follow these steps:Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the forceful way
Start with your phone powered off (if it is freezed, just take off the battery, wait some seconds and put it back in).
Press and Hold both Volume UP and DOWN buttons and press and hold the power button.
Keep them pressed until your Samsung Galaxy Nexus starts up into bootloader mode (an Android will appear with a door opened into it’s innards)
You will use your volume buttons to navigate into the different options and the power butto to choose: Select “Recovery Mode”
Your phone will reboot into “Recovery Mode”
Press and hold the Power Button and then press the volume UP button.
From the menu, select the “Wipe Data / Factory Reset” option
Confirm it by selecting YES and wait for several minutes.
Back into the menu, select “Reboot System Now”
Congratulations: You just done a hard reset on your Samsung Galaxy Nexus and now your phone is back into factory default.
The definitive way of erasing all your stuff from inside your Samsung Galaxy ACE is by doing a hard reset: When you reset Android, the process will erase all your contacts, messages, installed applications and games, leaving your Samsung Galaxy ACE as if it just had got out of Samsung factory. This is why this process is also called “to factory default” your Android phone. Please follow these instructions to accomplish it:
With the phone powered off, press and hod the following buttons, at the same time: Volume Up, Center / Enter button and Power button.
Your Samsung Galaxy ACE will boot into a factory menu. You can move between options from the menu with the Volume Down / Volume Up buttons.
You need to get into this RESTORE Menu and from there you need to select Wipe Data / Factory Reset
Select YES with the Select / Enter Button: phone will be factory restored.
After finishing, confirm the option REBOOT NOW to restart your Android phone
Wait some minutes (your Android phone needs to work a bit) and Voilá
You may need to perform a hard reset on your Samsung Galaxy Ace if you want to sell or give your phone away and you do not want your personal data to be left inside it when turning it over to the new owner.