There are two oficial ways to reset Android on Google Nexus 7, version 2013.
Any of those ways will ensure that your Android Tablet will go back to it’s factory settings. They only differentiate from each other in the steps you have to execute for each of them.
You will decide which one to use depending on the status of your Google Nexus 7.
If you have full access to it’s menues, you will use the method that uses software to reset Android on your tablet. If, on the other hand, you do not have access to your Google Nexus 7, for instance if you forgot your lock pattern, you will have to use the method that uses hardware to go through with the steps.
Independently of the method you will use, make sure the battery of your Google Nexus is charged at least at 70%, so that your device does not power off during the procedure.
Reset Android on Google Nexus 7 using software
To reset Android using this method you will ned to have access to the Settings menu of your Google Nexus 7. Follow these steps:
- Go to “Settings“
- In personal, touch “Backup & Reset“
- In Personal data touch “Factory Data Reset“
- Touch “Reset Tablet“
- If your tablet is password or PIN protected, you will be asked to enter it at this point.
- Touch “Erase Everything” to completely clean your Google Nexus 7 device.
Your device will reset itself and by the time it goes back on it will be as out of the box.
Reset Android on Google Nexus 7 using hardware
- Turn off your tablet
- Press and hold down the Volume Down and Power button at the same time until the word “Start” shows up on the screen
- Use the Volumen Down button to move down through the menu until “Recovery mode“
- Press the Power button to select “Recovery mode“. At this point a red Android robot will show up on your screen.
- Keep holding down the Power button and press the Volume Up button
- Use the Volume Buttons to move up and down the menu to “Wipe data/Factory Reset” and use the Power button to select the option.
- Use the Volume Buttons to scroll down to “Yes – erase all user data” and select the option with the Power button.
If at any point your tablet becomes unresponsive, you can restart it by holding down the power button for a few seconds.
You’re done! You have now reset Android on your Google Nexus 7 tablet!
Elusive art of Hard Resetting your Nexus 7 Tablet
So, you bought a new Google Nexus 7 Tablet. Immediately, you configured it for the somewhat novel and fun (yes, sure you are still thinking about it as fun) gesture and / or face recognition unlock pattern. For a time, you are quite happy about your Nexus 7. But, inevitably, maybe at work, at school, or even in your own home, someone grabbed your Nexus 7 and used up all its unlock pattern retries trying to get into Android. Now you got your Nexus 7 tablet locked, asking for you to enter your google account password in order to reset it’s retry counter and let you get in.
There is a tiny detail in this scenario, bumping the “perversity level” up a notch: Last time you used your Nexus 7, you turned off it’s WIFI connection in order to conserve energy. So, now, as Murphy law dictates, when you enter your google’s account passwords, your Nexus 7 tablet has no means of checking it up against Google’s website (and as it happens, your Nexus 7 Android OS seems to be dumb enough not to actually turn WIFI on).
The only effective solution, as most users under this situation writes about, is to RMA it into Google . They make you pay for a hard reset fee, and return your Nexus 7 to you after factory defaulting it.
Is there a hard reset method for the Nexus 7 Tablet ?
There are tons of forums over the web where they discuss this topic, believe it or not. The foolproof method is elusive enough to get you reading for hours. Several methods are listed, none are confirmed by third parties. We shall transcribe those ones that might be worth a try:
- Leave it ON, asking for the unlock pattern: When battery starts to get low, your Nexus 7 will ask if you want to adjust your battery settings. If you confirm this, you will be taken into the settings menu, under the battery settings option, but then, the whole settings menu will be accessible. If such is the case, you may select BACKUP & RESET and perform a Hard reset Android on your Nexus 7!
- You can always send it to Google and pay their hard reset service.
- If you are a certified geek, fond of technical intrincancies, you may try a tutorial on how to unlock, root and Flash recover your Nexus 7, depicted on this link.
Please, if you find any of these methods useful at all, or discover any other that does work, post it as a comment down here so other users of the Nexus 7 tablet can benefit from it too!