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Aug 2, 2013, 3:09:56 PM via Website
Aug 2, 2013 3:09:56 PM via Website
Performing a Factory Reset on your device is very easy. If you don't know what a Factory Reset is, here's a quick definition:
Restores a smartphone to its basic factory settings, which erases all applications that were installed by the user as well as all user data. A Factory Reset wipes everything, including the contents of your internal SD Card (photos, files, music etc). Whatever Android version you last installed will be the version you get back, but everything else will be wiped.
Please remember to back up any data you want to keep first! In the Factory Reset screen you also have the option to Backup My Data and Auto Restore. These are good options to tick before you Factory Reset if you're not too sure how to do this on your own.
Clear? Ok, let's proceed with the Factory Reset of a Samsung Galaxy S3 from within the menu settings:
Settings > Personal > Back Up and Reset > Factory Data Reset > Reset Device > Delete All.
(If you'd like a more detailed walkthrough, check out our full factory reset the Galaxy S3 article.)
Alternatively, you can type in *2767*3855# on the key pad and that will do the same thing.
Remember sometimes you don't need to go even this far to solve problems. First of all try just turning your phone off for a while, or removing the battery entirely. Sometimes something as simple as that is enough to clear up some simple problems.
If you're at all paranoid about your SIM card or SD card contents just take them out before you do the Factory Reset. Attention: if you reset your device to the factory default with SD card encryption setting enabled, the device will not be able to read your encrypted files. Disable this setting before resetting the device.
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