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How to factory reset the Galaxy Note 4 for better performance

The Galaxy Note 4 is a beast, plain and simple. But that doesn't mean it can't still benefit from the occasional refresh. Knowing how to factory reset the Galaxy Note 4 is essential to keeping your beloved Note 4 running smooth and fast. Here's how to do it.

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Knowing how to factory reset the Galaxy Note 4 is essential to keep it running smoothly. / © ANDROIDPIT

Note: Performing a factory reset returns a device to the way it was when it came out of the box. That means no apps, no data, no preferences. Before you hard reset the Galaxy Note 4 make sure you have a full backup of all your apps and data. Follow our guide on how to back up Android if you need help.

As a quick recommendation, if you are not rooted, we recommend ClockworkMod's Carbon. Just download the app from the button below and download Carbon (aka Helium) for your PC and follow the steps. If you are rooted, you can take your pick of backup options.

Helium - App Sync and Backup Install on Google Play
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It's a good idea to do a factory reset after an Android update to clear out any bugs or problems. / © ANDROIDPIT

How to factory reset the Galaxy Note 4

There are two methods to factory reset the Note 4: a simple version that uses your Note 4's settings menu, or a slightly more complicated way that uses the device's hardware buttons. This is useful to know if your device won't boot up or the display won't come on. You can even do the steps from memory if the screen is broken.

Factory reset Galaxy Note 4: method 1 (settings menu)

1. Go to Settings > Backup and reset.

2. Select your options for Google backup at the top.

3. Tap Factory reset at the bottom and confirm your selection.

4. Your Galaxy Note 4 will reboot and reset itself.

5. When your Galaxy Note 4 reboots, you can then restore your apps and data.

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Once you factory reset your Note 4, you can restore your apps and data. / © ANDROIDPIT

Factory reset the Galaxy Note 4: method 2 (hardware buttons)

1. Turn off your Galaxy Note 4.

2. Press and hold PowerVolume Up and the Home button until you see Recovery booting in blue at the top of your screen. Release the buttons.

3. You'll now be in Recovery Mode. Use the volume buttons to scroll up and down and the Power button to confirm. It's not a bad idea to wipe the cache partition while you're here, but it is not essential.

4. Scroll down to Wipe data/Factory reset and press Power to confirm.

5. Scroll down to Yes and press Power to confirm.

6. You'll see a notification in yellow at the bottom of the screen to confirm the reset has been completed. Scroll to Reboot system now and hit Power to confirm.

7. Your Galaxy Note 4 will now reboot. Once it has rebooted, you can restore your apps and data.

Is your Galaxy Note 4 a little smoother now? How else do you care of your Note 4? Let us know in the comments.


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  • When u forgot ur password pin num on ur phone. Hows can u take it off? Or reset ir again aass normal?

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  • Cb Ren 8 months ago Link to comment

    When all else fails, do the old "factory reset"....These technicians do this because they are too incompetent to actually troubleshoot and find out anything. Anymore, they don't try to troubleshoot it seems. Automatically, it's: "Factory Reset". Hang your heads in shame. I'm not paying any technician (nor are you earning your paycheck) to do that. Way too often, this is your go-to. Because you're LAZY. You're being PAID far more than to tell clients to just do these master resets with their devices (not just phones and tablets, but computers too).
    You are truly worthless pieces of shit in my eyes....

  • Said Abid 8 months ago Link to comment

    I factory reset my note 4 using hardware buttons but when I want to start my phone it asks me email (ID+Password)
    Help please

  • I recently hard reset my note 4 with the buttons and managed to restore all data and apps except the smart manager device came with 5.0.1 preloaded and this app was there when I got it.
    How do I get this app back ??

  • Hint, it does not work. Samsung screwed us by not QAing their software update. You know how I fixed my Note 4 problems, I got a Note 5. My Note 4 broke and the insurance company sent me a Note 5, otherwise I would have gotten a V10

  • Rob Clancy 11 months ago Link to comment

    Hey, I got the pop up survey about this article, and I indicated it wasn't clear why you recommended root access. But I went back (I was distracted when first reading) and it's clear it was for ease of backup. So, the article is a 10, if that can be amended. And on another complimentary note, it was because you wrote the article, Kris, that I thought it must be me. I enjoy the clarity and focus of your writing, and that you clearly proofread. Thanks for that. Most of the writing on AndroidPit is very good overall.

  • I have issue on my galaxy s6 edge with surround shot after updating whenever I open surround shot it showing " unfortunately surroundshot2 has been stopped"" please fix this issue

  • kyle Sep 25, 2015 Link to comment

    went through steps for factory reset, now im stuck in a boot loop.

  • shah j Jun 17, 2015 Link to comment

    really shouldnt recommend such a garbage app to do something important. "successfully" backed up to my SD card, removed card before fac reset. went to restore and...nothing. apparently backup via cloud is the only reliable way to use this app. I know its not yours, but you should research these things before making recommendations.

  • If you have a note 4 from verizion you will need to factory wipe it using this method ...

    Ensure the device is powered off.

    Simultaneously press and hold the Power button (located on the upper-right edge) + Volume Up button (located on the left edge near the top) + Home button (located at the bottom in the middle) until recovery booting appears in the upper-left part of the screen.

    Note If the Android system recovery screen doesn't display, refer to the alternate button method.

    From the Android system recovery screen, select wipe data/factory reset.
    Note Utilize the volume up/down keys to highlight and the power button to select.

    Select Yes -- delete all user data.
    Note Allow several seconds for the factory data reset to complete.
    Select reboot system now.

    Note Allow several minutes for the reboot process to complete.

  • Lee Feb 25, 2015 Link to comment

    wtf! Spam reported 👆

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