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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- Make a backup before you reset your phone
- How to reset using the Settings menu
- How to reset using the hardware buttons
A word of caution: Before you reset your phone, it's always important to do a backup. 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.
How to factory reset your 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.
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.
1. Turn off your Galaxy Note 4.
2. Press and hold Power, Volume 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.