How to Hard Reset Galaxy Note 3

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If you own a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that appears to encounter a couple of problems, especially related to the software part, you might want to consider performing a hard reset. Through a factory reset or the hard reset, the Galaxy note 3 will appear as brand new from a software standpoint; basically, it will appear fresh out of the box.

However, before you actually start the process of resetting your Android smartphone, you need to clear a couple of things first. In the same time, you need to be aware of the fact that there are two different factory reset alternatives. Decide which one is the one for you and start cleaning your device.

Also read: how to enter recovery mode on Galaxy Note 3

A hard reset, also known as a factory or master reset, represents the restoration of an Android device to the state it was when you first took it out of the box. This means that all settings, applications, and personal data added by you will be completely and irrevocably deleted. Usual, a hard reset is performed on most of electronic devices such as smartphones, tablets, laptops, and more.

On the other hand, a soft reset is the most common type of reset of any PDA users choose. This procedure is used to solve several minor problems and strange behaviors. When you perform a soft reset, you will force the device to stop all processes and restart. When users encounter a malfunctioning application, or a stuck screen, the solution is to perform a soft reset. For performing a soft reset, all you need to do is to press that little “Reset” button.

Why perform a hard reset on Samsung Galaxy Note 3?

There are several users why people choose to perform a hard reset on their Galaxy Note 3 device. For example, the most common reasons to restore factory settings are to fix a malfunctioning device or to remove all personal data before you sell it. In the same time, sometimes, an application designed to run when the device start up does not launch as it should. In this case, the user finds himself stuck at a constantly rebooting. In this case, it is recommended to start a hard reset since a soft reset will not solve the problem.

Another interesting example is related to the “heap” memory. Sometimes, programs running in the background use “heap” memory, which can restrict the user’s ability to run some of the games with high memory requirements. Again, if you find yourself in this situation, you might consider starting a hard reset on your Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

Preparatory Steps

Before you actually start the hard reset process, you will have to make sure to save any information that does not sync to the cloud because you risk loosing it all. It is worth mentioning the fact that a hard reset will delete everything stored on your SD card.

This is not automatically performed. During the process, you will be asked if you want to delete the content of the SD card. However, since you are performing a complete cleanout of your device, you might want to consider formatting the SD card, as well. A hard reset will delete text messages, calls, app data, personal settings, and personal information. You might easily remove the memory card before you start the process if you do not want to delete personal files.

In case you backup your apps, when the reset is done, you might want to install them manually instead of restoring them from backup because you might experience the same problem.

In the same time, it is important to check the battery level of your Galaxy Note 3 device to make sure that it is over 50%, so your device does not power off during the process. Such a thing might cause you to brick your device.

In the last part, keep in mind that this is a complex task, and you run the risk of ruining your device if you skip a certain step. Therefore, before you start the process, read of the instructions carefully and afterwards, take each step at a time.

Now, I am going to teach you how to hard reset your Samsung Galaxy Note 3 in a safe manner. In fact, there are two alternatives you can choose. The first one is the standard procedure since it is performed right from the Settings menu of your device. It is simpler and easier. On the other hand, if you want a full and successful hard reset, you might want to do it manually. Choose the proper alternative and keep in mind to backup your device first.

How to Hard/Factory Reset Galaxy Note 3 – Method 1

1. Head over to Settings.

2. Under the Privacy menu choose Factory data reset.

3. Check the Format USB storage option if you wish to erase data such as music and photos form the device. Check this option only if you want to delete all personal files from your SD card.

4. Tap on Reset Phone and next on Erase everything.

How to Hard/Factory Reset Galaxy Note 2 – Method 2

1. Turn off your Galaxy Note 3 in order to start the hard reset.

2. With the device turned off, press and hold the Volume Up, Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time.

3. At the point when you see the Samsung logo, release the Power button but keep in holding the Volume buttons.

4. Release both of the buttons when you enter recovery mode.

5. Using the Volume buttons, browse until you see the Wipe data / factory reset option.

6. With the help of the Power button, choose the selection.

7. Wait a couple of minutes until the Galaxy Note 3 perform the hard reset.

8. Reboot your device when the factory reset process is done.

This is all. As you can see, it is not that complicated, but if you do not take each step at a time, you might encounter several problems. As I mentioned earlier, a hard reset for the Galaxy Note 3 will render the device in its initial state. Think twice before considering such option. Now you know how a hard reset is performed in a safe manner.

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Serban Andreea

My name is Andreea, and I have been writing about technology and the world of gadgets for over two years. Currently, I freelance from my home and I enjoy writing about the latest smart devices on the market. Technology was not always my thing, but once I have discovered all those amazing things I can do with my smartphone, I must confess I have become a tech geek. I will keep you updated with the latest news.