How to Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy S5 in a minute or less

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Do you want to hard reset the Samsung Galaxy S5? If you want to use a dedicated step by step guide from where to learn everything about the hard reset / factory reset operation, then you are in the right place. This tutorial, which is compatible only with the Samsung Galaxy S5, can be easily completed even by a newbie who is using an Android smartphone for the first time, so you have all the reasons for checking the guidelines from below.

Why should you hard reset the Samsung Galaxy S5? Well, basically the hard reset, or the factory reset implies in wiping the internal system of your Android smartphone. So, by completing this operation you can restore your Galaxy S5 to its initial or default state. In that matter, the hard reset is more than useful when trying to fix a bricked Samsung Galaxy S5, or when trying to repair soft related issues and problems. A hard reset might be required after applying an update (official or custom one), when dealing with boot loop issues, when your SGS5 is running with bugs, lags and when you want to speed up your Android device.

Making a hard reset on the Galaxy S5 is easy and can be completed in less than a minute. There are two ways in which you can factory reset your Android smartphone, but we will be talking about these procedures a little bit later.

Now, as I have mentioned, when making a hard reset, all of your data will be wiped out. Furthermore, your device will be returned to its initial state meaning that you will lose the apps, personal info, accounts, data, contacts list, call logs, text messages, internet settings, features, updates and so on. That’s why, when selling a smartphone the best is to make a hard or factory reset.

Due to same reasons the best will be to backup your data before going any further and before applying the guidelines from below. In order to make a proper backup you can use free distributed apps from Google Play, you can use a cloud service or you can transfer your data to your computer. There are many ways in which you can save your data, so don’t hesitate and do the same.

Also, the best will be to charge your Samsung Galaxy S5 before making the hard reset, especially if the battery power is less than 60%. Moreover, remember that this tutorial is compatible only with the SGS5 (any models of the handset) so don’t use the methods from below in case you own a different Android smartphone or tablet.

How to Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy S5

Hard reset by using hardware buttons

  1. Enter your Galaxy S5 recovery mode.
  2. From recovery mode select “wipe data factory reset”.
  3. Optional: after completing the previous step the best will be to clear cache too.
  4. In that matter select “wipe cache partition”.
  5. Go back and select “advanced” followed by “wipe dalvick cache”.
  6. Return to Android OS by selecting “reboot system now”.

Make a soft Hard reset

  1. If you can still use your Galaxy S5, the tap on menu.
  2. Go to settings.
  3. Choose “backup and factory reset”.
  4. Pick “factory reset” and agree with the alerts that are being displayed on your phone.
  5. Just wait while your device is being wiped out.

That’s it, you have completed our step by step guide, which means that now you know how to easily hard reset Samsung Galaxy S5. Stay close and follow our dedicated tutorial for your Galaxy S5 and use the comments filed from below for asking for other Android tips and tricks and we will assist you as soon as possible.

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Andy Stevenson

Andy is a senior editor here on Android Flagship and you can surely rely on its experience as the Android subject is more than a hobby to him. Andy is currently focusing on developing dedicated and detailed tutorials, tips and tricks, so you will be able to find its work through the “how to” section of our website. Also, don’t hesitate and contact Andy if you have questions or if you want to hear a second opinion about anything that’s related to the Android OS.