How to hard reset your Samsung Galaxy S4

How to Stephen Tenerowicz 00:36, Aug 31 2013

Factory hard reset your Galaxy S4 in a snap with our guide

Samsung's Galaxy S4 Android flagship is a stunning smartphone. Sporting a multi-core CPU, a fantastic 13-megapixel camera and 2GB of RAM, the device absolutely blazes as it runs TouchWiz 5.0. It also runs Google's all-new mobile OS -- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

While software is no doubt amazing, even the best phones, like the Galaxy S4, with the best software have software bugs. So if your Samsung Galaxy S4 is having software issues, the next best thing you can do is a complete hard reset to fix it. A hard reset is a basic software process that completely erases all information on the smartphone, bringing it back to a factory state. It essentially wipes the clean, tabula rasa.

Here we show you how to hard reset your Samsung Galaxy S4 with step-by-step instructions. See below:

  1. Wake your Samsung Galaxy S4
  2. Navigate to and tap on Settings.
  3. Go to Accounts
  4. Tap Backup & reset.
  5. Select Factory data reset.
  6. You will see a warning – read it and tap Reset phone.
  7. Now tap Erase everything.
  8. That's it. 
You can also hard reset your S4 using just the hardware with these additional steps

  1. Wake your S4
  2. With the device powered off, press and hold both Volume buttons, then press and hold Power.
  3. Hold all three buttons until you see the screen come on. You will enter recovery.
  4. Use the Volume Down button to toggle the selection to wipe data / factory reset.
  5. You're done. The phone will reset and reboot.

All in all, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is a real winner and the screen is absolutely gorgeous. It seems to be selling well too, so it looks like consumers agree. In our review of the S4, we said:

"The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a great smartphone. Its build quality is good, the screen is excellent and the camera is better than most smartphone cameras, too. Battery life is great, Samsung’s added dozens of new features and its Samsung Hub are all very excellent additions to the device. Will this be a ridiculously popular and another best-selling device from Samsung? You bet.

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