Factory resetting any Android device causes it to revert to factory defaults for every single setting and preference, as well as to erase all the data on its internal storage. Essentially, resetting an Android device to factory settings returns it to the condition it was in when first taken out of the box, at least in terms of its software and operating system. The instructions for factory resetting an Android device vary from one device to another, and the following are the two methods that can be used to factory reset a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (N910):
Method 1: Perform a factory reset on the device from the Settings menu.
Factory resetting the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 using its operating system, a procedure known as a ‘soft reset,’ is the simplest way to reset the device to factory settings. Factory resetting any device clears any data stored on the device’s internal memory, so a person should make sure they back up their device’s internal memory before attempting a reset.
- Go to apps.
- Open Settings.
- Scroll down to the User and Backup options.
- Tap on “Backup and Reset.
- Customize reset features, such as automatic restore and data backup.
- Press “Factory Data Reset.
- Tap on ‘Reset Device.’
- In case a screen lock is active, enter the PIN, pattern, or password.
- Tap on ‘Continue‘.
- Finally, press “Delete All” and then wait for the device to reset and reboot.
Method 2: Perform a factory reset on the device through Android System Recovery.
The other method that can be used to reset the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is referred to as a ‘hard reset’ and involves the use of the Android System Recovery menu. A hard reset should be used when the device’s operating system is unresponsive or the user desires a thorough factory reset of the device.
- Back up any and all data stored on the device’s internal memory.
- Power the device off.
- Simultaneously press and hold the Power, Volume Up, and Home hardware buttons.
- Release the Power button as soon as the device vibrates.
- Release the other two keys when the Android System Recovery screen appears.
- Use the volume rocker to navigate to and highlight the ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option.
- Select the option by pressing the Power button.
- On the next screen, navigate to and highlight the “Yes – delete all user data” option, then use the Power button to select it.
- Once the master reset has been completed and the device returns to the main Android System Recovery menu, highlight and select the “Reboot System Now” option; then, wait for the device to restart.