Factory resetting any Android device causes it to go back to the factory defaults for every single setting and every single preference, as well as get rid of all the data on its internal storage. Basically, resetting an Android device to factory settings takes it back to the condition it was in when it was first taken out of the box, at least in terms of its software and Operating System. The instructions for factory resetting an Android device differ from one device to the other, and the following are the two methods that can be used to factory reset a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (N910):
Method 1: Factory reset 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 that they back their device’s internal memory up before attempting a reset.
- Go to Apps.
- Open Settings.
- Scroll down to the User and Backup
- 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 be reset and rebooted.
Method 2: Factory reset 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
- Select the option by pressing the Power
- On the next screen, navigate to and highlight the Yes – delete all user data option and 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 and wait for the device to restart.