How to format or factory reset your Android mobile

There are many ways to do a factory reset on an Android phone. But before that, it’s always wise to make a backup – especially of contacts, photos and messages.

I’ll list them out as simple as possible.

If the phone is turned on and accessible

  1. Go to Settings > (Personal) Backup & Reset > Factory Data reset > Reset phone
  2. Some phones allow you to leave the phone memory photos and files as it is at this point.

DONE

If the phone is turned off and/or locked 

  1. Power off the phone
  2. Keep the volume up button pressed, and simultaneously press the power up button for a few seconds till it turns on
  3. Phone should load into boot screen
  4. Use volume up and down to highlight Factory reset and power button to select the option

DONE

If your phone is stolen and you want your data erased

  1. Open Android Device Manager (https://www.google.com/android/devicemanager) in a computer
  2. Login with the Google account used on your phone/tablet of interest
  3. You can make it ring, lock it or Erase
  4. Click Erase and continue

DONE