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How to Hard Reset the Asus Zenfone 3

Asus Zenfone 3 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow by default so you should enjoy a stable and a secured firmware. Your smartphone should also run fast and without lags or without any other software related problems as the Zenfone 3 is equipped with decent, to high end, specs and features. However, if you somehow end up in dealing with various malfunctions or if your device isn’t performing as it used to, you should think in applying a dedicated troubleshoot solution. Yes, I am talking about the hard reset operation.

Even though most users are associating the hard reset process with a risky and complex task, in fact the very same operation can easily save your day. And it is official and totally safe and secured for your Zenfone 3. As you will see, the hard reset is a dedicated process which is featured by default on the Android system so you shoulnd’t have problems while trying to apply all the guidelines from below.

The hard reset can also be dubbed as a factory reset. The process works in this way: it wipes the internal storage system of your Asus Zenfone 3. No, it’s not that bad as it might sound. In fact your Android device will be restored back to its initial state. It’s true, you will lose your personal data, info, accounts and files but you will manage to free up some space and to resolve almost any software related issue that might cause malfunctions. Moreover, through the hard reset you can also speed up your phone, or ‘protect’ your data if you are planning to sell your handset to a strange person.

As for the troubleshoot solution, everything is possible because the wipe will be wiped out. The unresponsive processes will be removed, the malicious apps uninstalled, the malware and the inappropriate tools erased. In the end you will be left with a clean and light Android system which will work smoother and faster than before. Basically you can address the most common Android bugs and lags along with other software related issues such as boot loops, signal strength problems, battery drain issues, screen freeze, heating situations, different alerts, hangs and even total blackouts.

Of course, you have to backup your data before doing anything else. As mentioned several times until now, during the factory reset your personal data will be removed – in the end, on your Asus Zenfone 3 you will be able to use only built-in apps, bloatware and other carrier-branded tools. Thus, if you have important info saved on your smartphone, before doing anything else sync your data with your account or use any other backup and restore method: for example, you can use built-in cloud storage platforms, or you can download dedicated apps (tested ones and if possible free distributed tools) from Google Play.

Through the backup process make sure that along with your personal files (such as contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, calendar info or saved passwords) you also save some essential data such as Internet Settings, the EFS folder or the IMEI / NVRAM package – don’t worry, everything can be saved easily by using one of the methods which was mentioned above.

The hard reset operation is battery consuming. So, if your phone is low on battery power, plug in the charger before doing anything else – usually you should complete the charge only if the power is lower than 50%, otherwise you can go ahead towards the steps from down below. Do not skip the charging process if it is required – if you skip it your Zenfone 3 might get switched off in the middle of the factory reset process and in that particular case new issues might be caused on your smartphone.

How to Hard Reset the Asus Zenfone 3

The recovery mode method

The first way in which you can complete the hard reset operation on your Asus Zenfone 3 is by using the recovery mode menu. This solution will work whether you use the stock or a custom recovery environment. Here is what you need to do:

  1. Start by turning off your phone: press the Power key and select “power off” or press and hold the Power button until the shut down process is completed.
  2. Then, put your Asus Zenfone 3 into recovery mode.
  3. From recovery use the Volume Rocker keys in order to scroll up and down and the Power key to select.
  4. So, select the “wipe data factory reset” option. Agree with the alerts and complete the wiping process.
  5. Optional: also through recovery you can clear app data cache; in that respect you have to select “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvik cache”.
  6. When done, go back to the main menu of recovery; from there select “reboot system now”.

Use Built-in Settings

This second solution does the same thing with the first method that was explained above, though in this case you will be using the Android menu and not the recovery environment; so, here is what you need to follow:

  1. First, power on your device if it is turned off.
  2. Then, tap on Menu and go to Settings.
  3. From Settings navigate towards the Backup & Reset option. Select this option.
  4. Scroll down and select the Factory Data Reset field.
  5. Tap on Reset Phone and choose Erase Everything.
  6. That’s all; now wait while the factory reset is being automatically initiated and completed.
  7. Enjoy.


The methods which were explained during this tutorial are general ones. All these steps can be applied without problems whether your phone is rooted, locked, installed with a custom recovery image or with a custom recovery software, running on a locked or unlocked bootloader or powered by the stock or by a custom ROM firmware.

So, there you have it; that’s how you can hard reset your own Asus Zenfone 3. Try the steps from above or choose the method that you prefer the most. In the end share your experience with our team and with the other users which are going to use this step by step guide. You can contact us by using the comments field from down below.