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How to Hard Reset the Motorola Moto X4

The most common Android-soft related problems that can occur while you use your Motorola Moto X4 on a daily basis can be resolved without hassle through a hard reset process. Among the troubleshooting aspect you can use this procedure for achieving other advantages, but such aspects will be further detailed during the following guidelines. For now, you need to know that this tutorial is here to explain the hard reset operation for you, of course everything being compatible with the new Motorola Moto X4.

Making a hard reset is the same thing with initiating a factory reset. Both terms are referring to the same result: erasing everything that wasn’t there from day one. So, through this operation you will be able to successfully wipe your Moto X4. Shortly, once this step by step guide will be completed you will manage to partially restore your handset back to its initial state – you can completely restore everything to default only by manually reinstalling the stock Android firmware, which is another dedicated operation that should be checked out, if you want to become an Android expert.

But why should you choose to erase all your data? Well, mainly because you can manually address software related problems. As already outlined during the introduction from above, the hard reset operation can help you unbrick a soft bricked Moto X4. In a few words, a full wipe will help you remove, among others, unresponsive programs, malicious apps, inappropriate tools, malware or any other program that might cause malfunctions such as boot loops, lags, hangs, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating situations, signal strength problems, total blackouts and similar other issues.

Additionally, the factory reset operation can help you free up some space – for example, if you feel that your phone is not running as fast as it did, you can make a hard reset for speeding things up (a system refresh will be in that case applied).

Also, a full wipe can help you secure files (as long as a backup is previously ensured) if you are planning in selling your Moto X4 – in that situation you will want to remove all your personal data first.

And finally, a hard reset will be required during certain tweaking operations. For example, you cannot install a custom ROM firmware (such as LineageOS, AOKP or Paranoid Android) unless you first initiate a hard reset.

As you can notice, the hard reset procedure can help you smartly manage different unpleasant situations that can mess up your Android experience. So, it will be a good idea to learn how to complete the steps from down below.

These steps can be applied even if your Moto X4 is rooted, locked, running on stock or on custom ROM, powered by a locked or unlocked bootloader and so on. Thus, it will be a universal tutorial compatible with your device.

Moreover, making a hard reset is a process supported by Motorola and by Google. You won’t have to use third-party apps or complex programs in order to perform the methods explained below. So, you won’t risk in losing your phone’s warranty or in soft-bricking the Android core system – from this perspective you have nothing to worry about.

The only downside is related with your personal data, info, accounts and files. As already pointed out, everything that wasn’t there from day one will be erased from your Motorola Moto X4 so the best thing to do is to make a general backup before taking care of anything else. So, start by syncing your files with your Google Account, use built-in cloud storage platforms or just download and use compatible and already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play. Don’t forget, the goal is to save everything that’s important for you: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on.

You should charge your Moto X4 before initiating the hard reset – you might want to avoid unpleasant situations caused by sudden shut downs. For example, if your handset will get turned off in the middle of the factory reset, different software-related problems might cause severe malfunction. Well, for protecting your phone against such problems I recommend you to plug in the charger if the battery power is currently lower than 50%; otherwise you can start the steps from below right away.

How to hard reset the Motorola Moto X4

Method 1

  1. This is the classic hard reset procedure, which can be completed through recovery mode.
  2. So, start this process by switching off your device – press and hold the Power key for a few moments or press the Power button once and select ‘power off’.
  3. Next, follow this dedicated tutorial and learn how to enter recovery mode on the Moto X4.
  4. In recovery use Volume rocker keys for scrolling up and down and the Power button to select.
  5. Thus, choose “wipe data factory reset” and confirm.
  6. The system will be now wiped.
  7. A full wipe can be applied by selecting other two options from recovery: “wipe cache partition” followed by “wipe dalvik cache”.
  8. When done, return to main menu of recovery.
  9. Pick “reboot system now”.
  10. That should be all.

Method 2

  1. Power on your device as you will have to use built-in settings.
  2. So, tap on Menu and navigate towards Settings.
  3. Scroll down until you see the Backup & Reset entry.
  4. Tap on this field and unselect the Automatic restore option when asked.
  5. Select Factory Data Reset from the next display.
  6. Tap on Reset Phone and agree with the alerts that will be displayed.
  7. If required, enter your security code.
  8. That should be all; the factory reset should be automatically completed.
  9. In the end, reboot your phone and enjoy.

Conclusions

Good; so that’s how you can complete a hard reset on your new Motorola Moto X4. Try the steps from above, observe the hard reset behavior and then return here and share your observations with us. If there are problems, based on your explanations, we will try to assist you as soon as possible. Enjoy and stay close for further tips, tricks and other useful Android tutorials.