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How to Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy A3

Galaxy A3 is a decent Android based smartphone that comes with regular to high end specs and features. However, you can anytime choose to speed things up by customizing and optimizing general performances. In that matter you will have to perform some custom operations which will let you modify and change default features and in built programs. Well, before doing so, you should learn how to hard reset your Samsung Galaxy A3 – this operation is related to some of these custom processes and also, with the hard reset process, you can fix possible software related problems that might be issued on your way.

The custom operations that I am talking about are referring to stuffs like gaining root access, installing a custom recovery image, flashing a custom ROM firmware, overclocking the CPU, add a new kernel, make Nandroid backups, remove bloatware and so on. Now, for some procedures (for example if you want to apply a custom ROM like CM12, AOKP or ParanoidAndroid) making a hard reset will be a must. Also, in other situations, you might end up in soft bricking your Galaxy A3 while trying to tweak your phone – thus, the hard reset operation will, once more, be required.

What software problems can you resolve by hard resetting your Galaxy A3? Well, basically you can manual troubleshoot things like force close errors, boot loops, lags, bugs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating issues and even total blackouts situations. How is that possible? You see, the hard reset implies in removing all data from your Samsung Galaxy A3. So, basically your phone will be restored to its initial state and along with your data the software related issues will also be removed. Of course, this should be considered only a temporarily fix, as if the problems persists you should consider in downgrading your phone back to stock Android OS via Odin.

The hard reset might also be a good idea if you are considering in selling your Samsung Galaxy A3. Since during the factory reset process your personal data, info and accounts will be wiped out, you can therefore protect your data from strangers. Of course, the hard reset should also be completed if you buy the A3 from a stranger or even from your own friends – it’s not ok to access someone’s photos, videos or other similar personal info.

The hard reset operation is also the same thing with the factory reset process – the different consist in the way it is applied: the hard reset is completed through recovery mode, while the factory reset can be applied right from your phone’s internal settings. Now, both are official operations supported by default on your Samsung Galaxy A3. Thus, you will not have to use complex or third party apps for completing this guide and also you will not lose the warranty of your A3 if you perform the steps from below.

Since the data that is saved on your Samsung Galaxy A3 will be now erased, it is important to temporarily save everything that’s important for you. So, you should now complete a backup operation for saving your contacts list, call logs, text messages, internet settings, market apps, EFS folder, images, videos, audio files and anything else you might need to use afterwards. The backup process can be easily applied as you can use compatible and free distributed apps from Google Play, cloud storage platforms and other similar tools – the backup is only optional, but for mentioned reasons I strongly recommend you to apply this process before doing anything else.

You should also charge your Galaxy A3 before applying the steps from below. You see, if your phone will get turned off during the hard reset process, software related issues might be caused – you can end up in bricking your device. Therefore, the best will be to plug in the charger if the battery level is currently lower than 50%.

How to Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy A3

Factory reset your Galaxy A3

  1. This is the easiest way in which you can apply this operation as you only have to select some options within your phone’s settings.
  2. Therefore, start by taping on “menu”.
  3. Then, choose “settings”.
  4. Now, head towards “Backup and Reset” section of your device.
  5. Select “Factory Data Reset” and agree with the on screen alerts.
  6. When ready, tap on “Reset Phone” and wait while the hard reset operation is being automatically completed.

Do the Hard Reset through Recovery Mode

  1. Since this solution implies in using the recovery mode menu, first you have to turn off your Galaxy A3.
  2. Note: don’t reboot your phone, turn it off completely: press power button and select “power off” or press and hold the same power key for a few moments.
  3. The, enter recovery mode on your Galaxy A3 (just press and hold power, volume up and home buttons at the same time).
  4. In recovery use Volume Up and Down buttons in order to scroll up and down and Power key to select.
  5. Choose “Wipe data factory reset”.
  6. Optional: select “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
  7. When done, from main menu of recovery pick “reboot system now”.

Perfect; that’s it, you have successfully completed our dedicated tutorial. Therefore, that’s how you can hard reset your Samsung Galaxy A3. Tell us how things worked for you by using the comments field from below. If there were problems, we will try to assist you as soon as possible.

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