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How to Hard Reset the Samsung Galaxy Note8

Knowing how to apply the right troubleshooting solutions on the Galaxy Note8 is not optional. Only by addressing the issues quickly you can use a stable and smooth Android experience all the time. That’s why, today we will be discussing about the hard reset operation. This is the easiest way in which you can fix the most common Android soft related problems that can case malfunctions within the Android core system that powers your Samsung Galaxy Note8.

Initiating a hard reset is easy. This operation can be completed in two different ways, which will be detailed during the following guidelines. But, before you head towards the actual steps I recommend you to check the other additional lines from this tutorial – that’s how you can prepare your Galaxy Note8 for the hard reset operation and that’s how you can prepare yourself for this particular Android basic process.

The hard reset will start a wiping process that will erase everything that’s not there from day one. Basically, in the end your phone will be partially restored back to its default state. So, right from the start this operation can be used for clearing up some space when the phone runs with lags or when it hangs during different situations.

Erasing everything can turn out to be useful when you will choose to sell your smartphone. In that case you will want to secure your data – and erasing it from your phone is the best solution. Of course, a backup must be first applied as otherwise you cannot recover anything.

And, as already outlined, a full wipe can help you address the most common software related issues that are caused within the Android OS. Therefore, a hard reset can help you remove malware, stop unresponsive programs, delete inappropriate apps and get rid of any other malfunctions such as boot loops, lags, bugs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and more.

A backup is not optional in this case – keep in mind that the hard reset is removing your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, the EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data, calendar info, saved passwords and everything else that’s not there by default. The only way in which you can secure your files will be by applying dedicated backup and restore solutions: sync your data with your own Google account, use cloud storage services which are pre-loaded on your Samsung Galaxy Note8 or just get compatible, and already tested, backup and restore software from Google Play.

The hard reset can be initiated anytime. The steps from below can be therefore applied even if your smartphone was tweaked before. Overall, you will be able to hard reset your Galaxy Note8 even if your phone is rooted, running on a custom ROM firmware, installed with a custom recovery image, or running on an unlocked bootloader.

And yes, completing this process isn’t implying in using third party apps. You are going to perform an official operation therefore, you will not risk anything. The only risk is related to your personal files. If you make the backup you can safely begin the steps from below.

One more thing: it goes without saying that you should make sure that there is enough power left on your Samsung Galaxy Note8. As you can tell, if the power is too low, your device can get switched off right in the middle of the erasing operation. Bottom line, I recommend you to charge your handset before doing anything else if the power that’s left is currently lower than 50%.

How to Hard Reset the Samsung Galaxy Note8

Use the recovery mode menu

The first way in which you can start the hard reset process is by using the recovery mode menu. Through the same environment you can also clear app data cache and wipe dalvik cache. Anyway, this method is recommended when default settings cannot be used (making the hard reset through built-in settings is explained during the second solution from below). Here is how you can use recovery mode for completing the hard reset:

  1. Of course, first, enter recovery mode on your Samsung Galaxy Note8.
  2. Hint: the easiest way in which you can go into recovery mode is – power off your phone; then press and hold Power, Volume Up and Bixby buttons for a few moments; that’s it.
  3. From recovery use Volume Up and Down keys in order to scroll up and down and the Power button to select your option.
  4. Good; the hard reset can be initiated if you choose “wipe data factory reset”.
  5. Optional: a full wipe can be completed if you also pick “wipe cache partition” followed by “wipe dalvik cache”.
  6. When these processes are completed return to main menu of recovery.
  7. Finally, choose “reboot system now”.
  8. That’s all.

Using built-in settings

  1. Power on your Samsung Galaxy Note8.
  2. Tap on Menu and choose Settings.
  3. Look for the Backup & Reset entry; tap on this option.
  4. From the menu that will be displayed choose Factory Data Reset.
  5. Tap on Reset Device.
  6. Choose Erase Everything and agree the alerts that will be displayed on your phone.
  7. Wait while the hard reset operation is being completed.
  8. Reboot your Samsung Galaxy Note8 when done.

Congratulations; you have successfully hard reset your Samsung Galaxy Note8. Tell us how this operation worked for you and also tell us if you need help on other similar process. As always, we are here to help you out – depending on each problem we will try to find the perform solutions as soon as possible. You can get in touch with our team easily by using the comments area from down below.