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How to Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy Note 3

This tutorial teaches you how to successfully apply a Hard or Factory Reset for any Samsung Galaxy Note 3 model. Read the entire post and you should be able to complete the guide in under ten minutes without worrying about bricking the phablet device.

A Factory Reset applied for your Galaxy Note 3 will remove all user data files from your device, which might come in handy whenever you feel that there are too many applications or files installed on it. Also, Factory Reset is quite common for users who want to sell their phones to another person, as it is a fast method to empty the Note 3 from all data in a matter or minutes.

In this post you will find instructions on how to apply a Hard aka Factory Reset for your device or, if you don’t want to wipe the entire device, then you can choose to apply only the cache partition reset. Wiping the Cache Partition clean will remove all temporary applications files and other similar data without losing any user data files.

The Cache Partition Wipe is usually used whenever the Galaxy Note 3 lags or you find applications that are opening slower than before or you can choose to apply it any time you uninstall numerous applications in a short period, as to offer a refreshing state for your phone’s operating system.

Factory Reset is also useful in case you’ve forgotten your Lock Screen PIN / Pattern code, or for any other reason that might impede you from logging into your device. If this is the case, then you might want to wipe the Cache Partition first and see if the device becomes accessible once again. If not, then you’re free to apply the Factory Reset.

Before starting the Factory / Hard Reset tutorial you should first take a look at the guidelines below:

  • remove any external SDcard that might be present on your Note 3 phone.
    – this will prevent you from wiping any important files that you might have installed on your SDcard.
  • if you want to wipe the SDcard, then it would be best for you to connect it to your computer, create backups of all important data and then simply use the computer’s ‘format’ feature.
  • check the battery charge level of your device and make sure that it is over 50%, so that the phone will not power off in the middle of the Factory Reset process.
    – if the device switches off while Factory Reset is in progress you might end up with a bricked firmware.
  • in case you wish to backup some data from various installed apps, then you can use Helium tool for Android.
  • backup any Contacts data and People details by syncing it with a Gmail account.
    – if you don’t know how to do it, then follow the info listed here.
  • note that this Factory Reset process should be applied by advanced users, do not attempt to apply it in case you’re a novice.
  • we can’t held responsible in case you will damage your Note 3 phone nor for any other thing that goes wrong.
  • read the entire article before starting Hard / Factory Reset process, don’t skip any steps.

These were all the guidelines that you had to go over before getting to the tutorial part of this post.

The first thing that you will learn will be how to successfully wipe the cache partition. Note that this will wipe only the temp files created by various apps, browsers, games, etc. This is usually used by users who want to refresh the data installed on their device.

How to Wipe Cache Partition for any Galaxy Note 3 model:

  • switch off the smartphone completely.
  • boot the device in Recovery Mode.
  • select the option that says ‘wipe cache partition’.
  • confirm and wait until the process is complete.
  • reboot your device in normal mode afterwards.

How to Hard / Factory Reset Galaxy Note 3:

  1. Don’t switch off the device, open the App Drawer menu.
  2. Open Settings.
  3. Go to Accounts menu.
  4. Press the ‘Backup and restore’ option.
    – you can optionally un-check the ‘Automatic Restore’ and ‘Back up my data’ option boxes.
  5. Press the ‘Factory Data Reset’ option.
  6. Then confirm by tapping on ‘Reset Device’.
    – if you use a PIN or Pattern lock for your device, then you will have to enter in order to continue with the wiping process.
  7. Press ‘Delete all’ option and wait until the process is complete.

How to Hard / Factory Reset Galaxy Note from Stock or Custom Recovery Mode:

  1. Power off the Note 3 completely by removing its battery.
    – re-insert its battery after a couple of seconds have passed.
  2. Boot the device in Recovery Mode.
  3. From the main Recovery screen select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option.
    – if you have the TWRP Recovery installed, then you should tap on ‘Wipe’ button.
  4. Confirm the entire process with the ‘Yes — delete all user data’ option. Press Power to start the process.
  5. Reboot your Note 3 when the Factory Reset process is complete.

That is it, you’ve managed to successfully apply a Factory Reset for your Galaxy Note 3 phone. For any other questions use the comments field below.

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