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How to Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy S4

This guide will teach you how to successfully apply a Hard Reset, aka Factory Reset, for your Samsung Galaxy S4 using only your device without needing any other tools.

All instructions that are listed in this post will work with all Samsung Galaxy S4 models.

You can Hard Reset your device using different methods such as using the TouchWiz UI and the Factory Reset option under Account or you can choose to use the stock or custom Recovery Mode. All these methods are easy to follow, but you should take a look at the preparation guide below before starting the process.

Here’s what you need to know before hard resetting your Samsung Galaxy S4 device.

  • this guide will completely wipe all the data stored on your device.
  • remove the external SDcard in case there is one present on your device.
    – external SDcards aren’t usually wiped, but you should still remove it to be sure that the data stored on it stays safe.
  • make sure that your phone’s battery charge level is over 50%, so that the phone will not be bricked in the process.
  • read the entire post and don’t skip any steps.
  • note that we cannot be blamed in case something goes wrong and you brick the phone.
  • if you’re planning on saving data from installed applications then you should use the Helium tool for Android.
  • also, you should sync all the Contacts info and People details with your default Gmail account.

Now that you know all of the above you can continue to the next part of this post and learn how to wipe cache, factory reset and remove all user data from your device.

If you plan on wiping only the cache partition then you should know that this will not remove any type of personal data. Wipe Cache Partition deletes only files that are stored in cache by various apps and programs. This is the safest wipe method you can use. If you want to completely remove the data from your device, then you should skip Wipe Cache Partition.

How to Wipe Cache Partition for Galaxy S4:

  1. Power off the phone.
  2. Boot it in Recovery Mode.
  3. Select ‘wipe cache partition’ option. Confirm.
  4. Reboot the phone to normal mode.

How to Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S4 from TouchWiz UI:

This guide teaches you how to successfully apply factory reset for your S4 without powering off the phone.\

  1. Open Settings menu.
  2. Go to Accounts tab.
  3. Tap on the ‘Backup and Restore’ option.
    – optionally you can uncheck ‘Automatic restore’ and ‘Back up my data’ options.
  4. Now tap on ‘Factory data reset’.
  5. Press ‘Reset Device’ option. Press Continue.
    – if the phone is locked then you will need to enter your PIN or Password.
  6. Next, press ‘Delete All’ to confirm process.

How to Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S4 from Recovery Mode:

  1. Power off your phone completely.
  2. Boot it in Recovery Mode.
  3. Select the ‘wipe data/ factory reset’ option.
  4. Confirm process by selecting the ‘Yes — delete all user data’ option.
  5. Press Power to confirm process.
  6. Reboot the phone when the Hard Reset/ Factory Reset is completed.

These were all the steps that you had to take in order to successfully reset and delete all data from your phone.

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