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How to Hard Reset the Google Nexus 10

If you want to wipe clean your Nexus 10 tablet use this guide. You will learn how to successfully apply a full factory reset for your device without bricking its firmware.

Factory Reset is helpful if your device runs on a custom ROM, it packs a custom kernel or any other type of customization file and you wish to get rid of it fast and easy. Also, a Factory Reset can be helpful when your tablet start to display various ‘force closing’ errors or it shown other types of bugs, its interface lags, etc.

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

  • use this post with any type of Google Nexus 10 tablet.
  • your tablet’s battery charge level should be over 50%, so that it won’t switch off while you’re applying factory reset.
    – in case the tablet powers off while the factory reset is in progress, then you will be forced to repeat the entire tutorial more than once.
  • in case you wish to backup some data before starting the wipe process, then you can use the Helium tool for Android.
  • make sure to sync your Contacts info with your default Gmail account.
    – this will make sure that you will not lose any important phone numbers nor any other type of Contacts sensible data.
  • use this post only if you’re an advanced user and you know what you’re doing.
  • please note that we won’t be held responsible in case you brick your phone nor in case you damage other parts of your device.
  • read all info listed below and you will complete the guide with success.

The first tutorial will teach you how to wipe the cache partition clean, while the second one tells you how to Factory Reset the device from the OS interface. The third one will teach you how to apply a hard / factory reset with the stock or custom recovery.

This guide will work with both stock and custom Recovery images.

Wiping the Cache Partition will offer a refresh for your tablet’s overall UI, it won’t remove any important data from it. If the tablet lags or you find it running slower than before, then the Wipe Cache Partition is probably the best option for you.

Wipe Cache Partition for Nexus 10:

  • power off the device.
  • boot it in Recovery Mode.
  • select ‘wipe cache partition’ and confirm.
  • reboot the device in normal mode.

Factory Reset your Nexus 10 from Settings menu:

  1. Open the Nexus 10 app drawer.
  2. Launch Settings.
  3. Go to “Backup & Reset”.
  4. Tap on “Factory Data Reset”.
  5. Tap “Reset Tablet”.
    – in case your device is using a lockscreen protection, then you will be forced to enter the PIN, Password or Pattern code.
  6. Press “Erase Everything” to confirm Factory Reset.

After the process is complete you can choose to reboot your device.

How to Factory Reset Nexus 10 with Recovery Mode:

  1. Power off the tablet completely.
  2. Boot it in Recovery Mode.
    – stock and custom Recovery images are supported by this guide.
  3. Select ‘wipe data/ factory reset’.
  4. Confirm process with ‘Yes — delete all user data’.
    – if you use TWRP Recovery, then simply tap on Wipe and then swipe to confirm.
  5. Reboot your device after the process is complete.

These were all the steps that you had to follow. For any other questions use the field below.

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