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How to Hard Reset the Nokia 3

Erasing everything that’s not there by default is a custom operation that can be applied anytime on the Android system. Now, even though this process will remove your personal data, info and accounts it also comes with important advantages that can ensure an overall improved Android experience, depending on certain situations. Well, if you own the Nokia 3, today, during this dedicated tutorial, I will detail the hard reset process and the steps that must be followed for completing this basic Android operation on your own smartphone.

So, as it should be already obvious, the hard reset operation will initiate a wipe wich will clear all the files that are not pre-loaded on your Nokia 3 – so everything that’s not there from day one. This wipe will manage to partially restore your handset back to its initial state and to refresh the Android system in order to improve its general performance. Thus, in this case the goal is to smooth up the UI and its capabilities.

The hard reset process is basically the exact same thing with the factory reset operation. Both terms are describing the very same procedure, which by the way, is featured by default within the Android core system. That means you can anytime initiate a hard reset on your Nokia 3 without having to use complex or risky tools and without risking anything else – this is an official process so you won’t lose your phone’s warranty while applying the steps that are described below.

So yes, your data will be erased. But why should you initiate such a procedure in the first place? Well, by making a hard reset you can bump speeds on your Nokia 3 if the Android system isn’t running as fast as it used to. You can also free up some space and you can get rid of malicious apps or other things that might cause different problems.

In that respect, the hard reset can be used as a manual troubleshoot solution in order to fix different software related issues that might be caused on your Nokia 3. For example, this process can help you remove malware, can stop unresponsive programs and processes, can delete malicious apps and can remove inapropiate tools. Overall, by using this guide you can succesfully manage different problems such as: boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating issues, signal strength problems, screen freeze, alerts, total blackouts and more.

Aditionally, the hard reset might be required during certain tweaking operations – for example, if you will want to install a custom ROM firmware on your Nokia 3 you will also have to perform the hard reset (because the new custom firmware can run only on a clean Android system).

Of course, there is one major risk: you can lose what’s not there by default if you are not careful enough. So, you can end up in erasing contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS, IMEI / NVRAM data and more. However, you can avoid such unpleasant situations easily by choosing to backup your Nokia 3. That process can be applied within minutes as you can choose from different backup and restore solutions: syncing the data with the Google Account, using built-in cloud storage services or downloading dedicated (and already tested) backup and restore apps from Google Play.

Making a hard reset on the Nokia 3 is possible all the time. So, you can succesfully use all the steps from below even if you already tweaked your smartphone. Shortly, this tutorial is compatible with locked or unlocked bootloaders, with rooted or locked systems, with stock or custom recovery images and with stock or custom ROMs.

Only one thing must be performed before beginning the hard reset operation: you have to charge your Nokia 3 if its power is currently lower than 50%. If you skip this process your phone might get turned off right in the middle of the factory reset operation. And if that happens you might end up in experiencing soft problems on your phone, so try not to mess things up while trying to fix everything.

How to Hard Reset the Nokia 3

Method 1

  1. This method can be initiated if the system of your smartphone is turned off.
  2. So, first of all power off your device and wait while this process is being completed.
  3. Afterwards, press and hold, for a few moments, the Volume Down and Power buttons.
  4. When you see the Android Logo displayed release the Power button but keep pressing the Volume Down button.
  5. The fastboot mode will be displayed on your Nokia 3. From there choose recovery and enter the same mode (highlight your option by using the Volume rocker keys and select your option by using the Power key).
  6. If you have hard times while trying to reboot the recovery mode menu, use this dedicated tutorial.
  7. From recovery you need to select “wipe data factory reset”.
  8. Optional: you can also choose to clear app data cache by selecting “wipe cache partition” and “wipe dalvick cache”.
  9. When done, go to main menu of recovery and select “reboot system now”.
  10. Done.

Method 2

  1. This second method will work if your phone is turned on. So, switch on your Nokia 3.
  2. Then, tap on Menu and choose Settings.
  3. Go to Backup & Reset and choose Factory Data Reset.
  4. From the menu that will be displayed select Reset Device.
  5. Tap on Erase Everything and agree with the other alrets.
  6. That should be all; the factory reset will be automatically completed.
  7. You should reboot your Nokia 3 in the end.


So that’s all about the wiping process that can be completed on the Nokia 3. You now know how to initiate and perform a hard reset so our work is done. If you have questions or if you want to share your experience with us don’t hesitate and use the comments field from down below.