Clearing up the Google Pixel 2 internal storage memory is a process that can help you smartly resolve different customizations and optimizations. Basically, learning how to complete a hard reset is not optional, especially if you plan to use your new Pixel 2 on full power and on a daily basis. As you will see during the following lines, being able to initiate a full wipe can save your day and also your phone. But, everything that’s related with this basic Android process will be discussed and detailed below.

What should we understand when talking about a hard reset

In only a few words, the hard reset is a factory reset which talks about a full wipe operation. Therefore, if you choose to apply the lines from this tutorial you can remove everything from your Google Pixel 2. Of course, I’m talking only about files that weren’t there by default. The hard reset process will remove only your personal data along with other third party tools or processes. So, from this perspective you will somehow manage to restore your smartphone back to its initial state.

Making the hard reset is easy. It can be done in two ways, both explained during the following guidelines. This operation is featured within the Android core system of your Pixel 2 which means that for performing this process you don’t need to use any complex or risky process / program. And, the steps from this tutorial will work almost anytime – this is a general / universal guide compatible with your Google Pixel 2.

When should the hard reset be completed?

Since through this operation you will clean up your Google Pixel 2, you can choose to initiate the hard reset if you will want to free up the internal storage memory. That can be done for speeding up your phone’s system (if it got slowed down recently) or for removing certain apps or process that were causing issues.

In that respect, the hard reset can help you fix the most common Android soft related problems. The erase process will eliminate malware, unresponsive program, inappropriate tools and everything else that might cause malfunctions on your Google Pixel 2. Overall, you can factory reset your phone for addressing issues like boot loops, lags, bugs, force close errors, battery drain, heating situations, signal strength problems, hangs, total blackouts and more.

Hint: if you are planning to sell your device to a strange person it’s recommended to make the hard reset first. Only in that way you can secure your personal files (of course, a backup is not optional in this situation).

The hard reset might also be required during certain tweaking processes. For example, if you want to replace the stock, pure, Android firmware with a custom ROM software (such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android) you first have to make a full wipe as otherwise the new ROM won’t run properly.

Are there any risks implied?

As already outlined, the hard reset is an official operation featured by default within the Android core system that powers your Google Pixel 2. That’s why the steps from below can be succesfully completed even if your smartphone is rooted, running on an unlocked bootloader, installed with a custom recovery image, running on a custom ROM firmware and so on.

And no, the warranty of your phone won’t get void if you choose to resume this tutorial. From this point of view, you and your device are safe and secured.

However, as you can already tell, a backup is highly recommended especially if you have something important stored on your Google Pixel 2. Just sync your files with your Google account or use any other backup and restore solution in order to secure your images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, contacts, call logs, texts and anything else you might have to use afterwards. Don’t worry, making a proper backup will only take a few minutes from your time.

Other pre-requisites to consider

I must mention the backup again as this is the most important pre-requisite that should be completed before initiating the hard reset.

Additionally, before starting the actual steps from below you should verify the power that’s left on your Pixel 2. It will be a good idea to plug in the charger if the power is currently lower than 50%. If the power is too low the Android system can get turned off. And if that happens while you try to make the hard reset you risk in soft bricking your Android device. So, be careful and try not to mess things up.

How to Hard Reset Google Pixel 2

Method 1

  1. This first solution is working if you first switch off your device.
  2. So, do that and also wait until the shut down process is completed.
  3. Next, reboot recovery mode on your Google Pixel 2.
  4. In recovery use the Volume rocker keys to scroll up and down and the Power button to select.
  5. Choose “wipe data factory reset”.
  6. Confirm and wait while the hard reset is being completed.
  7. Optional: complete a full wipe by choosing “wipe cache partition” followed by “wipe dalvik cache”.
  8. When done, return to main menu of recovery.
  9. You can go back to Android mode by picking “reboot system now”.

Method 2

  1. Switch on your Google Pixel 2.
  2. From your Home Screen go and tap on Setting.
  3. From the list of settings displayed tap on the Backup & Reset entry.
  4. Next, choose Factory data reset.
  5. Afterwards, within that menu select Reset phone.
  6. Make sure you choose Erase Everything and then agree with the alerts if that’s implied.
  7. Also, enter your security code if that’s necessary.
  8. Just wait while the factory reset is performed.
  9. That should be all; reboot your Pixel 2 in the end.

Final thoughts

Well, that should be all. Those are the info that must be reviewed before you start the hard reset operation. Also, those are the two ways in which the factory reset can be completed on the Google Pixel 2. Don’t forget to tell us how everything worked for you. We are here to assist you if you need further explanations or if you have other problems that must be resolved – you can talk with us easily by accessing and using the comments field from down below.

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