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How to Hard Reset the Huawei P10

Huawei P10 is a great device that runs on a custom version of the pure Android firmware. Even though this software is usually running smoothly and without any other issues, from time to time you might experience malfunctions or system errors. Well, in those situations a hard reset might help you address everything. Of course, the hard reset comes with other advantages too and that’s exactly what we will be detailing during the following guidelines.

The hard reset, or the factory reset, is in fact a wiping process. Here is what you will obtain once the hard reset is initiated on your Huawei P10: a clean storage system which will be running only on default apps and features; everything that wasn’t there by default will be removed. So, bottom line, you will erase your personal data, info, accounts and other related files, including market apps. While it might sound strange, this operation can be extremely useful.

For example, it might help you speed things up, if you noticed that your Huawei P10 got slowed down recently. The hard reset will manage to refresh the Android system so everything will run as it used to when you first bought your handset.

Also, you can free up the internal storage space and you can ‘protect’ your data in case you are planning to sell your smartphone. Of course, in that particular situation you should first make a backup.

But, the most important advantage: the factory reset process can help you manually address the most common Android soft related problems. The wipe will erase everything including malicious apps, inappropriate tools, malware or unresponsive processes that are stuck in the background. And these are usually the reasons why most of malfunctions appear in the first place. And I am talking about bugs, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating situations, signal strength problems, total blackouts and so on.

Additionally, making a hard reset on your Huawei P10 will be required when you will choose to install a custom ROM firmware such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android. A custom update can replace the stock Android OS and smoothly run on your handset only if you first wipe everything else.

Initiating this operation is not complex or risky. In fact this capability is featured by default on your device so the actual operation is supported by your OEM. That’s why you can apply everything without using third party apps and that’s why you can resume the steps from below even if your handset is currently rooted, installed with a custom recovery image, running on an unlocked bootloader or flashed with a custom ROM firmware.

As you can tell and as it should be obvious you shouldn’t initiate the factory reset unless a backup is firstly applied. You have to save everything that’s important for you as otherwise you will lose your personal data, info, accounts and files. The backup on the Huawei P10 can be applied easily by using cloud storage platforms, built-in cloud storage services or by syncing your data with your Google Account.

Good; now you can start the steps from below. Oh, one last thing: charge your smartphone if somehow the power that’s currently left on your P10 is lower than 40%. It’s a bummer to see how your phone gets turned off in the middle of the factory reset not to mention that the Android system can get soft bricked if that happens.

How to Hard Reset the Huawei P10

Make the hard reset by using the recovery mode menu

  1. You need to power off your Huawei P10 – initiate the switch off process and also wait a few moments while the power off operation is successfully completed.
  2. Next, reboot recovery mode on your Huawei P10.
  3. In recovery use Volume rocker keys for scrolling up and down and the Power key to select your option.
  4. Good; so, select “wipe data factory reset”. Complete this task.
  5. Optional: return to main menu of recovery and choose “wipe data factory reset” and “wipe cache partition”.
  6. When done, from main menu of recovery pick ‘reboot system now’.
  7. That should be all.

Initiate the factory reset by using built-in settings

  1. This method works if your phone is turned on.
  2. Then, tap on Menu and go to Settings.
  3. Scroll down until you find the Advanced settings entry; tap on it.
  4. From the next set of options select Backup & Reset.
  5. And choose Factory data reset.
  6. Tap on Reset phone and confirm by choosing Reset Phone again.
  7. That should be all; the factory reset will be now automatically completed.


There you have it; a wipe was completed on your Huawei P10 so now you know how to apply a hard reset. Your device should run better now and everything should be as you first noticed when you bought your handset. If you applied the factory reset for fixing error do note that additional troubleshooting solutions might be still required: accessing Android Safe Mode, clearing app data cache or reinstalling the stock Android firmware. Do tell how everything worked for you by using the comments field from below.