Knowing how to completely wipe everything from your OnePlus 6 represents an important aspect that can change the way you understand the Android platform. We understand that the idea of erasing what’s personal might sound a little bit intimidating but, the ability of restoring (only partially though) your device back to its factory state might bring a lot of advantages even when we discuss about the daily Android experience. In that respect, during the following guidelines we will detail the hard reset operation and the methods in which this process can be successfully completed on the OnePlus 6.
So, the hard reset process describes a full wipe that can affect your OnePlus 6. It is a built-in feature that can be anytime initiated on your device, so for completing the steps from this guide you won’t have to use third-party apps or risky tools. However, since it implies in assuming several risks (related with your files of course) the hard reset operation must be detailed before we can go towards the actual wiping solutions.
Right from the start you need to know that this operation can be applied almost anytime, regardless of the state in which your phone is found and even if recent tweaks were performed. For example, you can use the steps from below in the same way whether we talk about the stock Android OS or about a custom ROM, about the stock or custom recovery modes, about a locked or unlocked bootloader and so on. Additionally, since it’s a process that’s supported by your OEM, you won’t risk in losing your OnePlus 6 warranty, so from this perspective you have nothing to worry about.
Now, the hard reset can help you speed things up – I know that might sound strange when the OnePlus 6 is involved, but during time things won’t be as fast as they are now. In those situations, a hard reset can refresh the Android OS leading to improved speeds and better overall performance on a daily basis. And, of course, it can help you free up some space when third party apps along with other personal files are too much for your phone’s internal storage memory.
In other situations the hard reset will be a good idea in prospect of protecting your data – for example, if you want to sell your handset you need to make sure that everything that’s personal isn’t going to be accessible to the next OnePlus 6 user. And, from this perspective a full wipe is more than recommended – of course, not without a preliminary backup operation.
But, the most important advantage introduced by the hard reset process is the ability of fixing software related problems. Yes, that’s right, you can use this guide as dedicated troubleshooting solutions since a full wipe can help you remove bloatware, unresponsive programs, malicious apps or inappropriate tools – these are general problems that can lead to more complex issues including boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and so on.
And finally, the same wipe can help you during tweaking operations – for example, you will have to make a hard reset on your OnePlus 6 if you will want to replace the stock Android OS with a custom ROM firmware (like Lineage OS, AOKP, Paranoid Android and so on).
As you can already tell, you shouldn’t start the steps explained below before saving everything that might still be required afterwards. I’m mainly talking about personal data, info, accounts and files which might include contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder or IMEI / NVRAM data. A general backup can be easily applied – on your OnePlus 6 you have at your disposal built-in cloud storage platforms, you can choose to sync files with your Google Account or you can go to Google Play and download already tested backup and restore apps.
Don’t forget to plug in the charger on your OnePlus 6 before initiating the wipe, if your phone is running low on battery power – if the power that’s left is lower than 40%, the Android OS might get switched off during the factory reset operation and in that case you can end up in experiencing malfunctions in the end.
How to Hard Reset the OnePlus 6
- First of all, switch off your OnePlus 6 and wait a few seconds until the power off process is completed.
- Next, reboot recovery mode on your OnePlus 6.
- In recovery use Volume Up and Down rocker keys in order to scroll within options and use the Power button to select your option.
- Select ‘wipe data factory reset’ and wait while the wipe is performed.
- Optional: choose ‘wipe cache partition’ followed by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
- Return to main menu of recovery when done and choose ‘reboot system now’.
- Make sure your device is turned on.
- Then, go to Main Menu and enter the Settings screen.
- From there find the Backup and Reset entry and tap on it.
- Afterwards, choose Factory Data Reset.
- Tap on Reset Phone and once more review the warning messages.
- Choose Erase Everything (that’s how you can confirm your option).
- Now the factory reset will be automatically completed.
- When done, reboot your OnePlus 6.
Whatever your reasons might be, now you know how to complete a hard reset operation on your OnePlus 6. If you need our further assistance or if you want to learn other similar process don’t hesitate and get in touch with us – do it through the comments field from below. Also, you can access similar Android related tips, tricks and tutorials by heading towards our ‘how to’ section. That was all for now; enjoy.