Being able to reset your Galaxy Note 9 from time to time is more than recommended especially if you are a power user who is going to take full advantage of his Android based flagship. Of course, choosing to reset your device can help you smartly manage different problems and resolve other tasks, though the main idea is that you can restore the Android UI back to its factory state. Anyhow, we will further discuss about these aspects during the guidelines from below where we will also detail the steps that must be followed for successfully initiating a hard reset on the Samsung Galaxy Note 9.

The hard reset is the same thing with the factory reset – both terms are describing the same operation, the one that fully wipes the internal storage memory of your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. So, that’s what you will obtain once the reset is applied: a cleared storage and a clean Android UI which can perform faster and better than it used to. Therefore, when you feel that your device isn’t running as fast as it used to, the hard reset will help you bump speeds – that’s because third party apps and processes can, during time, slow down the Android software.

Additionally, the hard reset can help you fix different software related problems that can cause malfunctions on your Note 9. That’s possible because the full wipe will also remove unresponsive processes, malware, malicious apps or inappropriate tools. Thus, in the end you can fix boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, total blackouts and similar other issues.

The hard reset is also a procedure that will be required during tweaks, so it can help you customize, optimize and personalize your device. For example, you will have to initiate a factory reset when you will want to replace the stock Android OS with a custom ROM firmware such as Lineage OS, AOKP, Paranoid Android or any other unofficial port of Android.

And of course, if you will want to sell your smartphone, before doing so you will have to perform the hard reset – that’s how you can protect your data, though a preliminary backup operation shouldn’t be optional.

So, yes, a backup is, in our case, more than recommended. Since a full wipe will be applied, without securing your files you can end up in losing everything that wasn’t there from day one – and there we can include different things among which we can mention contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and similar other packages that might be required afterwards. On the Galaxy Note 9 you can use built-in cloud storage apps, you can choose to sync files with your Google Account or you can use dedicated and already tested backup and restore apps that are available on Google Play.

Applying the hard reset represents an official operation supported by your OEM. During the wiping process you won’t have to use risky or third party tools. So, you won’t risk in tripping Samsung KNOX or in losing access to built-in apps – that can happen only when unofficial processes are applied. Moreover, applying the factory reset can be done without problems even if your smartphone is currently rooted, running on an unlocked bootloader, installed with a custom recovery image and so on.

Before starting to perform the factory reset steps explained below you should verify the power that’s left on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9. If the power is low your device can get turned off in the middle of the hard reset operation, situation during which software related problems can be caused. So, for avoiding any possible problems choose to charge your device, if the power that’s left is currently lower than 50%.

How to Hard Reset the Samsung Galaxy Note 9

Method 1 – use built-in general settings

  1. Power on your smartphone.
  2. Then, navigate towards the Settings menu.
  3. Scroll down until you find the General management field and tap on it.
  4. From the next window open the Reset tab and within it choose Factory data reset.
  5. Next, find the Reset button and tap on it.
  6. Read the alerts and when ready select Delete all.
  7. Now, the factory reset will be initiated and automatically completed on your Samsung Galaxy Note 9.
  8. In the end reboot your smartphone and enjoy.

Method 2 – do it from recovery mode menu

  1. Switch off your device and wait a few moments while the power off process is completed.
  2. Next, start holding down the Volume Up, Home and Bixby buttons together.
  3. When the Samsung Logo shows up release the Power and Bixby buttons but keep pressing on Volume Up.
  4. Do so until the recovery mode menu shows up – so, that’s how recovery mode can be entered on the Galaxy Note 9 (you can read more about that during this dedicated step by step guide).
  5. In recovery use Volume rocker keys to scroll and the Power button to select.
  6. So, from recovery pick ‘wipe data factory reset’.
  7. Optional, for performing a full wipe, you can also choose ‘wipe cache partition’ followed by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
  8. When done, return to main menu of recovery menu.
  9. There, select ‘reboot system now’.
  10. Done.


That’s how you can complete the hard reset operation on the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9. You can tell us how everything worked for you and for your device by using the comments field from below. You can also check out our ‘how to’ section if you want to learn other similar procedures along with useful Android related tips and tricks that are compatible with your smartphone. Enjoy and stay close.

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