If you have to complete a hard reset on your Samsung Galaxy S9 but you really don’t know too many info about this operation, don’t panic as we’ve got you covered. In that respect, the guidelines explained below should help you better understand the hard reset operation and the ways in which this process can be completed on the new Galaxy S9. Along with the hard reset steps we will also discuss about the risks and advantages implied and about the essential pre-requisites that must be first followed.

A hard reset, or a factory reset, is a dedicated operation that can be anytime completed on the Android system. Now, depending on each OEM this process can be done differently, though the effect will be the same. So, right from the start you need to know that on your Galaxy S9 you need to follow a dedicated process, which is explained during this step by step guide.

The hard reset operation is there by default – this functionality is pre-loaded on your Samsung Galaxy S9 so it can be anytime initiated without having to use third party apps or any other risky program. Additionally, it will be an official process, supported by Samsung – KNOX won’t get tripped and you won’t lose access for built-in apps (shortly, you won’t lose your phone’s warranty, which can happen only when custom operations are completed).

As for the actual hard reset, here is what you need to know: this operation will partially restore your Galaxy S9 back to factory state since it will initiate a full system wipe. Yes, that’s right, the hard reset will remove everything from your device, at least everything that wasn’t there from day one. Basically, once this process is performed on your phone you will be left only with built-in apps; everything else will be missing.

And because of that the hard reset operation can help you smartly manage different situations. For example, you can free up some space in order to bump speeds up when everything gets slowed down. Or, you can protect your data if you plan to sell your smartphone (of course, in that case a backup is first required). And, you can try to unbrick a soft bricked Galaxy S9 – the hard reset will remove everything including malicious apps, unresponsive programs, malware and similar other potential harmful software. Therefore, by using this guide you can fix general malfunctions such as boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating situations, signal strength problems, total blackouts and so on.

In other situations, a full wipe will be used during custom tweaks – as you might already know, you will have to make a factory reset if you are going to update your Galaxy S9 with a custom ROM software (in that case, the new ROM can run only if the system is first cleared out).

The best is that the factory reset can be initiated regardless of the state in which your device is found at a certain moment. For example, it won’t matter even if your GalaxyS9 is rooted, locked, powered by the stock Android OS or by a custom ROM firmware, running on a locked or unlocked bootloader and so on.

Now, of course, a backup is more than recommended in this situation. It’s obvious that you are going to lose everything that’s important for you, if a general backup isn’t applied first. That’s why you should secure your personal data, info, accounts and files – mainly, you should take care of your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, saved passwords, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and further more. As backup and restore solutions you can anytime choose to save your files by using built-in cloud storage services, by using backup and restore apps from Google Play or by syncing data with your Google Account.

If your smartphone will get switched off while the hard reset is performed, different software related problems might be caused within the Android platform. So, in order to avoid any unpleasant situations, you should first verify the power that’s left on your Samsung Galaxy S9. And, if you notice that this power is currently lower than 50%, you must plug in the charger first.

How to Hard Reset Samsung Galaxy S9

Method 1

  1. Begin by turning off your smartphone and by waiting for the switch off process to be completed.
  2. Next, put your Samsung Galaxy S9 into recovery mode.
  3. In recovery use Volume rocker keys to scroll up and down and Power button to select.
  4. Thus, choose ‘wipe data factory reset’ and confirm.
  5. Then, select ‘yes – delete all user data’ and resume the actual process.
  6. When done, return to main menu of recovery and pick ‘reboot system now’.
  7. That’s all.

Method 2

  1. Power on your phone – this method can be completed by using built-in settings.
  2. Under Main Menu choose Settings.
  3. In Settings switch to General Management.
  4. Scroll down, find the Reset option and tap on it.
  5. Next, choose Factory data reset.
  6. One last time, choose Reset.
  7. When asked, pick up Delete All.
  8. That’s all; the factory reset will be now automatically performed.
  9. Reboot your Galaxy S9 in the end.


There you have it; that’s how you can complete the hard reset operation on your Samsung Galaxy S9. Do tell us everything about your experience by using the comments field from below. If you have any questions, or observations, we will try to assist you as soon as possible with the best solutions that can solve your problems. And, of course, for accessing other similar operations compatible with your S9, don’t hesitate and check out our ‘how to’ field.

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