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How to Hard Reset the Google Pixel 3

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As you might know, being able to perform a full wipe on Android is an important operation as it can help you resolve different software-related problems and also initiate other dedicated tweaks and customizations. So, we’re discussing about a basic Android operation, which is knows as a hard reset or a factory reset. Now, since learning how to complete this particular process is more than recommended, today we decided to explain the hard reset operation for your brand new Google Pixel 3.

And in that respect you can now read these guidelines. By checking the lines detailed below you can learn how to quickly, safely and successfully perform the hard reset operation on the Google Pixel 3. As you will notice among other things we will discuss about the reasons why a factory reset might be required in the first place, we will review the risks that might be implied and we will also mention the essential pre-requisites that are indicated in this situation. Therefore, don’t hesitate and check it all out.

What you need to understand right from the beginning is that the hard reset operation will manage to partially restore your Google Pixel 3 back to factory state – only partially because you won’t be able to restore default settings, but to refresh the Android system through a full wipe process. In a few words, everything that wasn’t there from day one will be now erased – thus, in the end on your Pixel 3 you will be left only with bloatware and built-in apps, features and processes; everything else will be removed.

From that perspective the hard reset operation is extremely useful. As you can tell, it can help you speed up the Android OS when the system god slowed down by the numerous apps and processes that were installed. Also, it can help you free up some space and remove apps that aren’t useful anymore. In other situations it can help you fix different software related issues as the factory reset can remove malware, inappropriate tools, unresponsive programs or malicious apps – in that respect you can use the steps explained below for addressing issues like boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze errors, battery drain, heating problems, signal strength issues, total blackouts and more. And, of course, the hard reset can help you during your tweaking initiatives – for example, a factory reset is required if you want to install a custom ROM firmware like Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android.

Completing a full wipe on your Google Pixel 3 is an official operation, supported by Google and pre-loaded within the Android core system. That’s why you have nothing to worry about: you won’t have to use complex or risky programs, you won’t lose your phone’s warranty or access to built-in apps and you can apply the steps from below even if your device was rooted, installed with a custom recovery image, or if it’s running on an unlocked bootloader.

But, a backup shouldn’t be optional in this case. As already mentioned before, everything will be erased from your Google Pixel during the hard reset operation. So, you should be precautious and protect your personal data, info, accounts and other files which might still be required afterwards: contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and so on. Therefore, go ahead and use your favorite backup and restore apps on your handset: sync files with your Google account, use built-in cloud storage apps, use an external storage device, or just download dedicated and already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.

Before starting the hard reset operation we recommend you to verify the power level on your Google Pixel 3. If that power is currently lower than 50% you should first charge your device. Do so as otherwise your handset might get switched off right in the middle of the factory reset operation – if a sudden shut down happens you can end up in experiencing malfunctions on your Android based device.

How to Hard Reset the Google Pixel 3

Method 1 – use the recovery mode menu

  1. Switch off your Android based device.
  2. Then, enter recovery mode on your Google Pixel 3.
  3. In recovery scroll within options by using the Volume rocker keys and confirm by pressing on Power button.
  4. First, select ‘wipe data factory reset’ and confirm.
  5. Then, for ensuring a full wipe you should also choose to apply these options: ‘wipe cache partition’ and ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
  6. When you’re done, return to main menu of recovery and select ‘reboot system now’.
  7. Done.

Method 2 – use the built-in settings

  1. Turn on your Google Pixel 3.
  2. Go to Menu and launch the Settings environment.
  3. Then, switch to the System tab.
  4. Under System settings find and select the Restart options.
  5. From there pick Erase all data.
  6. Go ahead and confirm by selecting Reset Phone.
  7. Read the alerts and choose Erase Everything.
  8. The factory reset operation will be now automatically completed.
  9. Reboot your handset in the end.

That’s all for today; those were the methods and the steps that can be followed when you have to complete a hard reset on your Google Pixel 3 – if you want you can just bookmark this step by step guide as who knows when you might need to use it. Anyhow, don’t forget to let us know how the factory reset worked for you and for your Google branded smartphone – you can quickly get in touch with our team and with other Android users by using the comments field from below. Of course, if you experienced issues we will try to assist you as soon as possible with the right troubleshooting solutions. Enjoy and stay close to us for further tutorials and Android related tips and tricks available for your Google Pixel 3.