Is your phone running slow? Are you experiencing software-related issues on your Xiaomi Mi A2? Do you have to wipe the internal storage system in order to fix malfunctions on your Android device? If so, the hard reset operation is the answer for these questions. And that’s not all as the factory reset can help you smartly manage different issues and problems related with the Android UI that powers your Xiaomi Mi A2. Thus, that’s why we will detail this basic Android operation during the following guidelines.

This tutorial will help you better understand how the hard reset operation works. It will also tell you when the factory reset is recommended and what types of problems can be fixed in this way. And, of course we will discuss about the risks implied and about the essential pre-requisites that are recommended in this situation.

As already outlined, the hard reset is nothing but a wipe. A full wipe to be more precise which will affect the internal storage memory featured on the Xiaomi Mi A2. So, after completing the hard reset you will manage to partially restore your device back to factory state – you will remove everything from your phone and in the end you will be able to use only the built-in apps, features and processes (so, only bloatware).

That’s why the hard reset is recommended during the following situations:

  • Your Xiaomi Mi A2 is running slower than it used to – the amount of apps installed during time can slow down your smartphone, situation during which a full wipe is more than recommended (basically, you can refresh the Android UI).
  • You want to sell your handset to a strange person – if you don’t erase your personal files before selling your phone, you risk to share parts of your life with someone that you don’t know; thus, a full wipe can help you in that matter.
  • You experience software-related issues on your Xiaomi Mi A2 – if boot loops, lags, hangs, screen freeze, battery drain, heating problems, signal strengths issues or total blackouts are involved you can try to fix your soft-bricked Xiaomi Mi A2 through the hard reset process. Note: along with other files the full wipe will remove malware, inappropriate apps, malicious tools or unresponsive programs.
  • You want to replace the stock Android OS with a custom ROM firmware such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android – a custom firmware can run on your device only if a full wipe is first completed.

Mainly these are the problems that can be resolved with a factory reset. Of course, there are various other situations during which the hard reset can turn out to be a useful solution for your Xiaomi Mi A2.

Anyhow, performing this process comes without major risks – the operation is supported by your OEM thus you won’t have to use third party apps or risky programs while following the steps from this tutorial. Bottom line, you won’t lose your Xiaomi Mi A2 warranty, so from this perspective you have nothing to worry about.

Your data will be erased. So, as you can already tell, in this case a backup is not optional. Before starting the hard reset you have to save your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, the EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and basically everything else that might be required afterwards. A general backup can be applied by using built-in cloud storage programs or by using other backup and restore solutions: you can sync different files with your Google Account or you can go to Google Play from where you can choose to download already tested backup and restore apps.

Problems can be experienced if your smartphone gets turned off while the hard reset operation is completed – then, different software-related problems can be caused. So, try to avoid such situations – just make sure that there is enough power left on your Xiaomi Mi A2 before doing anything else: as a general recommendation, you should plug in the charger first if the power left on your phone is lower than 50%.

How to Hard Reset the Xiaomi Mi A2

Method 1 – do it from recovery mode menu

  1. Start by switching off your smartphone: press and hold the Power key until the power off process is completed, or press the Power button and then select ‘power off’.
  2. Afterwards, reboot recovery mode on your Xiaomi Mi A2.
  3. In recovery use Volume rocker keys to scroll up and down and the Power button to select.
  4. So, choose ‘wipe data factory reset’ and confirm.
  5. Optional: for a full wipe you should also select ‘wipe cache partition’ followed by ‘wipe dalvik cache’.
  6. When done, return to main menu of recovery.
  7. Pick ‘reboot system now’ and that’s it.

Method 2 – complete the factory reset by using built-in settings

  1. Power on your smartphone as we will use built-in settings on this method.
  2. Bring the Main Menu interface to your device and from there tap on the Settings icon.
  3. From general Settings choose the System entry and then navigate towards Reset options.
  4. Next, pick Erase all data (factory reset) and review the alerts that might be displayed.
  5. Choose Reset Phone and confirm by selecting Erase everything.
  6. That’s all; the factory reset will be automatically completed.
  7. Reboot your Xiaomi Mi A2 in the end.


There’s how you can easily and also quickly complete a hard reset on your Xiaomi Mi A2. As you could see there’s no risk in performing this operation as long as you first backup your personal data, info, accounts and files; and the advantages related with the factory reset are more than relevant in that respect. Well, you can share your Android wiping experience with us and with our readers by using the comments field available below. And, for other tutorials and basic Android operations compatible with your Xiaomi Mi A2 we recommend you to check out our ‘how to’ section. Enjoy and stay close.

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