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How to Hard Reset Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Usually, the Android platform runs without major problems meaning that you should enjoy a stable and a smooth experience. The monthly updates are there to secure this experience and to keep everything up to date all the time, whether we discuss about improved features or about performance enhancements. Anyway, since we are talking about an open source platform is quite impossible to stay out of problems, especially if you are an advanced user who is always trying to test the latest apps, games and processes.

Well, that’s why today we will discuss about a dedicated operation that can be initiated on the Android system, and in particular on the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. And yes, we will detail the hard reset process along with the main aspects that are involved in this situation: the advantages and the risks implied, the essential pre-requisites and, of course, the actual steps that must be followed for properly completing the hard reset operation.

But why we discuss about a hard reset when Android soft-related problems were mentioned? Mainly because a hard reset can help you manually address most of these problems. And, in our case, everything is being applied on the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, as the guidelines from below were successfully tested on this particular smartphone.

So, from time to time you will end up in experiencing problems while using your Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. A new app might be the cause for these issues, or a malware can bring up different malfunctions; actually, it doesn’t matter as the reasons why problems can be experienced on the Android platform are quite numerous and usually varies from one situation to another. However, as you can already tell, the goal is to learn how to quickly fix the issues in order to get back on track as soon as possible.

Thus, right from the start you need to know that through a hard reset you can easily fix the most common Android soft-related problems that can be cause on your Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. These issues might occur while you are using your phone without making anything special – as already outlined, a malware can be installed, a process might get stuck in the background, a new update might mess things up or an inappropriate program might damage the Android core system. Usually, the associated issues are: boot loops, lags, hangs, total blackouts, screen freeze, battery drain, heating situations, signal strength problems and similar other malfunctions.

Such problems can be caused by tweaks – if you applied custom operations that weren’t already tested on your phone, you can easily brick your device and its Android system (that might happen while you try to gain root access, flash a custom recovery image, unlock the bootloader, remove bloatware, install a custom ROM firmware, overclock the Android system and so on).

Making a hard reset is an official operation supported by your OEM and featured by default within the Android core system. That’s why completing the steps from below is possible without using dedicated programs or risky third-party apps. Also, that’s why you have nothing to worry about – you won’t lose your phone’s warranty while using the steps explained below.

A hard reset or a factory reset (it’s the same thing) will wipe the system of your Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. So, now you will manage to partially restore your device back to its initial state – you can fully restore everything back to factory state only by reinstalling the stock Android OS. Shortly, during this process everything that wasn’t pre-loaded on your phone will be removed – thus, you can now lose your contacts, call logs, texts, images, videos, audio files, market apps, internet settings, calendar info, EFS folder, IMEI / NVRAM data and anything else.

From this perspective, you can apply the hard reset if you plan to sell your Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus – in that situation, you can use the wipe as a precaution measure as the best way to protect your personal files is by removing them for good (of course, first a backup should be completed).

A hard reset can help you speed up your Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus, especially if the internal storage memory is a little bit crowded – if the Android OS is installed with numerous apps the overall experience can be slowed down. So, a full wipe can refresh the Android core system which means that in the end you can experience a better and faster Android OS.

Finally, making a hard reset might be required even during certain tweaking procedures. For example, you will have to initiate this process if you will want to replace the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus stock Android OS with a custom ROM firmware such as Lineage OS, AOKP or Paranoid Android.

Now, the best is that you are going to apply a basic Android operation. That means you can start the factory reset even if you made changes within the Android platform – so, the steps from below will work without problems even if your phone is rooted or tweaked in any other way.

However, as already outlined, it’s more than recommended to make a backup on your Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus before starting the steps from this tutorial. Only by previously saving everything you can protect your personal data, info, accounts and files. That’s why, at this point you need to use your favorite backup and restore solutions – among these solutions you can include the following ones: syncing your files with your Google Account, using built-in cloud storage platforms or downloading already tested backup and restore apps from Google Play.

Before resuming the following steps, verify the power that’s left on your Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. It’s more than recommended to charge your handset if it runs low on power – if it will remain without any juice right in the middle of the hard reset, a sudden shut down might be initiated situation during which further problems can occur. So, try to avoid such unpleasant situations and charge your device if the power left is currently lower than 50%.

And, remember to use this step by step guide only if you own the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. Good; so let’s see what you need to do next.

How to Hard Reset Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus

Method 1 – use recovery mode

  1. Start by switching off your handset: press and hold the Power key until the shut down operation is completed, or press the Power key once and select ‘power off’.
  2. Next, reboot recovery mode on your Android device: press and hold the Volume Up and Power buttons for a few moments; when the Mi logo shows up release the Power key but keep pressing the Volume Up button; the recovery mode menu should be now displayed on your phone.
  3. In recovery use the 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: you can also choose ‘wipe cache partition’ followed by ‘wipe dalvik cache’ for completing a full wipe.
  6. When done, return to main menu of recovery and select ‘reboot system now’.

Method 2 – use built-in settings

  1. Power on your Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus.
  2. Tap on Menu and then access Settings.
  3. Under Additional settings find the Backup & Reset entry.
  4. Enter it.
  5. From there tap on the Factory Data Reset option.
  6. Choose Reset Phone when asked and review the risks displayed on your phone.
  7. When you are ready just start the factory reset operation and wait while it is automatically completed.
  8. Done.


Perfect. You should now know how to hard reset the Xiaomi Redmi 5 Plus. If you have questions use the comments field from below as we are here to assist you as soon as possible. Also, stay close if you want to learn other similar tips, tricks and tutorials available for your Redmi 5 Plus. So, that was all for today; enjoy and don’t forget to let us know how everything worked for you.