Factory Reset is the one way to wipe out all the data from your smartphone and there is also another way to wipe out all the data in your smartphone i.e Hard reset. Factory reset and hard reset may have the similar effects, all the data is wiped out including the third party apps you have installed. But both these methods differs from each in terms of the association with phone’s settings and execution.
Factory reset is associated with rebooting the entire system whereas hard reset is associated with resetting any hardware. Below is the table clearly explaining the difference between hard reset and factory reset.
How to hard reset Samsung smartphones
Before hard resetting your smartphone, export all your contacts to SD card as backup and so that you can restore them after the reset.
- First turn off your phone.
- Now press the volume up and home button simultaneously and wait for the moment.
- Then press the power button until the phone vibrates and release all the buttons.
- Now you will get this on your screen. Here you can use touch, so you want to use power and volume buttons for the control.
- In the menu select Wipe data/Factory reset and use the volume button to scroll down.
- Now select yes in the next screen with the power button.
- Wait for few seconds and the phone will reboot. You will see the menu again and select Reboot system now.
- Wait for a while to setup the device and enter your account details.
Aside from setting up your device, you need to install and update the third party apps. Your files in the external card and SIM are not affected. You can restore your contacts by importing them from your SD card.