How to Perform a Hard Reset of a Samsung Galaxy Tablet

Last Edited: July 8, 2017 | Published: July 8, 2017 by

Often we forget that tablets are essentially small computers, and like any computer sometimes you need to do a hard reset and start over in order to improve your user experience. While this is something you will hopefully not have to do, or at least not very often, knowing how to hard reset your Samsung Galaxy tablet will help you get back up and running much quicker if you are having issues with your tablet.

Why Do a Hard Reset

Many tablet users wonder exactly why they should ever do a hard reset on their tablet. But the truth is, there are many reasons.

  1. Performance issues – If your tablet is performing sluggishly, or apps won’t open, a hard reset should take care of the problem and restore your tablet to proper working order.
  2. Malware issues – Malware is increasingly becoming a problem on the Android platform, and sometimes you may find yourself infected with something you can’t get a rid of. A hard reset should take care of the problem for you.
  3. Selling Your Tablet – If you are giving your tablet away or selling it, you don’t want to send if off with all your data and personal settings on it. A hard reset will wipe all that information away so the new owner can start fresh and you don’t have to worry about what you left on your tablet.
  4. Out of Storage – If you run out of room on your tablet, and you don’t want to take the time to go through everything to clear it out, a hard reset is a quick way to reclaim storage space on your device.

As you can see, there are many legit reasons to perform a hard reset on your Samsung Galaxy Tablet, but you do need to be cautious when you do it.

What a Hard Reset Does

Essentially, a hard reset wipes everything off the storage media on your tablet and reloads a fresh version of the Android operating system. Remember the first day you powered on your tablet? When you are finished, it will look just like that. All of your data and settings will be gone and you will be able to start fresh free from whatever was causing the slowdowns on your tablet.

Backup Your Data

Remember, a hard reset will completely wipe out everyone on your tablet, so you must backup your data before you proceed, assuming there are things on your tablet that you want to keep. If not, then you can skip this step. While you won’t have to worry about apps, as you can restore them from the Google Play Store, you need to make sure any documents and media files you have are safely stored elsewhere. Personally, I suggest Google Drive or some other cloud storage option.

Start the Reset

Now that your data is backed up and safe, it’s time to get started.

  1. Power off the tablet by pressing the Power button and then selecting Shut Down.
  2. Press the Power and Volume Up buttons together and hold them until the device displays the startup logo.
  3. When the logo is displayed, release the buttons and wait for the device to boot into the Android system recovery mode.
  4. Using the Volume buttons, navigate to the Wipe data/Factory Reset Option and press the Power button to select it.
  5. Using the Volume buttons, navigate to the Yes — delete all user data option and press the Power button to select it.
  6. Press the Power button to hard reset the device and clear the dalvik cache.

A Few Other Notes

This guide shows you how to do a hard reset that wipes away everything, but if you have gone into the system recovery mode, you know that there are other options. If you want to try one of the options that doesn’t remove quite as much, you definitely can. Just remember that if you are having slow issues on your device, these other options may not take care of the problem. If you want to ensure that you get whatever is causing the issue, a full wipe and hard reset back to the factory settings is definitely the way to go.

Overall, this process will only take a few minutes of your time to start, but it may run for a few minutes while it is performing the reset. Do NOT turn off the device during this process and make sure you have plenty of battery life before you do it. An interruption in this process could mean you have to run it again and, in more extreme cases, could prevent your tablet from booting up again.

Parting Thoughts

Resetting your tablet is a great way to quickly wipe out anything that is causing it to slow down. But remember, a hard reset will not only remove all your apps, but all your user data and files as well. So always remember to backup your device before you do it. If you don’t, you could lose some important files such as pictures that you won’t be able to get back.

Have hard resets help restore your Samsung Galaxy tablet when it was running slow? Tell me about your experiences in the comments below.

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