Maybe you may need to send your Samsung Galaxy Nexus into a service or repair shop, or time has come to depart from it, as you may have sold your Nexus or even might give it away. In any of these situations you may want to factory default your Samsung Galaxy Nexus, getting rid of all your personal data, including contacts, messages, installed apps and games. Even -God forbid!- you might have ended up with a freezed unresponsive phone, or eventually slugish enough as not to be happy enough with it, maybe due to over installing stuff and over-customizing it’s settings. In these situations, your Samsung Galaxy Nexus will also benefit with the revival procedure of hard resetting Android
Hard reset Samsung Galaxy Nexus from inside Android
If you still got access to your Android operative system inside your Samsung Galaxy Nexus, then you can invoke the hard reset Android procedure from the settings menu. Please follow these steps:
- From your home screen, press the Apps button.
- When the Apps tab is open, select Settings button.
- From Settings menu, in Personal Section, please select Backup & Reset option
- You need to decide if you want to backup your data and after your Samsung Galaxy Nexus is factory defaulted, get everyhing back, or not.
- Press into the Factory Data Reset option.
- A final warning text will appear, explaining what will happen, and below it you will find a confirmation button.
- Confirm your hard reset.
Android’s hard reset procedure will take several minutes to run. When finished, your Samsung Galaxy Nexus will reboot and preset itself as if it just got out of its factory.
If your phone is unresponsive, or you don’t care to start it up into Android, or even you do not need to backup your data, as it turns out you only want to hard reset your Samsung Galaxy Nexus in a fool-proof’s forceful way, then you can follow these steps:Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the forceful way
- Start with your phone powered off (if it is freezed, just take off the battery, wait some seconds and put it back in).
- Press and Hold both Volume UP and DOWN buttons and press and hold the power button.
- Keep them pressed until your Samsung Galaxy Nexus starts up into bootloader mode (an Android will appear with a door opened into it’s innards)
- You will use your volume buttons to navigate into the different options and the power butto to choose: Select “Recovery Mode”
- Your phone will reboot into “Recovery Mode”
- Press and hold the Power Button and then press the volume UP button.
- From the menu, select the “Wipe Data / Factory Reset” option
- Confirm it by selecting YES and wait for several minutes.
- Back into the menu, select “Reboot System Now”
Congratulations: You just done a hard reset on your Samsung Galaxy Nexus and now your phone is back into factory default.