June 21, 2024


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Reset Android – Part 21

If you got here, then it is safe to assume that you need to get a Chinese tablet into factory default settings. Maybe you want to give it away, sell it out, safely dispose it, or maybe you forgot your password or unblocking pattern. The main problem with a chinese tablet is that you most probably won’t find an official website for your “brand” … if you are lucky enough to find any brand or even model in your Chinese tablet. So you are probably on the wild with your Chinese tablet,  left with no help whatsoever.

Thankfully enough, the last phrase is not entirely true, as different Android user forums around the globe dedicates an interesting amount of discussion space for the Chinese tablet breed. Scrapping and investigating such valuable user-generated information, we came up with a series of hard reset / factory defaulting methods that you  may try in your Chinese tablet:

Hard Resetting your Chinese Tablet

You may invest some time trying the following hard reset methods on your Chinese tablet, as they seem to have been quite successful in most cases. Previously to start testing each one of the following buttons sequence, you need to get your Chinese tablet powered down. It won’t work if your Chinese tablet is merely on sleep mode: You need to shut it down completely. Try to press (and maintain pressed for some seconds) the following keys:

  1. HOME and POWER buttons
  3. UP VOLUME and POWER buttons
  4. DOWN VOLUME and POWER buttons

Hopefully one of these methods will manage to bring up into the screen the recovery menu, where you will be able to choose the WIPE DATA / FACTORY RESET option (probably by moving over the menu with the VOLUME UP / DOWN buttons). If you are lucky and can get into such menu, just execute the WIPE DATA / FACTORY RESET option on your Chinese Tablet!

Your Nexus 4 phone, announced on october 2012 landed as one of the better (if not the very best) phones avaialable for the Android Mobile scene. You surely found pure quad core power and incredible specs under every aspect of this stupendous Nexus 4 phone by LG, which in turn probably did a good work on satisfying your mobile computing needs … at least for some time.

Now maybe it is time to move on and your LG E960 phone is being offered in ebay, or even maybe you are giving it as a gift to someone else. A Hard Reset

on your Android OS might prove a mandatory task, in such case.  You will wipe out all your personal stuff including messages, apps, games,contacts, history logs, etc. from your Nexus 4 and leave it in it’s factory default mode, as if it was just purchased.

Or -hopefully is not your case- your phone has been degrading in performance due to the increasing amount of apps, games and general data you are stuffing inside it. Maybe  your Nexus 4 is even freezing on you, or just forcefully closing your favorite apps from time to time, due to some obscure incompatibility from some recent App you installed, and you do not have a clear idea on which one is the offending one. These symptoms can be also cured by performing a hard reset on your phone.

Factory Default Nexus 4 the easy way

As usual with all Android devices, there is an option inside the SETTINGS menu on your Nexus 4 that allows you to hard reset it and leave it as factory default. You will find this inside the Backup and Reset option. Once inside, you have to choose the Factory Data Reset option.

Factory Default your Nexus 4 with no Android access

If your Nexus 4 is unresponsive, then you may follow these steps in order to Factory Default it:

  1. Turn OFF your Nexus 4 phone
  2. Press and hold the Volume Down  and the Power buttons until your nexus 4 turns on.
  3. When you see the word START and an arrow around it,  release those keys and tap the Volume Down button twice, to select Recovery Mode
  4. Press Power button to confirm Recovery mode.
  5. Your Nexus 4 will reboot in Recovery Mode (An android image with a red exclamation mark will appear)
  6. While pressing the Power button, press the Volume UP button.
  7. Use the Volume keys to scroll into WIPE DATA / FACTORY RESET option.
  8. Press Power to select the desired option. Choose YES  – erase all user data” and reconfirm with the Power Button
  9. Your LGE960 Nexus 4 will perform a hard reset on it’s Android Operative System.

Again, it is necessary to repeat that all your information inside the Nexus 4 phone’s memory will be lost with this procedure. This tutorial has been extracted and interpreted from the Nexus 4 Support online manual.

The Pantech Crossover Android phone was the first Pantech Android Phone released in partnership with AT&T, and as a first one, the guys at Pantech excelled on the design art and quality. This is why the Pantech Crossover is still around, even on sale at an incredibly nice price on prepaid option from AT&T at amazon.com


So it is safe to asume that there are tons of Pantech Crossover Android phones around, and surely the question about hard reset this phone arises at one point of it’s life. As usual, with any Android devices, there are two ways to hard reset your Pantech Crossover: The first one is easy enough, from inside Android itself, where you can invoke the factory default reset routine. The second one is a bit more drastic, involving powering off and on the phone while fiddling with it’s different buttons.

Needless to say, in any way such hard reset act shall be invoked as a last resort either to fix any slugginess or misbehaving that your hanset may be suffering, or as a security measure, if you are planning to sell or give away your phone.

Hard reset Your Pantech Crossover from within Android OS

You can execute the Factory Default routine from inside your Android OS, effectively returning your Pantech Crossover into a factory default settings state and thus erasing all your personal information from inside your handset:

  1. While on your Android’s phone main screen, press the Menu Key.
  2. Press over Settings option
  3. Scroll into Privacy option and press it
  4. Select Factory data reset in there
  5. Take notice of the displayed warning and press over Reset Phone.
  6. Press over Erase Everything, confirming your actions

This way of performing a master reset on your Pantech Crossover phone is more serious, as can be executed regardless of the state in which the Android OS is:

  1. With your phone turned off, press and hold the VOLUME DOWN key
  2. While pressing down the VOLUME DOWN key, also press and hold the HOME key
  3. While pressing down both VOLUME DOWN and HOME keys, press and hold the POWER key.
  4. When the Pantech logo appears, you may release the POWER key.
  5. You may release the VOLUME DOWN and HOME keys when the exclamation symbol appears.
  6. Press the HOME key in order to invoke the ANDROID SYSTEM RECOVERY menu.
  7. Scroll down by pressing the VOLUME DOWN key into the WIPE DATA / FACTORY RESET option.
  8. Open your Pantech Crossover keyboard and press the ENTER key.
  9. Wait while your phone is WIPED OUT.
  10. When Finished, scroll down with VOLUME DOWN and select WIPE CACHE PARTITION
  11. Press the ENTER key on your keyboard to clear the cache partition.
  12. When finished, press the ENTER key so your Pantech Crossover can reboot

With these two methods you can revert your Pantech Crossover Android phone into Factory default state.

So, you bought a new Google Nexus 7 Tablet. Immediately, you configured it for the somewhat novel and fun (yes, sure you are still thinking about it as fun) gesture and / or face recognition unlock pattern. For a time, you are quite happy about your Nexus 7. But, inevitably, maybe at work, at school, or even in your own home, someone grabbed your Nexus 7 and used up all its unlock pattern retries trying to get into Android. Now you got your Nexus 7 tablet locked, asking for you to enter your google account password in order to reset it’s retry counter and let you get in.

There is a tiny detail in this scenario, bumping the “perversity level” up a notch: Last time you used your Nexus 7, you turned off it’s WIFI connection in order to conserve energy. So, now, as Murphy law dictates, when you enter your google’s account passwords, your Nexus 7 tablet has no means  of checking it up against Google’s website (and as it happens, your Nexus 7 Android OS seems to be dumb enough not to actually turn WIFI on).

The only effective solution, as most users under this situation writes about, is to RMA it into Google . They make you pay for a hard reset fee, and return your Nexus 7 to you after factory defaulting it.

 Is there a hard reset method for the Nexus 7 Tablet ?

There are tons of forums over the web where they discuss this topic, believe it or not. The foolproof method is elusive enough to get you reading for hours. Several methods are listed, none are confirmed by third parties. We shall transcribe those ones that might be worth a try:

  1. Leave it ON, asking for the unlock pattern: When battery starts to get low, your Nexus 7 will ask if you want to adjust your battery settings. If you confirm this, you will be taken into the settings menu, under the battery settings option, but then, the whole settings menu will be accessible. If such is the case, you may select BACKUP & RESET and perform a Hard reset Android on your Nexus 7!
  2. You can always send it to Google and pay their hard reset service.
  3. If you are a certified geek, fond of technical intrincancies, you may try a tutorial on how to unlock, root and Flash recover your Nexus 7, depicted on this link.

Please, if you find any of these methods useful at all, or discover any other that does work, post it as a comment down here so other users of the Nexus 7 tablet can benefit from it too!

Your Samsung P1000 tablet can be hard reset either by using the appropriate option which can be found inside your settings menu or by invoking a bare metal hard reset routine while turning your Tablet on. The advantage for the first method is mainly the commodity of solving your issues with your P1000 tablet right within the Android interface. But this might not prove possible if your tablet is really wasted and you cannot manage to select the settings menu, because of its instability and / or low speed. If your P1000 is in such catatonic state, then -hopefully- the second method will solve your problem.

Hard reset your Samsung P1000 the “easy” way

You may invoke the Hard reset / factory default routine by opening the Settings menu from your Android desktop screen, then scrolling down to the Privacy option, and selecting it. Inside the Privacy screen you will find the Factory Reset  option. If you press it, your Samsung P1000 will ask for confirmation of the procedure and then it will erase all your data, apps,contacts, messages, etc. Your Samsung P1000 will be left as if new, in a “factory default” state.

Factory Default your P1000 for sure!

If our earlier depicted hard reset method does not cut it for you, then you may try this fool-proof hard reset procedure:

  1. If on, then turn off your Samsung P1000 Tablet
  2. While off, press -and hold- the VOLUME DOWN button
  3. Press -and hold- the POWER button (while holding down the VOLUME DOWN button)
  4. When the Samsung logo appears on your P1000 tablet, release the POWER button
  5. Follow instructions on your P1000 screen

This second method of hard resetting your P1000 tablet will -hopefully- be executed even if your Android OS is unusable.