How to reset Samsung S5: Would you like to reset your Samsung Galaxy S5 to solve some problems that have “burdened” the operation of the phone but you are not sure how to do it? Are you about to sell your Galaxy S5 to buy another smartphone and want a hand in erasing all data from the device’s memory? Don’t worry, you’ve come to the right place at the right time.
Below you will find explained, in a few simple steps, how to reset samsung s5 and restore the device to its factory state. By following the procedure, you can delete all your data from the smartphone memory (but not from the microSD, attention!) And you can restore Android to its initial state, thus obtaining a system with no more apps, no accounts configured and with all the default settings.
So, can you know what else are you waiting for? Take five minutes of free time and find out what are the steps you need to take to reset your Galaxy S5. I assure you, it doesn’t take a tech savvy to do it. The procedure is valid for the standard model of Samsung Galaxy S5 and for its more popular variants, such as the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S5 Neo. Happy reading and have fun!
Preparations (data backup)
Resetting a smartphone means deleting all the data on the device memory (as well as restoring its operating system to its factory state), so before taking action it is advisable to create a backup copy of photos, videos, messages and any other file you consider important. For the creation of your backups you can act on two levels: the local one in which the saving of photos, videos, etc. takes place on the PC and the cloud where the data is synchronized online via Google services (at no cost).
If you haven’t done so yet, you can create a local backup of your data using SmartSwitch, Samsung’s official software for saving and restoring data on smartphones and tablets of the Galaxy family (and more).
To download SmartSwitch on your PC, connect to the program’s website and click on the button Download for Windows located in the center of the page. Then open the file Smart_Switch_PC_xx.exe that you just downloaded on your PC and click on the button Yup. Then put the check mark next to the two items concerning the terms of the license agreement and first click on Forward and then on end to finish the setup.
If you use a Mac, you can download SmartSwitch by connecting to the program’s website and clicking on the button Download for Mac OS. When the download is complete, open the dmg package that contains the program, starts the file SmartSwitchMac.pkg which is inside it and click on the button Keep it going three consecutive times. Then accept the conditions of use of the software by pressing the appropriate button, click on the buttons Keep it going And Install and complete the SmartSwitch installation process by typing the password of your user account on OS X (the one you use to log into the system). Mac restart may be required.
At this point, all you have to do is connect the S5 to the computer, start SmartSwicth and click on the button Back up to start saving all the data on the smartphone. The operation could go on for several minutes.
Alternatively, if you prefer to “manually” manage the data to be saved on your computer, open theWindows Explorer or the application Android File Transfer on Mac and proceed with importing the folders of your interest (eg. DCIM> Camera if you want to import photos and videos to your PC). If you need more information on how to connect Samsung mobile to PC or how to download photos from a Samsung mobile, check out my tutorials dedicated to these themes.
As for the online backup, you just need to access the Android settings and check that the data synchronization functions are active.
He then clicks on the icon ofgear found in the notification menu or on the Android home screen, go to Account and, in the screen that opens, first select the logo of Google and then yours Gmail address. At this point, check that the functions related to synchronizing photos, contacts, calendar, app data, etc. are active, otherwise you activate them.
Another important “check” that I advise you to do is the one relating to the backup of photos and videos. Then open the application Google Photos, presses on the ad icon Hamburger located at the top left and select the item Settings from the bar that appears on the side. At this point, select the item Upload size and verify that the option is selected in the box that opens High quality (otherwise select it yourself). In this way, all the photos and videos taken with the S5 will be saved for free on Google Drive without eroding the storage space available on the account.
Speaking of Google Drive, I almost forgot… if you use Whatsapp, open the application, go to the menu (…)> Settings> Chat and calls and check that you have a fairly recent backup of your chats (backup which, in fact, is made on Google Drive). Otherwise, immediately create it by pressing the button Back up.
For backing up your data they might come in handy too Titanium Backup and Easy Backup & Restore. These are two applications dedicated entirely to backup: the first saves apps and settings in bulk; the second one deals with SMS, MMS, call log, calendar, bookmarks and address book.
Both allow you to store data directly on the smartphone memory, on a microSD or on a cloud storage service. If you want to know more, read my tutorial on how to make Android backups in which I explained how they work in more detail.
Reset Samsung Galaxy S5
Finally here we are! After securing your data you can take action and reset Samsung S5. To do this, go to the settings of Android (by pressing the icon ofgear found in the notification menu or on the home screen), select the item Backup and restore from the screen that opens and first “tap” on the option Factory data reset and then on the buttons Reset device and Delete everything.
Your smartphone will restart and within a few minutes the initial Android configuration procedure will start; procedure during which you have to connect to a Wi-Fi network, you have to log in to your Google and Samsung accounts and you have to set the rest of your preferences.
In the unfortunate case your S5 crashes, don’t despair, you can perform a hard reset (i.e. a forced reboot) of the phone and restore it via Recovery. What is it about? Recovery is a software that runs before the operating system, therefore before Android, and allows you to perform various operations, including restoring the device.
To forcibly shut down your S5, press and hold the button Power device for a few seconds and wait for the screen to go completely black. Alternatively, temporarily remove the battery from the smartphone and reinsert it in its housing.
When the operation is complete, keep the keys pressed Volume +, Power And Home and wait for the Recovery menu to appear. Then use the key Volume – to move to the option wipe data / factory reset, press the button Power to select it and confirm your desire to reset the smartphone by selecting the option yes – – delete all user data from the screen that opens (always using the Volume – and Power button).
Within a few minutes your S5 will be reset to the factory state and you can restart it by choosing the item reboot system now from the Recovery menu. In the event that any of the steps in the procedure are not clear enough to you, connect to YouTube and look for a video tutorial on the subject, there are really galore.
Caution: the Android reset procedure deletes the contents of the smartphone’s internal memory but not that of the microSD. If you have a microSD in your S5 and you want to format it, go to the menu Settings> Memory of Android and select the option Format SD Card from the latter.