How to Hard Reset the Galaxy Nexus

If you need to trade in your Galaxy Nexus or need to get a fresh start, you will need to hard reset your phone.

Resetting the Galaxy Nexus is simple and straightforward, but you will want to make sure you have backed up all of your content.

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Because there is no SD card in the Galaxy Nexus a factory reset will erase everything — including your photos and videos. Before you reset your Galaxy Nexus, connect to your computer to backup.

On a Mac, you’ll need to follow this guide to transferring files from your Galaxy Nexus to a Mac.


The video shown below and step by step instructions will reset your Galaxy Nexus in about 10 minutes. The steps take just a minute, but the entire reset is about 5 to 10 minutes long.

How To Factory Reset the Galaxy Nexus

  1. Hard Reset Galaxy NexusPull down your Notification Bar.
  2. Tap on Settings.
  3. Scroll down to Backup & reset.
  4. Tap on Factory data reset.
  5. Tap Reset Phone.
  6. Tap Erase everything.
  7. The phone will power off and when it resets it will be reset to factory defaults.

As a reminder, it is always a good idea to wipe your data from your phone before you send it in for repairs, sell it or give it to a friend. If you don’t wipe your device, anyone who gets it will be able to access your apps, your email, Facebook, Twitter and other accounts stored on your device.

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