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How to Factory Reset and Erase the Galaxy S6

This guide will explain how to do a factory data reset on the Samsung Galaxy S6 and erase all information and user data for those who are having issues, trading devices, or even selling off the Galaxy S6 for something different. It’s usually the last resort when a device is having problems, but these days it’s extremely easy to backup and restore Android, so lets go over doing a reset on the Galaxy S6.

These days our smartphones are extremely important devices that hold a ton of information. Email accounts, banking information and login credentials, photos, video and much much more. It’s extremely important you know how to wipe a device if you’re selling it. Regardless of your reasons, here’s how to reset Samsung’s new flagship smartphone, or the Galaxy S6 Edge.

Read: How to Backup Android in 5 Easy Steps

With Android Google has made doing a factory data reset extremely easy. Which as the name suggests, puts the device into the same out of the box “factory” state in which you received it. All apps, information, email accounts and more will be deleted. This is a great way to start over and fix bugs after big software updates and more. Lets get started.

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Some Samsung Galaxy S6 devices actually have a new option in the factory data reset menu that won’t wipe an entire device, but will reset all system settings and such. This is a relatively new thing that our AT&T Galaxy S6 doesn’t have, but we’ll go over that and the regular factory reset below.

With Android Google makes doing a reset extremely easy, and it’s essentially the same on all devices. While the menu and location is sometimes different, you’ll be navigating into the same general area and clicking 2-3 buttons and you’re all done.

Read: How to Reset a Frozen Galaxy S6

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 is a brand new device that may have many moving from the iPhone or older Android devices to to Samsung, and if you need to know how to reset your device, here’s how.

Instructions

This is extremely simple and nearly the same on all devices. For the Galaxy S6 users will head into settings by tapping the gear-shaped setting button at the top of the notification bar, or by finding the settings app in the application tray.

From here go to settings > personal > backup & reset. This will erase everything on your device, we repeat, everything. Apps, photos, video and more will all be gone. Follow the backup instructions at the top of the page before continuing, if you need to save your information.

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Once an owner navigates to personal > backup & reset, they’ll see a few options to enable backup. This is turned on by default so everything should already be stored in the Google cloud. If not, enable it, and sync backup before doing a reset.

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Once you’re ready simply scroll down and tap factory data reset. This will show you everything being removed. Most like it’s your Google account, Samsung account, Facebook, system and app settings, device settings, music, photos, and all other user data. It will all be gone. So use caution.

Scroll the the very bottom and tap Reset Device. This will begin the process and it only takes a few minutes to completely wipe a smartphone. The device will then install the latest version of Android, and reboot into the same state as it was out of the box. Ready to be setup and used again, sold, or given away.

This is also a step many take to fix misbehaving devices. If your Galaxy S6 is having a few issues try backing up everything and doing a reset. There’s now a new Tap N Go restore Google’s added to Android that makes restoring everything extremely simple. When going through the first setup just choose this, and it will restore all of your apps.

Some Samsung Galaxy S6 devices, like from Verizon, also have a “reset settings” button in the menu mentioned above. This won’t erase all of your information, but instead wipe out all the settings, tweaks, and software changes you’ve made, while keeping everything else. This is a new addition, and something worth trying first if you’re experiencing problems on the Galaxy S6.

Should You Do This?

A factory data reset should only be done if you need to. If you’re experiencing problems, looking to trade in or sell the phone, or are giving it to a friend or family member, it’s always a good idea to erase everything on it. This allows the new owner to start with a clean slate, and ensures a past users privacy is in tact, by erasing everything from the device.

This is one of those steps that every Android owner needs to know, and it’s so easy that anyone can do it. It only takes a few minutes and the device will be back to the same out of box state it was in no time.

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6 Comments

  1. Inderjeet

    06/20/2015 at 3:56 am

    This was an informative article… but it also brings up a very interesting question. Since Samsung uses Touchwiz and this “settings reset” is part of the Touchwiz experience… does this.mean that other (older) Samsung devices who receive Samsungs Lollypop update will also have this setting? I’ve done a factory reset on my phone at least a couple of times and it would be nice to have this feature.

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  2. Clark

    08/23/2015 at 9:25 pm

    I bought this galaxy s6 edge for T-Mobile butt is locked with Google account

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  3. Karen

    10/25/2015 at 6:05 pm

    I did a factory reset cause it won’t recognize my fingerprint, and now I can’t access my phone cause I need to sign in, which I do bit I keeps telling me I need to use the same a account as before the reset which I’m also doing. I can’t use my phoneeee. help!

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    • marion

      12/01/2015 at 11:26 pm

      Same thing just happened to me how did you fix it

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      • Karen

        12/04/2015 at 12:38 pm

        you just need to wait 72 hrs. theres this new security thing that blocks your account for 72hrs so u can change all the passwords and stuff. when this periods ends, you can log in.

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  4. Fredy

    03/06/2016 at 12:08 pm

    I found a galaxy s6 but is block by Samsung! What can I do to make it works??? Please help!!!

    Reply

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