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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.

Read: Galaxy Nexus Review

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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  1. Bobbutts

    12/29/2011 at 6:00 pm

    This clears the phone out, but doesn’t erase any of the contents of the virtual sd card..

    • Hsuede7

      01/02/2012 at 8:17 pm

      Thats what i was hoping. It would really suck to have to hook up to a pc and wait for 16 plus gigs to transfer before flashing and then have to copy back.

  2. Guest

    01/25/2012 at 7:03 am

    Josh, mine does not show the 
     Erase everything instead it asked for Pin which I could not remember.  The Android version is 4.0.1.  Any other way to factory reset it?


  3. Kristianacarter

    02/17/2012 at 11:34 am

    My mother gave me her Galaxy Nexus. I reset it & it looked as though it was reset for about ten minutes then it went off & will not come back on. I connected it to the charge but it still isn’t coming back on. Do you have any advice?

    • Dhrumin_patel

      03/06/2012 at 1:33 pm

      hey did u find anything my galaxy nexus is doing the same thing….please reply.

  4. Eddie

    05/14/2012 at 8:16 pm

    when i reset it it doesn’t seem to detect my sim card i tried turning it off and all that but it still won’t work

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