Master reset also known as factory reset is software restore of an electronic device to its original factory settings by erasing all of the information stored on the device in an attempt to restore the device’s software to its original manufacturers’ settings. This is an extreme action on any device and doing it will effectively erase all of the data, settings, and applications that are stored on the device. Before doing this, it is imperative to back-up already existing data on the phone, computer or laptop. The major reason of reverting to factory set of a device is usually to fix a software issue that is proving too hard to be solved by some other less severe options.
Since a factory reset entails deleting all information stored in the device, it is essentially the same concept as reformatting a hard drive. Pre-Installed applications and data on the card’s storage card (such as a Micro SD card) will not be erased. A master reset should be performed with caution, as it effectively destroys all data stored in the unit. Master resets can often fix many serious performance issues such as freezing, overheating and such problems that result from software malfunction.
Master resetting your Galaxy Note 8 will restore it back to its factory settings. Essentially, after the reset, your phone will be just like the day you unboxed it with none of your accounts synced to it, no third-party app available, and certainly no media or multimedia file.
Apart from solving software issues, there are some other issues that will make you want to factory reset your Galaxy Note 8. Some of the reasons may include your desire to sell it or give it out to someone else. You wouldn’t want your personal information in the hands of another person, hence the need to restore the phone to the state it was when you bought it. Also, if you buy a second-hand Galaxy Note 8, it will be advisable to insist that the original owner restore the device to factory setting before the end of the transaction to remove all his account details from your device.
We are going to consider two methods you can use to master reset your device, but before we start, it is important to note once again that you will need to backup important information that you will still need after the process.
- Turn of the device by holding down the Power button
- Press and hold the Volume Up button, then the Bixby, and then Power button for few second until you see the Samsung logo
- Release immediately the logo appears: the Installing System Update and No Command screen will pop up, wait for it to disappear
- Use the Volume button to navigate to ‘wipe data/factory reset‘ option and use the Power button to confirm
- At the next prompt, select ‘yes – delete all user data‘: this will confirm the process.
- When the recovery mode menu appears, use the volume button to navigate to ‘reboot system now‘ and use the Power button to confirm.
This is done when the device is switched on.
- Go to Settings
- Navigate to Backup and reset
- Click on ‘Factory data reset‘ and then ‘Reset device‘
- Select ‘Erase everything‘ to confirm the process and wait for the process to complete.
This are the two major ways of master resetting your device. Once your device boots back into Android, you can do whatever you want to do with it. you can sell the or give out the clean phone if that is your reason for resetting it or you can go through the initial setup process again by logging into your Google account and downloading all your apps.