How to Factory Reset a Google Pixel

How to Factory Reset a Google Pixel

Smartphone users have various reasons for wanting to perform a factory reset on their smartphones. They may have installed an app or game that hampered their smartphone’s performance or unsuccessfully tried to root their phone. Perhaps they are experiencing problems with their Google Pixel or other smartphone slowing down or noticing a lot of force close app errors. That’s where a factory reset comes in handy.

A factory reset restores a smartphone to the specifications it had when you bought it. It’s often a suggested fix when things go wrong with your phone and is also suggested practice if you plan to sell your phone. The steps with the Google Pixel and Pixel XL are similar to other Android devices.

How to Factory Reset a Google Pixel:

Before You Reset Your Google Pixel/Pixel XL

There are certain steps that you should start with before you factory reset your phone. First make sure you know your Google username and password for your phone. You risk not being able to reset the device or using it after it is reset if you do not know your Google username and password.

Even more important, you want to back up your data. A factory reset wipes data from your phone. Data you have stored in your Google account will be restored, but those apps you downloaded and their associated data will not.

Google provides information about how to back data up on your Pixel/Pixel XL phone.

Performing a factory reset sometimes takes up to an hour. Make sure to plug your device into a power source and connect it to a reliable internet connection.

Factory Reset Your Google Pixel/Pixel XL

Here are the steps you want to follow to perform a factory reset on your phone.

Step 1: Open your Settings app on your phone.

Step 2: Tap Backup and Reset under Personal.

Step 3: Tap on Factory Data Reset>Reset Phone.

Step 4: Follow the instructions that appear on your phone. If you have a screen lock, you will have to type your pattern, PIN or password.

Step 5: Tap on Erase Everything when prompted.

Step 6: Wait for your phone to reset.

Factory Reset in Recovery Mode

Sometimes, depending on the problem you are having with your phone, you will not be able to get into the Settings app. Here is how to factory reset in recovery mode.

Step 1: Turn your Google Pixel/Pixel XL off.

Step 2: Press and hold down your Volume Down button. While it’s pressed down, press and hold your Power button until your phone turns on. Your screen will show the word “Start” with an arrow around it.

Step 3: Press and hold your Volume Down button until you highlight “Recovery Mode” on the screen.

Step 4: Press your Power button to start your phone’s recovery mode. Your screen should show an image of an Android robot with an exclamation point. It may also say “No command.”

Step 5: Press and hold your Power button. Keep pressing Power as you press Volume Up once. Then let go of the Power button.

Step 6: If you do not see Wipe Data/Factory Reset highlighted, press your Volume Down button until it is. Use your Power button to select it.

Step 7: Press your Volume Down button to highlight “Yes” or “Yes – Delete All User Data.” Press your phone’s power button to select it.

Step 8: Once your reset is finished, press your Power button to select “Reboot System Now.”

Step 9: Restore your data on your Google Pixel/Pixel XL.

Just one more note. If for any reason during the factory reset your phone becomes unresponsive, hold down the Power button for several seconds to restart it.

Again, remember to back up all data before you factory reset your phone. It’s best to back up your phone’s data frequently in case if for any reason something happens and you cannot. That way you won’t worry about losing your apps and other data.

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