Samsung Galaxy S5 is one of Samsung’s flagship phone for 2014. The phone performs at amazing speeds. However, over the course of using the device, you may notice that your phone may perform slower than it was. This is due to applications and cached stored on the phone. If you are the type who installs applications and leaving them to your phone unused, your phone may be using unnecessary storage, applications may be running on the background, causing your device to get slower and consume battery power faster. If this is your case and you do not want to manually go through each application to uninstall them, then a hard reset may be recommended. This is only one of the reasons why you want to reset your Samsung Galaxy S5.
Generally, there are two ways of resetting your Galaxy S5. One is called soft reset, while the other is called hard reset. Soft reset is commonly termed as reset. For discussion purposes, and to provide any confusion, we will use the term soft reset throughout this article.
Soft Reset versus Hard Reset: The Difference
“So, what’s the difference between soft and hard reset?” you may ask. Though both are resetting your phone to its original manufacturing state, one can be done by accessing through the settings or by dialling a certain code while the other can be done through a series of button combinations. The main difference between the two is that soft reset would require you to go to Settings while hard reset can only be done with your phone turned off and pressing some buttons.
When to Use Soft Reset? When to Perform Hard Reset?
If you possible, the recommended way to reset your device is through a soft reset. This is because there is no chance that you may accidentally mess up with the restricted functions on your phone. The hard reset takes you to the recovery menu where there are options that you may accidentally activate causing problems to your phone. Whenever possible, always use the soft reset procedures. If for some reasons you are not able to use the normal reset procedure, then proceed with the hard reset
Why Reset Your Samsung Galaxy S5?
There are many reasons why you want to reset your Samsung Galaxy S5. These are the main reasons why a reset is essential:
- You have a faulty and glitchy phone – Your phone has problems with its touch controls or auto-shutdowns on its own. You are also encountering errors with applications that prohibits you to operate the phone normally.
- Your phone will not completely boot or start – Your phone is stucked on the Samsung logo or is on a loop of start and shutdown. If there is no way for you to normally access your phone and you are willing to lose your data and try fixing it, doing a hard reset may save your phone or your pocket from repairs expenses.
- You want to delete data on your phone – You may want to delete all the data on your phone especially if you are giving or selling it to someone.
Backup! – Before Performing Any Reset Procedure
Before doing any of the reset procedures below, see to it that you backup your phone’s data as a reset will restore your phone back to factory settings. Restoring your phone to its factory settings will delete data and installed applications.
To backup you data go to Home > Apps > Settings > User and Backup > Backup and Reset > Put a checkmark on the option Back up my data.
To back up your installed applications and the rest of the files on your phone, you can use third party applications like App Backup & Restore (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobi.infolife.appbackup) or Titanium Backup (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.keramidas.TitaniumBackup).
Reset Galaxy S5
There are three ways of resetting Samsung Galaxy S5. These are:
1. Reset Galaxy S5 through the Settings.
This is the most convenient and the safest way to reset your device. You should always try if this method is available. You will only proceed with the other methods if for some reasons, you are unable to reset through the settings.
To reset through the Settings, go to Home > Apps > Settings > Backup and Reset > Factory Data Reset > Reset.
2. Reset Samsung Galaxy S5 using a code.
If you are not able to reset your device using the Settings, then use a code to reset your device.
To reset your Samsung Galaxy S5 using a code, type in and dial *#7780#.
You can also use *2767*3855# for a full wipe.
3. Reset Samsung Galaxy S5 using some hard-key combination.
This is the last method that you want to try. This is only advisable only if the first two methods won’t work, or you are unable to boot up your phone.
To reset Samsung Galaxy S5 using the hard keys, commonly called as hard reset, follow these procedures:
- Turn off your device. If it hangs, remove the battery to force it to turn off.
- Press and hold the Power button + Home button + Volume Up.
- Wait for the Android icon to show, release all button except the Volume Up.
- Wait for the recovery menu to show. Release the Volume up button.
- Use the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to highlight Wipe data/factory reset press the Power button to confirm selection.
- Use the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to highlight Yes – delete all user data press the Power button to confirm selection.
- Wait until the Reboot System Now shows. Use the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to highlight the option. Press the Power button to confirm selection.
You are done with the reset!