There comes a time when you’re either running into software issues with your smartphone or you’re about to sell it, and you need to reset and erase all data. This process always comes with a word of caution to back up anything precious before you begin. Actually, even your smartphone will warn you that all data including contact information, photos, and account information will be erased. You’re basically resetting the smartphone to where it was when it was taken out of the box for the first time.
Let’s go ahead and factory reset a Samsung Galaxy S7 the right way.
Factory Reset Protection (FRP)
Here is the main thing to keep in mind. You must disable FRP before you erase your smartphone, if you’re planning on selling it or giving this device to someone else. If you don’t do this, the next person will see this message on the screen:
“This device was reset. Sign in with a Google Account that was previously synced on this device”
If this happens then you will have to give the new owner your password, and nobody wants to do that.
Steps to disable ‘FRP’
- In Settings, go to Lock screen and security and remove all passwords/patterns/pins. All lock screen security must be removed.
- In Settings, go to Accounts. Remove all your Google Accounts from the device.
- Once you remove all accounts from your device, you can reset your smartphone.
Now you’re ready to erase your smartphone. Remember, just like the screen says, ALL of your data will be erased and your phone will be completely wiped, back to how it was the day it came out of the box.
There are two kinds of resets. You can do a factory reset from the settings menu or by using the hardware keys to enter recovery mode. Let’s take a look at the easy way first.
Factory Reset steps
- Go to Settings.
- Scroll down to Backup and Reset.
- Go to Factory Data Reset.
- Here you will see the Reset Device button.
- To confirm, it will ask you for your password/pin or pattern (but if you’re selling this phone, you’ve already removed this right?).
- Then choose Delete All.
There are times when you can’t boot up into Android. Maybe after an update or some other software issue that prevents it from booting up or the device is going into a boot loop. In this case you can perform a reset through the Recovery Mode. It is similar to pressing F8 while booting into Windows. It requires us to turn on the smartphone a certain way to access the Recovery Mode menu.
Factory Reset via Recovery Mode steps
- With your Galaxy S7 turned off, press and hold the Power, Home, and Volume Up buttons at the same time.
- Keep holding down Power, Home, and Volume Up until you see ‘Recovery Booting’ at the top of your screen (in the case of my Exynos S7, a scary dancing Android robot). When you see that, then you can let go of the buttons.
- Now please wait a moment while it boots into Recovery Mode.
- Once you’re in Recovery Mode, you will see a list of options.
- Scroll down using the Volume Down button until ‘Wipe Data/Factory Reset’ is selected.
- Push the Power Button to select this option.
- It will ask you to confirm.
- Press the Volume Down button to select ‘Yes’ and confirm the reset.
So, now your Samsung Galaxy S7 is reset and as clean as a whistle. If you remembered to disable ‘FRP’ then it is ready to be sold or passed to the next user.
If you erased your Galaxy S7 to fix issues and they’re still not resolved, please check out our 15 major Galaxy S7 problems, and what to do about them and 15 annoying Galaxy S7 Edge problems and how to fix them common problems guides.