How to Hard Reset Android Phone When Locked

Kyle Wood

Android, Tutorials

Have you ever found yourself locked out of your Android phone, unable to access your important files and apps? Don’t worry, there’s a solution – a hard reset.

A hard reset will erase all the data on your device and restore it to its factory settings. In this tutorial, we will guide you through the steps to perform a hard reset on your Android phone when locked.

Before You Begin

Before proceeding with a hard reset, it is important to note that this process will erase all the data on your device. So make sure you have backed up all your important files, photos, and contacts beforehand. Also, keep in mind that different Android devices may have slightly different methods for performing a hard reset.

Step 1: Power Off Your Device

The first step in performing a hard reset is to power off your Android phone completely. Press and hold the power button until the power options menu appears on the screen. Then tap on the “Power Off” option to shut down your device.

Step 2: Enter Recovery Mode

Next, we need to boot into recovery mode. To do this, press and hold a combination of buttons simultaneously that are specific to your device model. Common combinations include holding down the volume up button + power button or volume down button + power button for a few seconds until the recovery mode screen appears.

Note: If you are unsure about which buttons to press for recovery mode on your specific device model, refer to the manufacturer’s website or search online for instructions.

Step 3: Navigate Recovery Mode Menu

Once you have successfully entered recovery mode, you will see a menu with various options. Use the volume up and volume down buttons to navigate through the menu options and the power button to select an option.

Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset

Scroll down to find the “Wipe Data/Factory Reset” option and select it by pressing the power button. This will initiate the hard reset process.

Confirm Data Wipe

A confirmation prompt will appear asking you to confirm the data wipe. Scroll down to select “Yes” and proceed with the hard reset. Keep in mind that this action cannot be undone, so make sure you have backed up all your important data.

Step 4: Reboot Your Device

Once the hard reset process is complete, navigate back to the recovery mode menu and select “Reboot System Now” to restart your device.

Note: The first boot after a hard reset may take a little longer than usual as your device sets up the system again.


In this tutorial, we have learned how to perform a hard reset on an Android phone when locked. By following these steps, you can regain access to your device and start fresh.

Remember, a hard reset will erase all your data, so always make sure to back up your files before proceeding with this method. If you encounter any difficulties or have any questions specific to your device model, consult the manufacturer’s website or seek assistance from their customer support.

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