Samsung Galaxy Tab 4: Steps For Hard Reset

A hard reset will reset the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 back to factory default settings. You would perform these steps if you want the device prepared to sell or return to the store, but you may also want to perform a hard reset if there are problems with the device that you can’t seem to solve using any other method.

Method 1: From Startup

  1. With the device off, press and hold the “Volume Up“, “Home“, and “Power” buttons.
  2. Release the buttons when you see the recovery screen and the Samsung logo.
  3. Use the volume buttons to navigate the menu and select “wipe data / factory reset“. Press “Home” to choose the highlighted selection.
  4. On the next screen, press “Volume Up” to continue.

Method 2: From Software Menus

  1. With the device started, open “Apps” > “Settings“.
  2. Select the “General” tab.
  3. Select “Backup and reset
  4. Tap “Factory data reset“.
  5. Check the “Format SD Card” option if desired. This option will erase data on the SD card data like your photos and music.
  6. Tap “Reset device“.

The Galaxy Tab 4 should then go through the hard reset process.


  1. ricky d says

    hi , my daughter set a access pass code for my samsung tablet 10.2 and forgot the code , is there anyway to retrieve the photos from this device? I really hate to loose these photos ,with a system reset
    Is there somewhere I could take it to that could have it done?’
    I mean they do it in the movies , seriously though thank you for any help you may be able to provide

  2. Ray says

    I’ve tried both methods multiple times to no avail. In holding the power, up volume, and home keys method I am not sure I am even reaching the “recovery screen”. I see a screen and I release but I get no menu from which to navigate using the volume button. It simply reboots into safe mode. In safe mode it also shows I have no installed apps. Any suggestions?

  3. johan says

    Thanks, it’s resolved, just a precision, the power button is validating the process

  4. christy says

    I reset my galaxy 4 as shown above. This morning I went to get on my tablet and the swipe screen was frozen. So after numerous times trying to restart I ended up resetting. But still can’t get home swipe screen to swipe

  5. Lyn Nicholls says

    Trying to delete games from my tablet i cannot find how to do as the two small pamplets tell me nothing

  6. Kadyn says

    Galaxy tab 4 8gb I changed my pw but hit a wrong number and didnt realize until i hit reset. I have tried the steps for factory reset and what comes up is the icon of the android lying on his back and says NO COMMAND

    any other suggestions or have i rendered my tablet useless?

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