Galaxy Tab S: How to Hard and Soft Reset

If you’re experiencing problems with your Samsung Galaxy Tab S, you may want to try to soft or hard reset the device using these methods.

Soft Reset

If the device is frozen or unresponsive, try pressing and holding the “Power” button for about 20 seconds. This should force the Galaxy Tab 10.1 to restart normally.

Hard Reset

A hard reset will set the device back to factory default settings and erase all data on the device. This is normally done when troubleshooting methods prove to be fruitless.

Option 1

  1. With the device powered off, press and hold the “Home” and “Volume Up” buttons while powering on the device using the “Power” button.
  2. The Recovery Screen will appear. Use the volume buttons to toggle the highlighted selection to “wipe data/factory reset“. Press “Power” to select it.
  3. Highlight “Yes — delete all user data“, then select “Power” to choose the selection.
  4. Once the reset completes, you will be prompted to “reboot system now”. Choose this selection to restart the device.

The hard reset is complete.

Option 2

  1. From the Home screen, select “Apps” in the upper-right corner.
  2. Choose “Settings“.
  3. Select “Back up and reset“.
  4. Select “Factory data reset“.
  5. Select “Reset device“.
  6. Select “Delete all“.

After a minute or two, the hard reset will be complete.

This post applies to models SM-T70, SM-T701, SM-T705, SM-T800 SM-T801, SM-T805, and SM-T807 of the Galaxy Tab S.


  1. Edwin Maranga says

    Thanks alot. I followed the instructions of option 1 and reset my Samsung galaxy tab 10.1.

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