Samsung Galaxy Tab: Steps For Hard Reset

A hard reset will reset the Samsung Galaxy Tab 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.

Note: These steps clear data from the device. SD card data like your photos and music are not erased unless you choose to format the SD card.

1. With the device off, press and hold Volume Up and Power.

2. Release the Power button when you see the Samsung logo, but continue to hold Volume Up until the recovery screen appears.

3. Use the Volume buttons to navigate the menu and select wipe data / factory reset. Press Home to choose the selection.

4. Press Volume Up continue.

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

If you have access to the OS, you can also perform a hard reset in Settings.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Select Privacy.

3. Choose Factory data reset.


  1. Mark says

    I did the vol + and the power button but nothing happens and it just seems to freeze, I waiting a few minutes but still the same – I can’t use my Google account as for some reason it wont accept my password and says the WiFi is not connected to get an update from Google to change it.

  2. conrad says

    I have a galaxy tab 3 8.0. The screen suddenly went blank when I tried to turn it on and now it is useless. I tried all the reset actions and nothing works. When I do get it on, I am swinging this one on OLX!

  3. hugo says

    I have a new Samsung android tablet tab3 model I was trying to reset my password, with no luck. any way watching a utube video I followed what I thought were the right instructions , but finished up in something called ODIN MODE with a yellow picture and underneath the words “downloading ” and under that word “do not turn off target” I cannot do anything with the tablet now , wont switch off , wont do anything . Can anyone help with this problem thankyou in hope

  4. Aquella says

    Hi ,, i forgot the pattern that was originally set up on my tab and i dont have my gmail account details anymore do you know if theres any other ways on how to hard reset my tab
    please help i dont know what to do next its asking me for the pattern

  5. WILL says

    I have a Samsung Galaxy tablet 10.
    I have a frozen screen when I try a hard reset.
    It get’s to the screen where it is … wiping data … formatting data… and it freezes on this screen. It does not reboot.
    Anyone have any words of wisdom?

  6. chiara says

    I have tried the steps explained above but absolutely nothing. My tablet (bought 4 months ago) was working as usual this morning. I decided to reset it since the music player strangely was blocked, and in doing so, once the reset sign appeared on the display, it all became black and it stopped giving any sign of reaction. Any ideas on what I can do know?

  7. Major says

    smy galaxy tab`s battery was working just fine, and then when it reached 70% it suddenly dropped to 35% ! i don`t know what`s wrong it hasn`t been one week since i bought it ! please guys help me out i`m frustrated

  8. Deb says

    My tablet was working fine, plugged it in for charging overnight. Next morning, could not turn it on – black screen. Tried the hard reset per above, only get a the camera flash. No response on the screen, still completely black. Any ideas? Tablet was not dropped, is kept in a leather case with the keyboard. Have had it 5 months.

  9. GQuick says

    The application Launcher (process has stopped unexpectedly. Please try again

    this is the repeated message that I get allowing me to choose force close or report. choosing either one only repeats the message and choices. I’d be glad to try the hard reset steps but I can’t get the pad to turn off at all. any one know how to do that?

  10. dawny says

    my tablet just says force close on every thing, i have started a cold=boot, how long does this take? and will ilose everything i had on there?

  11. Bob says

    Hello , to begin I am to sadden I am French. I have one cares with my samsung galaxy S (one mp4) I cannot reach the recovery but I accede has a page for a custom os how can it be done? please

  12. Chishala says

    I would first like to thank you for the above step.They helped me fix my problem. However, I need to ask one more favor. I restarted and the tablet come in some language I could only understand by figuring out that some word meant accept and now I have it opperating system is in that same language. How do I change back to English.
    thank you

  13. Todd says

    I also have a Galaxy Tab that I have had for about two weeks. I has gone completely blank. It doesn’t act like it’s charging, or the computer doesn’t find it when its plugged in. I have tried holding the power button but that doesn’t work either. Any suggestions?

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