Whether you are transferring ownership of your phone, or just want to start anew, these steps will show you two different methods about how to factory reset Samsung Galaxy S5.
Note: These steps will wipe all data from your Galaxy S5. Be sure you have backed up important data on the device before performing these steps. Steps may be similar or different depending on your carrier or the software running on the device.
Option 1 – Using Buttons
To perform a factory reset using the hardware buttons at startup, use these steps.
- With the Galaxy S5 powered off, press and hold “Volume Up” + “Home“, then press and release the “Power” button to turn the S5 on.
- Continue holding “Volume Up” + “Home” until a screen appears with the option to “wipe data / factory reset“. Use the volume buttons to toggle the highlighted selection to this option.
- Press “Power” to enter the highlighted selection.
- Use the volume buttons to toggle the selection to “Yes – delete all user data“.
- After a few minutes, the factory reset will complete. Press “Power” to restart.
Option 2 – From Settings Menu
To perform a factory reset using the settings menus with the device already fully started, use these instructions.
- From the Home screen, select “Apps“, then open “Settings“.
- Select “User and Backup” > “Backup and reset“.
- Check the check boxes to backup or automatically restore the device, then tap “Factory data reset“. Confirm on next screen by selecting “Reset device“. Enter your PIN if prompted. If you don’t know your PIN, use Option 1.
- Confirm your actions again by selecting “Delete all“
- The factory reset will complete in a few minutes.