How to hard reset on Galaxy Tab A | steps to factory or master reset

Hard reset, also known as factory reset, can come handy if you encounter an issue on your Galaxy Tab A. In this short tutorial, we’ll show you the ways to factory reset your device. 

Keep in mind that hard reset will erase the software and personal data of your device. Be sure to create a backup of your photos, videos, documents, messages, etc. 

Also, you want to ensure that you remove your Google account first to avoid dealing with Factory Reset Protection security feature.

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How to hard reset on Galaxy Tab A | steps to factory or master reset

There are three methods to erase the software, also known as hard reset or factory reset, on a Galaxy Tab A. Check out below how to do each of these methods.

Method 1: How to hard reset on Samsung Galaxy Tab A via Settings Menu

Under normal circumstances, factory reset under Settings menu should be the primary way for you. It’s simpler to do and does not require pressing hardware buttons, which some users may find difficult to do.

  1. Create a backup of your personal data and remove your Google account.
  2. Open Settings app.
  3. Scroll to and tap General management.
  4. Tap Reset.
  5. Select Factory data reset from the given options.
  6. Read the information then tap Reset to continue.
  7. Tap Delete All to confirm action.

Method 2: How to hard reset on Samsung Galaxy Tab A using hardware buttons

If your case is that the phone is not booting up, or it boots but Settings menu is inaccessible, this method can be helpful. First, you need to boot the device to Recovery Mode. Once you successfully access Recovery, that’s the time that you begin proper master reset procedure. It may take some tries for you before you can access Recovery so be patient and simply try again.

  1. If possible, create a backup of your personal data ahead of time. If your problem prevents you from doing that, then simply skip this step.
  2. Also, you want to make sure that you remove your Google account. If your problem prevents you from doing that, then simply skip this step.
  3. Turn off the device. This is important. If you can’t turn it off, you’ll never be able to boot to Recovery Mode. If you are not able to shut the device off regularly via the Power button, wait until the phone’s battery is drained. Then, charge the phone for 30 minutes before booting to Recovery Mode.
  4. Press and hold the Volume Up button and the Power button at the same time for 5 seconds.
  5. Release the Power and Volume Up buttons.
  6. The Recovery screen menu will now appear. 
  7. Use the Volume Down button until you are highlighting ‘Wipe data/factory reset.’
  8. Press the Power button to select ‘Wipe data/factory reset.’
  9. Use Volume Down to highlight Yes.
  10. Press the Power button to confirm factory reset.

Method 3: How to hard reset on Samsung Galaxy Tab A using Find My Mobile

Find My Mobile is Samsung’s own service that allows owners of Samsung devices to remotely track their unit, unlock the screen, back up data, block access to Samsung Pay, or delete all data (factory reset). The steps in wiping the device using Find My Mobile is very straightforward. The important thing to do first though is to ensure that you set it up. You won’t be able to use Find My Mobile service if you haven’t activated it on the device before losing it.

If it’s your first time to use this service, here’s what you need to do to set it up:

  1. Open Settings app.
  2. Tap Security.
  3. Go to Find My Mobile.
  4. Tap Samsung account.
  5. Enter your Samsung account details.
  6. We assume you already have a Samsung account created before this. If you don’t have one, make sure to create a Samsung account first. Then, use your information to enable Find My Mobile.

In the future, if you lose your phone and you want to erase its data remotely, here’s what to do:

  1. On your computer, go to Find My Mobile site:
  2. Sign in using your Samsung account credentials. The information should be the same as the ones you used on the phone.
  3. Once you’re signed in, simply click on Erase data icon to begin the factory reset.
  4. A warning will be shown to ask you if you want to proceed, so just click on ERASE.


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