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A reset or what is commonly known as a factory reset is one of the ways to erase all data on your phone. You may want to erase all data on your phone if you are looking to recycle the device or re-sell it. To reset phone is also a great way to fix a whole host of issues on your phone. For instance if the phone is performing poorly, you may want to perform a factory reset to fix the device and improve its performance. In this article we are going to look at how to perform a factory reset on an Android phone and an iPhone. We will also give you a better way to delete all data from your phone.

Part 1. How to Reset Your Android Phone or Tablet

Step-By-Step Guide to Reset Your Android Phone or Tablet

Step 1. Launch he setting app on your Android phone or tablet and scroll down to find "Backup and Reset".

find Backup and Reset

Step 2. Within "Backup and Reset", select "Factory Data Reset".

select Factory Data Reset

Step 3. Tap on "Reset device" and the Android phone or tablet will now be reset.

Tap on Reset device

It is very important to back-up all the data on your Android phone before doing this as a reset will usually wipe all data from the phone.

If for some reason you are unable to access your Android phone you can still reset the phone but you would have to do that while in recovery mode. To do this follow these very simple steps.

Step 1. Turn off the Android phone completely. Press and the "Power and Volume" button to enter into recovery mode. It is important to note that the combination of buttons you have to press is different for every Android phone. You can find out the combination from your Android manual.

Step 2. Once in recovery mode select "wipe data/ factory reset". This option will reset your Android phone and wipe all its contents and settings.

reset Android phone

As involving as it is, this is a very efficient way of resetting the Android phone.

Part 2. How to Reset Your iPhone

Restoring an iPhone to factory settings is one of the ways you can completely wipe the iPhone. Like a factory reset on the Android device, performing a factory reset on the iPhone is also very easy. Follow these very simple steps to do it.

Step-By-Step Guide to Reset Your iPhone

Step 1. Launch settings from your home screen and then scroll down to find "General". Within "General", tap on "Reset" and then tap "Erase All Contents and Settings".

tap Erase All Contents and Settings

Step 2. Enter the iPhone passcode and confirm that you want to reset the iPhone by tapping on "Erase iPhone".

Resetting the iPhone may take some time depending on the amount of data you have on your iPhone. During the time it takes for your iPhone to be completely erased, it will be inoperable.

Part 3. What Happens When You Factory Reset Your Phone

Factory resetting your phone typically cleans the phone of all its data. This means that if you had any photos, music, videos, contacts, apps and any other data that may have been on your phone will be completely erased. A factory reset also erases all the phone's settings. In essence the device goes back to being the way it was when you first bought it.

It is however worth noting that the data that is erased when you perform a factory reset is not unrecoverable. With the right data recovery software, you can easily get back all the data that was lost through a factory reset.

While this may sound like good news to anyone who may have lost their data, it is not if you performing a factory reset so that you can sell or recycle your phone. This is because all of your sensitive data will now be in the hands of this other person who can make use of a data recovery tool to get all your data.

Part 4. A Better Way to Delete All Data on Phone

It is therefore a good idea to find an alternative way to erase all data from your phone especially if you are planning on selling the phone. The best way to erase all data from your phone is dr.fone (Mac) - Data Eraser (IS) (or dr.fone - Data Eraser (IS)). This program is designed to help you completely erase your Android or iOS device safely and completely.

Key Features of dr.fone - Data Eraser (IS):

  • The software is very useful in securing personal data that you would rather not get into the wrong hands. This data can include browsing history, emails, banking information and other personal information from your phone. This is done by completely erasing this data.
  • All data that is erased using this software is 100% unrecoverable. No one can get this data back even with the best data recovery data tool.
  • It also comes with a really cool features that can clean out the junk files from your phone. This has the effect of cleaning out the phone, freeing-up space and consequently speeding up the phone.

iskysoft data eraser 

  • It is very easy to use. All of these functions are done in just one click.
  • It also allows the user to preview the files that can be permanently deleted before choosing to delete them. This preview feature makes it easy for the user to only erase files they want rather than erase the entire device.

Step-By-Step Guide to Delete All Data on Phone

Erase All Data from an iOS Device

Step 1. Download and install dr.fone (Mac) - Data Eraser (IS) on your computer. After successful installation, launch the program and then connect the iOS device to your computer using USB cables.

connect iphone to mac

Step 2. 0n the left plane of the window, you will see a number of options. To delete all the data on your iOS device select “Erase All Data” option.

erase all data

Step 3. You will then be prompted to confirm that you want to erase all data. To do this simply type in "delete" in the provided field that appears and then click on "Erase Now".

start erasing all data

You will receive confirmation that all data has been erased from the iOS device in a short while.

Erase All Data from an Android Device

Step 1. Begin by launching the program and then connect your Android device using USB cables. Before connecting the device, it is very important that you must have enabled USB debugging. After a successful connection, the program will display information about the Android device.

erase android data

Step 2. Click on the "Erase All Data" button and then confirm the action by typing in the word "delete" in the popup window that will appear. Click "Erase Now" to allow the program to begin wiping all the data on the device.

start erasing android data

It may take some time to completely erase the device. The exact amount of time it takes will depend on how much data you have on your Android device. Once this is done, you can factory reset the Android device to erase all the settings. This is especially important if you are planning on selling the device.

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