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How to reset your Samsung Galaxy Phone to default settings

Samsung Galaxy S10+
Samsung Galaxy S10+ (Image credit: Andrew Martonik / Android Central)

There may be other legitimate reasons to wipe your Galaxy phone and set it back to factory default settings, but the most common case is when you want to give away, sell, or trade it in for a newer model. Resetting your phone to its default settings is extremely easy to do and should only take you a few minutes. I'll show you how to do this in the steps below. Just remember to back up your device data before you begin!

How to reset your Samsung Galaxy phone to default settings

Note: If you are planning on selling your phone and getting a new Galaxy device, you may want to back up your current Galaxy phone first. Follow these instructions before you begin.

  1. Unlock your Galaxy phone (here I'm using a Note 9), and swipe down on the notification settings shade.
  2. In the search field, type factory data reset and tap on the result.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  1. Tap on Factory data reset.
  2. Read through the long screen explaining what data and what accounts will be wiped clean from the phone.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

  1. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and tap Reset.
  2. You will be asked to enter your phone passcode before proceeding.
  3. Read the disclaimers on the page, and tap Delete all.Source: Jeramy Johnson / Android Central

That's it! Now your phone is clean, and your personal data is secure. You can feel free to give the device to a friend or family member, sell it for some extra cash towards a new Galaxy device, donate it to a charity, or recycle it in a responsible manner.

Our top equipment picks

Now that you've prepared to get rid of your old Galaxy device, it's time to grab the new hotness from Samsung.

Additional Equipment

When you pick up that new Galaxy S20+, trick it out with some fun accessories like these.

Caseology Skyfall Rose Gold Galaxy S

Caseology Cases for S20 line (opens in new tab) (From $11 at Amazon)

Caseology makes some of our favorite smartphone cases, and the S20 line is no exception. Choose from several different models, colors, and sizes to make your device just right.

Samsung 15W Fast Charge 2.0 Wireless Charging Stand

Samsung 15W Fast Charge 2.0 Wireless Charger Stand (opens in new tab) ($50 at Amazon)

Take advantage of the S20's charging abilities with a fast wireless charger. Samsung makes some of the best in class devices, so why not go with a first-party charger?

Render image of iOttie One Touch 4

iOttie Easy One Touch 4 (opens in new tab) ($25 at Amazon)

The S20 lineup has great screens that are perfect for displaying your Google Maps directions. Get a good car mount like this one from iOttie to hold your phone securely in place while driving.

Jeramy Johnson
Jeramy Johnson

Jeramy is proud to help *Keep Austin Weird* and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.