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Reset Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4, Note2, Note3 Without Losing Data

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Reset Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4, Note2, Note3 Without Losing Data

There are a number of good reasons to reset your Galaxy phone. Whatever the reason you don't want to lose your valuable data. You can do this easily with a soft reset, and it will only require rebooting your Galaxy. It will simply bring you back to a home screen. Yet, if you are having a huge problem with your Samsung mobile device, you may have to perform a hard reset which unfortunately will result in losing all of your data. In this case you must re-install some or all of all apps, unless you do a back-up of all your data. This will require more steps than a soft reset but in most cases you can still retain your data. The procedure to hard reset the Galaxy phone is simple, but slightly different.

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The steps will be demonstrated for both types of resets for your Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4, S5 Note 2, and Note 3. The two procedures for the soft reset in which your data is preserved will be presented first. You will be instructed how to perform a backup to save all your files in case you must hard reset your Galaxy. There are three different ways to perform the hard reset, and each procedure will be given for you to follow.

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A soft reset will just kill all apps that you have going at the time. Any data that is not saved will be gone. Nearly all problems, such as your screen freezing, the Galaxy suddenly operating slowly, or commands cannot be entered, can be remedied with the soft reset. So, all will be fine if there is a problem that pops up with your Galaxy. After this tutorial you will reset your Samsung Galaxy S2, S3, S4, S5, Note2, or Note3 without losing data.

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How to soft reset your Samsung Galaxy

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    There are two options to soft reset your Samsung Galaxy:
     
    1. The first method is simply performed by pressing the power button for 20 seconds. You then just turn the mobile device on again.
    2. The second method involves these few steps:  
      1. Turn off your Samsung device.
      2. Remove the back cover.
      3. Lift out the batter, subscriber identity module (SIM) card, and the Secure Digital (SD) memory card. Then, wait a few minutes before taking the next step.
      4. After you have waited a few minutes, put the SIM, SD card, and the battery back in your Samsung Galaxy.
      5. Snap the mobile device cover back in place.
      6. You are now ready to turn on your Samsung Galaxy. Your data will still be intact, and your Galaxy should be fully operable once again.
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How to Back-up Your Samsung Galaxy Data Prior to a Hard Reset

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    If you have a major problem, and must perform a hard reset to get your Galaxy back on track, do not fret.
    You can still keep all of your data with a data back-up by using the procedure below. By the way, this is also recommended to do a back-up if you ever update your mobile device’s software.
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    First, on your computer (windows or mac) go to the Samsung website and download Samsung Kies
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    You will have to click choose the right version for Windows or Mac operating system on your computer.
    Also there is now more than one version of keys depending on the Samsung device you have. Make sure you download/install the right version of Samsung Kies. This program will allow you to back up all of your data.
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    Next, connect your mobile device to your computer by plugging in a data cable from the Samsung Galaxy socket to your PC’s USB port.
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    From the Kies program on your PC or Laptop, click the “phone” icon from the menu on the left side of the screen.
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    Click “Sync”.
    Easy to follow instruction will guide you to copy all of your data on your Galaxy to your computer.
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How to hard reset your Samsung Galaxy

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    Hard resetting a Samsung Galaxy can be accomplished in one of three ways from:
    Dial Pad, Android operating system (OS), or the Startup method. Be sure that you have backed up your files as directed above before a hard reset. Note: Disable any encrypted data on your SD card before doing this procedure.
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    Hard reset using the dial pad is the best method for most Samsung mobile device owners because it is so user friendly.
     
    1. On your dial pad type the code: *2767*3855#
    2. The Samsung Galaxy will automatically reset.
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    Hard reset from “Settings”
     
    1. At the home screen tap “Settings”. Go to “Back up and reset”.
    2. Tap “Factory data reset” to reset all data.
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    The third option for the Galaxy hard reset is from the “Startup”
     
    1. With your mobile device off, Press and hold the three buttons “Home”, “Volume Up”, and “Power” buttons together until your Galaxy comes on. This may take about ten seconds.
    2. Turn off your mobile device.
    3. Press and hold the “Home” button at the center, and the “Volume Up” button.
    4. Press the “Power” button until the Galaxy vibrates and the “Android icon” pops up on the screen.
    5. Release the three buttons.
    6. Now, press and hold the “Volume Down” key. Go to “Wipe data/factory reset”
    7. Press the “Power” button on the right side of the screen.
    8. Tap the “Yes”, and “Delete all user data”,
    9. After the reset, press the “Power” button, and the “Volume Down” button.
    10. Once all data is deleted, press the “Power” button. This will restart your Galaxy.
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Hard Resetting the Galaxy S4

The Galaxy S4 is reset a little differently.
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    At the home screen, tap the “Apps icon” found at the bottom right corner of your screen.
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    Press the “Settings” icon.
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    Press the “Accounts” tab.
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    Tap the “Back-up & reset” button near the bottom of the screen.
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    Tap the “Factory data reset” button
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    A prompt message will appear.
    Follow any instructions, and then tap “Reset device”.
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How to Hard Reset a Galaxy S4 if Locked Up

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    Just in case your Galaxy is locked up, with no way to reach menus, you can hard reset it.
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    Hold the “Power” button down until the S4 powers off.
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    Should the S4 not turn off, take out the battery for a moment.
    Then set it back in place. Keep it turned off.
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    Ensure that the S4 is turned off.
    Then, press and hold your “Volume Up” and “Home” buttons. Keep these two buttons pressed, and then press/hold the “Power” button.
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    Once the “Recovery mode” shows up at the upper top corner, release all three buttons.
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    Now, go to the “Recovery mode” screen, and press the “Volume Up/Down” key to navigate up or down.
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    With the “Power” button you can now choose any application option.
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    The Galaxy S4 should now be reset, and fully optional once again.
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EditQuestions and Answers

How do I soft-reset Note 3?

Holding down the power button seems not to work

The official Samsung instructions say that you should follow these steps to soft reset your Note 3.

  • Press and hold power button.
  • Select "Restart"
  • Select "Ok"
  • If the above did not work (as in your case), remove and then reinsert the Note3 battery, and then turn your Note 3 back on.

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After you have completed the setup process for your newly-reset device, go to the Google Play Store, tap the upper-left corner, and tap My Apps. From there you can view and install all the apps you've ever purchased or downloaded under that account.

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Anonymous user #1

27 days ago
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In the step: "From the Kies program on your PC or laptop, click the “phone” icon from the menu on the left side of the screen."

I forgot mt screen unlock code
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Anonymous user #2

27 days ago
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In the step: "Ensure that the S4 is turned off. Then, press and hold your “Volume Up” and “Home” buttons. Keep these two buttons pressed, and then press/hold the “Power” button."The words 'recovery reboot' do appear at the top of the screen in blue. But after that, when I release all the buttons, the phone just restarts. If I repeat the whole process and carry on holding on to the buttons after the words appear, the screen remains blank. Help. I need to reset my phone. The touchscreen is not working!
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Anonymous user #3

43 days ago
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In the step: "Next, connect your mobile device to your computer by plugging in a data cable from the Samsung Galaxy socket to your PC’s USB port."

connects,but prompts me to enter password..which in fact I forgot..
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Anonymous user #4

44 days ago
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In the step: "First, from online go to the Samsung website."

on what device the phone or the computer?
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