How To Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S 4 & Wipe Data

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Reset galaxy s4 to factory settings or Wipe cache partition (Hard Reset) to refresh the system performance.

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So, you are a proud owner of the Galaxy S 4. After exploring your phone too much, filled it with lots of bloatware, the phone slowed down or whatever the reason you might want to know How To Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S 4. But first let me clarify something.

There are two options available to reset the galaxy 4 and these two type of resets clear different parts of the phone storage. So, you better know the difference between a normal galaxy s 4 reset and a hard galaxy s 4 reset.

Wipe cache partition  : This reset will not delete any personal data saved on your phone. Wipe cache partition means wiping the most commonly files from the cache stored by system.These files won’t be deleted from your phone in general so it’s SAFE to wipe the cache partition in order to a fresh start of your phone. So how to do it?

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time:
    • Volume Up key
    • Home key
    • Power key
  3. When the phone vibrates, let go of the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and theHome key.
  4. When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  5. Press the Volume Down key to highlight ‘wipe cache partition.’
  6. Press the Power key to select. The phone will automatically restart after the cache is wiped.

Master reset : A master reset to your Galaxy S 4 will restores the original factory settings and may delete everything you saved on the device including your personal data on the internal storage, such as downloaded content, ringtones, images, apps, and contacts. So make sure to backup your data first before you even learn how to factory reset samsung Galaxy S IV.

There is two way you can Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S 4 via setting menu or with hardware keys. If your phone is unresponsive or frozen use the hardware key method.

Master reset from settings menu

  1. From any Home screen, tap the Menu key.
  2. Tap Settings.
  3. Tap the Accounts tab.
  4. Tap Backup and reset.
  5. If desired, tap Automatic restore to clear the check box.
  6. If desired, tap Back up my data to clear the check box.
  7. Tap Factory data reset.
  8. Tap Reset device.
  9. If you have screen lock turned on, enter your PIN or password. Tap Continue.
  10. Tap Delete all.

Master reset with hardware keys

  1. Turn off the device.
  2. Press and hold the following three buttons at the same time:
    • Volume Up key
    • Home key
    • Power key.
  3. When the phone vibrates, release the Power key but continue to press and hold the Volume Up key and theHome key.
  4. When the Android System Recovery screen appears, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  5. Press the Volume down key to highlight ‘wipe data / factory reset.’
  6. Press Power button to select.
  7. Press the Volume down key to highlight ‘delete all user data.’
  8. Press Power button to select and start the master reset.
    When the master reset is complete, ‘Reboot system now’ is highlighted.
  9. Press the Power key to turn the restart the device.
  • Noor

    I recently reset my phone -did the factory reset- however I’m not sure if I also formatted the catche as well, because my phone was a bit jammed when trying to do it. My question is , after I rebooted my device when turning it on the ” Samsung galaxy ” phrase which had always showed was no longer there and instead just an ” android ” phrase was there. Everything else in the phone is okay. Do you know if this is part of the factory reset? or did i delete the catche? if so how do i get it back. thanks

  • alexander

    I performed 3 x factory data reset on my galaxy s4. Can this damage my smartphone in any way?

    • Technetium

      It shouldn’t do any long nor short term damage.
      It’s just the same as uninstalling an app then reinstalling it fresh.

  • Zain

    I had my daughters 1st birthday and i took pics from my s4 and then did factory reset on my phone the next day and it deleted the pics… anyway i can restore them….no memory card in my phone either

  • vishnu

    does MASTER RESET …. remove sim change alert?

  • Fred

    problem: “Master Reset from menu” the normal expectation is that, phone is “exactly as it came out of the box”. Not so. After numerous resets, all files in my device folders such as documents, dcim, movies and pictures folders remain untutched.

  • TJE

    is there a command for the cli that does this?

  • Brad

    Just this month my carrier sent out an information screen pop-up saying my galaxy s4 needed an update to the software which would take 13 minutes. After this update many working applications I was using no longer function properly and I noticed reduced service in areas I previously had better service. I would like to return the phone to the way it came from Samsung when purchased and to shut off upgrade notifications from the carrier. My phone was working as I wanted until their software update. THX Brad

  • Cody

    I recently installed Cyanogen Mod on my phone, today my phone got stuck in the ClockworkMod Recovery mode. Would you know how I could get to back to factory settings?

  • Pon

    Hi,Nice to meet you. I have a problem with my samsung s4. I write program on android and test with s4 It’s work. But later my computer cannot connect to s4 for testing program . I mean usb debugging mode not work. please help me.

  • AP

    Worked perfect for me thanks a lot!!

  • crazybit

    i cant enable my wifi so i did factory reset..but when my gs4 starts to open again home screen and all application settings menu are all wipe out…i dont know what to do next please help..