How to Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S II (Epic 4G)

I just recently upgraded to the new Samsung Galaxy S II (or Epic 4G in Sprint speak), and today I’m posting my first video about the phone.  I’m really liking the Galaxy S II, mostly because of it’s beautiful, large AMOLED screen—it truely is very pretty!

It’s not something you need to do everyday, but when you’re locked out of your phone, knowing how to do a hard reset is crucial.  So with that, here are the steps to perform a factory reset on the Samsung Galaxy S II Android phone.

Note:  Remove your SD card.  I know some people say this is optional and in my experience it is technically optional.  But here’s the thing, I’m not interested in taking any chances when it comes to my data.  I keep my contacts backed up on my SD card as well as store pictures, documents, etc, and I’m not going to take a chance on loosing them.

  1. Remove your SD card.  This done by removing the back of the phone case and pressing the SD card into it’s socket.  When you release pressure on the SD card it will pop out and you can remove it.
  2. Hold down the Volume Up and Power buttons simultaneously.
  3. Continue holding the Volume Up and Power buttons until the Samsung Galaxy S II logo screen is displayed.
  4. When the Galaxy S II logo screen is displayed, release the Power button but continue holding the Volume Up button until the Android System Recovery menu is displayed.
  5. Once you are on the Android System Recovery menu, select the wipe data/factory reset option.  Moving the selection up and down is done with the Volume Up andVolume Down buttons.  Once you have the wipe data/factory reset option highlighted, you select it by touching the Home button.
  6. Once you have chosen the factory reset option, you will see a confirmation screen.  Highlight the Yes — delete all user data option and touch the Home button to select it.
  7. The procees of wiping the phone should only take a few seconds and when it is finished, you will be returned to the Android System Recovery menu.
  8. Highlight and select the reboot system now option
  9. You phone will reboot back into normal operating mode (this first boot will take a little longer than usual)
  10. Reinsert your SD and put the back cover in place.

If any of that is unclear, hopefully this video will help clear things up…

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