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How to Soft and Hard Reset The Samsung Galaxy S6

Whether you just got a new Samsung Galaxy S6 or you’re just running into issues with your phone, performing a soft or hard (factory) reset in most cases should resolve any issues you have! These are the two different ways you can reset your S6 and we’ll show how below.

S6 Soft Reset

If your phone is frozen or just seems to be having some weird glitches we recommend you to first try a soft reset. Unless you’re looking to completely wipe your phone, then move onto the instructions below to perform a hard reset.

  • You can perform a soft reset by pressing and holding the “Power" and “Volume down" button for approximately 10 seconds or until the device completely powers off. (If you don’t know where these buttons are, check out the image below!)
  • Now just turn your device back on, that’s it!

S6 Hard Reset

There are two different ways you can perform a hard reset; remember a hard reset will erase everything on your phone!

First Method

If you can still operate your phone we recommend you doing a hard reset with this method as it’s easier for most people. If you can’t use your phone at all since its frozen move onto the second method below.

  • First turn on your phone if it isn’t already.
  • Pull down your “Notification Bar" and select the “Gear Icon".
  • Select “Settings" followed by “Backup & Reset".
  • Now select “Reset Device" then “Erase Everything".
  • Once the reset is complete your device will reboot and you’ll be finished shortly after!

Second Method

So your phone is essentially just a paper weight right now? Don’t worry, follow the steps below if you can’t perform a reset with the method above.

Samsung Galaxy S6 Factory Reset
Locate the “Power", “Volume Down", “Home" Button before proceeding.
  • You can perform a hard reset with this method by pressing and holding the “Power", “Volume down", and “Home" button for approximately 10 seconds or until the device completely powers off.
  • Now once your S6 is off, press and hold the “Home" and “Volume Up" button at the same time.
  • Once you see the Samsung logo pop up, let go of the “Power" button while still holding on to the other two.
  • Now when the “Android System Recovery" boot screen appears let go of the rest of the buttons.
  • Now press the “Volume Down" button until you reach the “Wipe Data/Factory Reset" option followed by pressing the “Power" button to select it.
  • Once again use the “Volume Down" button until you reach the “Yes – Delete All User Data" and press the “Power" button to select it.
  • Now just sit back and wait for the restoration process to do it’s job!
  • After sometime you’ll be prompted with a screen saying “Reboot System Now", press the “Power" button to accept it.
  • You’re done!

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