How to Factory Reset a Samsung Smartphone

A photo of the factory data reset settings on a Samsung phone

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It’s finally time to say goodbye to your trusty Samsung smartphone. But before you do, don’t forget to remove all that data. You’ll need to factory reset the device to restore it to its “first-day” state. While this won’t buff out the scratches and scuff marks the phone’s outer shell has accumulated since you started wielding it, at least your data isn’t clogging up the remaining disk space. And anyway, do you really want your private data—and your dozens of screenshot folders—in someone else’s hands?

Factory reset all data on a Samsung smartphone

Be a mensch and factory reset your Samsung device, especially if you plan to sell your gently used smartphone or give it to a friend or family member. In the Settings panel, tap on General management, then scroll down and tap on Reset.

If you’re using the latest version of Samsung’s One UI, you’ll see a few settings in front of you.

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