Safe mode is helpful in troubleshooting the android issues.  But sometime you need to wipe out every data and factory data reset your Android phone or tablet to make you device boot properly.

But make sure that have backed up your important data before resetting your phone. It includes Google Authenticator credentials, that will be lost when you factory reset your phone. Disable two-factor authentication on your account or you will face trouble afterwards.

If You Can’t Boot

If safe mode fails to fix your device, then you can perform the hard reset booting in the special recovery mode.

First make sure that your device is fully shut down.

Press and hold the correct keys to boot your device in recovery mode.  But it vary from device to device. Here you have an examples:

  • Nexus 7: Volume Up + Volume Down + Power
  • Samsung Galaxy S3: Volume Up + Home + Power
  • Motorola Droid X: Home + Power
  • Devices With Camera Buttons: Volume Up + Camera

Similar devices will use the same key combinations. Juts take an example; the Nexus 4 also uses Volume Up + Volume Down + Power.

If you didn’t find your device in the list and none of the above methods work, and do  goggle search by typing the name of your device and “recovery mode”.

Leave the button when device is powered on. You can find an image of Android lying on its back with its chest open and its internals revealed.


Hold the Volume Up and Volume Down keys to move through the options till you find the Recovery mode on the screen.


Press Power button to reboot into recovery mode. You will find an Android with a red triangle.


Hold the Power button and tap on Volume Up. You will get the Android system recovery menu at the top of the screen.


Choose wipe data / factory reset with volume keys and tap on Power button to activate it.

Choose Yes to – erase all user data with volume buttons and tap Power. Your device will be set to factory data reset and all your data will be erased.


If you find that your device has freeze at a point then hold down the Power button till it get restart.

If You Can Boot

You can easily reset the Android phone or tablet  from its setting option. Click on Backup & reset option on latest versions of Android or click on Privacy if you’re using Android 2.3.


Click on Factory data reset option and move through the reset from step to step.


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If factory reset doesn’t fix up the issue then it might be that there’s a problem with your device’s hardware. And if you have lost your important data while factory resetting then you can use Android Data Recovery software that can easily recover the data after factory resetting or from any sort of data loss situation.

How to Factory Reset Your Android Phone or Tablet When It Won’t Boot