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How To Factory Reset Windows Phone 8X By HTC

No fluff today folks…just a cut and dry “factory reset” post for all of those Windows phone people out there.  This may be a snoozer.  My apologies, but it’s been a rather long and arduous day.


  1. From the START screen, swipe left to display the APPLICATIONS list OR from the start screen, you can also select the RIGHT ARROW (located in the lower right hand corner).
  2. Choose SETTINGS.
  3. Choose ABOUT.
  5. Select YES and allow about 1 minute for the phone to finish erasing itself.
  6. Go through with the initial activation and setup once completed.

If you are unable to get to the above settings on the phone then continue reading.


Factory Reset Windows Phone 8X by HTC

photo from GSMarena.com

  1. Make sure that the device is POWERED OFF.  If need be, press and hold the power button, and then drag the window to the bottom of the display to power off. Once the “goodbye” message appears, allow up to 15 seconds for the device to completely power off.
  2. Press the POWER button to turn the device back on.
  3. Press and hold the VOLUME DOWN key.
  4. When an EXCLAMATION MARK (!) appears on the display, press the following keys in the following order:
  • (1) VOLUME UP
  • (3) POWER

The device will now start the reset process.  Please allow a couple of minutes for it to complete.



How to Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2

I’m plan on keeping this precise and to the point without all the fluff…only some visuals to help you along the way…


1.  From the home screen, select the Menu soft key (lower left).


2.  Select Settings.


3.  Select Backup and Reset.


4.  Select Factory Data Reset.  You have the option to choose to put a check mark next to the boxes titled Backup My Data and Automatic Restore.  If I were in your shoes, I would for the sake of restoring your phone and making it just a tad easier, but that’s just me.  You also should already have an account listed under Backup Account (Also known as your Google Account.


5.  Select Reset Device.


6.  Select Delete All.


At this point, your device will shut down, and the Android Recovery screen will be displayed for several seconds.  It looks like this:


Please allow several minutes for the device to reset itself  Once it is finished, it will restart and direct you through the setup and restore process.

ALTERNATE METHOD (When you are unable to get to factory reset screen)

1.  Ensure that the device is powered off.  To power off, press ad hold the power button and then select power off and then OK.

s3 Hard Reset

2.  After the device is off, Simultaneously press and hold the Power button+Volume up key+Home key until the Samsung logo appears then release.

Screen shot 2013-03-27 at 12.21.45 AM

3.  From the Android system recovery screen, select Wipe Data/Factory Reset. Use the Volume Up/Down keys to highlight and the Power button to select.


4.  Choose Yes — delete all user data. The factory reset may take  minute or so to complete.


5.  Select Reboot System Now.  Allow several minutes for the reboot process to complete.


ALL DONE!!  Give yourself a High Five!  Now just go through with the setup process.

Motorola DROID RAZR Factory Reset

Photo Borrowed from http://computimesinc.com

Photo Borrowed from http://computimesinc.com

So it has come to this.  You have exhausted all other options and have ultimately decided the only way to fix what has gone catastrophically wrong with your Droid is the dreaded Factory Reset, also known as cell phone “spring cleaning.”  Without further ado, this is the mapping of where to go in your device’s menu options to get the job done right.

Preferred Method (Able to access hard reset menu on device)

  1. From a Home screen, select Apps (located in the lower center).
  2. Select Settings.
    Note If the application icon is missing, select App menu filter (located at the top) then select All apps.
  3. Select Privacy.
  4. Select Factory Data Reset.
  5. Select Reset phone.
    Note If presented, enter the current lock code or draw the unlock pattern.
  6. Select Erase Everything.
    Note Allow up to 10 minutes for the Factory Data Reset and reboot processes to complete.

Alternate Method

  1. Power the device off.
    Note Press the Power button then select Power off.
    Note If the device doesn’t respond, press and hold the Volume Up/Down then press and hold Power button. When the device screen goes blank release the Power button while continuing to hold Volume Up/Down, proceed with step 3.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up/Down then press the Power button.
  3. When presented with the Boot Mode Selection Menu release all buttons.
  4. Press Volume Down to select Recovery then press Volume Up.
  5. From the Droid triage screen, simultaneously press Volume Up/Down.
  6. Select wipe data /Factory Reset then press the Power button.
    Note Use Volume keys to navigate options.
  7. Select Yes — delete all user data then press the Power button.
    Note Use Volume keys to navigate options.
    Note Data wipe may take several moments.
  8. Select reboot system now then press the Power button.
    Note Use Volume keys to navigate options.

*This will also work for the Razr Maxx and all other versions of the device.

* Backup your text messages, contacts, and apps (coming soon).