How to Perform Data Factory Reset and Wipe Cache on Samsung Galaxy Devices

Samsung is the greatest smartphone manufacturer in the world with the biggest line of devices in its portfolio. My first Android phone, the Galaxy S, was a Samsung device and there has hardly been a Samsung flagship (except the Note 4) since then that I have not owned. Starting as a Samsung fan, I later began to hate it for the horrible TouchWiz interface and plastic build. For many people, there might be some reasons to hate Samsung, but there are many reasons to love the Galaxy devices. It’s always easy to find a Samsung firmware and install it using a simple tool called Odin. Being popular, Samsung devices attract a lot of custom development activities.

If you own a Samsung Galaxy smartphone or tablet, you might have installed stocked firmware a number of times, or at least once. In many cases, people tend to flash official firmware when new OS updates are released and their devices do not get them instantly. Sometimes we use Odin to restore our device to stock and sometimes to fix some issues. Installing the stock firmware goes successful in most cases but sometimes the procedure ends up in a bootloop with your device stuck at the Samsung logo animation playing endlessly.

Also see:

Detailed Guide of Installing Stock Firmware on Samsung Devices Using Odin

Even if you do not encounter a bootloop after installing a firmware, you might face issues like device overheating, battery drain, slow performance or some other minor problems with mobile network or WiFi connectivity. That’s why, we always recommend performing a data factory reset every time you install a new firmware. We decided to write detailed steps to wipe data factory reset and clean device cache on Samsung Galaxy devices to guide people who are new to such things.

How to Perform Data Factory Reset

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy device. In case the device is caught into a bootloop, just remove the back cover and pull out the battery. Insert the battery back to its place after 20 seconds. If you own a Galaxy phone or tablet with non-removable battery and your device is stuck on the Samsung logo, just press and hold the Power button until it turns off.
  2. Now press and hold the Volume UP + Home + Power keys simultaneously until the screen turns up. If your device does not have the home (center) button, you can try Volume Up + Power key combo instead.galaxy-s5-recovery-mode-key-combo
  3. As soon as the screen shows the Samsung logo with your device name (and model number), release the Power button but keep the Volume Up and Home keys pressed until you see the recovery screen:galaxy-note-3-recovery-mode
  4. Since the stock recovery does not support touch, you will have to use the physical buttons to navigate the options and select them. You can use the Volume Up and Down keys to navigate and highlight options and press the Power button to select it.
  5. Okay, now go to wipe data/factory reset option and select it using the Power key.
  6. On the next screen, you’ll be asked to confirm your selection. Select Yes.
  7. Wait for a few seconds until the reset is done.
  8. If the bootloop has been caused by some misbehaving app, you can try wiping the cache only. Just select wipe cache partition option and confirm your choice. If wiping the cache does not help, you can try the data/factory reset option.
  9. Finally, return to the main menu in recovery by selecting +++Go back+++ option and then reboot your device using reboot system now.

Having gone through the steps given above, your phone should boot normally. In case you’re having some issues after installing a firmware, it should have gone too. Enjoy! Do not forget to share you experience with us!

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