How to Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S7

The S7 Edge and S7 Active, too

What to Know

  • Go to Settings > General Management > Reset > Factory Reset.
  • Phone off hold Power, Volume Up, and Home buttons, enter Recovery. Volume Down > Wipe Data/Factory Reset > Power to confirm.
  • Resetting a Samsung Galaxy S7 lets you start over again from scratch, but it also means you lose all your data so be sure to back up important files.

This article explains how to factory reset (restore) the Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, and S7 Active, to remove all user settings, apps, and data.

How to Factory Reset the Samsung Galaxy S7

One of the more reliable ways to fix a slow phone, especially one that’s a few years old like the Samsung Galaxy S7, is to perform a factory reset. It erases user and app data and completely clears your phone, making the software as shiny and new as the day you got it.

While the process is straightforward, it does requires some technical know-how. Moreover, there are a couple of ways to factory reset the device. You can use the system settings or the Android Recovery mode.

Warning:

A factory reset will wipe all data including your photos, videos, saved games, user app settings, and much more. Be sure to back up all important files and data before doing a factory reset!

Optional: Remove Your Accounts

If you are wiping your phone to sell it or trade it in, you’ll need to remove your accounts first, especially your Google account. Android includes a unique security feature called Factory Reset Protection (FRP). It is designed to prevent thieves and other nefarious actors from wiping your device without your consent just to gain access.

Even after a factory reset, the phone will ask for the original account password. If you reset a phone without removing the saved accounts, you will see the following message on reboot:

“The device was reset. Sign in with a Google Account that was previously synced on this device.”

Note:

If you are resetting your device to clean it up or improve performance, and you're going to be the one using it, this step is not necessary.

To prevent FRP and remove your accounts do the following:

  1. Go to Settings > Lock Screen and Security and remove all security settings, including passwords, patterns, pins, and biometrics.

    Steps to remove security settings on Galaxy S7 phone with Lock Screen and Security highlighted
  2. Open Settings > Accounts > Accounts and tap on an account in the list. Then choose Remove Account. You must do this for each major account on your device!

    Steps to remove accounts on Galaxy S7 Settings with Accounts, Accounts, and phone accounts highlighted

How to Factory Reset a Galaxy S7 From the Settings

The easiest way to factory reset your device is to use the Settings menu.

  1. Go to Settings > General Management > Reset and then select Factory Data Reset.

    Steps to reset Galaxy S7 from inside the Settings app with General Management, Reset, and Factory data reset highlighted

    Note

    In older software versions (not updated) you must go to Settings > Backup and Reset > Factory Reset to find the Reset Device option.

  2. Scroll down and review the content that will be erased. Here, you will also see accounts you're still signed into. Tap Reset at the bottom to start the wipe. If you have a security pin or pattern you will be asked to enter it to confirm.

    Samsung Galaxy S7 factory reset menu with Reset highlighted
  3. The phone will reboot and factory-restore the software and all settings. When it's ready, you'll need to set it all up again, just like you did when you first used it.

How Do I Factory Reset My Galaxy S7 With Buttons (Recovery Mode)?

If your Galaxy S7 will not boot correctly or if it’s stuck in a loop (continues to restart over and over), you will need to use the system recovery mode to reset the device.

To activate recovery mode, you will need to press several buttons at once. Here's how:

  1. Make sure your Galaxy S7 is powered down. Then, press Power, Home, and Volume Up all at the same time. Keep holding them.

  2. Continue holding all three buttons until you see Recovery Booting displayed at the top of the screen. You can let go after that message appears. Wait a moment until Recovery Mode is available.

  3. You will see a list of text options. You can scroll down with Volume Down, and up with Volume Up. Pressing Power will make a selection.

    Use Volume Down to scroll (down) until Wipe Data/Factory Reset is highlighted in blue, then press Power.

  4. The phone will ask you to confirm, so press Volume Down to highlight Yes in blue, and them use Power to confirm. The process will start.

  5. At the bottom of the screen, you will see status messages. When you see Data Wipe Complete the process has finished. Use Power to select Reboot System Now and restart the device.

  6. The Galaxy S7 should now be wiped clean and restored to factory settings.

How Do I Reset My Galaxy S7 Without a Password?

If you do not have a password set, then you can use either one of the above methods to factory reset your device. The only difference, of course, is you don’t have to worry about resetting the password before doing it.

Important:

Even without a password, you may still need to remove your account(s) before the reset.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I factory reset my Samsung Galaxy S7 from a computer? There are some situations where you need to factory reset your Samsung Galaxy S7, but you don't have the device in hand, for example, if it was lost or stolen. Fortunately, in these cases, you can reset your device from a computer using your Google account. Navigate to Android.com/Find; if the device is powered on, you'll see its exact location. Select Erase to permanently erase the Galaxy S7's data. If your situation is less dire, select Lock to lock the device with a PIN or password. You can even add a message with a phone number to the lock screen so that if someone finds it, they can return it to you.
  • How do I recover my data after performing a factory reset on my Samsung Galaxy S7? If you've created a backup of your data using your phone's built-in backup function, you'll be able to restore your data even after performing a factory reset. Navigate to your S7's Settings and select Backup and Restore. Select Restore, then choose a recent backup to restore your data. Alternatively, you can use a linked Google account to restore your data if you previously enabled automatic backups. When you add your Google account to the device again, you'll get an option to restore your data.
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