Galaxy S5 reset

This is how to reset the Samsung Galaxy S5 back to the way it was before you ever started using it.

Smartphones has come a long way since they started to hit the market a few years ago. Sadly though there is a reasonable chance that you will find yourself in a situation where your phone is not performing the way it once did. Either that or your phone may simply have locked up completely to the point where you can’t even use it.

In these situations a factory reset may be the best way of resolving your problems. There are two different ways of achieving this on your Galaxy S5 cell phone. The first one is for resolving those minor problems that can arise from time to time, and the second way is for when your phone is completely locked up. Let me show you how it works.

Galaxy S5 reset.

  1. From your home screen press the Apps icon in the lower right corner.
  2. Find and press the Settings icon.
  3. Scroll down to the users and backup section and press the Backup and reset icon.
  4. At the bottom of the next screen press where it says Factory data reset.
  5. Hit the Reset device to complete the process.
  6. If this did the trick why not

Galaxy S5 factory reset how to

If you have followed this tutorial to the letter your phone will now reset. Your phone will return to the way it was the day you bought it, except for one thing. If you ever updated your Galaxy S5 to get the latest Android Os version, it will not revert to a previous firmware version.

If you can’t even get you phone to respond when you press the screen or any of the buttons a completely different approach needs to be taken.

Second way of resetting your Galaxy S5.

  1. Press and hold the power button to turn the device of.
  2. If your device does not respond, remove the battery and put it back after a few seconds. ( Don’t turn it back on )
  3. With your device of press and hold the volume up and the home button, then without releasing the two other buttons press and hold the power button as well.
  4. Hold them depressed until your phone boots with the words Recovery mode in the upper left corner .
  5. To navigate the recovery mode screen use the volume up and down to go up and down. Use the power button to select an option.
  6. Press the volume down button three times until the Wipe data/factory reset option is selected.
  7. Press the power button to select this option.

For more Galaxy S5 tutorials, check out these:

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About Bertil Hansen
I am the owner and main contributor to this website. Throughout the years I've owned an embarrassing number of Android phones. Too many to mention in fact. Lets just say it started with the HTC legend and I'm now on the Galaxy Note 4.

13 thoughts on “Galaxy S5 reset

  1. I have a Samsung S5 SM-G900V that was working fine on the Verizon network before December’s Marshmallow updates from Verizon, including the most recent on 12/28/16. Now my phone only gets part way through the setup wizard before it freezes and eventually reboots — a classic boot loop. I have also done a factory reset and cleared the cache on advice from multiple online sources. Those two steps makes no difference. How far you get in the setup wizard may vary, but never further than the screen where you have the option to enter your name. Whether the phone is running on its battery or external power makes no apparent difference, either. I strongly suspect that this is a software rather than hardware problem given that it was working fine prior to the December Marshmallow updates.

    What steps can I take beyond the standard remedies (reflash the latest ROM, factory reset, clear cache) to get my phone’s software working normally again? I have already tried some older ROMs but that does not help.

    N.B.: The phone is not rooted but since it is out of warranty neither Verizon nor Samsung is willing to help on this. At the moment, Samsung is so busy dealing with warranty coverage for burning phones and exploding washing machines that they will not repair out-of-warranty phones until further notice. They are very polite but firm about this.

  2. i want to thank you. this worked out great for me

  3. Hello Bertile & Fellow Galaxy Owners

    I loved my Galazy until pop ups and updates ruined it. Don’t know about everyone else but I’m tried of wasting my time disabling & performing factory resets to turn around to do it again & again.

    Even this site is filled with advertisement & marketing which makes using the phones frustrating.

    No longer a fan of Galaxy.

  4. I did factory rest.. i unable to install it again. . Because Samsung account not accepted my id .. i tried to do many methods but unfortunately until now not going

    • Same here i cant get past the samsung account and bought it fair and square its not stolen what do i do? Idont know the previous owner because i bought it from a used cell phone store and i think my husband did a factory reset for some reason and it says it was abnormal and now i need the old samsung account info

  5. if a cellular one galaxy s5 is factory reset can old texts be recovered with a sim card reader? do emails overwrite data on a sim card. if so which reader do you recommend?

  6. Is there a way to disable this? As someone has already posted, this is an obvious security flaw! If someone steals your phone, they can wipe it using the above method and sell or use the stolen phone.

  7. Hi There

    I just don’t understand why Samsung goes to so much lengths to improve security on their devices but when it gets stolen one could just reset it to factory default and use it as your own?.

    Just something to think about and maybe improve
    Thank you

  8. The screen is smashed on my s5 and I had to send back to shop, is there anyway I can wipe my data without a screen? Thanks

  9. I recently gave my phone back to my ex boyfriend. I did a factory reset before giving it to him. He was able to see my contacts. I am wondering how this happened and how much more can he see?

    • Anne this is because there is almost no way to completely remove all data you might have on the phone. All of the pictures on your phone, text messages, emails, and so on can actually still be accessed unless it is encrypted data on iPhone. Technology sucks. Next time just smash the phone into a billion pices then burn those pieces, put the melted pieces in a bag, and throw that bag into the ocean and hope James Cameron doesn’t find it.

      • You say the data on the phone can be accessed after a factory reset. How is this done ? I thought all data is lost at that point. I am currently locked out after a pattern sign in attempt and there is data that I cannot lose. I haven’t done the factory reset hoping I’ll be able to find a way back in. A partial amount of info is on the sd card that came with the phone, but the majority has not. Samsung couldn’t help me because I never made a PIN # back in 2014. Any info would be greatly appreciated !

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