How To Quickly Hard Reset The Galaxy S8 & S8 Plus

Here we are going to learn an easy way how to hard reset Samsung Galaxy S8. If you own a Galaxy S8 Plus, the methods will work also for that device. It doesn’t matter if you have a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, the methods will work the same.

But before going to quickly factory reset the Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus you should be aware what it does to your phone. The term factory reset and hard reset are the same. Basically, what it does: it restores the phone to the fabric state and makes it like new.

There are various reasons why people may factory reset the phone. As the name says by performing a factory reset you will restore the phone to “like new” state. People tend to use it to fix various errors on the phone that could happen by installing apps or downloading corrupted files. But a hard reset/factory reset can be performed even without any reason. So maybe you may want to make the phone like new and delete all your files and then gift it to someone. Even though you’re gifting a used device, you’re gifting a Galaxy S8.

You’re here now and this means you are ready to factory reset your device. So without further ado let’s get started.


A hard reset will delete all your data and files on your device. If you have important files such as pictures, videos, documents, or whatever file you might have, save them somewhere else. If you can make a backup it would be even better. Then disable encryption otherwise, you will not be able to view your encrypted files ever again after the hard reset process.

Galaxy S8 apps

If you make up your mind and want to continue, let’s go into this. Here is a step by step guide how to quickly factory reset the Galaxy S8 or S Plus:

Again: If you are experiencing a small problem on your device, then it might be better to perform a soft reset. If the reason you are here is to fix an issue, then you should go first with a soft reset. You do not necessarily need to reset it back to factory settings to fix any issue.

Here’s how to do a soft reset:

If your phone is freezing or whatever, press the power button for some time. It might be needed to hold it for 20-25 seconds and the phone will turn off. Just wait for a few other seconds and turn it on.

If your phone still doesn’t have fixed the freezing problem or whatever issue that has caused you to think about a factory reset of Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus then go ahead and learn how to do it.

How to hard (factory) reset Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus

The soft reset method is pretty easy and straight forward and we use it just to fix small issues or simply “refresh” the phone. Unlike the soft reset, the hard reset as the name says, it is not hard to do but it will eventually erase everything on the phone. To hard reset Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus, there are two ways. You can choose the one that seems more convenient to you.

On the phone, under the Settings, you will find an option to hard reset your device. It is explained in details below how to do it. Sometimes you might not be able to gain access to the hard reset options on the Settings. If that’s your case you can easily bypass it and follow the second way.

First method

Take your phone and go to Settings > Backup and reset > Factory data reset > Reset > Delete all

Confirm and the phone will continue to erase everything on the device and will bring the phone to the original default settings. Once it’s done the phone will look like new.

Second method

This method involves on the startup option of the phone. Here is how to do it:

  • Turn off the phone by normally pressing the power button.
  • Wait for 2-3 seconds and turn it on again by pressing “Volume Down” + “Power” button at the same time and the phone will boot into recovery.
  • Once you’re into the recovery menu navigate to “Wipe data/factory reset”
  • Confirm using the power button and the phone will begin the procedure.

Galaxy S8 factory reset

This is my preferred method to factory reset an Android device. By following the steps below you will have successfully factory reset Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus.

If there is something you would like to share with us, or you might have any issue, feel free to write in the comment section below and it will be our pleasure to hear your thoughts or help you to fix your problems.

If you used the hard reset method to fix problems with the device let us know. Maybe it wasn’t necessary to do a factory reset. If you think like sharing with us do not hesitate to write down below. We are eager to know what worked and not worked for you.

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