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How To Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S9

How To Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S9

by TsarFebruary 27, 2024

The explained steps in this Guide will help you to Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S9. This Samsung Smartphone comes with more than one Model Number, So you can apply the same steps on all of them:

  • Samsung SM-G960F (Europe, Global model with single SIM card).
  • Samsung SM-G960F/DS (Europe, Global model with dual SIM cards).
  • Samsung SM-G960U (USA Mobile operators like AT&T Mobility, Verizon Wireless, Sprint Nextel Corporation, T-Mobile USA, MetroPCS, Boost Mobile US, Cricket…etc).
  • Samsung SM-G960XU (Canada, USA).
  • Samsung SM-G960W (Canada).
  • Samsung SM-G9600 (China).
  • Samsung SM-G9608 (China).
  • Samsung SM-G960J (Japan).
  • Samsung SM-G960D (Japan).
  • Samsung SM-G960N (South Korea).

There are two factory reset methods, The first one (Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S9 from Settings Menu) you can use it when your Galaxy device is powered on, When the second one (Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S9 from Recovery Menu) is used when your phone is Powered off.

There are two more things related to the Galaxy S9 reset process. The first is How To Wipe Cache Partition on the Samsung Galaxy S9. And the second is How To Soft Reset the Samsung Galaxy S9. By reading this guide you will solve a lot of the software problems and errors of the Galaxy S9.


Samsung Galaxy S9 Factory Reset Checklist:

1- This process restores the Android platform to its original state and wipe all your data, So backup all the wanted data (Contacts, SMS, Photos, Videos,… Etc). You can use Samsung Smart Switch software to backup all your important data.

2- Make sure that you know the Google account name and password.

3- Any other Email accounts info.

4- Samsung accounts info.

5- Any other log-in info and settings you used on your Samsung Galaxy S9.

6- Ensure your Samsung Galaxy device has enough charge level.


Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S9 from Settings Menu:

1- Tap Settings icon from the home screen.

Samsung Settings

2- Scroll down and tap on General management option.

General Management Option

3- Tap Reset.

Samsung Reset

4- Tap Factory Data Reset:
At this point, The Android OS will tell you that all data will be erased from your phone. Including your Google account, System and app data, Settings, Downloaded app, Music, Pictures, And all other user data, So make sure to backup anything you need before moving to next steps.

Samsung Factory Data Reset Details

5- Tap Reset:
Once again the phone will remind you, That all your personal information and downloaded apps will be erased and can’t be recovered.

6- If any password, PIN code, Or pattern is requested, Then enter it and tap Continue.

7- Tap Delete all.

Delete All Button

8- Wait for the Factory data reset process to be completed, And your Galaxy S9 will reboot.

9- Done, Now when your Samsung Galaxy S9 is fully on, Select your preferred device language, And follow the on-screen instructions to proceed the initial setup.


Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S9 from Recovery Menu:

1 – Ensure your Samsung Galaxy S9 is powered off, If not, Then turn it off (Press and hold the Power key, and then tap Power off).

2 – Press and hold the Volume Up and Bixby buttons.

3 – Keep the above two buttons pressed then press and hold the Power button too.

Reset Samsung Galaxy S9

4 – Wait until the Android logo appears, Then release all buttons.

Android Logo

5 – An exclamation mark and Android Logo will appear on your phone’s screen.

Enter Recovery Menu

6 – Now, to enter into the Recovery Menu, Just tap on the screen.

7 – After a few seconds, you will see an Android Recovery menu on the screen with many options.

Android Recovery Menu

8 – Use the Volume Down button to select Wipe Data/Factory Reset option.

Wipe Data / Factory Reset

9 – Use the Power button to confirm your selection.

10 – Now use the Volume Down button again to select “Yes

11 – Confirm it by pressing the Power button.

12 – Wait for the Factory reset process to be completed.

13 – The Android Recovery menu will return and Reboot System Now option is highlighted.

Reboot System Now

14 – Press the Power button to reboot your Samsung Galaxy S9.

15 – Done, Congratulations, You have restored your Samsung Galaxy S9 to its original factory settings.


– How To Wipe Cache Partition on the Samsung Galaxy S9:

Clearing the cache partition of your Galaxy S9 will not delete your personal data (Contacts, SMS, Photos, Videos,… Etc). It will delete the temporary system data which is useful to make the system run more smoothly. It is recommended to wipe the cache partition after installing a new system update.

To wipe the cache partition follow the same steps like (Factory Reset the Samsung Galaxy S9 from Recovery Menu). But instead of selecting the Wipe Data/Factory Reset option, You should select the Wipe Cache Partition option.


– How To Soft Reset the Samsung Galaxy S9:

The Soft Reset means turning your device off and on again. Like Wipe Cache Partition, This operation will not delete your personal data.

If your Galaxy S9 screen is frozen or unresponsive, Then, This operation may fix it:

1- Ensure your device battery has more than 5% of power. If no, Then charge your device first.

2- Press and hold the Volume Down button + the Power button.

3- Keep holding the two buttons until the device vibrate and the Samsung logo appears on the screen. Then release the buttons.

4- Wait for the device to be fully on and check if your problem is fixed.

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