How to Do a Master Reset for a Samsung Cell Phone

By Paul Molina

Samsung cell phones are complex devices with many settings and configurations which control their many functions. When one of these settings is configured incorrectly it is possible that the cell phone will not function as desired. An ideal solution to correct this issue is a master reset. It will reset the phone to factory default settings.

Things You'll Need

  • Samsung cell phone

Step 1

Open your Samsung's main menu by pressing the "Menu" key.

Step 2

Select "Settings and Tools" from the main menu and, from this menu, select "Phone Settings." Choose the "Settings" options on Samsung models that do not have a "Settings and Tools" option.

Step 3

Select "Security" or "Privacy" depending on which Samsung model that you have. Enter your security code (default 1234 or 0000) if prompted.

Step 4

Choose "Reset Settings" or "Factory data reset" depending on the model. Enter your phone's security code or password if prompted. Select to reset your phone to factory settings by selecting "Yes" to confirm.

Tips & Warnings

  • Performing a master reset will reset all of your phone's settings back to their factory defaults. Doing so will erase system and application data which could cause unwanted loss of data. Consider saving your personal contact data in another device in case it is erased as well.