How to Reboot an Android

Android phones can be easily rebooted, or reset, without losing any information. A reboot is comparable to restarting a computer and can often be a useful first step in device troubleshooting. A reboot closes any running applications, even those in the background. If your device is running slower than usual, has frozen or has displayed an error message, try a reboot first. Other options for troubleshooting include a hard or master reset, which erases all personal data and returns your Android to factory default settings.

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How to Reboot an Android
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Soft Reset

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Unlock your device screen by touching the "Power" button once.

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Press and hold the "Power" button. When the power options display on your screen, touch "Power Off." Your phone will shut down.

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Press the "Power" button again to restart your phone.

Hard Reset

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Touch the "Applications" launcher on your home screen, then touch "Settings." A list of options displays.

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Touch "Privacy." Touch "Factory Data Reset." Review the warning message displayed on your screen. All data stored on your phone will be erased.

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Touch "Reset Phone." Another disclaimer appears, warning you that you are about to remove all personal information from the device. Touch "Erase Everything." Your phone will begin the reset process -- it can take up to 10 minutes to erase all data.