How to Reboot an Android

By Amy McClain

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.

Soft Reset

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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

Hard Reset

Step 1

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

Step 2

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

Step 3

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.

Tips & Warnings

  • If your touch screen is frozen, you can also perform a soft reset by removing and re-inserting your battery.