Do you have a Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus? In spite of its siblings, the Galaxy S9 and S9 Plus, they stole all the attention this 2018, we must not forget that their predecessors are also some phones quality. However, if you are thinking of selling your S8 or S8 Plus or just want to return to the basic configuration that you had when you turned for the first time, don’t worry, we are here to help you. Discover in this guide how to restore to factory the samsung Galaxy S8 or S8 Plus.
However, before you do so, you must keep in mind that this process will delete your applications and files, including songs, videos, contacts, photos and calendar information, but the programs of support to and the characteristics of cloud storage from Samsung will recover all of that is relatively easy. Alternatively, if you’re selling your Galaxy S8 and want to make sure that the personal information does not reach the wrong hands, a factory reset is an excellent way to permanently delete all your data.
Protection of factory reset
Factory Reset Protection (FRP) is a security measure that Google introduced in the version Android 5.0 Lollipop, and is designed to prevent thieves clean up your device and use it or sell it. But if you don’t disable it, can interfere in the process of a factory reset.
So, when you try to reset a phone to factory defaults with FRP enabled, prompts you to enter the user name and the password of the last Google account registered on the device. That is good and right if you’re the owner, but obviously problematic if you have sold or have given to another person.
Below, we show you how to disable the Protection of factory reset the Galaxy S8:
- First, delete your Google account. To do this, go to Settings> Accounts and cloud – > Accounts and select Google. Then, tap the three vertical dots that are in the upper-right corner or More> Delete account. And make sure to delete all the Google accounts that you see.
- Then, you’ll need to remove your Samsung account. Go to Settings> lock Screen and security> Find my mobile. Enter your password, tap your account at the top and select More> Delete account.
Now that you’ve turned off the Protection of factory reset, it is a good idea to make a backup of your apps and settings.
Backup of your data
How to make a backup of the applications
To perform a backup of the apps and games which you have installed on your Galaxy S8, go to the Settings menu.
- Touch Cloud and Accounts, then Backup and Restore
- Select Back up my data and choose whether you want to make a backup copy of the data of your account, passwords for Wifi and other settings on Google’s servers.
How to make a backup of your contacts
To save your contacts in the cloud is as easy as making a backup of your apps and settings.
- Open the menu Configuration and select Cloud Accounts.
- Tap Accountsand choose the account you want to sync.
- Select the three vertical dots that appear in the top right corner and select Sync now. This way, your contacts are stored in the cloud should be updated.
How to make a backup of your photos and videos
Restore your Galaxy S8 factory does not mean losing all your photos, memories, videos, and other files. With these simple steps, you can, we’ll explain how to back up everything.
- Tap the folder Samsung and then access to My files.
- Select internal Storage.
- Finally, select the icon of three vertical dots and Share.
- Choose the content you want to share and select the location that you consider to be correct.
Restore the Galaxy S8 from the Settings Menu
The easiest way to reset to factory your Galaxy S8 is from the phone’s Settings Menu. Make sure that the power is on, and then go to Settings> Backup and restart. Touch Restore factory data reset, then Reset device and finally Delete all.
Now sit safe: the process takes a few minutes. Once you have finished, you will see the welcome screen of the Galaxy S8.
From the Recovery menu
Sometimes, the malware is persistent and other factors can make to reset your Galaxy S8 from the setting menu to be an unrealistic proposition.
Fortunately, you can erase data from the phone from the recovery menu. That yes, before that, make sure that your Galaxy S8 is turned off.
- Press and hold the buttons to increase the volume, Bixby and Power at the same time and keep them pressed until you see the Samsung logo.
- After 30 seconds, you should see the recovery menu of Android. If your phone boots normally, it tries to repeat the previous two steps.
- Press the button to Lower the volume to four times, until you highlight the option Wipe data / Reset factory. Select it using the button Ignition.
- Press the button to Lower the volume seven times until Yes-delete all user data highlighted. Used after the power button, which will trigger the restart process.
- Once you complete the reset, press Power and select Reboot system now. So, when you start the Galaxy S8, you will see the default splash screen.
Reset your Galaxy S8 with the software Smart Switch
If you prefer to use a computer to reset or restore your Galaxy S8, we have good news: the software, Smart Switch Samsung makes it simple.
Will guide you through the process of factory reset, install the firmware latest in your Galaxy S8 and will delete your apps, settings and personal data.
However, there are some prerequisites. You will need to connect the Galaxy S8 to one of the USB ports of your PC with a USB adapter-C, and you’ll need to download and install the software Smart Switch on the web site of Samsung. From there, everything is simple.
If you are connecting your Galaxy S8 for the first time, you’ll have to wait for it to install the necessary drivers. Once you have finished, continue with the following steps:
- Start the software Samsung Smart Switch you installed earlier. Your phone will appear in the list of devices.
- Click More in the upper-right corner of the screen and then click on Recovery and initialization of the software of emergency.
- Click Inicialización of the device. Then, select Ok. Then press Ok again to confirm the initialization; and select for a third time Ok to confirm that you have read the list of precautions.
- Choose whether you want to create a backup. If you prefer not to do this, click on Skip backup.
- If you get a warning from user account Control, click Yes.
- Smart Switch will download and install the latest firmware of Galaxy S8 on your device. Once you are done, click Ok.
Finally, your Galaxy S8 should be switched on, ready and clean.
Check out our tips and tricks for the Galaxy S8 for more information about your phone, or delve into other issues in the Galaxy S8 to find solutions.
*Updated October 11, 2019 for Daniel Matus.
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