The Samsung Galaxy Express I8730 is a lightweight smartphone released in January 2013, concurrently with the larger, more robust S4. The Galaxy Express combines all the features of the S4 into a more manageable and affordable package, while managing to pack a bit of power under the hood.
If you own this phone, and begin to notice slower response times for daily tasks or increasing frequency of software glitches and errors, it could mean that your Galaxy Express requires a factory reset. The hard reset procedure will remove all of your data from the phone and reinstall the Android operating system from scratch. In most cases, this will bring your phone back to its optimal running performance.
Where Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S4 capitalizes on power and speed, the Galaxy Express focuses on affordability, portability and ease of use. This doesn’t mean that the phone’s processing powers are weak, however: with a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU and 1 GB of RAM, the phone is competitive with many others in its price range and delivers faithfully on all but most resource-intensive applications. It also features a MicroSD card slot for extra storage of up to 32GB.
There is an additional feature through which you can encrypt the data on the SD card, which is very useful of sensitive information. If you decide to perform a hard reset with the SD card data still encrypted, the phone will no longer be able to decrypt that data, so be sure to check this in your security settings.
How to Hard Reset the Galaxy Express
Resetting your Galaxy Express to its factory settings will erase all of your data from the phone including contacts, messages, applications, photos, and everything else. Be sure to have a backup of this data ready before you go any further with this procedure. Once you have made your backup, you’re ready to perform the factory reset:
- Check your security settings, make sure your phone and SD card data is -not- encrypted. (If you don’t know how to encrypt or decrypt your phone data, it’s not encrypted by default, so you can skip this step).
- On the applications screen, tap on Settings.
- Enter the Backup & Reset option menu.
- Choose Factory Data Reset.
- Enter Reset Device.
- Press Erase Everything.
This will cause the phone to start the process. It will turn off and then turn back on when finished. After it does this, you’re free to restore your user data safely back onto the phone and continue using it as if it were brand new. Enjoy!