Acer Iconia Tab A100 Hard Reset to Factory Settings

Being a tablet with no GSM voice communication support, the Acer Iconia entered the mobile market in April 2011. Since that time and until nowadays, it made itself noticed for the Dolby sound enhancement, the long-lasting battery and its amazing WiFi capabilities. If owning one of these models, you started experiencing a couple of problems, you might find this information useful in performing a hard reset on the Acer Iconia Tab A100.

Also popular under the name of a master or cold reset, this procedure will erase everything that’s been store on your internal memory and bring all settings back to initial. By doing this, it will allow your device to get rid of any possible virus and run smoothly once again. In some cases, it can be replaced by a soft or warm reset that will not delete the data but might bring the tablet back to a functional state. In the second part of this article, we will elaborate more on how to perform both of these.

Before we dive into deeper detail, though, we consider it relevant to get familiar with the Acer tablet first. For this reason, you should know that it comes with 1 GB of RAM and a card slot that allows you to insert a microSD card that can save up to 32 GB of additional data. It runs on Android version 3.0 or 3.2 depending on when exactly you purchased it, and it is planned to upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich or version v4.0, as we know it.


Using Nvidia Tegra 2 T20 as its chipset and ULP GeForce as the GPU, this tablet has a dual-core processor of 1 GHz. The Acer Tab comes in black and red or black and blue, and its non-removable Li-Po 1530 mAh battery is known to last for long hours without needing to carry your charger with you. You will also be happy to entertain yourself and the others with the 2 cameras on the device – a 5 MP one and a 2 MP secondary one.



In case the tablet has been running slower than usual or starting crashing in the middle of a game or while you were using an app, it might be time to perform a reset. The type of reset you need, though, depends on how serious the issue is. In many situations, a simple soft restore will be enough to solve the problem. In case this one persists, you should move on to the second option.

To perform the soft version of the reset, you will simply need to press the Power key for as long as 5 seconds. This will force the device to shut down without using the usual key combination to power off. Once this is done, wait for a couple of minutes and turn it back on again.

acer-iconia-hard-resetFor the hard version, you can restore the tablet to factory settings by using the reset button that’s placed on the lower left corner of the tablet. Find a paperclip or similar thin object that could be used to press that key and insert it for a couple of seconds. Once the signal has been send to the Acer Tab, the device will automatically start rebooting.

Alternatively, you can also perform this operation by following the indications in the video below. All you need to do is to go to the main menu and find the right settings. Also, make sure that you saved all important files on an external drive or device, as everything will be erased.

  1. Go to the Main Menu and look for the Settings icon.
  2. Select Privacy and tap Factory Data Reset.
  3. Confirm your selection with Erase everything and wait.
  4. The Acer Iconia Tab will reboot and be ready to use within the next 5 minutes.