Hard Reset the Acer Iconia Tab A210 to Factory Soft

Coming with a 10.1 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen, the Acer Iconia Tab A210 can be easily hard reset. It was released in November 2012 to become one of the most appreciate models from this brand. If you own this device for longer than 2 years, you might have begun to experience a variety of software-related issues. A software that takes forever to load, failing applications and error messages are just a few examples of such problems.

This article is going to show you exactly how to solve these, while taking you through all the necessary steps of the procedure. Although our main focus will be the master reset, another operation that you should take into account is the soft restore– a less aggressive way to regain functionality of the device. However, before reading any further, you should know that reverting back to factory is going to erase all user data from the tablet, which is why it’s best to make a backup of all files.

acer_iconia_tab_a210_fullAs you may already know, the Acer Iconia Tab is a high-quality tablet, so it comes with no support for GSM voice communication, and it doesn’t allow sending SMS or MMS, either. Being equipped with a Wi-Fi 802 hotspot, this is a great device to use for surfing the net, as it comes with included apps such as Youtube, Picasa, Gmail, Google Talk and many others. Running on Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich, its operating system can be upgraded to Jelly Bean, and the tablet has a non-removable 3260 mAh battery.


We previously mentioned that you’ll have two options to reboot the device – the first one is the most aggressive one that we’ll talk about later, while the second solution is a warm refresh . The latter can be performed by pressing the hidden reset button next to the SD card slot. This one can be reached with a paperclip or any similar thin object.

acericoniatabA210_keyIf this didn’t work, and you’re considering a hard reset, the first step to take is saving all the data you wouldn’t want to lose. To do this, we recommend using the USB cable you have in store and connect the tablet to an external device – it can be your laptop, a desktop computer, an external hard drive, etc. Once you’re connected, create a folder and transfer all necessary documents for later use.

Moving on to the next steps, you should do the following:

  1. Go to the Home Screen of the tablet and slide the Applications Tray open.
  2. Select the Settings folder and tap Backup & Reset.
  3. Choose Factory Data Reset from the options then click on Reset Tablet.
  4. To confirm, tap Erase Everything and wait for the device to format.

The process is going to take about 5 minutes in total, and the tablet is going to show on-screen instructions if any additional moves should be made by the user. Once it is done, the Acer will restart by itself – at this point, you can use the backup in order to restore the files you need.

  • Patrick

    Acer a210 tab top left corner “booting failed bootloader vjB-3fb8d45: starting fastboot usb download protocol” I have used the volume keys & power and that never works. I keep getting the same error. Unsure how a paperclip will work. I pressed the paperclip to that little square did absolutely nothing. I have left it on for 3+ hours and nothing happens. Any ideas?