The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF300T is a quad-core tablet/PC hybrid released in April 2012. Along with the Asus Transformer Prime TF700T, it forms the backbone of the Transformer series of hybrid Android devices made evident by the snap-on keyboard and attached stylus.
If you own this device and begin to notice poor performance, erratically behaving applications and other problems, it could be time to perform a hard reset. Resetting the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF300T to factory settings is a simple procedure, but there are a few things to be aware of before we begin.
The Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF300T comes with two internal storage options: 16 GB or 32 GB. Both options carry the same Cortex A9 1.2 GHz chipset along with 1 GB of RAM, which is plenty when compared with competitors on the market. An important additional feature that we’ll examine in this article is the addition of a MicroSD Card slot, allowing for an additional 32 GB of storage and an extra backup option for the tablet.
How to reset the Asus Eee Pad Transformer TF300T
Before moving any further, you’ll want to make a backup of all your personal data. That means using the MicroSD card to hold it safely on an external device, using a USB connection to a desktop PC, or placing all of your personal information on a private cloud storage platform like Google Drive or Mega. Either way you choose to do it, it’s absolutely necessary to have this information backed up safely because the hard reset procedure will delete all of it from the device. That includes your contacts, photos, messages, and third-party applications. The device will reset to a like-new factory state.
Once you’ve made this backup, you’re ready to begin the hard reset procedure:
- From the home screen, open the clock on the lower-right hand corner.
- Tap on the little gear to open the Settings menu.
- Enter the Backup & Reset folder, and then choose Factory Data Reset.
- Tap on Reset Tablet, and then Erase Everything to confirm.
- Wait for 3-5 minutes while the tablet initializes itself and then resets.
This isn’t the only method to reset the Asus Eee Pad Transformer to its factory settings. If the internal file structure has gotten corrupted and the navigation menus are difficult to use, the device has a soft reset button which can be used as often as necessary until you can successfully get to the hard reset menu. In most cases, this is not necessary, but if you find yourself in a pickle, use a thin object (pin, paper clip, needle) to press the reset button, pictured above.