Samsung Galaxy 5 Hard Reset to Factory Settings (i5500)

Popular for being a great and affordable device, the Samsung Galaxy 5 was released in August 2010 and followed by the S5 version. It is also known as Samsung i5500 Corby, Galaxy Europa or Galaxy 550. No matter what name you’re familiar with, if you own this smartphone and have been dealing with software-related issues, this article might be just for you.

Our main topic will focus around how to perform a hard reset on the Samsung Galaxy 5 (i5500). This is a powerful and efficient procedure that can help you remove all possible viruses very quickly, by erasing the user data that you’ve stored on the memory of the phone. While it is important to make a backup so you don’t lose any files, this is a very safe operation to do.


Running on Android’s Éclair, the smartphone can be upgraded to run on the Froyo operating system. It also has a stereo FM radio with RDS, a Wi-Fi 802 hotspot and Bluetooth v2.1. It might not have the stronger processor (600 MHz) and it only comes with a 1200 mAh battery, but its web-surfing speed can reach a maximum of 7.2 Mbps. Its internal memory is of 170 MB, but a card slot is available – this way, you can store 16 GB more on a micro SD card.


Before you plan on restoring the Galaxy 5 to its factory settings, you might want to give soft reset a chance. This can be done by simply pressing the Power key, and then removing the battery from its usual slot. After a maximum of 30 seconds, you’re free to place it back in and switch the phone on. If this method didn’t help you regain functionality of the Samsung, you might need to create a backup.

This is necessary when you own the phone for over 2 years, and a wide variety of files have been saved and transferred onto the device. There is no need to worry, though, as you can copy everything by simply connecting it to a PC, notebook or tablet with the USB cable. The same can be done using the famous Phone Copy application for Android smartphones.

Try the following steps once you’re done saving the important documents:

  1. From the Home Screen, press the Menu button to see the options.
  2. Select Settings, and then tap the Privacy
  3. Go to Factory Data Reset and confirm your choice with Reset Phone.
  4. If necessary, tap Erase Everything on the last screen and the device shall reboot.

An alternative way to do the same as before is by using the hard reset keys located on the exterior chassis on this Samsung. This can be done as follows:

  1. Switch the device off and fully charge it before moving further.
  2. At the same time, press Volume Up & Volume Down (1) plus End Call (the Power key – 3).
  3. Wait for the phone to vibrate and the Recovery Screen to appear.
  4. Press the Home key in the middle (2) and wait for additional warnings/information.
  • Thomas Chigowo Jr.