Hard Reset the Galaxy S4 I9505 to Factory Soft

You might want to sell the phone to another person and need to make sure that all data is erased. Or maybe you’re having issues with the device, such as a frozen screen, lags or fatal errors. No matter what the reason for this is, you can hard reset the Galaxy S4 I9505 by choosing one of the two methods in this article. First things first, though, it is important that you know that this Samsung smartphone was released in April 2013. It also comes with a super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen measuring 5 inches.

Apart from its large display, the device also has a powerful quad-core 1.9 GHz CPU. Coming with 3 options in terms of storage, you can either save 16 GB, 32 or 64 GB onto its internal memory. When performing a master reset, all these files are going to be deleted, which is why it’s good that the phone also supports the use of micro SD card. You can transfer 32 GB onto these ones, but in case you went for the largest-space option, you will need an additional device or will have to use the Cloud to save your data.

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This phone runs on Jelly Bean, but it can be upgraded to KitKat. A future plan to improve the abilities of this Galaxy S4 also includes upgrading it to Jelly Bean. While these are all optional upgrades that a customer can choose to do himself or not, in case you did so, you should know that the smartphone will come back to its default OS after the reset.


Also known as the Samsung I9505G S4 Google Play Edition, this is a simple device to reset. Given that it’s one of the strongest models from this brand, you will definitely want to make sure that it works perfectly fine once again. You will certainly want to take advantage of its 13 MP camera, wireless charging and BT 4.0 the same as you did before.

To restore the S4 to its factory software, you will need to do the following:

  1. Go to Home Screen and load the Apps Tray.
  2. Launch Settings and press Accounts.
  3. At the bottom of the screen, press Backup & Reset.
  4. Choose Factory Data Reset, and then hit Reset Phone.

Read all additional information that might pop up on the screen and make sure that you follow any instructions that your phone guides you to. While this is means to be a useful list of steps to take, it always depends a lot on the model you have. Therefore, things might differ from one device to the other, and the only one who can tell you exactly what to do is you Samsung Galaxy S4.

In case the reason for initiating a reset has to do with an unresponsive touchscreen, you won’t be able to use the previously-listed method. This is when you should turn the phone off, remove the battery and SIM, and then insert them back in after a few seconds. Keeping the device off, you should follow these instructions:

  1. Press and Hold Home and Volume Up, and then press Power.
  2. Hold the 3 keys and wait for the menu to come up.
  3. When you see the boot options, release all keys.
  4. Use Volume buttons to scroll down and Power to select an option.
  5. Follow the instructions in the video to select Wipe Data and then click Yes.