Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 Hard Reset to Factory Settings

An important model that’s a member of the Galaxy series since November 2012, the S3 Mini is an affordable smartphone. Don’t let its price trick you, though, since this one comes with a 4-inch Super AMOLED touchscreen and runs on Jelly Bean OS from Android. Apart from that, it also uses the NovaThor U8420 as its chipset, has its customers choose between 8 and 16 GB of data in terms of internal storage and is equipped with a removable 1500 mAh battery.

If all these are details that you knew about the phone that comes in blue, gray, white, black, red and brown, let’s get down to business. The more serious aspect that we’ll discuss in this article is how to hard reset the Galaxy S3 Mini I8190. This is a procedure that we suggest using whenever the cellphone fails to work as it should be, it became slow, started to restart or shut down with no reasons, you’re dealing with errors or you simply want to erase all files from its RAM.


Please make sure that you do a backup of all relevant documents before you follow our instructions. This is an operation that will delete everything stored directly onto the internal memory, so you can save some of the files by transferring them onto the 32GB microSD card. An alternative to that is to use the Google Cloud storage, since this is an Android smartphone.


As you could probably gather from the first section of the article, our Galaxy S3 Mini I8190 is a cool smartphone that can be purchased for a fairly low price. However, the features it has to offer for this amount of money are not to complain about, which is the main reason why all the Galaxy users we know do their best to keep the phone working.

If you’re ever experiencing software issues, there’s nothing to worry about, since this is more of a common problem than you might think. It’s easy enough to sort it out depending on what exactly is happening. For example, if the issue is caused by too much data or the inappropriate app for your device having been installed, the solution can be a soft reset. This one can be done by holding the Power key until it shuts down, and then taking the battery out for a bit.

The previously-mention method should be accompanied by some wiped down data, as well as uninstalling the apps that might be causing the problems. If this didn’t work or the device also shuts down unexpectedly, shows some errors and gives signs of bugs’ attacks, you should do this:

  1. Turn it on and charge the device.
  2. Open the Menu and scroll to Settings.
  3. Select Backup & Reset, and then go to Factory Reset.
  4. Choose Reset Device and press Delete All.

You’re done with your part of the work at this stage. This is when the phone will automatically begin wiping down the data from the internal memory. It will all finish with the device rebooting and looking like a brand new Samsung Galaxy with its original OS reinstalled.

If this didn’t work or you can’t keep the Galaxy on for too long, we recommend the second method:

  1. Charge the phone the same as before and turn it off.
  2. Press Home & Power, and then hold both keys while pressing Volume Down.
  3. Keep holding all three buttons and wait for the Android logo.
  4. When this one pops up, release the keys and wait for the menu.
  5. Select Wipe Data and Yes – delete all user files.
  6. You can do so by scrolling down with Volume keys and pressing Power to select.
  7. When the wipe is complete, press Power once more to select Reboot System Now.