Motorola DEFY XT535 Hard Reset to Factory Soft

Launched in March 2012, the Motorola DEFY XT535 is well known for its great design, as well as the LCD screen that is dustproof, scratch-resistant and water-resistant. Coming with a 2G and a 3G network, this quality smartphone is generally appreciate by customers who use it. However, the software of all phones can sometimes be infected by bugs and this will result in a few problems such as errors and freezes.

If you own this phone and have been dealing with such issues, or you simply forgot your Security Password, it might be time to hard reset the Motorola DEFY XT535. This is an efficient way of getting rid of viruses quickly and having a functioning device in a matter of minutes. You should though be aware of the fact that this procedure will wipe the memory clean, so all the data you saved on the Motorola will be lost. To avoid negative experiences, we recommend creating a backup.

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Running on Gingerbread (Android OS v2.3.7), this is a very interesting phone a TFT capacitive touchscreen, two cameras, FM radio and many included apps. Since it’s very colorful and perfectly designed for those who look for good entertainment options in a device, the Motorola DEFY tends to be the choice of most young people. In terms of connectivity, there is a Wi-Fi 802 hotspot, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP and the speed in HSPDA is 7.2 Mbps while the HSUPA one is a bit lower – 5.76 Mbps. Coming with a Li-Ion 1650 mAh battery and a 1 GHz processor, this smartphone has a good reputation for performance.


When it comes to performing a data reset on this Motorola, it is important to make sure that any important files such as pictures, videos, music or other similar documents have been saved on another device. To make a backup of your data, you can use the Phone Copy app that works perfectly for Android and is easy to install and then use. Alternatively, anything from a computer to a cloud or your micro SD card can be used to transfer all documents into a different folder.

The factory reset can be done by using the phone’s menu in case this one is still working – even though there are a few errors and software failures, the touchscreen and keyboard should still be functioning. If these two are frozen, your second option is to turn the phone off and use the external keys to do the same. Focusing on the first method, you should try the following:

  1. Go to the Home Screen and tap Menu for more options.
  2. Open the Settings folder and select Privacy to continue.
  3. Tap Factory Data Reset in order to begin the operation and confirm with Reset Phone.
  4. If prompted enter the password and tap Erase Everything to confirm.
  5. If you forgot your password and are being asked for it, quit this now and turn the phone off, then follow the instructions for the second solution.

motorola-defy-xt535-keysIf for whatever reason the first method failed, you couldn’t remember the password or it wasn’t recognized, the touchscreen didn’t respond to basic commands or the keyboard was unresponsive, you don’t have to panic. Take a look at the steps below to perform the same as before:

  1. After switching the phone off, take the battery out and place it back it after one minute.
  2. Hold the Volume Down (2) and Power (1) keys for a few seconds then release them when the Recovery Menu appears.
  3. Tap on the lower right of the screen (3) to see the options and use the Volume Down key to scroll down and select the Clear Storage option.
  4. Press Power once to confirm and use the same Volume buttons to select Yes.
  5. If necessary, tap Power once again and read the warning on the screen.
  6. Allow the phone to reboot; this will only take up to 5 minutes.