Hard Reset the Motorola DROID 3 to Factory Software

The Motorola DROID 3 is a high quality smartphone featuring excellent QWERTY keyboard and the latest version of the Gingerbread OS from Android. Launched in mid-2011, the device is also known as Motorola DROID XT862 and has been getting positive customer reviews for its features, especially the long-lasting battery life.

Today’s article is going to show you how to perform a hard reset on the Motorola DROID 3. This procedure can be used whenever the phone is running slow because of system bugs, it’s experiencing software errors or you forgot its password. It’s also a good option whenever you need to sell the device, as it brings its software back to factory default. Although an efficient way to solve all software-related problems fast, this is also going to wipe the phone’s memory clean, so it’s important to save the data beforehand.


To learn how the phone works, you should know that the Motorola DROID 3 features 16 GB of internal storage, a large 4-inch screen, a slide-out keyboard and a 1540 mAh battery. In terms of photography, the device comes with an 8 MP camera with touch focus and a secondary VGA one on the back. If you’re planning on using the phone mainly for web-browsing, you should know that it comes with a Wi-Fi 802 hotspot and plenty included apps, while it supports Google Search, Maps,  Gmail, Youtube and many others.


As discussed at the beginning of the article, a data reset is going to erase all of the files stored on the phone. Whether you have good photos from your trips or amazing music that your friends shared with you, it’s important to back them up so you won’t lose anything important. To save the data you can use the Phone Copy app that works perfectly on Android. Alternatively, you can always connect the device to a PC using the USB cable. This will enable you to transfer everything on to the laptop to use it for further recovery.

When it comes to the procedure itself, you can perform it manually or use the phone’s menu to do so. We’re going to start with the first solution, which can be done by following the steps:

  1. Slide the Apps tray open and go to Settings.
  2. Choose Privacy and touch Factory Data Reset.
  3. Tap Reset phone to confirm and Erase everything if prompted.

motorola_droid_3_keysIf this didn’t work for you or you simply prefer using the main menu to do the same thing, the second option might be more suitable for you. Please follow the instructions below:

  1. Turn off the phone and fully charge the battery.
  2. Press the Power key and the X button on the keyboard at the same time.
  3. When the Recovery Screen appears, slide the keyboard closed and press the Volume Up and Volume Down keys at the same time.
  4. Choose Wipe Data using the Volume keys and select it with Power.
  5. Similarly, choose Yes and confirm with the Power key.
  6. Make sure you select Reboot System Now if prompted and press the Power button once more.
  7. This will get the reboot started and the phone will be ready to use within 5 minutes.