Hard Reset the Nokia Lumia 510 to Factory Settings

One of Nokia’s most impressive models, the Lumia 510 was launched in November 2012 after being announced a month before. This smartphone received a couple of very good reviews in a short amount of time, over-taking most other similar models. While its 2G and 3G networks, as well as the high-speed internet seem to be some of the most appreciated features, the long-lasting BP-3L battery is also one of the reasons why people love this smartphone.

If you own this device, you should know that the Nokia Lumia 510 is very easy to hard reset. No matter what software issues you’ve been dealing with lately, this procedure will be very easy to do on the phone, and it will only take a few minutes. Before you get started, though, it is important to be aware that this will bring everything back to factory settings, which mean that you will lose the data you saved on the RAM. We’d like to advise you to make a backup beforehand, and then follow the instructions in this article.

Coming in white, cyan, yellow, red and blue, this Lumia phone comes with 7 GB of free SkyDrive storage and 256 MB of RAM. If you ever feel like you have too much data saved on the smartphone, you can always use the USB cable to connect it to another device and transfer some of the files. The Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP is also a good way to connect to nearby devices and make a similar transfer.


No need to worry about getting lost, as this phone comes with GPS, and you won’t get bored on the way to your destination either. There’s plenty of ways to entertain yourself with the several music file types you’ll be able to play (mp3, mp4, wma, wmv, eAAC+, etc.) and its 5 MP camera. The latter is equipped with auto-focus, geo-tagging and face-detection.

How to restore the Nokia Lumia 510

As it happens in the case of other Nokia phones, you will be able to restore this one to its original settings by following a couple of simple instructions. There are two options to choose from – one uses the main menu, and the other one uses the external buttons. We recommend using the first one if the device still responds to commands via the keyboard.

Before you do so, though, it is crucial to create the necessary backup by connecting the Lumia to a computer or tablet. You can also save the files onto a cloud (use the many free GB offered on SkyDrive) or an external hard-drive. Once you’re ready, you can do these:

  1. nokia-lumia-510-hardOpen the menu and go to Settings.
  2. Look for an option saying About Phone and open its folder.
  3. Choose Reset Phone and read the warning.
  4. Whenever ready, press Yes to confirm your selection.

This will force the Nokia Lumia 510 to reboot, and you shall not interrupt it. If you cannot use this method, the following one is a good option that does just the same, but uses the hard reset buttons to do so:

  1. Turn off the phone and remove cables.
  2. Pres the Camera key, Volume Down and Power and hold for a while.
  3. Release the Power key when the Nokia logo shows up, but keep on holding the other two.
  4. The boot will automatically begin in a few seconds, and you can then release all buttons.