Samsung Galaxy A3 was announced in October 2014 and the phone was available for sale starting with December 2014. It features a 4.5 inches capacitive touchscreen with more than 16 million colors. The resolution of the display is 540 x 960 (~ 245 ppi pixel density). The processor of the smartphone is a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A53; Qualcomm MSM8916 Snapdragon 410, while the graphic processor is Adreno 306. The phone has an internal memory of 16 GB and 1 GB or 1.5 GB of RAM. The operating system is Android OS, v4.4.4 (KitKat) upgradable to v5.0.2 (Lollipop). As any smartphone, this phone works perfectly after the purchase, yet, after a while, it can get stuck in some applications and freeze, thus causing a lot of dissatisfaction to the user. For this reason, it is advisable to perform a reset to the factory settings of the phone.
You might think that this process is difficult and you have to go to a GSM store and pay a fortune for a hard resetting your phone, but you are able to do it by yourself if you follow a few steps. What is important to mention is the fact that, if you decide to perform a hard reset on you Samsung Galaxy A3 you will lose any personal data on the phone, including your accounts, your passwords, your pictures, your music and your contacts. This is the reason why it is strongly recommended to perform a backup on your phone before you start the hard reset process. There are two methods to perform a hard reset.
First method is considered to be the easy one. Here is what you need to do:
- From the main screen you have to select ‘Settings’
- From the Settings menu, you will have to select the ‘Back up & Reset’ icon.
- Touch the ‘Reset’ device.
- Select ‘Erase everything’ (remember that you will lose any personal files stored on your device).
- Choose ‘Ok’ and the process will begin. Your phone will reboot with the factory settings.
Your phone will restart and it will start up with the factory settings. Here is the second way to soft refresh your device:
- Turn off your device.
- Press and hold the Volume Up button Hume Button and the Power button.
- Your phone will reboot in Recovery mode. Use the Volume buttons to navigate in the menu and the Power button to select an option.
- Using the Volume buttons, navigate until you reach the ‘Wipe data/factory’ reset option and select it using the Power key.
- The process will end with the message ‘Data Wipe Complete’.
- Your phone will reboot with the factory settings.