Samsung Galaxy S5 Hard Reset to Factory Soft

Being produced by Samsung Electronics and unveiled in February 2014 during the Barcelona Mobile World Congress, this phone has quickly been chosen by tens of thousands of electronic device enthusiasts. Many of them highly appreciate its built-in heart rate monitor, its water resistance feature, as well as fingerprint reader. However, they have all noticed that, after a while, the device can show signs of unresponsiveness and catch viruses because of various applications or web pages. Nevertheless, with a simple Samsung Galaxy S5 hard reset procedure, the smartphone can be brought to a running state in mere minutes. This article is your go-to guide for learning what you need to do in order to bring your device to its initial settings.


The Galaxy S5 is a powerful smartphone with a plethora of ingenious characteristics. For instance, it is worth noting that it comes with a more refined user experience or private mode (as part of the wide range of new security features). It has a 5.1 inches Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, an Android OS, v4.4.2 (KitKat), upgradable to v5.0 (Lollipop) operating system, being powered by a Qualcomm MSM8974AC Snapdragon 801 processor and 16/32 GB memory, 2 GB of RAM. Despite the fact that it may sound like the ideal device to own, this phone can have its flaws, especially if it starts working at a slower rate. However, you should not worry, as with a soft reset, you can get it up and running in no time!

Soft resetting the S5

If your device starts to upset you by becoming slow to respond or totally blank, you can actually take matters into your own hands and manage to restore it to its factory settings. It is essential to note, however,  that if you decide to make this step for your Samsung Galaxy S5, then all your files, downloaded apps, games or settings will be erased. Thus, doing a backup is always important. You can transfer all your music, contacts, photos or videos to another device or to an external drive.

Here is how you can hard reset your Galaxy S5 using the hardware keys:

  1. Turn off your device.
  2. Press and hold the following key sequence: Home button, Volume up key and Power button until the Android screen appears.
  3. Use the Volume down key in order to reach the ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option and press the Power key to confirm.
  4. Select the ‘yes-delete all user data’ option and press the Power button to confirm.
  5. Wait until the ‘reboot system now’ option appears and use the Power key to select.
  6. Wait for the S5 to restart and reboot.


The other alternative you may want to try includes navigating through the Settings menu. Here is what you have to do:

  1. Go to the Settings menu.
  2. Tap on ‘Backup and reset’, then ‘Factory data reset’.
  3. Check the ‘Backup my data’ option and select ‘Automatic restore’ should your device need an automatic backup after the hard reset process.