Hard Reset the ZTE Blade to Factory Software

Also popular under the name of Orange San Francisco or T-Mobile Blade, the ZTE Blade is a high quality Android smartphone. It was launched at the end of 2010 and since that time on, it became one of the very appreciate models from this brand. It you own this phone and started noticing errors, hangs, failing apps or a frozen display, you might be dealing with a software virus.

Whether you’re trying to remove such a virus, you lost your password or you’d like to erase all data before selling the phone to someone else, this article is going to show you how to solve your problem. Our recommendation and main focus for today’s article is hard resetting the ZTE Blade – a procedure that will restore your device back to original state and wipe all the user data stored on it.


Equipped with either an AMOLED or an LCD capacitive touchscreen, this phone uses Android’s Éclair OS, but it can be upgraded to run on Froyo. Although only having a 600 MHz ARM 11 processor and a Li-Ion 1250 mAh battery, this is a fairly powerful smartphone. It comes with a Wi-Fi 802 hotspot and its speed can reach up to 7.2 Mbps, while many apps are included for free – Youtube, Gmail, Maps, Picasa, etc.


Given the fact that the ZTE’s battery only supports up to 4 hours talk time and 192 hours stand-by, an uncharged battery can often be the cause of your phone’s issues. This is why we suggest making sure that you fully charge the device before taking a reset procedure into consideration.

Once this is done, please follow the instructions below – this method uses the hard reset keys placed on the outside of the chassis:zte blade keys

  1. Turn the ZTE Blade off, and then remove and reinsert the battery after a minute.
  2. Press the Volume Up, Home and Power buttons at the same time and wait for the recovery screen to be shown.
  3. Release the three keys then use Volume Up and Down to select Wipe Data/Factory Reset.
  4. Confirm your selection with the Power key and wait for the next screen to show up.
  5. Similarly select Yes and confirm it with Power.

The previous steps are going to determine a reboot on your smartphone – it will take approximately 4 or 5 minutes for it to be completely done. Afterwards, the ZTE will restart by itself and be ready to use as before. If for some reason the first solution failed to work, please try the following:

  1. Switch the device off, remove the SIM card and place it back in after a few seconds.
  2. Press the Power key to turn the phone on, and then press Emergency Call.
  3. Type in the reset code: *983*987# and allow the reboot screen to pop up.
  4. Tap Erase Everything and wait for the Android logo to disappear before taking any action.
  • Peddler

    This doesn’t work – turns out the Blades have different firmware versions and each requires a different reset. Luckily, this phone was so poor most people just tossed it.

    Another great day for the crappy Android handset industry.