How to Hard Reset / Factory Reset Google Pixel 7a
You might find your Google Pixel 7a running slow, lagging, or even completely freezing. Or perhaps you’re planning to sell it or pass it on to someone else, and need to ensure all of your personal data is securely erased.
In these situations, performing a factory reset or a hard reset could be the solution. But what are these processes, and how do you perform them on your Google Pixel 7a?
Follow the step-by-step guide to factory reset or hard reset your Google Pixel 7a. We’ll guide you step-by-step through both processes, explain when you should consider each one, and help you understand the differences between them. By the end of this guide, you’ll be a master of resetting your Google Pixel 7a, equipped with the knowledge to handle any situation with ease and confidence.
What is a Hard Reset?
A hard reset, also known as a master reset, is a software restore of an electronic device to its original system state by erasing all of the information stored on the device in an attempt to restore the device’s software to its original manufacturer settings. This is different from a factory reset where settings and applications installed by the user are erased, but the software itself remains intact.
When to Factory Reset or Hard Reset?
A factory reset is usually performed when you want to remove all personal data from your device before selling it or passing it on to someone else. It’s also a good option if you’re experiencing minor issues with your device like slow performance or unusual battery drain.
A hard reset, on the other hand, is a more drastic step. It is typically used when your device is stuck in a boot loop, failing to start up, or experiencing serious performance issues that a factory reset did not solve. A hard reset wipes everything, and is done through Android recovery.
Step-By-Step Guide to Hard Reset Your Google Pixel 7a
- Turn off the device: Press and hold the power button on the side of the device and select ‘Power Off’ from the menu.
- Enter Fastboot Mode: Once your device is off, press and hold the power button and the volume down button simultaneously.
- Navigate to the Recovery Mode: Use the volume buttons to navigate to ‘Recovery Mode‘ and press the power button to select it.
- No command Screen: On next screen, press and hold the Power key and then press Volume up key.
- Select Wipe Data/Factory Reset: In the recovery mode menu, use the volume buttons to navigate to ‘Wipe data/factory reset‘ and select it by pressing the power button.
- Confirm: A screen will appear asking for confirmation. Navigate to ‘Yes‘ with the volume buttons and select it using the power button. This will initiate the hard reset process.
- Reboot: Once the reset is complete, navigate to the ‘Reboot system now‘ option and select it. Your phone will then restart without any personal data or installed apps.
Step-by-Step Guide to Factory Reset Your Google Pixel 7a from Phone Settings
Before you begin, remember that a factory reset will delete all data, settings, and apps on your device. Make sure to backup any data you want to keep.
- Backup your data (optional but highly recommended): Go to ‘Settings’ > ‘System’ > ‘Backup’. Ensure the ‘Back up to Google Drive’ switch is on and tap ‘Back up now’. This will save your data on your Google Drive.
- Start the reset process: From the home screen, swipe up to display your apps, then tap on the ‘Settings’ app.
- Navigate to System: Scroll down and tap on ‘System’.
- Advanced Settings: Tap ‘Advanced’ to expand additional system settings.
- Reset Options: In the expanded menu, tap on ‘Reset options’.
- Erase all data (factory reset): In the ‘Reset options’ menu, tap on ‘Erase all data (factory reset)’.
- Confirm: A screen will appear notifying you that all your data will be erased from your phone, including your Google Account, system and app data, settings, and downloaded apps. Confirm that you want to erase everything by tapping on ‘Erase all data’.
- Enter your PIN, Pattern, or Password: If asked, confirm your PIN, Pattern, or Password.
- Erase Everything: Lastly, tap ‘Erase Everything’. The device will start erasing all data and will restart once everything has been removed.
Your Google Pixel 7a will then be back to its factory settings, just like when you first unboxed it.
Please Note: After a factory reset, you’ll need to log in to your Google Account and restore your backed up data (if you’ve created a backup as recommended).