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How to Hard Reset Android Phone Using PC Software


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How to deal with your Android phone when it has a full memory, hangs or malfunctions? The most convenient solution would be to perform a hard reset on your phone to make it back to its original system and settings. Your old Android phone will start like a brand new phone once again.

While you can do a hard reset using only your device, there may be instances where you will need the help of software to perform it, for example, your phone is locked. Before you do this, make sure to back up all your content, so that you will not lose them all. This article recommends the 4 sifted PC software and online services with detailed operations on how to hard reset Android phone using PC software.

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Part 1: How to Hard Reset Android Phones Using PC Software

1 How to Hard Reset Android Phone with iMyFone LockWiper (Android)?

The iMyFone LockWiper (Android) Lock Screen Removal Tool is one of the PC software that can perform a hard reset on your Android phone. It is a program that quickly and conveniently removes the lock screen of any Android devices without knowing any passwords. No matter you are locked by any lock screen, including PIN, pattern, password lock, fingerprint and face ID, LockWiper (Android) can be your best choice.

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Key Features of LockWiper (Android):

  • Easily hard reset your Android phone with PC in less than 5 minutes.
  • Work on almost all Android phones and tablets, including Motorola, Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, and more.
  • Hard reset Android phone that has forgotten passwords, broken screens, multiple inputting of wrong code, and other situations.
  • Enable lock screen bypass and hard reset for devices with Android system 5.0 and later versions.
  • Capable of removing Samsung Google account without any passwords.

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Steps of Performing a Hard Reset on Android Phone with iMyFone LockWiper (Android)

Performing a hard/factory reset on an Android phone with iMyFone LockWiper (Android) requires no technical skills. Here's how to hard reset your Android phone with the easy and fast tool.

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Step 1. Free download and launch the program on your computer. Choose "Remove Screen Lock" for all android devices and click "Start" to begin.

Connect Android phone to iMyFone LockWiper (Android)

Step 2. Connect your Android phone to the computer with a USB cable. iMyFone LockWiper (Android) will automatically detect the physicl information of your device, including the brand, model and Android system version. Verify the device information displayed on the screen, and then click "Start Unlock" to proceed the gard reset process. Otherwise, use the drop down menu to adjust the information to make a match.

Verify Android phone brand and model information

Step 3. The software will download an unlocking data package to remove the screen lock of your phone and at the same time, perform a hard reset.

Download data package to hard reset Android phone

Step 4. Follow some easy and quick tips on the computer screen to completely remove screen lock of your phone. Your Android phone is restored to its factory settings when the lock is successfully removed.

Successfully hard reset Android phone

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2 How to Hard Reset Android Phone with ADB

Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is another PC program that lets you perform a hard reset on your Android device, especially if it's lost, missing, or you can't access the screen lock. Techopedia defines ADB as follow:

"The Android Debug Bridge (ADB) is a client-server program used in Android application development. The Android Debug-Bridge is part of the Android SDK and is made up of three components: a client, a daemon, and a server. It is used to manage either an emulator instance or an actual Android device. "

The following are the steps to hard reset an Android phone using the PC software ADB:

Step 1. Enable USB Debugging on your mobile phone. The setting on this is found at Settings > Applications > Development.

Allow USB debugging on Android phone

Step 2. On your computer, install the Android SDK tools using the SDK manager window.

Android SDK window

Step 3. Make sure your device's driver is installed. You can also use generic Android drivers as an alternative.

Step 4. Using a USB cable, connect your Android phone to your computer. Turn on your phone and see if Windows recognizes the phone in the Windows Device Manager.

Step 5. Run Windows command prompt and go to the ADB folder by typing C:\Users\Your username\AppData\Local\Android\android-sdk\platform-tools

Step 6. Type "adb reboot recovery". At this point, your device will restart and should enter the Android System Recovery screen.

Go to ADB folder through Windows comand

Step 7. You can remove your device from your computer, then choose Wipe Data / Factory Reset from the Android Recovery menu.

Hard reset Android phone from recovery menu



You can only use this approach if you have previously enabled USB Debugging in your Android phone. If you haven't enabled it beforehand or if you can't access your device, this method will not work.

Part 2: How to Hard Reset Android Phone with Online Services from PC

1 Hard Reset Android Phone with Android Device Manager

The Android Device Manager is another effective way to hard reset your Android phone. It is both an app and a web-based program designed to find , lock a missing or lost phone, and erase stored data and settings remotely. To hard reset Android phone with Android Device Manager, take the steps below.

Step 1. Using a computer, go to the Android Device Manager website and sign in using your Google account.

Step 2. Choose the device you want to hard reset.

Step 3. The selected phone will get a notification. Meanwhile, on the ADM, you will be able to see the location of the device if the location service is turned on.

Step 4. Click "Erase".

Erase option in Android Device Manager

Step 5. Click "Erase" to permanently delete the user data and settings of your Android phone.

Erase all data on your Android phone with ADM



You can only use this approach to hard reset your Android phone if the Android Device Manager is enabled on your phone and it is connected to the Internet.

2 Hard Reset Android Phone with Samsung Find My Mobile

Samsung Find My Mobile also works as an application ot online service. Particularly designed to find a lost or missing Samsung phone or tablet, Samsung Find My Mobile can also help you perform a hard reset on your Samsung device. To do this:

Step 1. Go to Samsung Find My Mobile page https://findmymobile.samsung.com/ from your PC. Log into your Samsung account.

Step 2. Select the Android phone that you want to hard reset. When you see the options available, choose and click "Erase data".

Erase Data option in Samsung Find My Mobile

Step 3. Choose "Factory data reset" and then click "ERASE".

Factory reset data on Android phone with Samsung Find My Mobile

Step 4. To confirm this action, you will be asked to key in your Samsung account password.

Step 5. Click "OK" to complete the process.



If your Samsung device is online, the factory reset will happen instantly. If it is offline, the wipe will happen as soon as the device goes online again. Remember that you need to be logged into your Samsung account to be able to use this program.

Part 3: What You Must Know about Hard Reset on an Android Phone?

There are several situations where you might need to do a hard reset on your Android phone, such as having a full memory, forgetting your screen lock, or your device hangs or malfunctions. Hard reset is one of two types of resetting a phone. Unlike a soft reset that simply restarts your Android phone, a hard reset deletes all its data, content, settings, and applications previously stored on the phone. Also known as factory reset, performing a hard reset will return your device to the state in which it was manufactured in the factory. Make sure that before you do so, you are willing to let go of all your user data or back them up.


For any reason that you can't perform factory reset on your Android device itself, what discussed above gives you 4 great options on how to hard reset Android phone using PC software and online service. The easiest, fastest, and most convenient way of doing this is by using iMyFone LockWiper (Android) program which can help you out in 5 minutes. Download a free trial of the program to experience the difference.

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