Are you going to send your Galaxy Z Flip 4 for repair? Or do you just want to fix a serious issue on your device by yourself? Then you may want to wipe out the data of your device before going to do that.
If you need to wipe your Galaxy Z Flip 4’s data for any reason, you need to perform a factory data reset. This option will completely erase every personal information and data stored on your device to bring it to a clean state.
But before you going to do that, there are a few things you should know and there are also more than one way to do this.
Therefore, in this guide, we will explain the process of performing a Factory Data Reset on your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, including what you should know and how you should do it.
So, Let’s get started.
What is Factory Data Reset?
Speaking technical, a Factory Data Reset is a software restoration process. It essentially erases all of the information stored on a device in an attempt to restore the device’s software to its original manufacturer settings.
So when you perform a Factory Data Reset on your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, it will erase all data, settings, and applications that you’ve installed on the device. Thus, it brings the device back to the state it was in when you first took it out of the box.
Here’s a list of things that you will lose after performing a Factory Data Reset:
- Your saved Google Account
- All system and app data and settings
- Downloaded apps
- Music, Pictures, and all other user data
However, Factory Data Reset does not remove the software updates you have downloaded or any hardware updates. So if you wanted to revert the software to a previous version or update, then the Factory data reset is not your option.
Now that you understand what a Factory Data Reset is. But are you sure the factory data reset is the option you are looking for? Let’s figure that out in the next section.
When You Should Do Factory Data Reset?
While the Factory Data Reset option is a powerful tool in your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4’s, it’s not always the most efficient or appropriate tool for every job.
Factory Data Reset should be the last, not your first response to a problem. This is because if you are trying to fix an issue on your device, there are other methods that you can try without compromising your data and time.
Note: We have already written plenty of troubleshooting articles for Galaxy Z Flip 4, you can see them from here.
That said, here are four situations where a Factory Data Reset will be your best option:
- Persistent Software Issues: If the device is consistently lagging, freezing, or crashing, a Factory Data Reset will help by removing any corrupted data or problematic apps.
- Before Selling or Giving Away the Device: If you’re planning to sell or give away your Galaxy Z Flip 4, a Factory Data Reset is a must. It ensures that the personal data and settings are wiped clean, protecting your privacy.
- After a Major Software Update: Sometimes, after updating to a new version of the operating system, you might experience issues due to old and new software not playing well together. A Factory Data Reset will provide a clean slate for the new software to run on.
- If Your Device Has a Virus or Malware: In case the device gets infected by a virus or malware, a Factory Data Reset will eliminate the threat and restore the device to a safe state.
What is the Downside of Factory Data Reset?
So now you have decided whether you should do the factory data reset or not. But before proceeding with factory data reset on your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, it’s important to understand the potential disadvantages you will face because data loss is just one thing in this option.
- Data Loss: The most significant downside of a factory data reset is the loss of all your data. This includes your contacts, messages, photos, videos, apps, and other personal data stored on the device.
Therefore, you need to back up your data before proceeding with a factory reset.
- Backup and Restore Time: Having to back up your data every time you perform a factory data reset will be time-consuming. Similarly, restoring your data after the reset will also take a considerable amount of time, depending on the amount of data you have.
- Factory Reset Protection (FRP) Lock: After a factory data reset, you’ll need to remember your Google account email and password to unlock the phone. This is a security feature known as Factory Reset Protection (FRP) lock, designed to prevent others from using the device if it’s lost or stolen.
If you forget your Google account details, you’ll find yourself locked out of your own device.
- Loss of Minor Software Updates: Any minor software updates or customizations that you’ve made to the device will be lost after a factory data reset. This includes updates to your apps, system settings, and user preferences.
Now you know everything you need to know about the factory data reset. You can now proceed to the next sections where we will be explaining how to do the factory data reset.
Note: Always ensure you have a recent backup of all your important data before proceeding with the reset. Also, you need to remember your Google account details to avoid any potential issues.
Method 01 – Do a Factory Data Reset While the Device is Turned On
There are two primary methods you can use to perform a factory data reset on your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4. This section will cover the first method, which involves performing the reset while your device is turned on.
Here are the step-by-step instructions to perform a factory data reset while your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is turned on:
- Go to Settings > General management.
- Tap on Reset.
- Under the reset menu, tap on Factory data reset.
- Enter the lock screen password, and then confirm.
Your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 will now restart and begin the factory data reset process. This may take a few minutes, so be patient and ensure the device is charged or connected to a power source.
Once the process is complete, the device will restart, and you’ll see the initial setup screen, just like when you first purchased the device.
Method 02 – Do a Factory Data Reset While the Device is Turned Off
There are certain situations when your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 is unresponsive or stuck in a boot loop. In such cases, you won’t be able to access the settings menu to perform a factory reset.
That is where the second method comes. The Android operating system has provided a solution for such cases too, and this can be done by booting the device into recovery mode.
Recovery mode is a separate partition in the device that comes with every Android device. It is a powerful tool that provides various options like applying updates, wiping data, and clearing cache partitions. It’s like a mini OS that runs independently when the device’s main OS isn’t working.
So all you have to do is boot your device into recovery mode. Here are the steps that you need to follow:
- Turn off your device: Press and hold the power button, then select “Power off” from the options. Confirm your action if prompted.
If you cannot turn off your device, just wait until the battery drains off.
- Enter recovery mode: Press and hold the Volume Up button and the Power button simultaneously. Release both buttons when you see the Samsung logo. After a few seconds, you will see the recovery mode.
- Navigate to “Wipe data/factory reset”: In recovery mode, you will see a list of options. Use the Volume Down button to navigate to “Wipe data/factory reset”.
- Confirm your action: Press the Power button to select “Wipe data/factory reset”. You will then be asked to confirm your action.
Navigate to “Yes” using the Volume Down button and confirm it by pressing the Power button.
- Wait for the process to complete: The device will start the factory data reset process. It may take a few seconds. Once it’s done, “Reboot system now” will be highlighted.
- Reboot your device: Press the Power button to reboot the device. After rebooting, the device will be in its factory default settings.
That is it! We hope this guide has helped provide clear and concise instructions for resetting your Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.
If you have any further questions or need additional clarification on any of the steps given in this guide, feel free to ask. We will be there to help!