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[2024 Guide] How to Restore Android after Factory Reset

By Gina Barrow, Last updated: May 16, 2024

"How to undo factory reset? Do you know how to restore Android after factory reset? I need to recover my phone data as soon as possible. Thanks!"

Yes! You have entered the right article on how to restore Android after factory reset. It is the recommended solution in 2024.

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Part 1. What Is Android Factory Reset?Part 2. Recover Android Data after Factory ResetPart 3. How to Restore Android after Factory Reset Safely and EffectivelyVideo Guide: How to Restore Android Data after Factory ResetPart 4. Conclusions

Part 1. What Is Android Factory Reset?

What will happen if you factory reset your phone? A factory reset on Android is erasing all the information stored in the device and restores it back to its default or manufacturer setup. There are different types of resetting that you can do on an Android device.

There are Soft resets, Hard Resets, and Factory Resets. A soft reset is the easiest and the most basic form which is just to power cycle the device or turns it off and then turns it back on.

A soft reset is done to attempt a quick refresh to all malfunctioning apps or Android settings usually done when apps are not performing well. A Factory reset cleans the operating system of the Android phone thus removing all downloaded and installed apps, settings and contents, just like a brand new device. A hard reset, on the other hand, fixes or resets any hardware in the system.

Why do you need factory Reset?

There are various reasons and situations wherein you might need a factory reset. As much as possible, you must perform factory resets as your last resort during any troubleshooting scenarios. Here are some of the most common scenarios why do you need factory reset:

  1. Selling your Android phone
  2. Troubleshooting damaged software
  3. Malware or Viruses
  4. Removing setting errors
  5. Mobile freezing or crashing

If you still get the chance to back up your phone data prior to doing any factory resets then do so, because you won't need to turn to the phone data recovery tool for help. Back up all the information stored both in the internal and the external memory of the phone to make sure you still have everything you needed.


How to Perform Android Factory Reset?

The steps on how to do a factory reset depend on the make and model of the Android device. However, most of the Android devices have similar settings with just a few chances. They may only differ in which keys to use during the process but the entire purpose is the same.

Using the Android Settings to perform Android factory reset:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Scroll down and find System (while on some Android, you can tap Backup & reset)
  3. Tap Factory Data Reset

To make sure you still have all the things you needed you can toggle on the Backup my Data and Automatic Restore. Set a Backup account or you can use the same Google account used on the device.

Using Hardware Keys to realize Android factory reset:

  1. Turn off the Android phone
  2. Boot the Android phone into Recovery Mode by pressing and holding down the ‘Power, Volume Up, and Home buttons’
  3. Navigate and tap on Wipe data/factory reset by using the volume keys
  4. Use Power button to enter/select
  5. Select YES to confirm the action
  6. Wait until the reset is complete.
  7. Select ‘Reboot System Now’ by pressing the Power button

The process will be slightly different for different Android devices so you may refer to your phone’s specific factory reset steps to be sure. Can you undo a factory reset? Unfortunately, the answer is "NO".

Once your Android phone boots up, it will ask you to set up the device like how you did when it was brand new. Complete the initial setup process and you can now restore your apps and settings from your backups.


Is It Possible to Undo a Factory Reset?

When you realize all of the data will be erased after doing a factory reset, then you wonder if you can undo it.

Is there a way to cancel factory reset?

Unfortunately, you cannot undo a factory reset. Once restored to factory settings, it cannot be undone. However, you can still scan lost data from phone‘s internal memory using professional recovery tools.

Part 2. Recover Android Data after Factory Reset

Can data be restored after a factory reset on Android devices? The answer is yes, some data can be recovered. Android being the flexible operating system has plenty of options on how to restore data after a factory reset. It can be manual, automatically or from the Google account.

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Learn each of them below:

Manual Restore with SD card or PC

You can first backup your phone data to your SD card or the computer manually before doing a factory reset. You can export files to your SD card and easily remove it whenever doing the factory reset. Once done with the reset, you can insert back the SD card and restore files from there.

Another way is to copy them to the computer. Connect your Android phone to the computer using the USB cable and then open the folders where you have saved important files, apps, and data. Copy them to the computer by creating a new folder.

You can update the backup from time to time if required. After the factory reset, you can move back all the files, apps, and data as you wish.

Automatic Restore

You can restore Android after a factory reset if you have checked the Automatic Restore option in settings.

  1. Launch Settings on the Android device
  2. Find and tap Backup & reset or you can tap System and then tap Reset for other devices
  3. Verify if the Automatic Restore box is checked

This will automatically restore backed up settings and data upon reinstalling an app.

From Synced Google Account

If you have enabled the Google sync options then there will be no problem when you restore Android after factory reset. From the initial set up, you will be asked if you want to restore all the sync data from Google. Just simply confirm and wait until the entire data are applied. To know if you have synced your data before doing a factory reset, refer below:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Find and tap Users & Accounts
  3. You can turn on and off the automatically sync data option

But what if you don’t have any backups? You might be surprised that your phone apps are all gone when you restore Android after factory reset.


Part 3. How to Restore Android after Factory Reset Safely and Effectively

There is a safe and effective way to handle data loss whenever you are doing a factory reset. FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery has the ability to restore Android after factory reset safely and conveniently.

This recovery program knows how to take care of your personal data and information so it handles your Android device perfectly and performs recovery smoothly. This tool is best for those who are not familiar with recovery technicalities.

Here are some features you can see in FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery:

  • Restores lost or deleted files like photos, videos, contacts, messages, call logs, documents, and much more from both the Android device and external SD card
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  • Compatible with all Android devices including the latest models
  • Recovers data from Android with or without root
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To learn how to effectively restore Android after a factory reset, follow these simple guides below:

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Step 1. Open FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery and Plugin Android device

The first thing to begin the recovery is to download FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery and install it on your computer.

Then, run the program and connect the Android device to the computer using a USB cable. Wait for a few seconds before the software completely recognizes the connection.

If this is the first time you have connected the Android phone to the computer then it will ask you to install necessary drivers.

Connect Android to PC

Connect Android Phone to Computer--Step 1

Step 2. Activate USB Debugging on Android

The next step is to enable the USB debugging on the Android device by referring to your Android phone’s settings and software version. Most of the Android devices have similar steps so you can refer below:

For Android 4.2 and up

  1. Got to Settings
  2. Find and tap ‘About Phone’
  3. Tap ‘Build Number’ seven times until you see ‘You are under Developer mode’ message
  4. Go back to Settings
  5. Tap Developer Mode
  6. Enable USB Debugging

For Android 3.0 to 4.1

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Find and tap Developer Options
  3. Check USB Debugging

USB debugging is just a connection between the Android device and the computer and no harm will be done during this process. Click ‘OK’ on your computer screen to continue.

Allow USB Debugging

Enable USB Debugging on Android -- Step 2

Step 3. Select File Types to Scan

The next screen will show you all the file categories that you can recover on the Android device. Mark all the files you needed to restore then click ‘Next’ to continue.

choose file type

Choose File Types To Scan -- Step 3

Step 4. Scan Preview and Restore Android Data

Before the scanning starts, make sure you have enough battery to support the recovery process. You must have at least 20% battery to proceed.

The scanning may take a while depending on a total load of files in the Android phone. When it stops, it will display all the categories on the left side of the screen while you can preview all the recovered items on the right side.

You can now restore Android after factory reset at this point. Remember you can recover all the files and download them to the computer and you can also selectively restore files you only needed. Mark them one by one if you must then set the folder destination and click the ‘Recover’ button at the bottom of the screen.

Recover Deleted Data from Android

Preview and Restore Deleted Files on Android -- Step4

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Video Guide: How to Restore Android Data after Factory Reset

Part 4. Conclusions

There are many ways to restore Android after factory reset and the only thing you have to make sure is to avoid further data loss. Go for the process that will keep your information safe and secure just like FoneDog Toolkit- Android Data Recovery. You can recover any files on your Android device like contacts, messages, photos, videos, music, and much more.

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Anthony2019-05-24 14:49:23

No luck restoring, , no info from previous owner so having to start with nothing, help

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Randall2019-04-22 01:13:52

Really can recover the data even after factory reset? cool app

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manjunath2019-04-11 18:37:26

i remote reset my android phone since it was lost but now i found it i want to use it again What should i do ??? i dont even know my password.

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Gina Barrow

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Kitchen, my safe space; black, my favorite color

Was a Technical Specialist for a while, troubleshooting Smartphone and Software-related issues until a writing stint caught my attention.

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