Like any smartphone, it’s possible that your Google Pixel or Pixel XL may get into a state of such dysfunction that the only remedy is to get a completely fresh start and factory reset the phone. Although this is the fix of last resort, it has the virtue of generally resolving whatever problem has developed with the phone, if that problem is software rather than hardware-related. In this article, I will show you how to do a hard factory reset on your Google Pixel or Pixel XL.
How to Factory Reset a Working Google Pixel and Pixel XL
If your phone is basically functional, just go to the notification section of the Pixel or Pixel XL and select the gear icon to bring up Settings. From the settings page, select User and Backup and then Backup and reset then choose choose Factory data reset.Make sure that everything important has been backed up and then at the bottom of the screen select Reset device. On the next screen, select Delete all and wait for the process to complete and the phone to reboot.
How to Factory Reset Google Pixel and Pixel XL with Hardware Keys
If your phone is messed up to the point that the touchscreen is unresponsive, there’s a problem accessing the menu, or maybe you forgot your pattern lock, then you can still factory reset your Pixel and Pixel XL using the hardware keys.
- Turn off the Pixel or Pixel XL.
- Press and hold the Volume up button, the Home button, and the Power button at the same time until you see the Android icon.
- Using the Volume down button select wipe data/factory reset option and press the Power button to select it.
- Using the Volume down button highlight Yes – delete all user data and press Power to select it.
- After the Pixel or Pixel XL has rebooted, use the Power button to select it.
- When the Pixel or Pixel XL restarts, everything will be wiped and will be ready to set up again.