How to Factory Reset Samsung Galaxy S6

If your Samsung Galaxy S6 is not responding to touch and frozen suddenly. This usually happens due to any Android bug, installed apps problem or any hardware issue. To solve this problem you can perform either soft or factory reset (hard reset) on your phone. Soft resetting phone will not delete and data from your phone, but factory reset will erase all the data from memory and bring Galaxy S6 back to original factory settings.

Reboot frozen Galaxy S6

You can remove the battery and interrupts the power supply of Galaxy S6 phone solve the problem. But in Galaxy S6 model, removing battery is not easy.

  • Turn off and then turn it on. Press and hold the Power button of the device for about 10 seconds and phone will automatically turned off. Turn on Galaxy S6 again using power button.
  • You can also try rebooting device by pressing Power+VolumeDown buttons for 8 seconds.

Now check if your problem solved. If still facing some technical problems with Galaxy S6 even your have performed soft reset on your device then you should try to hard reset Galaxy S6.

Hard reset Galaxy S6 with buttons

You can perform hard reset either from Android menu or using hardware button on the device. If you can’t access Android OS or device is not responding to touch then of course you have to reset phone using buttons. To hard reset Samsung Galaxy S6 you need to get your device into recovery mode.

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  • Turn your device off, press and hold Power button for 10 seconds.
  • When you device turned off, press and hold the Power+Home+VolumeUp keys.
  • Now when you see Samsung logo on the screen just release the Power button and keep holding the other two keys Home and VolumeUp.
  • After few seconds you will be in Android recovery mode, now release the Home and VolumeUp keys as well.
  • To navigate into the recovery mode you can use Volume up and down keys and to select an option use Power button. So, press Volume down to navigate to “Wipe data/factory reset” option and press the Power button to select it.
  • Again navigate down and select Yes to start the factory reset process on Galaxy S6.

Once resting process started stay calm ans wait for it to complete the phone reset process.

Factory Reset Galaxy S6 from Settings

There is built-in Android option to factory reset Samsung Galaxy S6. Go to Android Settings → Backup and reset → Factory data reset → RESET DEVICE → ERASE EVERYTHING.

This will reboot the device and factory reset you device.

14 comments… add one
Mimi May 16, 2015, 8:10 am

The screen Downloading … Do not turn off target keep frozen and no way for me to power off now. What should I do? wait till the battery dead and keep my finger cross i can restart or what to do?

Mandy March 17, 2016, 6:23 am

Did you get your phone fixed? Mine is doing the exact same thing, and I can’t figure out what to do about it.

Ahmed May 23, 2015, 2:56 am

It seems you are in download mode, you should try that: press and hold Power button for 10-15 seconds and your galaxy s6 will be forced shutdown.

taylor March 16, 2016, 12:54 am

my screen is broken and i cant use it at all. how do i factory reset the phone so i can sell it

Ahmed March 17, 2016, 3:43 pm

You mean you can’t see anything on your mobile screen or just front glass broken but and touch is working fine?

Jarin James March 28, 2016, 11:42 pm

I have a blue screen that says “Downloading… Do not turn off target”
I have held the power button down for 45 seconds and it still will not power off. I have also tried the power/volume combo to get the phone unfrozen. What other options do I have?

Ahmed March 29, 2016, 3:00 pm

You must be in Downloading mode and to exit from it you need to press the following button simultaneously POWER + HOME + VOL-UP + VOL-DOWN.

Keep holding all button and release when you see black screen.

Estevan X March 31, 2016, 12:52 am

And then what?

Ahmed April 4, 2016, 4:31 pm

You will be out of Downloading mode and phone starts normally.

Jurriaan May 2, 2016, 5:58 pm

worked for me thanks!

She38 May 8, 2016, 5:57 pm

worked for me too, thanks!

CWEE May 27, 2016, 3:22 pm

Thanks Ahmed. It worked to get my phone out of download mode.

alana April 12, 2016, 5:05 am

Hi o did the power button menu volume down n my phone restarted but now it wont charge at all do I need to do a hard reset? I did an update yesterday is this the problem 🙈 any help be great

louise June 2, 2016, 6:39 am

awesome Ahmed – thanks … was panicking

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