How to Hard Reset a Windows Phone 7 Device

While it’s not something that you want to do on a regular basis, you may find that you need to reset your device back to the way it was when you pulled it out of the box. If you are selling or have just purchased a used device, you should really consider wiping the device clean before doing anything with it.

The following steps will guide you through the wipe process. Make sure you have backed up everything you don’t want to lose before you perform the wipe!

  1. From the home screen, tap on the arrow to open the application drawer
  2. Scroll down the list of applications and tap on Settings
  3. Scroll down, locate About and tap on it
  4. At the bottom of the about screen you will find a button labeled “reset your phone”. Tapping on this will wipe your phone clean and reset it back to the manufacturers default configuration. If you’re sure you want to do this, tap the button and you’re on your way!

Just be careful and keep in mind that all of your customizations and applications will be wiped from the phone. Any application that you may have purchased is connected to your Live account so you won’t have to re-purchase the application. However, you will have to re-download the applications.

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.