How To Hard Reset the Samsung Focus


Did you just pick up a used Samsung Focus and you’re looking to clear off all the old data? Or perhaps you’re looking to sell yours and you want to clean things up before listing it. Not to worry, a quick hard reset and he device will be back to a fresh new start. Within a couple minutes, you can have the device reset and back to the manufacturers default setup. To do that, just open the application list and scroll down to Settings. In the Settings menu, you will need to scroll down and select About from the list. At the bottom of the About page there is a button labeled “reset your phone”. Pressing this button will first ask if you’re certain you want to wipe the device, and then you’re on your way to a fresh start.

But what happens if you can’t get into the settings menu? What if your deice won’t boot up? Rest assured, you can still hard reset the phone back to the manufacturers default by using a hardware key combination. To do this, from an off state, press and hold the camera button and the volume down button. While holding those down, press the and hold the power button until the phone vibrates and the Samsung logo appears on the screen. At this point, you want to release the power button, but keep holding the camera and volume down keys. You can release these keys once the yellow triangle appears and the device prompts you to confirm. Press the Windows flag to continue and wipe the phone, or press the back button to cancel. At this point, you only have about 20 seconds. If you haven’t made a selection in that time frame the device will kick out, and go back to a regular boot cycle.

That’s all there is to it. Post any questions you may have and we’ll try and help. :)

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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.

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  • Brian

    When I release the power button, all that shows up is the yellow triangle and the words “download mode” “Do not turn off. It takes about 10 minutes.” I wait 20 minutes and nothing happens! Can you help. Thank you.  Brian