How to Factory Reset Google Pixel Phones [2 Methods]

Are you looking to reset your Google Pixel device to its default settings? No matter whether you are selling your phone, exchanging it, giving it away to someone, or facing some issues with your device, this guide will walk you through the steps to factory reset Pixel phones. Resetting the phone also solves complex problems like the device stuck in boot screen or continuously restarting.

When you perform a factory reset of your Google Pixel device, all of the data stored on the phone will be deleted, restoring all the settings to their original default. Hence, it’s recommended to create a backup of all your data to a PC or Google Drive before proceeding if you don’t want to lose the data.

There are two recommended methods for an individual to reset a phone, this also applies for Pixel phone users. And in this guide you will learn both methods, and depending on the situation, you can follow the best suitable method. Here is the first method.

How to Reset Google Pixel Phone via Settings

If your Google Pixel phone is functioning enough that you can navigate through settings, you can factory reset it via the Settings app. This is the common method that most users opt for. It’s straightforward and only requires to have backup. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Open the Settings app on your Pixel phone.

Step 2: Navigate to System > Reset options.

Pixel Phone Reset Options Under System Settings

Step 3: Select Erase all data (factory reset) and tap on Erase all data button followed by entering your PIN if you have any.

Pixel Phone Erase all data

Step 4: Finally, confirm the action by tapping Erase all data.

Step 5: Now, wait for a few minutes, then choose Restart when the reset completes.

Next, follow the on-screen instructions to setup your Google Pixel device from scratch and restore the backup if you wish to when prompted.

Factory Reset Pixel Phone using Recovery Mode

If your Pixel device is not functioning properly or is stuck on the logo or restart screen, follow the below steps to perform a factory reset of your Pixel phone. We will make use of the Recovery Mode which is available on every phone for purpose like this. You can also use this method when the device is not powered on.

Step 1: Make sure the device is turned off. If not, power it off.

Pixel Phone Power Button

Step 2: Now, press the Power and Volume Down buttons until the bootloader or Fastboot mode appears. If you see “No Command” on the screen, try pressing the Power and Volume Up buttons.

Step 3: Use the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons to navigate through the available options. Highlight the Recovery Mode and press the Power button to boot the device into Recovery Mode. The device will then restart in recovery mode.

Step 4: Using the Volume buttons, navigate to Wipe data/ factory reset and press the Power button to choose it.

Step 5: Highlight Yes or Factory data reset using the Volume buttons, then press the Power button on the device to select it.

Step 6: Wait for a few minutes for the process to complete. On some Pixel models, you need to finally highlight the Reboot system now option, then press the Power button.

Step 7: Finally, follow the instructions presented on the screen to set up your device.

Wrapping Up

So, these are the methods through which you can factory reset Pixel phones. If the purpose of resetting your device is to fix an issue you are having with the device, you can always check out the Google Pixel Update and Software Repair tool to update or reinstall the software on your Pixel phone before performing a full reset.

Moreover, if you are looking to unlock a Pixel phone without losing data, check out our dedicated guide.

If you have any questions related to the article, do let us know in the comments section below.

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Harsh Saxena

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