Restoring the software on your Samsung Galaxy S8 is a good idea if you want to speed up your device and give it a fresh start. After all, we all know how easy it is to download a few too many apps, which often makes your smartphone feel more clunky than a third-generation iPhone.
Fortunately, resetting your Galaxy S8 to factory settings is easier than you might think. Read on to find out how to reset your Galaxy smartphone and make it work like new again.
Factory Reset Protection (FRP), a security measure introduced by Google in Android 5.0 Lollipop, designed to prevent thieves from erasing your device and use or sell it. But if you don't turn it off then it can disrupt the factory reset.
When you reset a phone to factory settings with FRP enabled, you are asked to enter the username and password for the last Google account registered on the device. That is good and nice if you are the owner, but of course problematic if you have sold it or given it to someone else.
Here's how to disable Factory Reset Protection on the Galaxy S8:
- Delete your Google account first. Go to Settings> Cloud and accounts> Accounts and tap Google . Then tap the three vertical dots at the top right or More> Delete account . Make sure to delete every Google account you see.
- Next you need to delete your Samsung account. Go to Settings> Lock screen and security> Find my mobile. Enter your password, tap your account at the top and select More> Delete account .
Now that you've disabled Factory Reset Protection, it's a good idea to back up your apps and settings. You can also go directly to the factory reset process.
Back up your data
Back up apps
To backup the apps and games that you have installed on your Galaxy S8, go to the menu Settings .
- Tap Cloud and Accounts, and then Backup and Restore .
- Tap Back up my data, and choose if you want to back up your account data, wifi passwords and other settings on Google's servers.
Backing up contacts  Storing your contacts in the cloud is as easy as backing up your apps and settings.
- Open the Settings menu, then tap Cloud and accounts.
- Tap Accounts and then select the account you want to sync.
- Tap the three vertical dots in the top right corner and tap Sync now.
Your cloud contacts should now be up to date.
Backing Up Media and Pictures
Restoring your Galaxy S8 to factory defaults doesn't have to mean losing your photos, videos and other media. Here's how to backup everything.
- Tap the folder Samsung and then tap My files.
- Tap Internal Storage .
- Tap the three vertical dots icon, then tap Share . Select the content you want to back up.
- Tap Share and select the location you want to share the content with.
Backing up to a microSD card with Smart Switch
One of the benefits of using a Samsung Galaxy S8 is having a microSD card slot. Not only are they an affordable option for more memory, but they also serve as storage space to back up your apps, contacts, and media files. With the built-in Smart Switch app on your phone, you can do that seamlessly.
- Make sure you have a microSD card with enough storage space in your Galaxy S8.
- Open your settings and find Smart Switch .
- Tap the microSD card symbol in the top right corner.
- Tap Backup at the bottom.
- Enable or uncheck the items. backup. You can tap the arrows next to the labels to expand.
- Tap Backup and let Smart Switch do the rest of the work!
Reset your Galaxy S8 via the settings menu
The easiest way to reset your Galaxy S8 to factory settings is via the phone's settings menu. Make sure it is turned on, then go to Settings> General Management> Reset. Tap Reset factory settings, then Reset, and finally Delete all .
Wait a minute – the process takes a few minutes. When it's done, you'll see the Galaxy S8's welcome screen.
Reset your Galaxy S8 from the recovery menu
Sometimes software corruption, persistent malware and other factors make resetting your Galaxy S8 from the settings menu an unrealistic proposition. Fortunately, you can wipe the data from the phone without having to boot into the operating system using the recovery menu.
Make sure your Galaxy S8 is turned off.
- Hold the volume up, Bixby and Press and hold the buttons simultaneously until you see the Samsung logo.
- After 30 seconds you should see the Android recovery menu. If your phone boots normally, try to repeat the previous two steps.
- Press the Volume Down button four times until Clear Data / Factory Reset . Select it with the power button .
- Press the button Volume Down seven times until Yes – delete all user data is highlighted. Select it with the Power Button which will trigger the reset process.
- Once the factory reset is complete, press the Power button and select reboot the system now
Once the Galaxy S8 has booted up the default welcome screen is displayed.
Reset your Galaxy S8 with Samsung's Smart Switch PC software
If you prefer to use a computer to reset the Galaxy S8, good news: Samsung's Smart Switch software makes it easy. It will walk you through the factory reset process, install the latest firmware on your Galaxy S8 and clear your apps, settings and personal data.
However, there are a few requirements. You must connect the Galaxy S8 to one of the USB ports of your PC with a USB-C cable and you must download and install the Smart Switch software from the Samsung website. From there it all goes downhill.
When connecting your Galaxy S8 for the first time, you have to wait for the necessary drivers to be installed. Once that is complete proceed with the next steps.
- Launch the Samsung Smart Switch software that you previously installed. Your phone appears in the list of devices.
- Click more in the top right corner of the screen and then click Disaster Recovery and Initialization .
- Click on Device initialization. Click on OK; click again on OK to confirm the initialization; and click OK a third time to confirm that you have read the precaution list.
- Choose if you want to make a backup. If you prefer not to, click Skip backup .
- If you get the User Account Control prompt, click Yes .
- Smart Switch will download and install the latest Galaxy S8 firmware to your device. When it's done, click OK .
Reset your Galaxy S8 with findmymobile.com
In the unfortunate event that you lose your phone and do not have physical access to it, you can reset the device to factory settings via the Find My Mobile website. The website allows you to track the location of your device – as long as it is running on mobile connectivity or Wi-Fi – back up your data to Samsung Cloud and even restore your phone to factory settings. Here's how to do it.
- Sign in with your Samsung account on the Find My Mobile website.
- There will be a list of all your previously used devices associated with your Samsung account. On the left, click the phone model you want to reset.
- Click on Clear data> Clear.
- The reset was successful when you see a progress bar appear.
Your Galaxy S8 should now be wiped clean, ready to be reset or to pass on. Master your Samsung smartphone with these Galaxy S8 tips and tricks to learn more about your phone or, if you have other problems, delve into our 10 common Galaxy S8 problems and how to fix them.