Friday’s Pro Tip: Here’s how to restore your handset back to factory settings


Ditching a smartphone or tablet? Need to wipe everything off it? Before the Android 4.4 KitKat upgrade this was a relatively easy task to perform, but for anyone running the latest version of the open source operating system it’s a little different. It’s not hard by any means; it’s quite simple, in fact, but you will have to spend a little time navigating through the settings to locate the correct option.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Open up Settings.
  2. Tap on the Backup & Reset subheading.
  3. Select Factory Data Reset. 
  4. Hit the Continue button.
  5. Wait for the restoration back to factory settings to take place.

Voilà!  All information has now been erased from your handset. If you run into any issues along the way, do be sure to let us know in the comments section below, and we’ll do our very best to get you back on track.