How do you factory reset a locked tablet?

Answered by Tom Adger

To factory reset a locked tablet, you can follow these steps:

1. Power off the tablet completely. If it’s already locked, you might need to force a shutdown by pressing and holding the power button for a few seconds.

2. Once the tablet is completely off, press and hold the “Volume Up” button, the “Home” button (if your tablet has one), and the “Power” button simultaneously. Keep holding all three buttons until you see the device’s logo or the recovery screen appear. This combination of buttons may vary slightly depending on the make and model of your tablet, so if this doesn’t work, you can search online for the specific key combination for your tablet.

3. Once you see the recovery screen and the logo, release all the buttons. You should now be in the recovery mode menu.

4. To navigate through the recovery mode menu, you’ll need to use the volume buttons. Press the volume down button to scroll down to the “wipe data / factory reset” option. This option may be labeled differently on some devices, such as “factory data reset” or “erase all data.”

5. Once you have highlighted the “wipe data / factory reset” option, press the “Home” button or the power button to select it. This will initiate the factory reset process.

6. The tablet will now begin to wipe all data and restore it to its original factory settings. This process may take a few minutes, so be patient and do not interrupt it.

7. Once the factory reset is complete, you will be taken back to the recovery mode menu. Use the volume buttons to scroll down to the “reboot system now” option and press the “Home” or power button to select it.

8. Your tablet will now reboot, and when it turns back on, it should be restored to its original factory settings. This means that all data, settings, and accounts on the tablet will be erased, so make sure you have a backup of any important data before performing a factory reset.

It’s worth noting that the process may vary slightly depending on the make and model of your tablet. If you encounter any difficulties or if the buttons mentioned above don’t work for your specific tablet, I recommend referring to the user manual or contacting the manufacturer’s support for further assistance.

Remember to proceed with caution when performing a factory reset, as it will erase all data on your tablet. So, make sure to back up any important files or information before proceeding.