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How to reset the Pixel 4a 5G

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If you’re experiencing problems with your Pixel 4a 5G, sometimes restarting it could be one of the first few things you can do to try and rectify those problems. Sometimes, those problems could persist which is when you might want to try and reset it, and despite both terms seemingly referring to the same thing, at least colloquially, they are different.

In this guide, we’ll be breaking down the difference between restarting and resetting and how to do both for the Pixel 4a 5G.

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When you think of the term restart, you might think of restarting a computer, and that’s pretty much what it means. In mobile phone terms, you’re basically turning your phone off and on again and in theory, you should not lose any data in the process.

Resetting, on the other hand, has more permanent effects where it typically means that you reset your phone back to its default factory settings, wiping all your apps and data stored on the phone in the process. This is usually seen as a last-resort kind of measure before you either exchange your phone for a new one or get it repaired.

Tyler Lee
A graphic novelist wannabe. Amateur chef. Mechanical keyboard enthusiast. Writer of tech with over a decade of experience. Juggles between using a Mac and Windows PC, switches between iOS and Android, believes in the best of both worlds.

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