Smartphones are great – they let us do a plethora of tasks in small amounts of time, and over the years they’ve only gotten faster and smarter. With that said, they are still prone to slowing down at times, and there are instances when it might be useful to reset your phone. In the case of the Google Pixel 7 (and most Pixel phones) you might want to reset your device to give it a fresh start after upgrading to a new system update, or maybe you’re planning to do some tinkering with your device. Whatever the case may be, we’re here to help you out – let’s get started!
Why Should you Reset your Phone?
Resetting a smartphone often allows it to start fresh, without any additional third-party apps or files to slow down its performance. There are also times when it just needs a quick restart to recover from freezing, or when particular apps or functions suddenly stop working properly. In general, there are two different ways to reset an Android phone:
- Restart/Reboot: Also referred to as a “soft reset,” this method simply turns your phone off and on again, allowing it to bounce back from freezing, app crashes, unexpected bugs, and such. It’s sort of like guiding your device back to its starting point in order to restart its path of travel with a fresh set of directions.
- Reset: Also known as a “factory reset” or “hard reset,” this deletes everything on your phone, including apps, settings, files, photos, and such. It’s generally advised that you back up your files to your PC, or online via cloud storage services.
How to Reset your Pixel 7
If you’re dead-set on resetting your Pixel 7 to its factory settings, or just need to refresh it a bit from a bad app crash or a feature that’s giving you the runaround, then you can try the following methods below:
- Press and hold your power button for a few seconds.
- A menu should pop up on your screen with options for “Emergency,” “Lockdown,” “Power Off,” and “Restart.”
- Select “Restart.”
- Your Pixel 7 should then turn off, and automatically turn back on within the next few seconds.
Factory resetting removes all bits of personal user data from your phone, so it’s advised that you should back-up your files to a PC or via cloud storage.
- Open your “Settings” app.
- Head down to “System” > “Reset Options.”
- Tap on “Erase all Data (Factory Reset)”
- Tap on “Erase all Data.”
In the unfortunate event that your pixel 7 is frozen and you are unable to access any settings menus, then you might need to force restart your phone.
- Hold down your power button for a few seconds until the screen turns off – it should then automatically turn back on afterwards.
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