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How to reset the Google Pixel 5a 5G


Google Pixel phones are known for offering good hardware and a clean software experience. It is the latter that makes them stand out from the competition in the Android market. You get no bloatware apart from Google apps and there are no annoying notifications and in-notification ads that we keep hearing about on many other Android skins. The Pixel 5a 5G is no different and it lets you experience all the software goodness without having to spend a lot on a Pixel flagship.

However, like any other smartphone, the Pixel 5a can feel like running slow after a while. This could be due to any reason like a lot of apps running in the background and even low storage space. Sometimes software updates end up affecting the performance and you do not see your beloved phone running as well as when it was new. This is where resetting Pixel 5a can help you out and get everything back to how it should be.

You should also rest your phone if you are planning to sell or lend it to someone for a while. This will ensure that the other person does not get access to any of your personal or sensitive data once they start using it. So without further ado, let’s get started.

Soft reset Google Pixel 5a 5G

  1. Press and hold the power button on your Pixel 5a 5G for a few seconds.
  2. This will bring up the power menu with options: Emergency, Lockdown, Power off, and Restart.
  3. Tap Restart to begin the soft reset process.

This will restart your Pixel 5a 5G which is also referred to as soft resetting the phone. You can check if this makes any difference to the phone’s performance. If it does not, you can try hard resetting the phone which will result in a complete data wipe. It means your phone will boot up the way it did when your first switched it on after taking it out of the retail box. This is the reason we suggest you take a backup of all your important data before proceeding with the step.

Factory reset Google Pixel 5a 5G (Hard reset)

  1. Tap Settings on your Pixel 5a 5G to visit system settings.
  2. Scroll down until you find the System option.
  3. Tap on Erase all data option to proceed.
  4. You will see Erase all data option once again. Tap it to confirm your choice.

You may be asked to enter your phone’s PIN before the factory reset process kicks off. This process takes a little more time than the soft reset, so just be patient. Your phone will boot up automatically once the reset is complete.

Ajit Singh
Ajit is a freelance tech reporter who loves everything tech but has a soft corner for Android. He started his stint in tech journalism in 2015 and has previously worked with publications like Digit India and Android Headlines. You can also find his work on MySmartPrice.

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