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How to Reset your Google Pixel 8a!


The Pixel 8a’s arrival proves that Google has what it takes to make a more competent midrange smartphone compared to its previous efforts, and as a result we now have a more affordable Pixel phone that packs a lot of flagship-grade features, while at the same time retaining elements of what makes the Pixel A-series phones unique.

While it is an impressive device in general though, it should be noted that the Pixel 8a is not entirely immune from unexpected issues and performance hiccups. This includes issues such as app freezes, or certain software and hardware features that would just randomly stop working properly. Should these happen, we highly suggest doing a quick emergency procedure of sorts with your phone, such as a reset.

Should you Reset your Pixel 8?

Oftentimes, resetting an Android device allows it to work as if it were brand-new again (at least in most cases), removing any user-installed apps and files  and reverting it to a fresh-from-the-factory state. There are also times when your phone simply needs a quick reboot to recover from app crashes, freezes, and whatnot. With that said, there are two different ways to reset your Google Pixel 8a:

  • Restart/Reboot: Sometimes referred to as a “soft reset,” this simply turns your phone off and on again, allowing it to recover from unexpected performance issues.
  • Factory Reset: Also known as a “hard reset,” this method erases everything that’s saved on your phone, including your apps, settings, files, photos, and music, for example. It’s recommended that you back up your files to your PC, or online via cloud storage services.

How to Reset your Pixel 8a

If you’ve encountered an issue on your Pixel 8 that prevents it from functioning normally, or maybe you’d like to bring it back to its factory settings to sell it or give away, then you can try the following methods below:

Basic Restart

  • 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 phone should then turn off, and automatically turn back on within the next few seconds.

Factory Reset

As mentioned earlier, factory resetting removes all bits of personal user data from your phone, so it’s advised that you should backup 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.”
  • Your phone should then proceed with removing your data and automatically reboot after a few minutes.

Force Restart

In the unfortunate event that your Pixel 8a is non-responsive and you are unable to access any settings menus through your screen, 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. If not, turn it on again as you would normally.

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Mike Viray
A writer and content creator with a love for tech and music, Mike is also an avid gamer as well. He and his wife are big fans of Mario Kart.

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