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Restoring used Galaxy to factory settings

Posted 14 August 2011 - 07:59 PM (#1) User is offline   madwards 

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I'm new to android and still don't fully understand all the rooting and unlocking stuff, mainly because I just acquired this tablet from my friend but we can't get it to boot past the verizon wireless splash screen. He said it's worked before and after he did a factory reset from within the OS.

I need to know the simplest way to restore the device to a factory setting so that it will at least boot an OS (any OS version, I don't care what it is). I know how to get to the system recovery and download screens while booting, but that's about it. Can somebody give me step by step instructions and let me know what files I need to make this thing load. It's a galaxy tab 7 (SCH1800).

All of the answers I've found online seem to be geared to people with rooting and flashing experience that are looking to revert back to a previous working state. I need this to get to ANY working state.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:46 AM (#2) User is offline   dutinske 

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View Postmadwards, on 14 August 2011 - 07:59 PM, said:

I'm new to android and still don't fully understand all the rooting and unlocking stuff, mainly because I just acquired this tablet from my friend but we can't get it to boot past the verizon wireless splash screen. He said it's worked before and after he did a factory reset from within the OS.

I need to know the simplest way to restore the device to a factory setting so that it will at least boot an OS (any OS version, I don't care what it is). I know how to get to the system recovery and download screens while booting, but that's about it. Can somebody give me step by step instructions and let me know what files I need to make this thing load. It's a galaxy tab 7 (SCH1800).

All of the answers I've found online seem to be geared to people with rooting and flashing experience that are looking to revert back to a previous working state. I need this to get to ANY working state.




Note: These steps clear data from the device. SD card data like your photos and music are not erased unless you choose to format the SD card.

1. With the device off, press and hold Volume Up and Power.

2. Release the Power button when you see the Samsung logo, but continue to hold Volume Up until the recovery screen appears.

3. Use the Volume buttons to navigate the menu and select wipe data / factory reset. Press Home to choose the selection.

4. Press Volume Up continue.

The Galaxy Tab should then go through the hard reset process.

If you have access to the OS, you can also perform a hard reset in Settings.

1. Open the Settings app.

2. Select Privacy.

3. Choose Factory data reset.

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