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  1. metalx1000
    metalx1000 December 17, 2012 at 8:02 pm .

    So, does a factory reset like this do a bit by bit overwrite of the entire drive? Or will someone be able to recover data with something like Photorec?

  2. Brian
    Brian January 6, 2013 at 2:04 am .

    Hi, Just want to ask if I bought a second handed Samsung Galaxy S3 phone, after doing the factory data reset will all the tracking software from 1st owner can track me? I’m not so sure about this because as i know Samsung galaxy will have certain apps and samsungdive can trace the location by locking the IMEI Number….. Thanks and awaiting for prompt reply..

  3. Dale
    Dale January 24, 2013 at 11:48 pm .

    I have a t-mobile galaxy s3. I recently received an update for the phone from t-mobile. after it was installed my battery life was seriously curtailed. if i do a factory reset for the phone will it cancel the upgrades contained in the update, and resolve the issues with battery life?

  4. jeri
    jeri January 25, 2013 at 11:34 pm .

    I have sgs3 from us cellular…. last night did software update to 4.1.1….I tried to run hotspot today and was told I now needed a subscription. I have had Samsung phones for about 3 years and I have never had this problem but I guess with the upgrade uscellular lock the hotspot option. I called and b*tched all day and got no where. How do I disable this lock. I already pay for 5gb and I’m not paying another $25 to access it.

  5. albert
    albert February 4, 2013 at 6:11 am .

    im just wondering if you reset your galaxy s3 will it wipe out the jelly bean update?

  6. john
    john February 6, 2013 at 6:14 pm .

    hi just a question since i am planning to sell my S3. will factory reset erase all pictures, videos and sms messages? or will it stay in the phone somewhere and can be recovered?


  7. Claire
    Claire February 8, 2013 at 5:41 am .

    Is it possible to do a hard reset on your phone if it has a password, say you forgot the password for example?

  8. Sam
    Sam February 13, 2013 at 6:06 am .

    will wiping my s3 remove my dictionary and words I added myself? can I avoid this?

  9. Antar
    Antar March 6, 2013 at 11:17 am .

    I’ve been reading all of the comments about the factory reset, and I was wondering since it deletes all user data…will it delete things like pictures, videos, etc that are saved to the phone and not the SD card?

  10. Linda Wallace
    Linda Wallace March 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm .

    My daughter dropped her galaxy 3 phone in water about 6weeks ago. We placed the phone and battery in rice for 24 hours and the phone worked fine until now. The touch screen will not work the phone can be powered off and on, but nothing happens when you touch the screen. Do you have any suggestions to correct this problem? The phone has not been dropped or damaged in any other way. Thanks for your help.


    1. Patricia Anderson
      Patricia Anderson March 7, 2013 at 9:38 pm .

      When a phone gets wet, it cannot be totally dried inside. Rice works to absorb some of the moisture but eventually the mother board rusts and the device has to be replaced. The mother board itself cannot be replaced because the parts surrounding it have also been exposed to moisture.

  11. Kennett Claveria
    Kennett Claveria March 19, 2013 at 12:22 am .

    Will it destroy or damage the unit if I reset my phone?

  12. john
    john March 19, 2013 at 3:58 am .

    can a samsung galaxy s3 be tracked if i reset it

  13. Robert
    Robert March 25, 2013 at 1:05 am .

    Thanks for being a resource. It was so obvious and easy…once you pointed it out 🙂

  14. liam
    liam April 7, 2013 at 9:06 am .

    Hi, I was wondering if you can give me some advice, I rooted my phone then updated it to omega 4.2.2 jelly bean, I can no longer watch movies online streamig wise and was looking for the best course of action to get it back to the way it was? Also now rooted and updated my phone seems to increase in temperature as if its over heating, Any thoughts on that?

  15. carlton
    carlton April 10, 2013 at 12:23 am .

    If I factory reset my s3 will I have to repurchase my apps

  16. Acer
    Acer April 16, 2013 at 9:27 am .

    Thank’s sir.

  17. Cheryl Ann
    Cheryl Ann April 30, 2013 at 1:06 pm .

    Thanks, this helped immensely!

  18. galaxy s3 mini
    galaxy s3 mini May 19, 2013 at 5:08 am .

    thanks for this article
    it work with me on galaxy s3 mini gt-i8190
    thanks 🙂

  19. Reina
    Reina June 2, 2013 at 12:31 pm .

    Thank you very much for this article!

  20. distressed s3 user
    distressed s3 user June 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm .

    My s3 will not read my sd card. Sometimes it says that it is unmounted and others it shows only blank pictures in the photo album. It is also very slow at times and the battery will lose 30% in an hour without me using it. I would like to do a factory reset to see if the problems are corrected but it says that the key for my sd card is deleted and it won’t work anymore. Should I continue with reset or are there other options that I can try.

  21. Christian
    Christian August 13, 2013 at 12:32 am .

    My Galaxy s3 is been rooted with tolkit v7.0.0 and im not able to reset the phone to the original Samsung software. how can i get the original file from Samsung to restore the phone back to manufacture. because this program that is install in the phone is not letting me use the internet or the WiFi or my Bluetooth. i just need to get it back to the original galaxy s3 software . help please.

  22. frank
    frank November 1, 2013 at 8:59 pm .

    I did the factory reset and when i reboot to start the phone, it stays on same screen displaying ‘Samsung” is it still resetting? how long does this take?

  23. kathy
    kathy November 17, 2013 at 2:52 pm .

    Is it possible to set your phone back just 1 week. I accidentally deleted some text messages and am trying to find a way to get them back

  24. Vanessa H
    Vanessa H January 2, 2014 at 1:25 am .

    I just got a second hand galaxy s3. the previous owner had some type of insurence on it and im not able to turn it on under my cricket user. is there anything i can do to fix this?

  25. Nick Blake
    Nick Blake February 10, 2014 at 9:37 am .

    hi my s3 was dropped in water and now the touch screen does not work but am selling it (if i can) because someone will know how to fix it or use it for parts but i want to do a factory reset before i sell it but like i said touch screen does not work. can i do a reset anyother way? as i dont want to leave pictures videos and data on the phone.

  26. Joy magno
    Joy magno July 5, 2014 at 9:22 pm .

    When my husband opened his s3 it said storage has been damaged restore factory settings. My husband restored it. All data were gone can he recover it? Specially the photos?

  27. Van Culpepper
    Van Culpepper September 8, 2014 at 2:08 pm .

    My friend gave me her s3 after performing a factory reset. Now the phone screen is stuck on the SAMSUNG logo screen and the blue light is on in the top left corner. Its been like that for a while is there a problem?

  28. Hambone
    Hambone December 9, 2014 at 1:24 am .

    i bought a used S3 and did a factory reset but the prior owners phone number is still there under settings….if i do a hard reset will it wipe out that info…also when i started to do a hard reset there were several options can someone explain some of those options do…thanks

  29. Erin crist
    Erin crist November 2, 2015 at 9:12 am .

    Help I did factory reset on phone now it will not power on past the Samsung logo. It stays on this screen with a blue led light at the top what should I do

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