Friday, 2 May 2014

How to Perform a Soft Reset or Hard Reset Nokia Lumia in Any Terminal

When we talk about Nokia Lumia keep in mind that there are situations where our phone can have problems and we have no choice but to Reset it.
The terminals in Windows Phone, like other mobile operating systems, supports different levels of reset.
Starting from a Soft Reset, with the help of implications the phone returns to the initial condition.

Then we'll talk about the Hard Reset if the problem is more critical.
hard reset windows phone
Windows Phone 8 is gaining a marvelous reputation as a very stable operating system for mobile phones. There are situation where it is still necessary to perform a Reset of the phone.

Sometimes just because the phone stop responding (usually due to some application), or because the problem is more serious and you may have a corrupt software on the terminal or you just want to erase every-data from the phone.

So, For these steps we usually prefer Soft Reset.

Soft reset:

In this case when the phone is locked and does not respond to any action. Of course, the first thing is to make sure so just press the power button for several seconds to see if the phone performs an orderly shutdown. If the phone still does not respond, for phones with removable battery , just follow these steps (which I think we all have know already):
  • Open the terminal (removing the box as necessary)
  • Remove the battery to let the phone without power
  • Wait a few seconds for the phone fully discharged
  • Replace the battery and the corresponding case
  • Boot the phone normally
This is fine for phones with removable battery. But as we know, Nokia is making rug phones and they also become famous thanks to its polycarbonate body (for example, Nokia Lumia 920) and that is not easy to remove the battery. So for these phones, how do I do?
Don't worry we have a solution for this as well.
Soft reset, Nokia 920 soft reset
Nokia explains that there is a way and that is to simultaneously press the button on/off with the volume down button for about 10 seconds.

You will notice that the phone vibrates, and that's when we can release the buttons. The result is that the phone will reboot and will start as if it had been turned off. With this method, the information we have on the phone should not alerted.

Hard reset:

With the use of Hard Reset the phone back to its initial condition as when out of the box and make the boot the first time. That is why it is also known as the initial configuration reset or reset to factory settings.

During the process, reset of all data that the terminal occurs. Therefore, we can apply both when we have a problem with the phone software related suspect, or where you want to sell your phone to someone so you definitely want to erase your all data from it, Hard Reset will provide you a method to remove the information, and start settings to it's new staff from scratch.
RECOMMENDATION : The duration of hard reset is tied to the amount of information that you have on your phone. Therefore you've better to delete all photos, music and videos and even installed programs yourselves to reduce the time-period for hard reset itself.
The first method is the one that provides the Windows Phone itself As simple as going to Settings, then move to phone information, and clicking reset your phone.
The second method should apply to those terminals that are non-functional and therefore not allow to reach the indicated I or menu. So, we can only apply a method by combination of keys to try to solve the problem.

The method is different for Windows Phone 7.x than the Windows Phone 8.

Hard reset Windows Phone 7.x:

This method easily applies to Nokia Lumia 900, Lumia 800, Lumia 710 and Lumia 610. So, For this type of reset we will have to take two steps. We start with the phone off and keep pressed both buttons down volume, camera and finally the on/off button. After a few seconds the phone will vibrate.
At that moment the phone to vibrate, You've to keep pressing the buttons on/off and down the other two (volume down and camera) about five seconds. The phone should boot back to the factory settings.

As in this Picture you can easily understand:
Hard reset Windows Phone 7, Nokia Lumia

Hard reset Windows Phone 8:

This method is also easily applies to the Nokia Lumia 920, Lumia 820, Lumia 720, Lumia 620, Lumia 520 models and obviously for Windows Phone 8 as well.
  • Turned-off Your Phone for at least 20 seconds.
  • The charger must be disconnected
  • Press the volume down button while you connect the charger. Within seconds an exclamation will appear on the screen. (If your phone has enough battery, can turn on the terminal with the power button, instead of connecting the charger).
  • In this state, press the following keys in order:
  1. Volume Up
  2. Volume Down
  3. Ignition
  4. Volume Down
  • After the phone button sequence should start erasing and restoring to factory settings automatically.
Hardware Reset Nokia Windows Phone 8, Nokia Lumia

Last Words:

Hopefully you don't need to use these methods in your terminal unless it voluntarily. But of course, there are times that are needed and comes in handy to have them on hand. Above all, before any of the shares, while the guide read and understand the possible consequences with respect to data erasure and remember that if the problem is not fully solved, you would have to go to a Nokia Care service.


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  5. helped me to clear picture preview on photo icon in my Lumia 530 using Hard reset. greate help. Thanks.
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  6. I have made a hard reset to my lumia, so I had to make the whats app download again, but now it runs like it has to.

  7. if i reset my lumia will i lose my 8.1 update ?

  8. how to reset that shit without to delete my apps and games ...but i dont want others contacts and messages , mails what i have to da

  9. i want to sell my lumia 520 but that person wants my game and apps can do format with out delete games and apps

    1. Mate you should transfer all of your games and apps to your (SD CARD), Then apply this method on your cellular. It'll remove all of your data so make sure to backup all your important files to your SD card.

  10. thanks dude you are excellent mind blowing i love you dude this is to helpful for me lumia 620

    1. Thanks man, We're here to help you any time. Have a good day! :)

  11. If I reset windows 8.1 updated Lumia 520, did It went to windows 8 ????
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  14. My Lumia 610 isn't turning on. The window button at the bottom just keeps on flashing. Is there any way to turn my phone on without losing data specially message. Please the data inside is very important for me

    1. Try connect your phone to your PC through PC-Suit it will help to recover your Data!

  15. My Lumia 610 isn't turning on. The window button at the bottom just keeps on flashing. Is there any way to turn my phone on without losing data specially message. Please the data inside is very important for me

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  24. Hi, am getting msg unable to boot. What to do plz help me.

  25. If I do the hard reset it will be deleted my network provider cuz its lock by the network

  26. Sergio from Italy22 March 2017 at 00:12

    Thank you very much George!!! Following your procedure for a soft reset, I've been able to use again some apps that didn't work well any more, without losing data. I just needed to set again day and time and everything started working again perfectly. Thank you so much. All the best for you!

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