How to Reset an Android From a Computer

Written by chad anderson
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The Android Software Development Kit (SDK) from Google comes with a tool called the Android Debug Bridge (ADB_. As a console-based tool, ADB is useful for interacting with emulated and physical Android devices from the command line. Using ADB, you can quickly reset an Android device as long as it is connected to your machine. The Android SDK and ADB are available for Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, and GNU/Linux operating systems.

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  1. 1

    Open the App Drawer on your Android device, then tap "Settings," "Applications," and "Development." Tap to enable the "USB Debugging" option.

  2. 2

    Launch a command prompt or terminal window, depending on your development environment. Go to the location of the ADB binary on your system.

  3. 3

    Connect the USB device that you want to reset to your machine and remove all other connected USB devices.

  4. 4

    Type "adb -d reboot" to reboot the device, or "adb -d reboot recovery" to boot into recovery mode for factory data reset.

  5. 5

    Use the hard buttons to go to "Wipe Data/Factory Reset," then hit "OK" to confirm and wipe the phone.

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