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Here are a few important things to consider before factory resetting a Pixel phone:
- Backup your data: Factory reset will delete all data, apps, and settings on the phone, so it’s important to back up any important information, including contacts, messages, photos, videos, and documents, to a safe location before proceeding with the reset.
- Consider Google Account: If your phone is set up with a Google account, it’s important to remember that the account will still be linked to the phone after the factory reset. This means that any apps and data associated with that account will be automatically restored after the reset.
- Remove the SIM and SD card : If your phone has a SIM card or an SD card inserted, it’s important to remove them before proceeding with the factory reset. This will help prevent any data stored on them from being lost or damaged during the reset.
- Reset Smart Lock, Fingerprint: After a factory reset, the device will erase encryption keys and reset the smart lock and fingerprint register, so if you were using these features, you need to set them up again after the reset.
- Know the PIN/Password: As you already mentioned you don’t have the password, you should know the Google account and PIN you used to set up the device since this is necessary to complete the setup process after the factory reset.
- Consider apps and downloaded content: Remember that the Factory reset will erase the phone’s internal memory and all apps including the downloaded content of apps.
To factory reset a Pixel phone without a password, you can follow these steps:
- Turn off the phone.
- Press and hold the volume down button and the power button at the same time for several seconds until the phone vibrates and the bootloader menu appears on the screen.
- Use the volume buttons to navigate to the “Recovery mode” option, and then press the power button to select it.
- The phone will display an image of an Android robot with a red exclamation mark.
- Press and hold the power button, then press and release the volume up button.
- Use the volume buttons to navigate to the “wipe data/factory reset” option and press the power button to select it.
- Use the volume buttons to navigate to the “yes” option and press the power button to confirm the factory reset.
It’s important to consider that factory reset will delete all data, apps, and settings on the phone, so make sure to back up any important information before proceeding with the reset. Also, after a factory reset, the device will erase encryption keys and reset the smart lock and fingerprint register, so if you were using these features, you need to set them up again after reset.
The factory reset instructions that I provided above should work for all Pixel phones, including:
- Pixel XL
- Pixel 2
- Pixel 2 XL
- Pixel 3
- Pixel 3 XL
- Pixel 3a
- Pixel 3a XL
- Pixel 4
- Pixel 4 XL
- Pixel 4a
- Pixel 4a 5G
- Pixel 5
- Pixel 5a 5G
- Pixel 6
- Pixel 6 Pro
- Pixel 6a
- Pixel 7
- Pixel 7 Pro
It’s worth noting that some of the above-mentioned models are no longer supported by Google, therefore if you’re using one of these models and have trouble getting the phone to boot into recovery mode, you may need to seek additional help.