The Galaxy Note 5 probably still has the new phone smell to it, but that doesn't mean you should already know how to factory reset the Galaxy Note 5 for improved performance. You don't need to do it every week or even month, but whenever your phone feels sluggish, a new Android update is causing problems or you just want to give it that spring cleaning treatment, then a factory reset is the way to do it.
Note: A factory reset wipes all data from a device. It keeps the same Android version you last installed but it will otherwise be returned to its factory default state. That means all your accounts, photos, music, files and settings will be removed. Of course, you can do a backup of Android and restore that data after a reset, but make sure you do so before resetting your phone or you will lose your data.
There are two methods for factory resetting the Galaxy Note 5. One via the settings menu and another using hardware buttons. The settings menu method is perfectly fine but if your Note 5 won't even boot up then you may have to use the hardware buttons version.
How to factory reset the Galaxy Note 5 (settings menu)
1. Note that you can use both your Samsung account and your Google account as backup options.
2. Go to Settings > Backup and reset > Factory data reset > Reset device > Delete all.
3. Your Galaxy Note 5 will reboot and restart with factory default settings.
How to factory reset the Galaxy Note 5 (hardware buttons)
1. Turn off your Galaxy Note 5.
2. Press and hold Volume Up, Power and the Home button until you see the Android recovery screen.
3. Use the volume buttons to highlight wipe data/factory reset and press the Power button to select it.
4. On the next screen, use the volume buttons to highlight Yes – delete all user data and press the Power button to confirm.
5. Your Galaxy Note 5 will factory reset and reboot with factory default settings.
How often do you reset your phone? Why do you usually reset?