Last Updated: 11th July 2018
If you’re lucky enough to be able to treat yourself to the phone that has Google Assistant, unlimited Google Photos storage, smart Google Calendar icon (finally) and, of course, let’s not forget the new Pixel camera – amongst many other features – you need to know how to reboot it.
Why would you need to reset your Google Pixel? If your phone has frozen, it’s slower than usual or the battery is draining - with no removable battery, resetting the Pixel phone is the first defence to combatting these issues.
So, if you run into one of these common issues, you’ll now know how to deal with it straight away.
There are two kinds of resets we are going to lay out for you today, the soft and the hard reset. Both types of reset apply to the regular Google Pixel and the XL.
Firstly, The Soft Reset
This will help you out if your device has frozen, this option DOES NOT remove/delete data from your phone.
All you need to do is to simply hold down the phone’s power button for around 10-15 seconds until you see a change in the screen. If you’re not sure which is your power button, it’s located at the top right edge of the Pixel.
Now, you can switch on the device as usual, and hopefully, everything is back to normal.
Second Option: The Hard Reset
If you need to restore the factory settings on your Google Pixel, therefore returning to all default settings and data, you can choose from the two ‘hard reset’ options below.
Option 1: Using Your Phone Menu
Starting at your home screen, swipe up the app drawer and selection ‘settings’ > ‘factory data reset’ > reset phone
If for some reason, you can’t access your phone menu, the below option is your best choice.
Option 2: Using Your Hardware Buttons
- Firstly, shut down the Pixel phone by holding your power button and pressing ‘power off’
- Hold down your ‘volume down’ and ‘power’ buttons simultaneously
- The familiar Android logo should now be on your screen
- Using your volume buttons, navigate to the option ‘recovery mode’, using your power button to make the selection
- Continue to use your volume buttons and navigate to the ‘wipe data/factory reset’ option
- Select ‘yes’
- The ‘hard reset’ process should now process
- Select ‘reboot’ once this process is complete
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Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When was the Google Pixel released?
A: The Google Pixel was released on 20th October 2016.
Q: What is a Google Pixel?
A: The Google Pixel, and it's later models, are devices which are produced by Google, and run on either Chrome OS or Android operating system.
Article By Helen Jackson