In case you need a fresh start or maybe something went wrong after an update, let me show you how to perform a factory reset on your HTC One M9.
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Even a professional piece of software is bound to have some bugs so it’s always good to know how to factory reset your HTC One M9 in case something goes wrong.
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There are two ways that you can reset your HTC One M9. One of these is called the Soft Factory Reset and the other is called the Hard Factory Reset. Both of these will result in the same thing happening to your device but HTC(and other Android OEMs) allow us to do perform the factory reset in a couple of different ways. This means that if we cannot boot into Android(Sense 7.0 in this case), then we can still boot up into the Fastboot mode and perform the reset.
I’ll be talking about the soft reset first before showing how to do the hard reset.
HTC One M9 Soft Factory Reset
- Launch the Settings Application
- Scroll Down and Tap on the ‘Backup & Reset’ Option
- Tap on the ‘Reset Phone’ Option
- Tap on the ‘OK’ Option
HTC One M9 Hard Factory Reset
- Boot the HTC One M9 into Fastboot Mode
- Press the Volume Down Button and Highlight the ‘Factory Reset’ Option
- Press the Power Button to Select
- Wait Until the Process is Complete
So, the first tutorial here shows you how to do the soft reset on the HTC One M9. This doesn’t mean that it is resetting your device any less than the ‘hard’ reset does. It just means you are doing it through the Android software. I actually recommend doing a factory reset this way because it is the easiest way to do it. All you do is launch the Settings application, find the feature and then tell Android to wipe your data.
The hard reset for the HTC One M9 requires that you disable the fast boot feature, actually boot up into Fastboot Mode and then use the Volume Up/Volume Down/Power buttons to navigate through the menus and start the reset. As I said, both of these will do the same thing it’s just the Fastboot method is there in case you have run into a bootloop on the HTC One M9. Since a bootloop will prevent you from booting into Android, being able to factory reset this way is like an extra fail safe.
Both of these factory reset options will wipe all of the user data off of your smartphone and when you boot back up it will ask you to activate Android just like you had pulled the device out of the box. This can be troublesome for some users but it’s certainly better than having a $500+ smartphone that will not work. Factory resets can do all sorts of things like fix a bootloop, fix performance issues/bugs/glitches after an Android update, etc. Sometimes it’s just nice to start with a clean slate.
If you have any questions or if you run into any issues during this tutorial, feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this article. I might not be able to recreate the same issue you are experiencing but I will certainly do my best to help in any way that I can.