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Force restore, commonly called “do a hard reset" to a smartphone, tablet, smartwatch or virtual reality device involves resetting the device to its original factory state, deleting all data and custom settings. Also It is known as a "force factory reset" or "force factory restore" and differs from a soft factory reset or "soft reset" which can be done from the device settings and is much easier than performing a "hard reset" There are several situations in which it is necessary to perform a hard reset:
- The device does not turn on, shows an error or it is not possible to access the settings.
- The unlock code has been forgotten.
- Removing persistent malware: If your device is infected with persistent malware and antivirus cannot remove it, you can perform a restore via Android Recovery to remove everything on your device, including malware, and start from scratch.