Android phones, unlike iPhones, have been found to slow down or show performance issues after a long period of usage. The Google Pixel 2 is, unfortunately, no different – after a few months of release, Google acknowledged these issues. You cannot make major changes in the OS but you can solve some of the minor problems yourself. Here is how you can perform a Google Pixel 2 hard reset and make it good as new.
Rebooting your device is the first recommended method. If that does not give you your desired results, you can try a reset. These methods work with both Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL.
Remember that resetting erases data from your device. Whether you perform a factory reset or a hard reset, remember to backup your personal data first. For Pixel users, we recommend you back up as much as you can on your Google account. It is very easy to do:
- Pull down the notification bar on your phone and go to Settings,
- Then select System,
- Then select Advanced,
- Then select Backup,
- Tap the Backup to Google switch to turn it on.
All your personal information on the phone will be saved on your Google account that you can retrieve after the reset.
If your phone is slowing down or apps seem to crash often, a reset can often improve things. Here is how to factory reset Google Pixel 2:
- On your phone, go to Settings
- Scroll down and select System
- Then select Reset Options
- Next, select “Erase all data (Factory Reset)”
- If you have a PIN, you may be required to enter that. Then tap “Confirm” to reset your phone.
The process will take a couple of minutes and your phone will then restart on its own.
In case you’ve heard that one of the solutions to a frozen or unresponsive screen is to soft reset Google Pixel, don’t be alarmed. It simply means restarting the device. This is helpful when an app freezes or is unable to load on time. What you can do then is:
- Press and hold the Power button,
- When the options appear, tap on “Restart”
If this was a case of a frozen app, the app will have shut down in the background when your phone did.
Alternatively, if the screen does not respond, you can try Pixel 2 force restart.
- Press and hold the Power button for about 30 seconds. It takes some time for the power to cycle, so patiently wait for the restart.
- If the phone does not restart, partially charge it and try this method again.
On the other hand, if this happens often, or if you find your Google Pixel 2 frozen and not responding at all, you should go a different way. Follow these steps to perform a hard reset:
- If your device is still running, press and hold the Power button and turn it off.
- Next, press the Power button and the Volume Down button simultaneously and hold for a few seconds. While holding the Volume Down key, let go of the Power button and press it again – hold for about 3-4 seconds. Let go of all the buttons.
- You will see a dark screen appear with some text.
- Using the Volume Up and Down buttons to navigate, highlight the option that says “Recovery”. Select it using the Power button.
- The Android logo will appear and as soon as you see that, press the Power key and hold it for a few seconds.
- While still holding the Power button, quickly press the Volume Up button.
- You will see a list of options on a dark screen. When this screen appears, release all the buttons.
- Using the Volume buttons to navigate, highlight “wipe data/factory reset”.
- Use the Power button to select the option.
- When asked for confirmation, you the same method to navigate and select “Yes – delete all user data”.
- The data will be erased in a few seconds and you will see another similar screen. Highlight the option “reboot system now”.
Your phone will reboot and all settings will have gone back to default. When the phone restarts, you will be given all the setup options that appear when you turn on a device for the very first time.
If you are giving away your phone or selling it, make sure that none of your personal information remains on the device. Manual removal is rarely that effective, which is why there is the reset method. It is the best way to make sure your data does not end up in the wrong hands. A factory reset can also improve your phone’s performance significantly.