How to Hard Reset Wipe Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE (Verizon)

This support article will explain how to return your Google Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE to factory defaults which is commonly known as a "hard reset."  Don't forget to BACK UP anything that you don't want to lose!

*Personal data such as WiFi passwords, Browser bookmarks, User dictionary, a list of installed Market applications and other customized settings can be backed up to and restored from Google's servers.

There are 2 options, first the easy way:

  1. From the main home screen, select Apps.
  2. Go to Settings, > Backup & reset Factory data reset > Reset phone.
  3. You may need to enter your password, and then touch Erase everything to confirm.

If that doesn't work, or if your phone will not boot, try this:

  1. Turn the power off. If your Google Samsung Galaxy Nexus LTE is hung or frozen, pull the battery out and reinsert it.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up and Down keys + Power button at the same time until bootloader mode (image of an Android with Start) appears then release the keys.
  3. Select Recovery mode and use the volume keys to move through the available options and the Power button to select.  The device will restart in Recovery mode.
  4. From the Recovery mode screen, press and hold the Power button then press the Volume up (+) key.
  5. Select wipe data/factory reset.
  6. Select Yes -- delete all user data.  - The reset to factory data will take a couple of minutes to complete.
  7. Select reboot system now.  - The reboot will take another minute or two.
  8. Walk through the initial activate and setup steps to setup your [like] new phone!