Having trouble with your Google Nexus 7 tablet, or you bought it second hand. Well, then you’ll probably want to do a hard reset to restore it to factory default settings. Note that this will erase all data on the hard drive, so make sure you back up your data. Following are two methods to go about it.
- Open up your apps list and go to Settings > Backup & Reset which is under the Personal section
- Press Factory Data Reset
- Press Reset Tablet
- If the device is password protected, it will prompt you to enter your password, pin, or pattern, etc. Press Erase Everything to finish
Second method: (when you are locked out of the device or the tablet is not functioning)
- Turn off the device if it is turned on, and connect it via USB cable to your mac.
- Press and hold the Volume Up, Volume Down, and the Power Button at the same time to turn the device on. (if done correctly you’ll see an Android lying on its back)
- Use the volume buttons to navigate to the Recovery Mode option, and press the Power Button to confirm your choice.
- The device will restart (Google logo should appear), press and hold the Power Button and Volume Up (may require multiple attempts) on this screen for about two seconds and let go to make Android with red triangle to appear.
- Now press Volume Up and Power Button again to open menu options.
- Use the volume buttons to navigate to Wipe Data / Factory Reset and press the Power Button to confirm your choice.
- Use the volume buttons to navigate to Yes and press the Power Button to confirm your choice.
- After the hard reset in complete, press Power Button to reboot.
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. You don’t need any drivers to do this on a Mac. 😉