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    Default Galaxy S3 - how to factory reset if I can't get into settings?!

    Hi all,
    I'm having serious issues with my Galaxy S3. I keep getting the message 'Unfortunately, TouchWiz Home has stopped' whenever I try to do anything on my phone. I've read that plenty of people have had this issue and have had to run the Factory reset, but I can't get into settings to do this because the error message pops up every time I try and do anything. I've taken the battery out and replaced it but this hasn't done anything. Earlier on today the error message was coming up over and over again, even when I wasn't touching the phone, and it was constantly restarting itself. I'm quite literally not able to access anything on my phone due to the constant error message. Is there any way to reset the whole phone without having to go into settings etc? :- \

    Many thanks!
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    Default Re: Galaxy S3 - how to factory reset if I can't get into settings?!

    Try this:
    1. Power it OFF
    2. Hold volume down and power up, holding volume button down.
    3. Keep holding volume button
    4. You should boot into Safe Mode(it will say so in the corner of the screen)
    5. After it finishes booting, let go of the button.
    6. Should be able to get into setting to reset while in safe mode.
    Good luck!
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    Default Re: Galaxy S3 - how to factory reset if I can't get into settings?!

    Hi Lizardchest. Thank you for your suggestion. Unfortunately, as soon as the phone is on (with or without safety mode) and I draw my unlock pattern, the message comes up and either goes to a blank screen or the phone switches off.
    Can I reset the phone using Samsung Kies?
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    Default Re: Galaxy S3 - how to factory reset if I can't get into settings?!

    How about this:
    1. Power off
    2. Press and hold down the “Power” button, “Home” button, and the “Volume Up” button.
    3. Wait for your phone to vibrate, then release only the “Power” button.
    4. Wait for the Android System Recovery screen to appear, then release the “Home” and “Volume Up” keys.
    5. Press the “Volume Down” button until the “Wipe data / factory reset” option is highlighted.
    6. Press the “Power” key to select the option.
    7. Press the “Volume Down” button until “Delete all user data” is highlighted.
    8. Press the “Power” button once again to select the option. Your phone will then perform the reset process and display “Reboot system now” when complete.
    9. Press the “Power” key to select the reboot option and complete the master reset.

    I don't know if you can use Kies to reset. Never tried it...
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    Default Re: Galaxy S3 - how to factory reset if I can't get into settings?!

    That seems to have worked!!!!! Thank you so much!!!
    *fingers crossed*

    Should I disable TouchWiz now? and use Nova Launcher?
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    Default Re: Galaxy S3 - how to factory reset if I can't get into settings?!

    Glad to help!!
    I use Nova, but mostly for the customization abilities. I like it, but YMMV.
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    Default Re: Galaxy S3 - how to factory reset if I can't get into settings?!

    Hi Guys, I have wiped my phone using this method and now I get this message "unfortunately, setup wizard has stopped and com.android.phone has stopped"
    What can I do to fix this?

    Regards
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    Default Re: Galaxy S3 - how to factory reset if I can't get into settings?!

    Welcome to the forums!
    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence Mokgawa View Post
    I have wiped my phone using this method
    Follow the basic steps to get into Recovery mode and clear the system cache and see if it allows you to proceed through the Setup wizard.

    If not, perform another Factory Reset.

    If that doesn't work you'll have to reload the firmware.

    Sent from my rooted, debloated, deodexed Sinclair ZX-80 running CM -0.001 using Tapatalk

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