Smartphone operating systems might not always be as easy to navigate as desktop OSs—finding files nested on the Android operating system can sometimes be a complex task in comparison to using File Explorer on the Windows operating system—but one thing that does work in their favor is problem-solving.

Rarely do you ever have to spend time trying to figure out the solution to a problem with the Huawei P9 smartphone because most things can be fixed by simply taking a hard reset instead, a bit like utilizing a get out of jail free card.

Despite many people saying otherwise, a hard reset and a factory reset on the Huawei P9 device will yield the same outcomes: the phone will be restored to its default, factory state on both occasions. In other words, the same state that it was in when it left the factory responsible for manufacturing it. This means you shouldn’t expect to find any applications that you installed yourself still on the device. Any settings that you changed will be returned to how they were when you first opened the Huawei P9 out of the box too. And, of course, unless you took a backup, all the data that you accumulated—pictures, documents, music, so forth—will no longer be available once the hard reset is complete.

There are numerous similarities between computers and smartphones: they are made up of many of the same components, and all have the same heart, veins, and brain, so to speak. When it comes to resetting the software though, there are some differences. A modern-day computer operating system will offer three ways to reset: rebooting the OS, force-closing all open applications and forcing a reboot, and then a third way, which will return the device to its factory state, if desired. The mobile operating system offers the factory reset option, and the only alternative being the soft reset, which is the same as a straightforward reboot of the operating system.

You shouldn’t worry about a hard reset causing any harm to your Huawei P9 smartphone; provided that you’ve backed up any data that you didn’t want to lose, very little else can go wrong.

How to Hard Reset Huawei P9

1. Long-press the Power button on the Huawei P9 smartphone and then opt for the option to switch off the device.

2. Boot the Huawei P9 smartphone back up again by holding the Volume Up and Power buttons simultaneously.

3. Wait until you can see the Huawei logo show its on the device’s display before you release the keys.

4. From the menu, select the “wipe data/factory reset” option. (You can scroll using the Volume buttons and make your selection using the Power button.)

5. Select the same “wipe data/factory reset” option again.

6. Once the recovery mode has finished applying the factory reset and all of the data is wiped, select the “reboot system now” option from the menu.

That is all you need to hard reset the Huawei P9 smartphone.

A hard reset is one of the more thrown around expressions for when people are referring to taking a factory reset, but the same guide above is also handy for a few other reasons as well. You could use the guide if you wanted to wipe all data from the Huawei P9 smartphone for example. Likewise, it’s just as good for bypassing the screen unlock and restoring the defaults on the Huawei P9 smartphone, too.

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