Doing it from within the phone is not working for me.
The generic instructions from Samsung say you need to press the volume up + home + power buttons to get to it, but that isn't working. I wonder if it's because the home button on the t-mobile version isn't a real button.
How are we supposed to get to the recovery menu?
I appreciate the reply but this does not work with the T-Mobile version of the Samsung Galaxy S2. After playing around with it for a bit I found out that you need to press both the Volume Up and Volume Down buttons, and the Power Button simultaneously to get to the recovery menu.
Ah, ok. Your thread title requested a hard reset procedure which is what I provided. Appreciate the clarification.
Yeah sorry I was mostly looking for how to get to the recovery menu, which includes an option to do a hard reset, because for some reason it wasn't working from within the phone. Either way you need to do Volume Up and Down at the same time to get to it.
Easier way. Go to phone and dial *2767*3855#
Worked great on mine.
I'm just curious. Why can't you just go to the privacy section under settings and reset the phone to factory defaults? There's a tick box to format and erase all data and when it's done it's ready to be setup as if new.
Dialing *2767*3855# invokes the exact same action from within the phone, but for some reason it was crashing each time I tried it, no matter how it was invoked. That's why I had to wipe outside the OS.
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