There are many tablet brands out there, with the LG tablet being only one of many. However, LG tablets have their own following, with plenty of people swearing by them. There are a number of things users can do on these LG tablets, including playing games, browsing the Internet, watching streaming content, and more. However, just like any other tablet, the LG tablet can experience issues from time to time. Thankfully, if you need to have a fresh start with your LG tablet, you can do that! The only downside, however, is that anything saved on the device will be lost.
To reset the LG tablet to factory settings, first turn the tablet off, and then press and hold both the Power/Lock key and the Volume Down key. Eventually, you will see the system recovery screen come up, which means you can stop holding down these keys. You will see four options: Continue reboot, Factory data reset, Wipe cache, and Safe mode boot. Use the Volume keys to navigate to Factory data reset, and then select Yes or No. and press Power/Lock to continue. Doing this will initiate the factory reset.
But how can you get into your phone if you forgot your password, pattern, or PIN? And what options do I have to protect my information if I have to reset the device?
How to Reset LG Tablet
While your tablet is off and charged, hold Power/Lock and Volume Down at the same time, and select the Factory data reset option, using Power/Lock to select and the Volume controls to navigate. Select ‘Yes’, and your LG Tablet should be reset to factory settings.
What does it mean to factory reset my LG tablet?
It’s important to understand that when you reset your LG tablet to factory settings, nothing you have done to change the LG tablet will remain. This means that any photos, music, user info, and other downloaded content will be lost forever. Thus, if you are planning to reset your LG tablet to factory settings, you should do everything in your power to retain anything and everything you want to keep. Otherwise, this content will be lost forever.
What should I do to prepare to reset my LG tablet?
There are multiple ways you can prepare your LG tablet for a factory reset. The first option would be to simply plug your LG tablet into another device, such as a Windows PC. Before you can actually begin the file transfer, however, you need to make sure that the LG tablet is set to the proper USB mode when plugged in. To put it in the correct mode, swipe down from the top of the screen, and then tap to see more USB options. Finally, select Media sync (MTP). If you are prompted to install any drivers, tap install. From here, you can simply drag and drop the files that you want to put on the other device from your LG tablet.
However, a more convenient option to transfer your information and files would be to transfer them to a cloud storage service. Some free cloud storage services exist that have limited space allotted, but bigger cloud storage typically costs an annual fee to use and access. Go to the cloud service you want to use, and upload all files you want to save.
What do I do if I have a virus or malware on my LG tablet?
While it may not be as difficult a process to simply get your content off of your LG tablet before a factory reset, things get that much more complicated if you are performing a factory reset because of a virus or malware on your LG tablet. If a virus or malware is preventing you from getting your files off of the tablet, or if you are worried that trying to recover the data could cause the other device to be affected as well, using the factory reset method discussed earlier could be your best bet.
If you do not want to attempt a factory reset for this reason, however, another solid option is to use an antivirus program to try to remove it. Often, an antivirus will be adequate to clean up your tablet, so there’s no real point in doing a factory reset to get rid of the virus if the antivirus did it for you already.
What do I do if I forget my LG tablet’s password?
Forgetting a password is often one of the most frustrating things, no matter what the account or device may be. It is important to have a way to recover your password, but sometimes, it might just slip someone’s mind to set something like that up. If you forgot the password, pattern, or PIN for your LG tablet, your only option to recover it is to have a backup set up in the first place. For instance, if you have an active Google account signed in on that device, you may get a prompt saying ‘Forgot your password? Tap this, and enter your email and password for your Google account, which will give you access again.
Another option that you may be able to take is a backup pin, a feature of devices with Android versions 4.4 and lower. If you fail to input the correct password enough times, this feature will allow you to put in a backup pin instead. Granted, this won’t be helpful if you also forgot your backup pin, but a pin is at least easier to remember than a longer, more complicated password.
Another Google-related solution would be to use Google’s ‘Find My Device’ feature. While this is, obviously, mostly used to find a lost device, it can also be used to remotely manage a device. For example, you can secure or even wipe a device if it is lost or stolen and you are worried about someone exploiting your information. In addition to this, however, you can also unlock your LG device by selecting the ‘Secure Device’ option and putting in your new password.