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Old May 17th, 2013, 07:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default How to factory reset when the display is broken?

My LCD display is broken and I want to resell my phone. I can fetch a decent price for it, but I am worried about data security. I have removed the SIM card, but the hard drive is still intact. How can I reset the harddrive without a working display? Can I connect it to a computer and wire in? Is there a button on the harddrive to reset? Thanks!

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My LCD display is broken and I want to resell my phone. I can fetch a decent price for it, but I am worried about data security. I have removed the SIM card, but the hard drive is still intact. How can I reset the harddrive without a working display? Can I connect it to a computer and wire in? Is there a button on the harddrive to reset? Thanks!
Welcome to the forums, cas5nq.

To hard reset the device, you will have to have a display present, even with the button combo:

Turn off your Samsung Galaxy S3. Now press and hold Volume Up+ Home + Power buttons simultaneously while turning the device On.
Just select the option that reads wipe data/ factory reset.

The selection of the right option would be guess work with the menu not visible, then, once you've done that, there is a confirmation screen with several "no" in a row before the "yes, erase my phone" or some such wording.

I'd first get the screen repaired, then do the factory data reset.
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Take a look at my post here- S3 System reset with no Screen?

it goes into # of times to press each button in the recovery menus if your screen isn't working- hope it helps!
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