Have you ever needed to reset your phone? Maybe to troubleshoot an issue, to sell it, or give it to a friend? Let’s take a look at our simple reset checklist that will keep you and your Android phone happy. First, know your Google Account credentials. This is absolutely essential. If you’re unsure of your user name, go to settings and look for Accounts. This will list all of the Google Accounts synced to your phone. Next, launch a private browsing window such as Incognito mode in Chrome. Go to accounts.google.com and sign in to make sure you’ve got the right password. The second thing to check is your backup options, so you don’t lose your photos, contacts, and other data. Go into System settings and look for Backup. You are now ready to do the final step, resetting your phone. The best way to reset your phone is through a trusted reset in the settings menu. Look for the reset option and tap ‘Factory Data Reset’ and then at the bottom select ‘Reset phone.’ There are few other ways to reset your phone but they are considered untrusted resets. Some examples- resettings through the recovery mode menu, Find My Device, dialer commands, or using a computer to install a ROM. If you do any of these untrusted resets, Device Protection will be triggered. It is a security feature designed to deter thieves. When Device Protection is triggered the Setup Wizard prompts you to sign in with a Google Account on the device when the phone was reset. You won’t be able to continue set up until that Google Account has been verified.