How to Reset a Phone Remotely Controlled by an Admin

If you find yourself in a situation where you need to reset a phone that is remotely controlled by an admin, don't worry! I'm here to guide you through the process step by step. Whether you're dealing with a work phone or a device managed by a family member, this guide will help you regain control of your phone.

Before we begin, it's important to note that resetting a phone remotely controlled by an admin may have consequences, such as the loss of data or access to certain features. Make sure you have the necessary permissions or consult with the admin before proceeding.

Here's how you can reset a phone remotely controlled by an admin:

Step 1: Back up your data

Before performing a reset, it's crucial to back up any important data you have on your phone. This includes contacts, photos, videos, and any other files you don't want to lose. You can use cloud storage services or connect your phone to a computer to transfer the data.

Step 2: Check for alternative reset options

Some phones have alternative reset options that can be performed without admin control. For example, you can try a soft reset by holding down the power button and volume down button simultaneously for a few seconds. This may vary depending on your phone model, so refer to your phone's user manual or search online for specific instructions.

Alternative Phone Reset Options

Phone ModelReset TypeKey CombinationDuration (Seconds)
iPhone 8 and laterSoft ResetVolume Up, Volume Down, then hold Side Button10
Samsung Galaxy S8 and laterSoft ResetVolume Down + Power Button7
Google PixelSoft ResetPower Button + Volume Down10
Huawei P30 and laterSoft ResetVolume Up + Power Button10
OnePlus 7 and laterSoft ResetPower Button + Volume Down10
LG G7 and laterSoft ResetVolume Down + Power Button8
Motorola G7 and laterSoft ResetPower Button + Volume Down10
Nokia 7.1 and laterSoft ResetVolume Up + Power Button10

Step 3: Contact the admin

If you're unable to reset the phone using alternative options, reach out to the admin who controls the device. Explain your situation and request their assistance in resetting the phone. They may be able to guide you through the process or provide you with the necessary permissions to perform the reset.

Step 4: Perform a factory data reset

If the admin is unable or unwilling to assist you, the next step is to perform a factory data reset. This will erase all data on your phone and restore it to its original factory settings. The exact steps may vary depending on your phone model, but generally, you can follow these instructions:

General Steps for Factory Data Reset on Different Phone Models

Phone ModelStep 1Step 2Step 3Step 4
iPhone 🍏Go to SettingsTap on GeneralTap on ResetChoose 'Erase All Content and Settings'
Samsung Galaxy 🌌Go to SettingsScroll to and tap on 'General Management'Tap on 'Reset'Choose 'Factory data reset'
Google Pixel 🎯Go to SettingsTap on SystemTap on AdvancedChoose 'Reset options' then 'Erase all data (factory reset)'
Huawei πŸ“±Go to SettingsTap on 'System & updates'Tap on 'Reset'Choose 'Factory data reset'
OnePlus πŸ”΄Go to SettingsTap on 'System'Tap on 'Reset options'Choose 'Erase all data (factory reset)'

1. Go to the Settings app on your phone.

2. Scroll down and tap on "System" or "System & Updates."

3. Look for "Reset" or "Backup & Reset" and tap on it.

4. Select "Factory Data Reset" or "Erase All Data."

5. Read the warning message and confirm your decision.

6. Enter your phone's PIN or password if prompted.

7. Tap on "Reset" or "Erase Everything" to initiate the reset process.

Step 5: Set up your phone

Once the factory data reset is complete, your phone will restart and prompt you to set it up as if it were brand new. Follow the on-screen instructions to choose your language, connect to a Wi-Fi network, and sign in with your Google or Apple ID. You can then restore your backed-up data to your phone.

Remember, performing a factory data reset will erase all data on your phone, so make sure you have a backup before proceeding. If you're unsure about any step or encounter any issues, it's always a good idea to consult with a professional or contact your phone's manufacturer for further assistance.

I hope this guide has been helpful in resetting your phone remotely controlled by an admin. If you have any further questions, feel free to reach out. Stay tech-savvy and secure!

Alyson Bartell
Cybersecurity, Education, Password Security, Device Security, Networking

Alyson Bartell is a seasoned cybersecurity specialist, dedicated to simplifying complex concepts for her audience. Known for her insightful guides on password resetting and device safety, Alyson is committed to providing accessible, user-friendly content to help resolve common tech problems.