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Three Ways To Reset Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) to Factory Settings

In this post, we will look at to what extent a Galaxy A5 (2016) user can bring the original settings back to achieve super fast processing speed and best system performance. So, today, we will explore how we can perform a factory reset of Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016).

The Samsung A5 (2016) comes with a meagre 16GB of internal storage but up to 256GB expansion is definitely a welcome addition. This device is powered by the mid-range Exynos 7 Octa 7580 with Octa-Core processor achieving up to 1.6 GHz of clock speed, that in combination with the ARM Mali-T720MP2 GPU and 2GB of RAM deliver a reasonably smooth performance for daily usage and tasks.

The Galaxy A5 (2016) features a pretty decent 5.2-inch FHD display with 1080 x 1920 pixels resolution and 424 pixel density, the display coupled with the modern 16:9 aspect ratio.

You’ll definitely need to clean your Galaxy A5 (2016) before selling or passing it to someone. If you have issues with an unresponsive screen or apps misbehaving, this might also be a way out. However, there are some other troubleshooting methods to try, too.

Before performing a reset, please remove your Google Account and your screen lock. If the Google Account is not removed, the phone will enter the Google Reactivation Lock. Do not forget to backup your phone’s data before doing a factory data reset.

Hard reset Samsung A5 (2016) from Recovery

  1. Turn off your Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) and wait a few seconds.
  2. Press and hold the Volume Up and Home keys.
  3. Press and hold the Power key until the device vibrates, then release it. Keep pressing the Volume Up and Home keys the entire time.
  4. When you see the Android Recovery screen, release the Volume Up and Home keys.
  5. Use the Volume keys to scroll down to Wipe data/factory reset, then use the Power key to select it.
  6. Use the Volume keys to scroll down to Yes, then use the Power key to select it.

Reset Lock Screen Pin / Pattern / Password Samsung A5 (2016)

If you’ve forgotten or lost your screen lock pin, pattern, password, and fingerprint, you have up to 5 attempts to try and unlock your Samsung A5 (2016). If you’re still unsuccessful after several attempts, the only way to unlock your device is to reset via Samsung or Google find my device.

You’ll need your Google or Samsung Account credentials and the phone will need to be turned on and connected to the internet.

Unlock Screen with Google Find My Device

  • Open https://www.google.com/android/find and then sign in with your Google Account and password.
  • Select the Galaxy A5 (2016) from the top left hand corner of the menu.
  • Select the ˊErase Dataˋ option from the action menu.
  • Select “Erase Device” to confirm.
  • Enter your Google Account password to reset the phone.

Reset Lock Screen via Samsung Find My Mobile

  • Go to Find My Mobile and then sign in with your Samsung Account ID and password.
  • Select the Samsung A5 (2016) from the menu on the left.
  • Select the “Erase Device” option from below the device information.
  • Choose the “Erase” button on the popup.
  • Enter your Samsung Account password to confirm and send the task to your phone.

Factory reset Samsung A5 (2016) via Settings

The simplest way to factory reset your Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) is through the settings. Again, be sure to back up your data before you start the process. Please follow the instructions below.

Android Nougat

  • Swipe up or down to view the “Apps”.
  • Touch “Settings”.
  • Scroll to and touch “General management”.
  • Touch “Reset”.
  • Touch “Factory data reset”.
  • Read the warning, then scroll to and touch “RESET”.
  • If you’re prompted for screen lock credentials, enter your PIN/password/pattern and touch ‘NEXTʼ.
  • Touch “DELETE ALL”.
  • After the reset, the Galaxy A5 (2016) will reboot to the initial setup screen.


The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) also promises to continue the series not only in terms of battery but also in performance and cameras. The device offers good performance and supports high-end games and extensive multitasking. Moreover, the presence of a big battery means you can always enjoy it to the fullest without worrying much about charging it very often.

Some of these problems stem not so much specifically from SAMSUNG itself, but from having one of the latest updates. If you have a serious problem, especially involving hardware, the best solution is probably to contact the manufacturer or retailer support for your device. If you want to get more interesting tips such as how to root Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016), please keep an eye on this Java-Phones.com blog.