Sony Ericsson Xperia X10: Factory Reset to Wipe the Phone Clean

   Posted September 6, 2010 by David Kirk in Android

If you would like to sale or return your Sony Ericsson X10 device, purging the device of your personal information is smart. A factor reset will erase your synced google information, application data, and downloaded applications. This process will return your device to its factor fresh state.

This process will really erase all your information from your phone. If you wish to use the device again, be sure to backup all your information before proceeding.

This process will NOT erase the information on your SD card such as much or photos.

1. Click Settings

2. Select SD card & phone storage

3. Select Factory data reset

select factory data reset

4. Hit the Reset phone button


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  • JMD

    After doing that the phone didn’t work.
    It says “Press (first button from left) to unlock” and nothing appens.

    Is there a default ‘trick’ or ‘unlock combination’ to put the phone working again?

    • Bronz_14

      same here im stuck also in this situation

  • Iamdsafukinbest

    i did this by mistake is there any way of gettin all my info back thankz

  • Eric_menezes12

    hey can u help me pls i did fatotry reset STILL my phone memory is showing 440 mb :S ….. reply asap Thx :(…

  • Eric

    afta i reinstalling d firmare thru seus still its showing 440 mb left :/

  • Sammielouise05

    it worked thanks x

  • Okay_lol

    does it save my contacts?

  • Chit

    I’m with Rogers and my phone does not have that option please help

    • guest

      If you’re on 2.1, I found it under Settings > Privacy.

  • Badaoud

    I did factory reset and I lost everything, System does not start again.
    When I power on the phone nothing happen.
    Sony Ericsson come on screen and does not move.

  • Psytwo

    Worked for me, thanks. At first the unlock slider didn’t seem to work, after pressing a few buttons and trying to rotate the unlock slider it seemed to allow me to unlock the phone again. Back your stuff up first before doing this, I used MyBackUp. Good luck & make sure you do some research before doing this!

  • Shivakumargattu

    i had` recently updated my phone …but i was not satisfied with the new update look of xperia x10 ,,, i want to get it back to old look,,,hw to do it…can anyone plz suggest me…

  • Isah177

    Thanks, its very nice i tried and it worked very good so thanks…………

  • Mikecormier28

    my factory data reset isnt there:S the phone is unlocked would that have anything to do with it? someone please help! i cant figure out how to do this… bought th phone used, he made is own theme i guess, and i want to reset evrything but cant figure out how without the factory data reset in thesd card and phone storage setting

  • Wheeldol

    Thanks worked for me but I did want everything deleting back to factory settings. Easy to follow instructions, great help thanks

  • Samm-xox

    i dont have the factory reset button:/

  • martin

    just reset my phone workin sweet

  • Ilovereko

    hey how can i reset my fone when it says to many pattern

  • levi

    I don’t have the factory data reset button. I have the bit that says available space, but nothing underneath it saying factory data reset?

  • Alyssa

    Hi, I just bought a Sony Ericsson x10i of my friend but all their stuff is still on it. I tried reseting it but it’s the exact same as before. Is there a way I can get it to the same it is when you first buy it?

  • yohannes

    my Sony Ericsson x10 mini isn’t totally working in an Ethiopian sim card. they said since the serial number starts with 01, it do not work outside its manufactured area. Is that true?????? please help………

  • veohish

    I have forgot my display code, how can i reboot it then? or remove the display code, can’t get in to the phone at all..

  • danlong

    what if i cant get onto settings? it freezes before i get there

  • mohammed Abdul

    pls send factory reset pin nos to me sony erisson xperia x10i thks

  • Paballo

    My sony is pattern blocked and doesn’t touch. What should I do