The Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL are, in my opinion, the best phones your money can buy in 2017. I’m sure some folks will argue, but I’m not here to debate that fact. Sometimes, however, even the best of Android phones need a factory reset, if for nothing else, to keep things running smoothly.

I generally do a restore every couple of months. And now that I’ve had my Pixel 2 for almost two months on the button, it’s gone through numerous updates from the Developer Previews to stable Android 8.1. It’s probably about that time for me.

Many of you likely already know how to perform a factory reset, but for the sake of those on their first Android device, or perhaps those who need a refresher, let’s go over how to perform a factory reset – or restore (whatever you wanna call it) – on your Pixel 2. The same guide applies for the Pixel 2 XL, as well.

How to factory reset the Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL

The process of performing a factory reset on your Pixel 2 is pretty simple and straightforward. Head into your Settings > Reset options > Erase all data (factory reset). You can also get there by using the system search bar and searching for ‘reset’.

You’ll get the standard warning that factory resetting erases your Google account, system and app data and settings, downloaded apps, music, photos, and other user data.

All of it.


Like, never coming back. (Until you sign in again, of course.)

Why factory reset?

I do it from time to time for a fresh start and to clear up the device’s memory completely. Ever notice your phone starts to feel bogged down and slow as hell after using it for a few months? A factory reset will clear that up, in most cases.

You may want to sell or need to return your Pixel 2 to Google. You’ll want to make sure to do a reset before you do so a random stranger doesn’t get your phone, jam-packed with your personal information.

Now that you know how – have you had to reset your Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL yet? Let us know why in the comment thread.