How to factory reset the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series

How to factory reset the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 series

You might want to reset your Galaxy Watch 5 if you’re suddenly having issues that can’t be pinned down to a specific app or setting, installed a buggy beta build, want to give your watch to a friend, or just want a fresh start. Whatever the case, it’s easy to reset your Galaxy Watch 5 or Galaxy Watch 5 Pro in a few simple steps. Here’s how to perform a factory reset without losing your data.

You can reset your Galaxy Watch 5 in two ways. The first method involves the Galaxy Wearable app on your phone. Alternatively, you can perform a reset straight from your Galaxy Watch 5. Doing a reset will erase all personal data, apps, and settings and bring the watch back to its default settings. You should also consider backing up data before resetting your watch so that you can easily restore apps, settings alarms, and watch faces later.


How to reset your Galaxy Watch 5 from the phone

  • On your smartphone, open the Galaxy Wearable app.
  • Make sure the watch is connected via Bluetooth to your phone.
  • Tap Watch settings.

Samsung Wearable app home screen

  • Then go to General

Watch settings screen in Galaxy Wearable app

  • On the next screen, scroll down and tap Reset.

General settings in Galaxy Wearable app

  • Before you proceed, you can create a cloud backup by tapping Back up data. This will back up your alarms, app order for pre-loaded apps, quick panels, Samsung Health data, settings, and Tiles.

Reset screen in Galaxy Wearable app

  • Once that’s done, return to the Reset screen and tap the big blue button.

    Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
    The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro packs a 50% larger battery than the Galaxy Watch 5 and a Titanium casing.

    Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
    The Galaxy Watch 5 runs Wear OS 3.5 and offers a wide range of health and wellness tools.

How to reset your Galaxy Watch 5 from the watch

  • On your Galaxy Watch 5, swipe up from the bottom to open the app menu.
  • Tap the Settings icon.

App drawer on Galaxy Watch 4


  • Scroll down and click General.

Galaxy Watch 5 settings screen

  • Scroll down and tap Reset.

Galaxy Watch 5 General settings screen

  • You can take a backup here if you haven’t already.

Galaxy Watch 5 reset screen

  • Tap Reset to start the factory reset process.

Galaxy Watch 5 reset screen

  • That’s it. Don’t press any buttons or interpret the watch during the reset process. Your Galaxy Watch 5 will reboot once the process is finished.

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