By performing a factory reset or a hard reset, all the data from the device will be wiped. However, any data stored in your Google account can be restored back to the device, all the apps and their associated data will be lost. So it is always recommended to backup your smartphone so that the necessary data is always safe.
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To reset Nexus 6 to factory settings:
- From any Home screen, tap the All apps icon.
- Tap Settings.
- Scroll to ‘Personal,’ then tap Backup & reset.
- Tap Factory data reset.
- If your phone is password protected, you’ll be prompted to enter your Pattern, PIN, or Password.
- Tap RESET PHONE.
If the phone goes unresponsive, then you can try performing a hard reset:
- Turn off the device.
- Press and hold the Volume down button, then press and hold the Power button at the same time until the phone turns on.
- Press the Volume down button twice to highlight “Recovery mode.”
- Press the Power button to start recovery mode. An Android robot with a red exclamation mark will display.
- While holding down the Power button, press and release the Volume up button. The ‘Android recover system’ menu will display.
- Use the volume buttons to scroll to “Wipe data/factory reset,” then press the Power button to select it.
- Scroll down to “Yes – erase all user data,” then press the Power button to select it.
Note: If your phone becomes unresponsive at any point during these steps, you can restart it by holding down the Power button for several seconds.
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