You may have come across references to the (Android) Recovery Menu in some of our other How To articles.
We explain what it is, and what the various entries found within do.
The screenshots shown below were taken from an Android 6 powered device. Earlier models will have very similar menus, though LibreELEC is only shown on recent dual boot devices.
When navigating the menus, you can use the Up, Down, Left, Right and OK buttons on your infrared remote control. If you use a controller with Air Mouse mode, first turn it upside down/disable the Air Mouse, as small movements will otherwise be interpreted as wanting to scroll up or down the list very quickly.
– Wipe data/factory reset
If you want to wipe all data from your device, leaving just the operating system and applications in place, this is the entry to use. Anything you have configured, downloaded or moved will be lost, so back up first. See the link regarding how to access the menu for more information.
You will be asked to confirm you are certain that you want to wipe everything.
You will see an error message related to “/misc” – these appear on all devices and are safe to disregard entirely.