When you reset network settings on an Android device, several aspects of its networking capabilities are affected:

  • Saved Wi-Fi Networks: All previously saved Wi-Fi networks and their corresponding passwords are deleted. You'll need to manually add each Wi-Fi network again once the reset is complete.
  • Bluetooth Devices: Previously paired Bluetooth devices, such as speakers, headsets, and wearables, will no longer be recognized until reconnected.
  • Mobile Data Settings: Cellular network settings revert to their original state; you'll likely need to adjust your network preferences within the settings menu again.
  • VPN Profiles: Stored VPN configurations are deleted, requiring you to reconfigure any VPN connections.

Importantly, resetting network settings does not affect your installed applications, media content, or personal files—these remain intact. However, it's still recommended to take note of essential Wi-Fi passwords and VPN details prior to initiating the reset.

Here's a summary of the general procedure to reset network settings on various types of Android devices:

  • For Google Pixels and many standard Android devices:

    1. Access the Settings app.
    2. Find and navigate to System.
    3. Choose Reset options or Backup & reset, depending on the interface.
    4. Look for either Reset Wi-Fi, mobile & Bluetooth or Reset Mobile Network Settings based on whether you want to reset all network settings or specifically mobile data settings.
    5. Follow prompts to confirm the reset and provide necessary authentication (e.g., PIN, fingerprint, or pattern).
  • For Samsung Galaxy devices:

    1. Open the Settings app.
    2. Locate General management.
    3. Tap Reset.
    4. Choose Reset network settings or Reset Wi-Fi and Bluetooth settings according to your needs.
    5. Confirm the reset and authenticate if required.

Please ensure that you understand the consequences of resetting network settings before proceeding, especially if you depend heavily on specific network configurations.