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How to Reset a 3DS: A Step-by-Step Guide

May 22, 2024

If you're looking to reset your Nintendo 3DS to its factory settings, whether it's to prepare it for sale or just to start fresh, we've got you covered! Follow these steps to reset your 3DS and restore it to its original state. Step 1: Backup your data Before you begin the reset process, it's essential to back up any important data you want to keep. This includes game saves, digital downloads, and any other personal data. You can do this by using the built-in backup feature on your 3DS or by transferring the data to a computer or another storage device. Step 2: Access System Settings To begin the reset process, power on your 3DS and navigate to the System Settings menu. This can be found on the main menu of your 3DS. Step 3: Format System Memory Once in the System Settings menu, scroll to the right until you find the 'Other Settings' option. From there, scroll down to 'Format System Memory' and select it. You will be prompted to enter a four-digit PIN code. If you have never set a PIN code for your 3DS, the default code is '0000.' Step 4: Confirm the Reset Once you've entered the PIN code, you will be asked to confirm that you want to reset your 3DS to its factory settings. Select 'Format' to proceed with the reset. Step 5: Wait for the Reset to Complete Your 3DS will now begin the reset process. This may take several minutes, so be patient and do not power off your 3DS while the reset is in progress. Once the reset is complete, your 3DS will restart, and you will be prompted to set up your system as if it were brand new. Congratulations! You've successfully reset your Nintendo 3DS to its factory settings. Whether you're preparing to sell your 3DS or just looking for a fresh start, following these simple steps will help you reset your device with ease.