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How to Reset Your Nintendo 3DS - A Step-By-Step Guide

May 22, 2024

If you're experiencing issues with your Nintendo 3DS or simply want to wipe it clean for a fresh start, performing a reset is a straightforward process. Follow these steps to reset your 3DS to its factory settings:

Step 1: Power off your Nintendo 3DS

Make sure your 3DS is turned off before proceeding with the reset. If it's currently on, hold down the power button until the system powers down completely.

Step 2: Access System Settings

Once the 3DS is powered off, press and hold the 'L,' 'R,' 'A,' and 'Up' buttons simultaneously, then press the power button while continuing to hold these buttons. This will boot the 3DS into the system settings menu.

Step 3: Initiate the System Restore

In the system settings menu, navigate to 'Other Settings' and select 'Format System Memory.' This will initiate the process of restoring the 3DS to its original factory settings. Follow the on-screen prompts to confirm and complete the reset.

Step 4: Set up your 3DS

After the reset is complete, your 3DS will boot up as if it were brand new. You will need to go through the initial setup process, including setting the date and time, creating a new Mii character, and re-linking any online accounts.

Important Considerations:

Before resetting your 3DS, be sure to back up any important data such as game saves, digital downloads, and system settings. Once the reset is complete, all stored data will be erased, and it cannot be recovered.

Resetting your 3DS can be a helpful solution for troubleshooting software or hardware issues, as well as preparing the device for a new owner if you're planning to sell it. By following these simple steps, you can easily reset your Nintendo 3DS and start fresh with a clean slate. If you have any concerns or questions about the process, don't hesitate to reach out to Nintendo's customer support for assistance.