How to Factory Reset an Acer Iconia Tab

By C. Taylor

Updated September 15, 2017

Acer offers an Iconia Tab for both the Android and Windows 8 system, so the factory reset procedure vastly differs between the two devices. The Iconia Tab A series describes the Android system and relies on a hardware reset by pressing a series of buttons. The Iconia Tab W series describes the Windows 8 version of the Tab. This version uses Acer's Recovery Management utility to reset the device. On either system, all of your personal data will be deleted during the reset.

Acer Iconia Tab A500

Slide the "Orientation Lock" switch to the locked position while your tablet is powered on. You should see the message, "Rotation Lock On."

Press and hold the "Power" button and tap "OK" to shut down the tablet.

Hold down the "Volume +" button and press the "Power" button until the tablet vibrates. Release the "Power" button, but keep the "Volume +" button depressed.

Slide the "Orientation Lock" switch to the unlocked position before releasing the Volume + button. The device will then take a few minutes to reset.

Acer Iconia Tab W500

Connect your Iconia Tab W500 to a power outlet.

Tap "Search" from the Charms bar, type "recover" and select "Acer Recovery Management." Select "Yes" if you see a User Account Control window.

Select "Restore Factory Settings" and choose "Next."

Select "Just Remove My Files" to quickly perform the reset or "Fully Clean the Drive" to thoroughly erase your data. Both options remove data, but the latter option is more secure.

Select "Reset" to begin the reset procedure. The process will take several minutes to complete. If you previously selected the Fully Clean the Drive option, the process takes considerably longer.


After the reset is complete, your data will be unrecoverable without a backup. Therefore, it is strongly recommended you backup any important data before starting the factory reset.