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

Complete these steps Select the System Settings icon on the HOME Menu, and tap Open. Tap Other Settings. For Nintendo 3DS, Nintendo 3DS XL, and Nintendo 2DS, tap the right arrow three times until you reach page four, then tap Format System Memory. ... Tap OK when asked if you are ready to connect to the Internet. More items...

If you’re planning on selling your 3DS or just want to start fresh, resetting your device is a good idea. However, it’s not always easy to figure out how to do it. That’s why we’ve put together this step-by-step guide to help you reset your 3DS.

First, scroll all the way across your home screen until you see the settings icon. Click on it and then select “Other Settings.” From there, scroll all the way to the right and click on “Format System Memory.”

A message will pop up warning you not to turn off your 3DS while formatting. Click “OK” and wait for the process to complete. This should only take a few seconds.

Once the formatting is complete, your 3DS will turn off. Give it a few seconds and then turn it back on. It will reboot as if it were brand new.

Note that this method works for both the 3DS and the 3DS XL. We’re not sure if it works for the newer 3DS models since we don’t have one to test it on.

We hope this guide has been helpful in resetting your 3DS. If you have any other how-to video requests, feel free to let us know in the comments. Remember to like and share this post if you found it helpful!


How do I hard reset my 3DS?
Press and hold the POWER Button down until the system resets, this may take some time. Once the system is powered down, press the POWER Button once to turn it back on.
Should you factory reset a 3DS before selling it?
Please ensure that prior to sale, your Nintendo 3DS/2DS console is ready for sale by formatting the system memory of the device. All data, accounts, digital games, and any personal information on the device must be wiped prior to selling the device.
Does factory reset delete everything on 3DS?
If you mean that you would go into your settings and do a full reset of the console, then yes, everything would be erased. All of your games, any other content, likely even your user account would be erased.