This morning I woke up without my alarm.
My alarm hadn't gone off because my phone wasn't working.

On the screen I had a message "Erasing...".

The screen looked similar to this (source: AndroidPIT)

After a while my phone booted up, without any user data.

I've had a restless night with a baby that needed frequent changing, and spent a lot of time checking the time on my phone.
It is wholly possible that I did something / held some buttons down.

My question is, what could I have done?
How did I possibly start the erasing procedure?

  • Google phone_name_and_model factory reset, "Galaxy S6 factory reset" to get a few sites explaining all the possible ways to reset the phone, yes button combo is one of the options. – Иво Недев Apr 14 '16 at 8:08
  • @ИвоНедев I did, but I got a lot of different examples, some of which didn't apply, or were outdated. So I figured it would make for a nice question here. Especially considering some of the examples did not result in an "erasing" screen. If you think this question isn't a good fit here, let me know. – Reaces Apr 14 '16 at 8:19
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    @Reaces "Erasing" is usually shown when you triggered the factory-reset via Settings. If you did it via the recovery menu, it usually shows "Deleting" or "Wiping". To decide which place it was it would help if you could tell us whether it was a graphical or rather a text-mode screen shown. – Izzy Apr 14 '16 at 11:26
  • @Izzy It was a graphical screen, similar to this. – Reaces Apr 14 '16 at 19:56
  • That looks like a factory-reset initialized via the recovery menu. But it might well be the same thing is triggered by Settings › Backup & Reset. – Izzy Apr 14 '16 at 20:08

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