Since a big part of the fun in Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery is to take a young witch or wizard through the entire school experience at Hogwarts, you wouldn’t think many players would intentionally want to start over. Straight ahead would seem the way to go, checking out whatever content still awaits — especially since the developers are adding more over time, beginning with Year 3, which wasn’t in the game at launch.
Still, we’ve seen plenty of mobile gamers asking at various places around the internet how to restart Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery so they could start anew. Maybe they weren’t happy with the gender or appearance choices they made, or they rethought certain decisions made at various places during their adventure. Since the game doesn’t support multiple saves per se, the question is a good one: Is there a way to reset things?
The short answer is no in that the game doesn’t include a specific restart function, even if you go into its options menu. The longer explanation is also a happier one, though, as there definitely are ways to start all over if you’re determined to do so.
Restart the game with wifi turned off
This is a solution we’ve seen reported to work in various forums. Here’s what you’ll need to do:
- Exit out of Hogwarts Mystery, closing the app entirely.
- Put your phone or tablet in airplane mode or otherwise turn off both wifi and cellular signal, if applicable.
- Launch Hogwarts Mystery again. You’ll get an error message since the game needs wifi or data to play, like many mobile games these days
- Close the game, again exiting and shutting the app down completely.
- Reconnect your device to the internet and launch Hogwarts Mystery for a second time.
Note that if you linked to Facebook to save your progress between devices, you’ll have the option of restoring your old game data, and you obviously don’t want to do that if your whole aim is to restart from the beginning. However, you will want to make sure your Facebook account is linked going forward with the new playthrough if you want to have your new save backed up.
Play Hogwarts Mystery on a different device, not linked to Facebook
This is a little bit of a common sense solution, but if you have a second phone or tablet, you can simply start a fresh save on that device and choose not to link it to your Facebook account. That limits you to playing just on that device since the social media link is necessary for cross-playing, but it’s certainly a viable way to go, especially if you just want to dabble in a second account and see what happens with things like sorting, wand choice and the like.
As well, you can always decide to link your Facebook account later and then use that save to transfer back to the first device you used to play Hogwarts Mystery.