Android is by far the most popular operating system for phones across the globe. It is also one of the most notorious. These phones usually slow down with time. They need some basic optimisation and despite your best efforts, may lag. There are several reasons to an Android phone’s slowdown.
With several apps and settings, it is possible to accidentally mess your device. When nothing else works, there’s factory reset. As weird as it may sound, cleaning your device of all third party software will revive your Android phone from its zombie state. And it’s rather simple.
Do note that factory reset will erase your device settings, apps, passwords and/or your device content as per the particular device. It will set your device to a similar state as it was intended to be out of the box. Also, resetting your device does not require any technical expertise. It is a simple DIY thing.
Before you think of resetting your device, remember to take a complete backup of all your content. There are several apps that allow you to take backups on your SD card. Alternately, you can also choose a traditional method and backup your content on a PC. Once done, there are two methods to resetting an Android phone.
1. Factory reset through your phone settings
This is the easier method of the two. Navigate to your phone’s setting menu to find Backup & reset. Under this sub-menu, select Factory data reset. Your phone will warn of the potential outcome as it shows you all the accounts on your phone. Select Reset device and the phone will erase everything on your internal storage.
Do eject your SD card before performing a reset. Some Android phones may end up formatting your memory card as well, though it is a rare phenomenon. However, it’s better to take precautions than regretting it later. The reset procedure does require some time, be patient.
2. Factory reset through recovery mode
This method will make you feel a bit more tech savvy than you truly are. Opt this method if your phone is messed beyond touch responses or you’ve forgotten your device password. The first step in this method is to access your phone’s recovery menu.
Ensure that your phone is powered off. Now hold Volume down + Power buttons together. Most of the phones use this combination. In case your phone has a Home button and does not boot into recovery mode; try holding the Home button along with the combo mentioned above.
Once in recovery mode, select wipe data/factory reset. This will erase everything on your phone. Do note that this will be a rather thorough clean than the one selected through your phone settings. Also, this method will definitely wipe your SD card. Be aware.
Easy does it
Hope our guide helps reset your Android phone. We also have a guide to reset iPhones and iPads. If you have any further queries, hit us on our social media handles. We love a challenge and would be glad to help you.