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Old December 21st, 2011, 06:58 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Default Reset vs. Factory Data Reset

There is confusion about Bionic Resets. One is not a big deal - Reset. The other is a very big deal - Factory Data Reset.

Reset (sometimes called a soft reset) (sometimes called a battery pull) ...

With power On hold down volume Up/Volume Down/Power at the same time. After a few seconds a menu appears. Keep holding them all down. When the menu disappears release all the buttons. You can see that it then starts to boot up.

An alternative that achieves the same end is to take off the back, remove the battery, replace the battery, replace the cover, turn the Bionic back on. (When the battery is out, check that the SD-Ext card and SIM card are squarely and firmly seated.

Factory Data Reset (sometimes called a hard reset) ... a Factory Data Reset is a BIG DEAL and I would only do a Factory Reset if I was inches away from getting the phone replaced. A Factory Data Reset is going to erase all the data on your phone and you are going to have to reenter it. If you turn the phone in or sell it a Factory Data Reset is a good thing to do just before you turn it over.

With power Off hold down volume Up/Volume Down/Power at the same time
A Factory data reset screen appears
Select Reset
Select Erase everything

An alternative that achieves the same end is to
Select Settings | Privacy | Factory data reset
Select Reset
Select Erase everything

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