How to do a complete factory reset on the Incredible.Tips


  1. Phydeaux

    Phydeaux Well-Known Member

    Please note that all data will be deleted from the HTC DROID Incredible as a result of this procedure.
    This process does NOT delete data stored on the microSD card.
    I recommend backing up all of your personal data before proceeding.



    1. Turn the power off. If your HTC DROID Incredible is frozen, pull the battery out and reinsert it
    2. Hold the Volume Down button
    3. Press and release the Power button
    4. You are now presented with a menu that allows for Fastbook, Recovery, Clear Storage, and Simlock
    5. Select Clear Storage by pressing the Volume Down button
    6. Press and release the Power button
    7. Now simply confirm your decision: Volume Up for YES and Volume Down for NO


    If you selected YES, all data including third-party applications will be deleted from the HTC DROID Incredible. Once the wipe is complete, the phone will reboot to its factory fresh state.

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  2. litleclay

    litleclay Active Member

    I was looking for some info on this the other day...are the results for this any different than the hard reset in the manual?

    Home>Menu>Settings>Privacy>Factory Reset

    I suppose one is if you have phone functionality, the other is if its stalled and not working properly.
  3. Phydeaux

    Phydeaux Well-Known Member

    Correct, the first way is if you are in a situation where the OS won't load or are otherwise unable to navigate to the Reset screen.
  4. FunkyBoss

    FunkyBoss Well-Known Member

    Wow, did you have to do this already because you couldn't get into the OS? What happened?
  5. Phydeaux

    Phydeaux Well-Known Member

    Nope, just picked it up in my travels around the net and decided it belonged in this forum.
  6. mozetti

    mozetti Well-Known Member

    By the way, I did a menu-based factory reset (not the voodoo keypresses described above ;) ) and the data in my /emmc directory wasn't wiped. Not a guarantee that won't happen every time, but I was pleasantly surprised.
  7. djkilgus

    djkilgus Member

    What's in the emmc directory?
  8. mozetti

    mozetti Well-Known Member

    That's where the camera stores photos and video if you choose the onboard memory setting, versus the sdcard. I had also put my mp3 folder in there when I copied it from my sdcard.
  9. Colchicine

    Colchicine Well-Known Member

    Now if someone could explain what they other options are used for...
  10. MooN

    MooN Well-Known Member

    If a reset is performed, what happens to the apps that I've already purchased? Would I be able to reinstall those without having to pay again?
  11. slumpey

    slumpey Well-Known Member

    Will I be able to reinstall my apps I purchased?
  12. russell5

    russell5 Well-Known Member

    As long as you add the same gmail account. Yes you can. Most liekly they will auto install after you log in with your gmail account. as long as you don't open market right away. Ive noticed that messes up the reinstall of apps. at least on my droid.
  13. djkilgus

    djkilgus Member


    What about free apps, do they auto install? I'm asking because I'm considering a factory reset on my inc because I am new to Android and loaded a ton of freebies (in addition to a couple paid) to try them out and want my "fresh start" to NOT include these free apps (I do love the 2 paid apps WeatherBug Elite & Robo Defender).
  14. PhantomVirus

    PhantomVirus New Member

    BTW - do NOT have the phone plugged in! My phone was USB connected to my Windows 7 laptop and it hung on the POWERING DOWN dialog until I disconnected it from the PC - go figure.
  15. navic99

    navic99 New Member

    I recently installed some new apps and all of a sudden my battery is draining super fast. I uninstalled them but it's still happening. Will a factory reset likely resolve this?
  16. DenverCZBob

    DenverCZBob Well-Known Member

    Just bought the wife a used Inc. I assume this is the first thing I should do when I get it?

    Thanks!

    -bob
  17. tuffskate

    tuffskate New Member

    if i do a factory reset, will i have to have verizon reprogram the phone back onto the network?
  18. today

    today Well-Known Member

    No. It should not affect programming at all.
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