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Factory reset - best method?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by audinswfc, May 25, 2011.

  1. audinswfc

    audinswfc Newbie
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    Whats the best way to do a factory reset? I can see a way of doing it through the phone settings but is there a way of doing a hard reset that does 'more'? Or is this not necessary?

    I just upgraded to Gingerbread and want a clean slate to start again with (but retain Gingerbread obviously!)...

    Cheers :cool:

  2. audinswfc

    audinswfc Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Sorry should have read the FAQ first! My bad :(

    Is this considered the best way?

    1.How can I reset my phone?

    On the Galaxy S the soft-reset is achieved by pressing and holding the power button. A hard-reset can executed by pressing and holding VolumeUP+Home+Power. There you will find the options "reboot", "apply sdcard:update.zip", "wipe data/factory reset" and "wipe cache partition".
    The "wipe data/factory reset" option will restore your phone to the original configuration of the firmware YOU LAST INSTALLED (including any updates made via update.zip). This will NOT bring your phone back to the firmware installed when you originally bought it unless you haven't flashed your phone.

    You can navigate the recovery screen using VolumeUp & VolumeDown and use the Home button to select.
  3. R4nd0mJ0k3r

    R4nd0mJ0k3r Well-Known Member

    Personally, this is the method I use. Seems thourough enough and defo does the job. Worth doing before and after a FirmWare update in my opinion, but its 100% neccessary to at least do it after an update.

    - R4nd0mJ0k3r
  4. audinswfc

    audinswfc Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I'm trying to do the factory reset by holding volume up, home and power but it isn't working... Any ideas? All it's doing is bringing up the option to go into task manager whilst turning my volume up!
  5. audinswfc

    audinswfc Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Also how does this method differ from going into Settings > Privacy > Factory Data Reset?
  6. snapper.fishes

    snapper.fishes Android Expert

    You need to turn off your phone first :p

    As for the difference from going to settings, I am not sure either. Theorectically, a factory reset should be performed without turning on the OS, but realistically I don't think anybody really knows if it makes as difference.
  7. audinswfc

    audinswfc Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Oh, haha. Thanks, I shall try it later!

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