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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Leonne, Sep 5, 2011.

  1. Leonne

    Leonne Member
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    Hi guys.
    I bought a Samsung Galaxy S II a while ago and it is a beautiful phone, but I have had some pretty annoying problems, and therefore I would like to "restore" the phone to factory settings.

    • 3G never seems to be enabled regardless of how many times I configure the APN.
    • KIES used to work fine but now it always "takes too long to respond" whenever I try to access it via URL.
    • Sometimes the battery dies too fast (but I found a thread for that!).
    Please keep in mind I'm REALLY new to the world of Android, so I don't know the "lingo" of this nice world yet ("rooting", etc..). I have looked for a way to restore my phone but everything is a bit confusing, particularly because of these "big words". Can someone tell me how can I restore my phone to factory settings?

    As an additional question, is there a way to see all the apps I have purchased/downloaded from the MarketPlace? Just so I can redownload them again. I don't want to do a full backup of the phone since I don't have much important stuff on it, so I would rather leave it in clean state and reinstall the apps manually.

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  2. Sydney99

    Sydney99 Android Expert

    recovery mode - turn off phone then press vol up+home+power to boot into recovery mode. scroll down to factory reset

    marketplace will still remember your apps
  3. Leonne

    Leonne Member
    Thread Starter

    Perfect. Hope this solves all my issues. Thanks a lot for your answer.
  4. Slug

    Slug Check six!
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    Just for completeness, you can avoid the recovery reboot by going to Settings/Privacy/Factory data reset.
  5. Leonne

    Leonne Member
    Thread Starter

    Yeah, I actually ended up resetting in three different ways. I checked the tips and what finally fixed all my issues (most?, haven't played with all of them yet), was to dial a number I saw in the Tips and Tricks thread.

    Now where can I see all the apps I have downloaded with my Google account? I don't remember everything I had heh.
  6. sam142000

    sam142000 Well-Known Member

  7. Leonne

    Leonne Member
    Thread Starter

    For some reason, none of my apps where there... But I have everything sorted out now.
    Thanks everyone for the help :)!
  8. Pete71

    Pete71 Newbie

    I think Android Market only remembers the Apps you've purchased. It doesn't remember the free apps. (Shame really)
  9. Leonne

    Leonne Member
    Thread Starter

    Haha seriously? That really explains why I haven't seen ONE app I have downloaded. All of them are free.
  10. heshanj

    heshanj Android Expert

    nope, android market lists every single app i've installed, free and paid
  11. Leonne

    Leonne Member
    Thread Starter

    Well this is beyond weird. It should register apps you downloaded via the Market App in the phone, right? At any rate, I have 3 Google Accounts, and I checked all of them just to be sure... None of them are showing my apps.

    ... Scratch that, sort off. I see apps now, but those are the ones I just purchased (EDIT: Downloaded for Free I mean). It's not showing the ones I purchased before I restored the phone.

    The other apps are not important, but this really makes me wonder.
  12. lobo76

    lobo76 Member

    well, you can create a appbrain account, and install the app on your phone. That definitely keeps track of your apps.
  13. Slug

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    Try factory-resetting the handset and then logging-in to the Market. You'll only see purchased apps in that case - there's no way to keep track of free installs across wipes.

    This is weird. Purchases are tied to your Google account so they should be listed. Go to your Google Checkout account - are they shown there?
  14. Leonne

    Leonne Member
    Thread Starter

    I didn't set up the Google Checkout service. I logged in to check, but it showed me a registration form so I doubt I will be able to see them there.
  15. TheBundo

    TheBundo Newbie

    Try using AppBrain before a reset or replacement phone, actually, use regularily along with a backup program like MyBackup Pro

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