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How do you do a hard and soft reset?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by jes0212, Jun 5, 2010.

  1. jes0212

    jes0212 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    This may be a silly question... but I was just wondering. Is a hard reset is a battery pull and is a soft reset a "alt +right shift+delete" ?

  2. nightfishing

    nightfishing Android Enthusiast

    basically. just try not to do a battery pull with the phone ON (like you would on the bb).
  3. jes0212

    jes0212 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    oh ok. Well since I don't physically have the phone yet... how exactly do you do the soft reset?
  4. woop

    woop novacane (OFWGKTA)

    A soft reset is basically just turning off your phone and turning it back on. A hard reset is a factory reset.
  5. coolbone

    coolbone Well-Known Member

    I've pulled the battery with it on and virgins happened to the phone. Maybe something wonky with syncing something but I haven't noticed it...

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  6. mills23

    mills23 Android Expert

    I was told a hard reset is a batt pull with the phone on and a soft was with it off.
  7. gruss

    gruss Android Expert

    Virgins? Really. Can you explain that process please!?

    Just power off and on, is a soft reset in android land. Factory reset would be a hard reset and is a complete wipe of the phone back to factory settings.
  8. civicsisedan

    civicsisedan Android Expert

    Yeah that's what I get from other users.

    Where as a hard reset on a BB is considered to just be a battery pull on Android its a factory reset
  9. jes0212

    jes0212 Well-Known Member
    Thread Starter

    Ya that's why I posted this bc I have to reset my bb once a day. Seems a lot easier to just turn it off then on again. How often should you reset an android device such as the incredible.. ? Also how long does the reboot time seem to be?
  10. civicsisedan

    civicsisedan Android Expert

    Soft Resets by turning power on and off is rather quick. A lot quicker then my BB Storm was (that thing boots so slow)

    Battery pull? I haven't had to do it yet. There is no lag with this phone and it has never bogged down on me yet. Got it day before launch.
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  11. FrozenIpaq

    FrozenIpaq Well-Known Member

    Nope. A hard reset is restoring the device to the factory settings. A soft reset could either be removing the battery while phone is on (not recommended) or powering down the phone and turning it back on.

    While some may think that a hard reset literally means "hard" reset (as in, not software but hardware - such as the battery), that is generally not what it means.
  12. Ruben

    Ruben Android Expert

    According to VZW:

    A soft reset is when the battery is pulled WHILE the device is ON.
  13. FrozenIpaq

    FrozenIpaq Well-Known Member

    Correct, a soft reset has no effect on the device's memory. However turning the phone off and turning it back on again (fully shutting down) has the same effect. A hard reset is one that fully wipes your memory / phone to default.

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