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How to do a complete wipe and fresh install of Android?

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by dontknowanything, Nov 9, 2013.

  1. dontknowanything

    Thread Starter

    hi, when I do a "wipe data factory reset" and "wipe cache" the entire operating system is still there.

    How do I do a complete wipe, so it deletes the operating system and everything on the phone?
    (just like when you wipe a computers hard drive, it deletes the OS)


  2. dontknowanything

    Thread Starter

    I have a Samsung Galaxy S2..and want to do a complete wipe and fresh install of Android..

    How to do this?
    and where to get a copy of the stock ROM?

    exact instructions are greatly appreciated.

  3. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    To completely wipe the os, you're looking to wipe system. However, I wouldn't recommend doing this unless you have a rom that you know will flash without issues or else you will leave yourself in a messy situation. When flashing a new rom, the update script normally includes formatting the system partition so that you don't have to worry or leftovers from the previous rom os wise. Generally just a factory reset, and wiping both cache and dalvik cache should be sufficient for a rom flash.
  4. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    What carrier do you have your S2 on?
  5. dontknowanything

    Thread Starter

    thanks for the quick response.
    where can i find a stock ROM that will work if I were to do the complete system wipe? i have a samsung galaxy s2.

  6. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Since it's a Samsung device, I'd recommend going to SamMobile since they have the largest collection of Samsung stock roms. Just make sure you select the right one for your version of the S2 or you could end up messing up your device pretty bad. These will usually be flashed through Odin.
  7. dontknowanything

    Thread Starter

    it is a sprint phone..but not activated yet... and i was going to flash it to Boost Mobile..
  8. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    Alright, that bit goes beyond my knowledge. So I merged your two threads together and moved it to the Sprint GS2 root forum so that someone else who owns this device is likely to see it and help you.
  9. dontknowanything

    Thread Starter

    oh ok thanks.. how do i get to that moved thread?
  10. jhawkkw

    jhawkkw Chinchillin'

    I already did it for you, so you're good to go. :)

    It will be under the list of all phone->Samsung Epic 4G Touch->All Things Root.
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  11. dontknowanything

    Thread Starter

    thanks for the help...

    please anyone else that knows how to do this, let me know. thanks

Samsung Epic 4G Touch Forum

The Samsung Epic 4G Touch release date was September 2011. Features and Specs include a 4.52" inch screen, 8MP camera, 1GB RAM, Exynos 4210 Dual processor, and 1800mAh battery.

September 2011
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