If a smartphone based on Android has become buggy and freezes, do not rush to take it to a service center or perform warranty repairs. Perhaps this problem can be solved by banal reset (hard reset). In this case, all system settings will be restored to factory settings, as well as all contacts, installed applications, messages, etc. will be deleted.
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What is hard reset and why is it needed
A full reset of the Android settings to the preset factory ones is called – hard reset. It is recommended to do it if the smartphone does not work stably (it often freezes, glitches, etc.). You can execute it in three different ways, each of which will now be considered. Before starting a hard reset, do not forget to backup all the data.
You can make a full copy of all smartphone data using the Titanium program.
Software reset method for Android
It consists in using the standard function that is in the settings of any Android system. To use it, you need to go to "Settings", then select "Restore and reset" and click "Reset settings". After that, a warning message about deleting all available data will be shown, and at the bottom there is a confirmation button “Reset phone settings”.
It is necessary to confirm the selected action by pressing the "Erase All" button.
On some older versions of Android below version 2.1, finding the reset may be slightly different. It could be found in the "Privacy" – "Data Reset" section.
Method without applying settings using code
To do this, in the number entry menu, dial 27673855 #. This will lead to an immediate full restoration of the smartphone settings without any additional confirmation from the user.
Reset Android settings when the smartphone does not respond
Sometimes there are times when the gadget does not respond to any commands. In this case, you may find the third method of resetting useful. When you turn on Android, simultaneously hold down three buttons: “On”, “Home” and “Volume Down”. Keep this combination until “Recovery Mode” appears. In it, select the "Wipe" section (which means a complete reset) and confirm the choice by pressing the "Home" button.
After hard reset, you may be tempted to restore Android from a backup. However, this should be done with great caution – because, perhaps, the problem that caused the problem was covered in previous settings or in one of the installed applications. Therefore, it is better not to risk it, but to configure the smartphone as new by entering the details of your google account. After that, contacts, mail letters, etc. will be synchronized with the smartphone. The necessary applications can be installed independently from PlayMarketa.
Fans of alternative firmware for Android should remember that a full reset does not affect the areas that store installed additional firmware. This means that any mods and changes to the software of the operating system will not be deleted from the phone. A similar fact should be considered if a full recovery is performed, for example, in order to return the gadget under warranty.
In addition, a complete reset does not affect the contents of the memory card. You will have to delete the information from it yourself. However, remember that any deletion with the “Delete” command is easily reversible, and in the case of sensitive data, it is better to take care of the card additionally.
For those who are too lazy to read, you can watch a video about resetting settings on Android.