There are lots of reasons why you may want to restore your Android smartphone or tablet back to its original factory settings. I don’t think anyone can argue with the fact that we’re living in a world that’s dominated by apps, even more than devices. We all download free apps, buy the premium ones and then the moment we grow bored of them, we uninstall them and start the process all over again. We also create and delete tons of files in the process and all of that takes its toll on the speed that our devices operate. Now add constant internet browsing and all the other things we do on our devices on a daily basis. No wonder our devices need a factory settings reset from time to time! Apart from that, a reset to factory settings is a must when you’re selling your device, so that your data doesn’t fall into the wrong hands. A factory reset will bring your Android device back to its initial state, the one in which it was when you took it out of its original box. You must remember, though, that it will also delete everything that’s on it, including your files and apps. So we recommend that you make sure to back up everything you need before kicking things off.
Restoring apps won’t be a problem, as you probably have your Google account set up on your device, but I’d make sure I have all the data for accounts used on the device saved somewhere safe. Just in case, you could write down a list of apps you want reinstalled, so you don’t have to look too much. So again, here are some of the main reasons to restore your Android smartphone or tablet to factory settings.
Why Restore to Factory Settings?
- Smartphone or Tablet has slowed down over time due to malfunctioning apps
- Malfunctioning device (resetting the phone to original settings may fix numerous issues)
- Wipe personal data off before selling
- Returning it to manufacturer or retailer and want all personal data removed
What to do before a Factory Reset?
- Backup any important files to your PC or external storage. Not sure how to backup your stuff? Check out our other lesson on backing up your Android smartphone here: http://droidlessons.com/how-to-backup-your-android-device/
- Make sure your contacts are synced with your Gmail account
- Write down a list of apps you may want to reinstall. Although the Play Store does a pretty good job of keeping track of that for you in the “My Apps” section of the Play Store!
Now with that out of the way… the process itself is quite simple. Let’s get to it, shall we?
How To Restore Your Android Device to Factory Settings:
1. Start by going to Settings in your Android device’s app menu.
2. Now, find Backup & reset. It should be in the Personal category.
3. Now would be a good moment to think whether you’ve saved everything you need from the device (I’m joking, I’m sure you have). Tap Factory data reset.
4. You will be told about the accounts currently signed in on the tablet or smartphone, as well as about what you’ll be erasing – Google account, system and app data and settings, downloaded apps, music, photos and other user data. If you’re fine with giving all of that up, tap Reset phone or Reset tablet (depending on the type of your device). If your device has an external memory card, you will be able to decide whether data on it will be erased, too (it’s not the case in the example below).
5. If you have a PIN, it will be required in this next step.
6. After that, you can just tap Erase everything. No going back from here on!
7. All that’s left is for you to sit back and wait for the process to be over. When it is, you can go through the setup process and get a brand new start!
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