There are many reasons why you have to do a ‘hard reset’ to a smartphone, although the most frequent is that the reason is a critical failure to force you to do so, although there are other less catastrophic reasons. A ‘hard reset’ is basically a total erasure of everything on the phone except, of course, the operating system.
If you are relatively new to Android and something forces you to do this ‘hard reset’, like serious failures after an update, for example, and you don’t know what to do, we will explain in the next few lines how you should carry out the process and what you can do immediately afterwards, before you can enjoy your mobile again.
In which cases would you want to do a ‘hard reset’?
It is clear that one is not going to do a ‘hard reset’ on a whim (well, there is someone the same), and starting to erase all the data on your mobile is not something you like to do, more than anything so cumbersome of having to wait for the process itself to take place and then set it all up again, wait for apps to update, etc.
So in what cases would someone want to do a ‘hard reset’? There are the most common cases such as cleaning and recovering at least a good part of the fluidity that it had before, but there are other reasons such as, for example, that you are going to give or sell the terminal to someone else and you want to leave it as new.
The ‘hard reset’ it can be a requirement if you are going to install a ROM coming from a different one, it would be what is known as doing a clean installation, and the objective is to avoid conflicts between the files of the previous ROM and those that are installed next.
The least desired reason that forces you to carry out this process is that your smartphone is ‘bricked’, that is, unused. The cause can be a bad ROM installation or a critical failure in an update, and it could even be from stranger causes such as malware or touching system files without knowing how to do it properly.
Doing a ‘hard reset’
Before starting the process, we recommend, as always, that you make a backup of all your data. You can do it from the settings menu by looking for the Backup section, said data will be saved in your Google account. If you are root, you could complete with Titanium Backup to save the data of the applications you want.
Once you are sure that you have saved all the desired data, it is time to do the mass deletion. For it you will have to look for the option to reset factory data in the settings (normally it will be in the same section as the backup) and accept that you will delete the data, photos, videos and other files.
If you are root and have a modified recovery installed, you can do it from there. For example, In TWRP you would have to do a ‘wipe’ of data (data) and cache (also Dalvik if the device has it). Never check the system (System), because you would delete the operating system, which would force you to install another ROM (or the same one again).
Some manufacturers (such as LG or Samsung) have computer software You have the option of doing a factory data restoration simply by connecting the mobile via USB to the PC, searching for the option and selecting it. The effect is the same as in the aforementioned, but it is perfect if your mobile is ‘bricked’.
For extreme cases
There are cases in which you cannot do a ‘hard reset in the ways that we have explained above, with which you will have to resort to other methods that have the same function but are a bit more complicated. However, these methods, in case your terminal is quite annoyed, can save your phone.
If you are not root, still you can enter the recovery stock, for which you only have to turn off the mobile and then press at the same time the power button and volume down. We advise that in some brands (such as Huawei, for example) the combination is power button and volume up.
Once inside you just have to go to the option ‘wipe data and cache’ (usually the menu is in English) and then the option of ‘Reset system setting’ (or equivalent), after which you will have your ‘hard reset’ done and you can continue with the next step.
What to do after a ‘hard reset’?
Once the ‘hard reset’ process has been carried out and the first configurations have been made, you will only have to wait for the data saved in your Google account to be restored and update the apps that you have installed on Google Play. That is, you basically have to do the same as if you turned it on for the first time. In the following link you have everything about how to configure an Android mobile from scratch:
In case you had the phone rooted before and you want to continue like this, surely the ‘hard reset’ has eliminated it, so you will have to perform the process again and, once achieved, if you had saved application data with Titanium Backup, you can recover them with the same application and run them as before.
As a last recommendation, if you are waiting for an update via OTA, do not do the ‘hard reset’ until you have installed it, because if you do it before, you will probably have to wait a few more days until it is your turn again. We hope this little tutorial will serve those who are still new or have never followed this process.
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