The occurrence of problems in our mobile devices is a matter of concern and tension because of the important data they contain, The control of technology on various aspects of our lives prompted us to save our private and public data in these devices, For easy and quick access. That’s why a factory reset feature was essential to keep these devices safe.
Definition of Factory Reset
Restore factory settings or format is to return your device to the original system state according to the factory settings, This is done by erasing all added data, settings and applications stored and effective on your device. We resort to it as a last resort to address some of the technical problems of your device that may hinder its work. Your system will return to its original state when you purchased it.
Benefits of Restore Factory Reset for Android Devices
- Fix chronic performance issues with the device, which may lead to slow charging, unresponsive screen, etc., while maintaining its own operating system.
- Delete the private data that we have saved on the device in case you want to get rid of it or replace it, To preserve privacy.
Disadvantages of restoring factory settings
- delete your private data that you do not want to lose, Because restoring factory settings, as mentioned, deletes all data, applications, and settings installed on your device. But don’t worry as you can back up any of the important files on your device, Using the original backup feature available in Android, Or download external applications.
- Repeating the factory reset process degrades the device’s performance because it causes the device to rebuild and cache data after you start using it. Therefore, repeating this process more than 10 times causes a decline in its performance.
- Possibility to recover data after restoring factory settings, which threatens your privacy, A team of Cambridge University scientists have proven that half a billion Android devices are not properly cleaned after a factory reset. Let anyone else retrieve it. The team was able to recover at least part of the data after restoring the factory settings. This included the data that was on the hardware internal disk and SD card, Some were even protected by full disk encryption. One of the causes of this problem is that manufacturers sometimes do not load the necessary drivers to completely delete the data of the internal disk and SD cards in their devices. But you can protect your personal data on a smartphone before it is changed or sold by using a special application, It fills the phone memory with fake data right after the factory reset process. You also have to use complex passwords to encrypt the device’s memory so that it is difficult to decrypt.
Factory reset effects on OS, apps, call history, contacts and messages
- Android OS: A factory reset does not remove the current software version that was active on your phone prior to the factory reset. If you have updated the Android operating system, the updated version will work again.
- Applications: Most of the basic pre-installed applications remain and go back to the factory version in the operating system. All applications that you have installed manually are removed by Play Store . Data associated with these applications will be lost if you do not use the backup feature while using it.
- Call log, contacts and messages: You will lose your call and message history unless you have taken a backup, Also, the contacts will be deleted unless you have synced the contacts to Google as you can restore them when adding the same accounts on the phone after formatting them.
How to restore factory settings through the phone buttons
- Turn off the Android device completely.
- Simultaneously press and hold the volume button and the power button until the factory reset screen appears.
- Choose the command you want by navigating with the Volume Up and Down button.
- After selecting the desired option, press the Power key located in the middle at the bottom of the screen.
- Choose Wipe data and restore device factory settings.
- Click OK.
- Click on Wipe Cache Partition.
- Press the start system button.
And finally, between the pros and cons, Factory Reset remains the last hope for fixing stubborn issues with our devices.