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A hard reset is traditionally when you kill all power to the phone and then boot it up from that state. Normally you remove the battery, then put it back in and boot up. You're right about factory reset -- it erases all your settings and data, leaving the OS. Unfortunately, some people use "hard reset" when they really mean "factory reset".


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Beware: The instructions are for clean installing an OS. That means ALL YOUR DATA will be permanently LOST. If your phone was previously rooted it will be brought back to an unrooted state (whether you want it or not). Please, remember to make backups of any important data on your phone. It will be lost. 1. Turning on USB debuging Turn on USB debugging ...


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You'll be in the clear for the most part. I factory reset my Moto DROID v1 a few months back, and while it is a little scary to do a total wipe like that, you really have very little to lose. Like you say, you'll be able to redownload any app that you have previously purchased, and your contacts / e-mail should sync back up just fine. It is a little ...


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Don't worry, a factory reset will not change the version of the OS installed. You'll have the same OS version after the reset. However, as I'm sure you are aware, you will lose all your data.


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There are several ways to address your concerns. First - you should print the emergency codes. Google has good directions on how to do so here. (reproduced here) Sign in to your accounts at https://www.google.com/accounts/SmsAuthConfig. Look for the “Printable backup codes” area. Click Show/Generate codes. If you are fine using the current set of backup ...


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If you have a 4.x device, the automatic backup/restore found under Settings -> Backup & reset -> Back up my data and Automatic restore options work fine. It uses Google's own servers to save a list of apps installed on your phone. After a factory reset once you sign in with the same Google account, it gives you an option to restore those apps. ...


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If you have an SD card, I would copy its contents to a PC. That should save all of your pictures. Paid apps are linked to your Google account and can always be re-downloaded. Have you entered your contacts manually and not synced them to your Google account? If not, you don't need to back them up; they're in the "cloud", to use the common catchphrase. If ...


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FTM = Field Test Mode Try removing the battery to turn the device off. Replace the battery and then turn the phone back on and you should be out of FTM. FTM, i believe, is usually entered by holding a button combination down when turning the phone on. Sounds like you accidentally figured out that combo when you turned it on. It could be as simple as ...


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Once bought, always yours. New device, factory-reset, does not matter -- as long as your account stays the same. Paid apps are bound to the Google-Account you've purchased them with. To give some proof: I use several apps I bought once on 3 devices simultaneously. I never was asked to pay again when installing them on the next device. Provided I used the ...


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If you only want apps backed up, I recommend Titanium Backup. It requires root. Its backup will be saved to /mnt/sdcard/TitaniumBackup/, you can copy that folder to your computer just in case your card gets formatted. If you use ClockworkMod / nandroid, do the same thing (copy the /mnt/sdcard/clockworkmod/backup folder to your PC afterwards). The only ...


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Root things (su, busybox and Superuser.apk) are installed in /system, which is usually on a special partition. This partition is usually mounted as read-only. (Remember mount command, that is neccesary to allow writing there...) It is likely that this partition is not affected by master reset.


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Normally unlocked phones are unlocked for good. I wouldn't expect a factory reset to change it. (See also: Unlocked Galaxy i7500, Reset Will Remove it?) It's not 100% certain, though. For example, some Galaxy S users had their phones re-locked when updating from 2.1 to 2.2, which is a somewhat similar process to doing a factory reset. You could always ...


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If it's not rooted and not running a custom ROM, a factory reset will reset everything back to stock and wipe the internal SD card. If you also wipe the external SD card, you will have a clean slate. Checkout Chapter Update and Reset, Section Resetting HTC EVO 3D, (Page 209) of the manual: ...


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I am assuming you have had your Droid 2 for a while; and have installed a lot of applications on it. I also assume that it is out-of-warranty. Performing a factory reset will remove all your apps and data - and without apps to run, yes your system will feel faster. However, as you add more apps over time, it will slow down again. Some apps like to run in ...


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Why is the internal storage no longer visible in Thunar? How can I restore it to its original state? I do not know how to adapt these instructions to my model of MID First of all you need to get adb working (Android Debug Bridge if you want to learn more). Specific information regarding this is available at ADB for Android Developers (ARCHOS Internet ...


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AppBrain will make it easy to restore your apps. After the reset, install AppBrain first(ish) and use it to get back all the apps you had before. (Sync before you reset.) Market will remember your paid apps so you'll be able to get those without having to repay. Your Google app data (e-mail, contacts, calendar) are backed up to the "cloud" already, so you ...


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Your contacts and calendar will be stored in the cloud and synced back when you re-login with the same Google Account. Also, most of your settings. Apps that you purchased will be listed in your Market Account. I suggest you use SMS Backup or something similar to save your messages (if you wish to) to your Storage Card. GoSMS and Handcent SMS also have SMS ...


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Did you look in your "Library"? I recently did a factory reset and I can see all of the apps that I'd previously had installed, not just the ones I've only just gotten around to.


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When you do a factory reset/data wipe, it does not put anything back from the stock firmware. When you install a new ROM, doing the reset just puts it in the "new" state for that ROM. To restore back to stock, you will need to download the stock ROM for your device from SamFirmware (or another place if you know of one). Then you can use ODIN or Heimdall to ...


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Not possible on any stock recoveries that I have seen. A custom recovery would be needed for something like this, although there would be nothing preventing someone from flashing a different Recovery that doesn't have password protection. Honestly though, factory resetting your device is probably the best thing a thief can do, since this wipes your ...


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Depending on the device (and root method), the su binary (which gives your device root) is usually located in /system/xbin/ or /system/bin/ directory, while the Superuser.apk (which acts as a gate keeper, presenting you with a dialog when apps request root permissions) is always in /system/app/. The /system partition does not get cleared by the Factory ...


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If you do a factory reset, your SD card will not be touched. Your pics, etc will all stay put. If you've selected your Google account as the default way to store your contacts, they will all repopulated from Google after you set up your phone. If you want to be sure you're saving settings, etc. download Titanium Backup from the Google Playstore and do a ...


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I found that you should be able to do a factory reset by holding the power and home when powering on. There you should have the option to do a factory reset.


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Your device is in Download Mode. I don't have that device, but if the battery doesn't come out, you will probably need to use ADB and send an adb reboot to get it out of Download mode. If you don't know how to use ADB, then you can just let the battery die. I don't like that option though because the same image will be on the screen for an extended period of ...


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A factory reset might help here. But so does an atomic bomb help killing a mouse. You could also first check a couple of other things, as e.g. uninstall apps you no longer use Clean the cache of apps, which can free up a lot of precious internal storage (and as a side effect prevent some long scans there) check for apps which are running continuously (and ...


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If your device is rooted, you can use Titanium Backup to backup the Maps application, which will backup the application and it's data. After resetting, again install Titanium Backup, (you have to root again, if you had lost the root access, as a first step) and restore the Maps application. While restoring, you get a chance to opt for restoring app alone or ...


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Factory Reset doesn't take your device back to factory condition. It just clears all data, settings, etc. So your phone will not go back to older Android version. It will be on the upgraded Android version (or any ROM that you have installed) with all data cleared! Watch this video for more help. At 5:30 the guy answers exactly what you are asking.


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Basically, you can back up everything which has a "data provider" available -- as e.g. contacts, call-logs, SMS, and the like. If you search the playstore for "backup", it will give you a lot of apps for that. One of the best non-root backup solutions for this probably is MyBackup Pro, which covers most of it -- though there are a lot of apps offering to ...


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No! Your google account is not stored locally on your device. It will still be available on any other device and on any other desktop browser you choose to use!


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The answer is almost certainly yes. Someone could probably get past it in one way or another. (They could probably just use odin on a samsung device for example. Though I have never done something like that myself.) If you have sensitive data on there then a remote wipe might be the best thing. Did you report it stolen with your carrier? They could ...



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