When I access to the TWRP (version 3.2.1-0) and select the Wipe button, the screen says:

Wipes Data, Cache, and Dalvik (not including internal storage)

Most of the time this is the only wipe that you need

But the description of the slider says:

Swipe to Factory Reset

Is Factory Reset the same with Data, Cache, and Dalvik wiping? What is the difference between the data it is about to wipe and internal storage?

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    "internal storage" is the different name for the "sdcard section" /sdcard. This is the one you can access via MTP.
    – Robert
    Dec 26, 2020 at 14:19
  • The data that can be accessed via MTP is more than just data in SD cards, am I right?
    – Ooker
    Dec 26, 2020 at 14:21
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    You will get a better understanding on reading TWRP FAQ What should I wipe in TWRP?, though it's not updated with the latest developments.
    – beeshyams
    Dec 26, 2020 at 14:35
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    1) via MTP only /sdcard and /external_sd is accessable. 2) while your question is about the difference between "normal" wipe and "advanced" wipe (formatting), it is anyway interesting question if TWRP is even able to perform "real" factory reset at all
    – alecxs
    Dec 26, 2020 at 17:01
  • @alecxs why is the folder is named as /sdcard when it's not actually an sd card? And why do you think TWRP cannot perform real factory reset?
    – Ooker
    Dec 26, 2020 at 17:27


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