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How to bypass "Verify your account" (Factory Reset Protection)

There are full guides for several devices from RootJunky on YouTube. This first method works on some Samsung and LG devices. Your user can probably start at step 4. Reboot into Recovery mode (hold ...
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Security on a Nexus 6P purchased on Ebay

Theoretically, a factory-reset wipes data only while any deep seated malware that injects itself into the /system partition isn't wiped. To that extent you have a valid concern. Fortunately, you have ...
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Virus smartphone not going away

It is a Spam and it has nothing to do with your Mobile phone. There are many websites out there that use these tactics to persuade users to click on malicious link. Please do not click on "Remove ...
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Why does a factory reset keep the operating system updated?

System updates overwrite /system. Factory reset wipes /data and /cache but doesn't touch /system. Simple as that.
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What fastboot erase actually does?

This thread on XDA has a post ....what is the aim of the "fastboot erase modemst" command? Answer modemst1 and modemst2 are storage partitions for Radio Firmware .... - and it's obviously a ...
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What really happens during a factory reset? Does it securely erase all data?

A factory reset reformats the phone's user-data partition, but it's not a "secure" wipe; it doesn't overwrite everything with zeroes. If you want to be sure everything is erased, you can encrypt the ...
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Factory reset Android using ADB

You need: Minimal ADB & Fastboot which contains ADB executable then unzip the file ADB drivers and install them A computer Steps: Open the folder where Minimal ADB & Fastboot is, launch it. ...
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How to bypass "Verify your account" (Factory Reset Protection)

Use this code to unlock in emergency call: *#812# It worked beautifully on a OnePlus2 just two days ago: After calling *#812#** the phone unlocked and I was shown the home screen. After that I went ...
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Will I lose my phone number and phone plan with factory reset?

No. Factory reset erases data stored on /data partition of your phone. It includes your preferences (what you set in Settings app), user apps and their settings/data, system apps' settings/data (...
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How to make a complete factory reset, without anyone being able to retrieve my data?

HOW DELETED DATA IS RECOVERED? Data (un)deletion strongly depends on how a storage media (HDD, SSD, eMMC etc.), filesystem (NTFS, FAT32, ext4 etc.) and OS save and delete files. File carving / ...
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How can I disable or password protect my device's 'factory reset' function?

"Device Protection" or "Factory Reset Protection" added in Android 5.1 can prevent your device from being usable by a thief even if they factory reset it. Essentially, it keeps the device locked ...
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How to fix "Invalid IMEI " after Factory reset?

Install the Mobile MTK Engineering Mode app. This will only work on devices with a Mediatek chipset. This Application allow you to run Advanced Setup from Engineering Mode Menu of MTK phones, also ...
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My Android phone is completely reset, whats the best way to recover the deleted data?

There isn't an easy way, but still, it might be possible. The keyword to it is File carving (find some more links on this topic in our data-recovery tag-wiki). Make sure to not have any modifications/...
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How to factory reset CyanogenMod?

You can go to the ClockWorkMod Recovery by pressing VolumeUp+Power+home button (For devices that have physical home buttons. Yours does!) In that you have the option to do factory reset/wipe data. ...
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How can I bypass the "first setup"?

Yes there is, after the phone is opened and SetupWizard is on, starting with top-left corner of the screen, all corners must be tapped once, in a clockwise direction. (Top left, top right, bottom ...
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What are the meaning of each category under WIPE menu in TWRP?

I am not sure how much more self explanatory this can be... Dalvik / ART Cache - This is the runtime cache, where executable binaries are stored (after APK files are "optimized"). It is a unique ...
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I factory reset my hudl2, and now it "can't connect to the Internet"

I've managed to work around this for a Hudl 1 by setting the date to before 26 June. I had to escape the set-up wizard and then find a way to get into the settings app. I don't know if a similar set ...
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Inconsistent UIDS and wiping a data partition

Titanium Backup users can also go to the batch actions and select manipulate data > remove orphaned files. As user48823 mentioned, you can also find the apps in /data/system/uiderrors.txt using a ...
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How to backup/restore specific apps for factory reset?

Though you don't want to make a full backup, you might still wish to take a look at Full Backup of non-rooted devices to get an idea what is possible. That page also mentions some helpers for your ...
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Would my phone have to be reactivated after factory reset?

In your question, reactive might have two meanings: Reactivation/registration is a process which is one time, at the time you purchased a device inserted your carrier SIM to make handset useable. It ...
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How to bypass "Verify your account" (Factory Reset Protection)

No, there is not (or there shouldn't be). Factory Reset Protection uses a protected storage area located at /dev/block/*/by-name/frp that can't be wiped without special privileges or initiating a ...
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Is a factory reset from recovery different from one started in the OS?

There is only one difference — on Lollipop and higher, a factory reset from Settings will remove Factory Reset Protection from your device. It will ask you to enter your device and/or Google ...
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Security on a Nexus 6P purchased on Ebay

In addition to the accepted answer, by flashing the official image and applying bootloader lock you have 100% spyware-free guarantee. This because Android devices with a locker bootloader won't boot ...
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Can I safely do a factory reset without losing root?

Recoveries like TWRP and Philz Touch checks for root verification and in the scenario of you losing root after factory reset, boot into your custom recovery, attempt for a normal reboot and the ...
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How to perform a factory reset without access to owner profile?

Follow the detailed instructions below on how to completely reset your RCA Android 7 Voyager (RCT6773W22) tablet. Step 1. With your tablet off, press and hold the volume up (+) button and power ...
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Can preloaded apps be restored when Factory reset-ed

There are two parts to your question Factory Reset. a) Factory reset removes user data including apps installed by the user on phone. Since your device is rooted, you can see that everything in /...
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Will I lose my phone number and phone plan with factory reset?

The quick answer is "No, it doesn't effect your plan or phone number". Note: Factory reset is just a clean up process which includes permissions to clean and reset everything within device to it's ...
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how to survive a program from factory reset

Preserving the application itself (APK) can be easily achieved (with root access) by dropping the .apk in /system/app, but the configurations are a bit trickier to keep. Factory resets generally do a ...
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How to use Titanium Backup to keep stuff through factory reset?

TiBu stores its backups in a folder on your SDCard (either the internal or the external, depends on what you have and how you've configured it). So you can simply copy that entire folder over to your ...
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