Re­set An­droid

A fac­tory re­set is in or­der if your phone is play­ing up or you want to sell it on. MARIE BLACK shows how to re­set An­droid

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If you’re sell­ing or giv­ing away your old An­droid phone or tablet, sus­pect some mal­ware is at play, or sim­ply want to boost its per­for­mance to its orig­i­nal con­di­tion then a fac­tory re­set is the best op­tion.

How­ever, it’s not some­thing you can eas­ily come back from if you ac­ci­den­tally delete some­thing you wanted, so you should make sure you’ve prop­erly backed up your de­vice first.

Hard re­set

A hard re­set will clear the mem­ory and delete all your files, re­turn­ing your de­vice to its fac­tory set­tings. Un­less you are get­ting rid of the phone and tablet, it’s typ­i­cally used as a last re­sort for a mis­be­hav­ing de­vice.

1. En­sure your phone or tablet has at least 30 per­cent charge. 2. Open the Set­tings app. 3. Scroll down to and se­lect Backup & re­set. 4. Tap Fac­tory data re­set. 5. Se­lect Re­set phone. 6. Se­lect Erase every­thing. 7. If you have a pass­word you will be prompted to en­ter it now.

Soft re­set

A soft re­set is very dif­fer­ent to a hard re­set in that it sim­ply closes your open apps and re­boots the de­vice. It’s use­ful if your phone or tablet has frozen and re­fuses to re­boot via the nor­mal method us­ing the power but­ton. When the de­vice re­boots your files should re­main in­tact.

A soft re­set is usu­ally per­formed by press­ing and hold­ing down the power but­ton and vol­ume-up but­ton to­gether for a few sec­onds (re­mem­ber that power and vol­ume-down in­stead takes a screen­shot).

You will need to hold the com­bi­na­tion for sev­eral sec­onds for the soft re­set to oc­cur. If you’ve done this and it hasn’t worked, there may be an al­ter­na­tive way to trig­ger a soft re­set on your de­vice. Google your model name and the term ‘soft re­set’ for in­struc­tions.

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