Checklist before formatting your android phone
Well lately I was experiencing some sluggish performance with my android phone. So I decided to format the baby and bring it back to life. I was sure that later down the road , I will be requiring to do same again. So thought of adding this post in the blog, so that other also can use it.
You can format the phone for other reasons as well. Maybe you install a lot of apps, and some of them are acting a little mischievous, or maybe something has just gone wrong deep down in the system where you have little chance of fixing it. At times like this, you could agonize over tweaks and possible fixes, or you could spend time uninstalling different combinations of apps. But maybe wiping the phone clean and starting over is the best overall option sometimes.
Before you format your phone, use the following guidelines :
1) Back up your SD card contents to your PC : Plug in your phone with your PC using the USB cable and enter the debugging mode. Copy all the contents in the drive to local drive of the PC.
2) Copy your contacts to your PC using the import option :
3) Copy your phone messages using the software ApolSoft Software.
So you decided to take the plunge, then? The act of erasing your phone is simple, but you should do a little preparation first. Decide if you want to backup your apps manually, or trust the Google Cloud to do it. Often, when you log into an Android phone, it will pull down all your system settings and apps automatically. If you are suspecting your apps are the cause, you might consider manually backing up the apps you are sure about, and deal with the rest on a case-by-case basis later.
If you feel your issues stem from a system error, or specific app configuration, you can let the Google cloud restore go ahead. Very few apps bring configuration data back with them on the other side, so you should be fine. To avoid having the apps restored automatically, just don’t log in during the first start up when prompted to. Instead, proceed to the home screen, wait for the system to load, then add your Google account manually in the system settings. You can find out all you need to know about this process, along with more backup ideas, here.
Before proceeding, make sure you have backed up any relevant app-specific data to the SD card. Now for the fun part. To reset the phone, just go to the system settings, and go to the privacy menu. Tap the option for Factory Data Reset. The phone will ask you to confirm, and then it will reboot, coming back as a fresh device. This does not affect any data stored on your SD card.
If you let the Google cloud do the restore, it should be quick and painless. It’s a bit more work if you go the manual route, but all your paid apps should stay in the Market list so you can find them. There is no set schedule for how often a phone may need to be reset. Many people likely won’t get to the point that it’s necessary. Although, we have noticed more stability and speed issues over time on phones running manufacturer modded versions of Android. Have you solved a laggy Android phone with a factory reset?